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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.


Sal said...

Lovely photos,Louise. It's always great to see the places where other people live and roam.

Threadspider said...

What beautiful bark on the tree behind the headstones. Cycling looks like such hard work compared to walking!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos. It looks very damp!

Twiggy said...

Lovely photos Louise, you must be super fit. What a beautiful church.
Twiggy x

OhSoVintage said...

Beautiful photos, Louise. I quite often come over to Fernhurst/Haslemere/Midhurst/Bordon. Do you live anywhere near these? I shall look out for a 'Louise' brooch on my travels.
Ruth x

Carol said...

Hi Louise it was lovely to take this little trip with you at this late time of the day! I did enjoy it.
Carol xx

Anonymous said...

What lovely pictures! And I used to live near Cranleigh in Ockley. I loved Cranleigh, wonderful shops!

I love that picture of the post telling you of the border!

Funkymonkey said...

It's lovely to see people beginning to do 'outdoorsy' posts again. It makes me eager to get out there. Wonderful photos again Louise.


Rosezilla (Tracie Walker) said...

Ooh, I love the tours. It's a bit like reading Jane Austen or watching the BBC productions. Quite lovely!

Anonymous said...

Oooh ... what a lovely walk ... thank you for taking us with you.

I love the bark pattern of the tree amongst the gravestones.

LizzieJane said...

Wonderful photo's Louise, I think the church is so lovely.

Rosie said...

Wonderful photos - I don't know the area of the South Downs at all so it was great to see your photos and read your background information:)

louise35flower said...

What a wonerful suprise to pay a visit to your lovely blog and find pictures of Cranleigh where I grew up! We lived there from when I was 3 till I was 17, I went to school at Park Mead and then Glebelands. I have fond memories of weddings at the church with the cherry trees that line the path in full blossom.
Thankyou for visiting my blog too
Louise x