For details of the next opportunities to 'Walk the Vanguard Way with the Vanguards' please refer to the programme posted on April 6th, 'Our Golden Spring'.On Monday we walked from Oxted via Limpsfield Chart, Crockham Hill and Haxted Mill to Edenbridge.
Spring in East Surrey and West Kent has advanced a pace since our Good Friday outing. Bluebells are in full bloom and most trees are now in leaf, if not in flower. The Hawthorn bushes have leaves and flower buds but aren't quite 'out' so they're a bit late as the common name for Hawthorn flowers is 'May'.
As our Good Friday walk missed the Vanguard Way Plaque at the point where the Vanguard Way and the North Downs Way cross the Greenwich Meridian, our May Day walk included a photo-call for Vanguards at the Vanguard Way Plaque.
Blue and bright green were the colours of the day - bluebells and new beech tree leaves were waiting for us as we walked up to Limpsfield Chart.
Although yellows were more dominant as we passed the Moorhouse Bank sandpits.
There was even a glimpse of yellow archangel, or yellow deadnettle, in amongst the lush spring growth.
I was surprised to get a close up of an ash tree flower - normally they are way above head level.
Once we were down near Crockham Hill, spring lambs were up to mischief - though the guarding alpacas didn't seem bothered. The calves in the same field were much more placid.
Still on a yellow theme, dandelions were evident throughout but the water meadows alongside the River Eden into Edenbridge had the largest collection of dandelion 'clocks' that I think I have ever seen. Also still proudly on display are last year's bullrush flowers.
Are these your boots? You'll find them opposite Haxted Mill.
|May Day Oxted to Edenbridge|