Pilgrimage Diary – Walking

Walking North Downs Stepping Stones

Two lovely weekend days and I was too busy to blog! On Saturday we did a practice walk for the pilgrimage. We walked from Reigate to Dorking along the ridge of the North Downs. The picture on the left is some of us resting high up above the valley. Then down to the valley and across the stepping stones across the Mole, which is the other picture. The guy in the stripy tee shirt is Cyril, my husband, who was quite nervous. Even after a couple of weeks of reasonably dry weather the river is still very high and coming just over the stones. Its not very deep but you would still get wet if you fell in! In the river valley the woods were full of wild garlic which had a wonderful aroma.

Then back along the Greensand Way to Reigate. After 20 miles my right knee was aching a lot but some people were suffering more. I’m not exactly sure what effect this is having from a spiritual point of view. It feels like a ‘clearing out’; being out in the familiar, beautiful Surrey countryside, letting my mind wander where it will. I was very tired but peaceful when we came back and in bed by 9:30.