Week 68 – Dorking to Merstham

Wednesday 15th to Tuesday 21st January 2020

Dorking to Betchworth 5.39 miles
Betchworth to Merstham 7.19 miles

Total miles this week 12.58

Total miles to date 2817.22

 

St Barnabas Church, AKA “The Church on the North Downs Way”. It was erected in 1859 in Gothic revival style, 700ft up on Ranmore Common, Dorking, and was the estate church for Denbies.

 

Denbies vineyard (the largest in England), Dorking

 

Dorking to Betchworth

 

Dorking to Betchworth

 

Dorking to Betchworth

 

Brockham Limeworks near Betchworth

 

Betchworth to Merstham

 

Betchworth to Merstham

 

The Inglis Memorial on Colley Hill, Reigate. It was donated to the Borough of Reigate in 1909 by Lieutenant Colonel Sir Robert William Inglis. Originally a drinking fountain for horses at the top of the original main route over Reigate Hill. Now a scenic place for ramblers to rest. Betchworth to Merstham.

 

The ceiling of the Inglis Memorial

 

View from the Inglis Memorial, Colley Hill, Reigate

 

A memorial for a World War Two American aircraft crew who died when their B17(G) aircraft, a “flying fortress”, crashed 70 years ago on Reigate Hill. The memorial consists of 2 oak benches carved to resemble the wing tips and placed exactly the distance apart that they would’ve been on the plane.

 

Reigate Fort, built in 1898 as part of an effort to defend the approaches to London from the perceived threat of a French invasion. It was intended as a “Mobilisation Centre” to gather troops and supplies for the defence of the North Downs, rather than a regular defensive structure, and by 1906 the Government felt it was no longer needed.
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Betchworth to Merstham