Glorious blue skies greeted our sponsored walkers as they rose on the morning of Sunday, June 5th, to prepare for tackling the 2016 Poddle.
The warm weather – unusual in a season plagued with rain and chilly temperatures – held as 157 people set off with a spring in their step to raise around £10,000 for WACT funds.
The departure point this year was North Hall, Loxwood. The morning walk was enjoyed by all, on a flat route which really showed off the canal and its restoration to the full.
Walkers were able to see how the construction of the new Gennets Bridge Lock was progressing and the lovely stretch of Bonfire Hanger prompted many compliments.
Sidney Wood was looking beautiful, many people saying they did not know it existed. The walkers had to climb over hard clay heaps to get into Dunsfold Aerodrome in order to arrive at Compasses Bridge, where project leader Dave Evans showed off the new road and the impressive work of the volunteers.
An excellent lunch was provided for the Poddle participants at the nearby Three Compasses pub. Joined by people who had chosen to walk just the afternoon section, they set off again across some more beautiful Surrey and Sussex countryside back to North Hall.
On completion of the route, the walkers were plied with tea and more cake before they headed for home on a still-warm evening.
Poddle organise Margaret Darvill commented: “I would like to thank all those who helped me with organising the Poddle both before the day and on the day. Without their help there would be no Poddle."
“Thank you also, of course, to the walkers, who we believe we have raised just on £10,000 when Gift Aid is added. They were, as usual, fantastic.”
The Poddle proceeds will go towards paying for bricks for Compasses Bridge. Next year’s sponsored walk is planned for Sunday, June 4th.