2015 marks the 50th Anniversary year of the Vanguards Rambling Club! As part of our celebrations we have organised a 'crossing' from north to south in 7 stages, the first of which was on Good Friday, 3rd April 2015.The Vanguards are extending an invitation to other ramblers to join in on any of these walks - you will need to contact the organiser in advance as arrangements might change - details as per the following poster:
Even if you are unable to join us on any of these walks, if you complete the Vanguard Way during 2015, you may apply for a special golden certificate.
Yesterday 12 Vanguards walked from East Croydon station to Oxted station, thus completing the first stage.
This year the winter, though not excessively severe, is taking a while to move onto spring. Earlier there was a good showing of snow drops but the earliest daffodils suffered some damage from strong winds. We were lucky with the weather yesterday and signs of spring were bursting forth, particularly while we were still in the Greater London area where overall temperatures are always a degree or so warmer. For me, the most noticeable thing was the amount of bird-song and often the loudest songs were coming from the smallest of birds. We also saw and heard a sky lark which was ascending from the Woldingham Wolds.
As ever, finding sight, sound or sign of other 'fauna' was tricky, especially when walking along as part of a group. Some caught sight of a young fox crossing a woodland path and there were some deer tracks evident in mud. In Woldingham there were some beautiful horned cattle with calves being raised outside which suggests they are a tough heritage breed. Would you believe it if we told you we had seen a mythical creature?
I have a collection of photos for you, starting earlier in the year with photos of snowdrops in Titsey and daffodils in Crockham Hill. The second set were taken on Good Friday.