the downs link stage 2 ...
rudgwick - baynards - cranleigh - run common
This stage takes us across the border of West Sussex into the county of Surrey, cycling through autumnal woodland.
The Double Bridge. The lower brick arch left a steep gradient up to Rudgwick Station. The Board of Trade decided the gradient of 1:80 was too steep and would not allow the railway to open until the gradient was changed to a far gentler 1:130. The embankments were raised, and the girder bridge was built on top of the arch.
A log path leading up an embankment, the woodland in this area being well managed.
This bench came in useful, the inclines on this stage are fairly steep and the ground was wet and soppy. Pretty tricky cycling conditions for a mere amateur like me!
A beautiful period property, its architecture typical of the area with decorative scallop-tile hanging, steeply pitched roof and pretty gabled windows.
St Nicolas Church in Cranleigh. During the last five years £50,000 per annum has been spent on essential repairs and maintenance. This money has all been collected from the fund raising efforts of generous members of the community.
Attractive tree bark amongst headstones, being at rest in the most tranquil of settings.