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A Walk in the Country

Posted on 2011/01/09 18:46:40 (January 2011).

[Monday 3rd January 2011]
Possibly as a means to ease the transition from the last week-and-a-bit in rural Wales to regular life back in the big city, I thought it would be a good idea today to try and get out of London and go for a walk in the country somewhere.

I hadn't really planned this in advance particularly, so by the time we'd been our usual slobbish selves and lolled around the flats for most of the morning our options were somewhat limited - so after a quick search on the web I decided to head for the area around Oxted on the Kent / Surrey border. I was also intrigued to see what it was liked as we'd very briefly entertained the idea of buying a house here a couple of years ago (it being rural and relatively cheap, but on a convenient trail line which goes into Victoria).

We got the train to Hurst Green, and very approximately followed my own modified version of a route I'd found on the web - out to a pub called the Carpenter's Arms, and then back to Oxted. The countryside wasn't exactly the most idyllic that England has to offer, but still, it was nice enough I suppose - and if nothing else it was a bit of fresh air. We had a simple but pleasant enough lunch at the Carpenter's Arms (a baguette with chips) - a pub which in itself was simple but pleasant enough.

We didn't linger, and jumped back on a train from Oxted before 4, getting us back home before 5. We stopped off at a Patisserie Valerie on the way back to buy some cake for a late afternoon today, although Chie found the cake to be a bit disappointing.

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