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1st October 2022, 09:00 - 16:30
As part of Guildford Walkfest, join Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy (GTCC) Leaders and the Surrey Hills Society Chairman (Gordon Jackson), President (Chris Howard) and Vice President (Ken Bare) on a sponsored walk along the Greensand Way from Guildford to Witley. Led by the Surrey Hills Society Events Team, this sponsored Angel Walk aims to raise funds for the important work done by GTCC’s Street Angel, Community Angel and Volunteer Chaplains Projects.
A host of ‘Angels’ will be treading the stunning Surrey countryside by following a route along the Downs Link and onto the Greensand Way, as a fund-raiser for the charity. Surrey Hills Society members, friends and supporters and members of the public are invited to join for all or part of the route. The Lord Lieutenant of Surrey (Michael More-Molyneux) who is Patron of both GTCC and the Surrey Hills will also be joining us. The 13.5 mile route will start in Guildford and stop for a coffee break at the old Bramley Railway station. Some participants may choose to just walk from Guildford to Bramley and enjoy the coffee break but not participate on the second part of the walk. From Bramley we walk onwards to join the Greensand Way, crossing the lovely Wintershall Estate, and then on through Hascombe. We will make a short stop at Hascombe Church to include a brief visit and make use of their facilities. Then we move on to Hambledon and finish the day’s walk at Witley station from which you can return to Guildford by train, bus or car.
There are 3 options in relation to the walk.
1. Do the whole 13.5 mile walk from Guildford to Witley with a stop at Bramley for optional coffee*. You should bring your own picnic for a later lunch stop. (9.00am for 9.15am photoshoot and prompt start at 9.30am. Finish around 4.30pm at Witley Railway Station). PLEASE SELECT OPTION 1 when booking.
2. Walk with us from Guildford to Bramley (4 miles) and enjoy an optional coffee* before you leave. (9.00am for 9.15am photo shoot and 9.30am prompt start. Finish around 11.00 am at Bramley Station where we will have refreshments.) PLEASE SELECT OPTION 2 when booking.
3. Join us at Bramley for optional coffee* and then take part in the 9.5 mile walk to Witley. You should bring your own picnic for the lunch stop. (11.00am for coffee. 11.15 set off. Finish around 4.30pm at Witley Railway Station.) PLEASE SELECT OPTION 3 when booking.
* Tea and coffee will be available at Bramley Station for a small charge of £1 which is just to cover refreshment costs, so please bring some change. You will also have the option to use a credit card but cash is preferable please.
Everyone is welcome to join us just for coffee to support the Angelic team of walkers, so please spread the word.
Guildford Street Angels are best known for patrolling the cobbled High Street, bringing a calming presence to those who have enjoyed the night-time economy. Despite a slight pause during lockdown, since 2008 the award-winning Street Angels have been assisting around 5000 people a year, every Friday and Saturday night between 10.30pm and 4am. providing a hospitable and practical presence in the town centre and reducing the risk of aggression or crime. They seek to reassure, offer practical help and enable people to get home safely. They give flip-flops to replace shoes with broken heels, foil blankets to protect against hypothermia, offer a listening ear, re-charge mobile phones and signpost people to other services.
Their sister project – Community Angels – is a befriending project for vulnerable adults of any age. These may include those who face loneliness, isolation, illness or other personal difficulties. The volunteers visit people in their homes, providing companionship and support to reconnect with the local community. Support is personalised and may range from chatting over a cup of tea to going for walks, trying a new activity, or accessing other types of help. Some adults may require short-term support through a difficult time, whilst others may benefit from longer term visits.
You are invited to sign up and get sponsorship, or “Be an Angel” by sponsoring our team of walkers, and encourage the host of ‘Angels’ on their way – it costs over £100,000 a year to run the GTCC Angel projects. Please donate to help keep them protecting the vulnerable in our town. No donation is too small! Click here for details and visit www.gtcc.org.uk for more information about the work of the charity.
This walk is for moderately fit walkers. You should note that the Greensand Way is hilly and has variable unmade surfaces. Consequently, the event is not suitable for young children, those with hip or knee problems or who are unable to maintain a reasonable pace. However, the first section to Bramley is fairly flat and would be suitable for less fit walkers and children.
Obedient dogs on leads are welcome. We would re-emphasise that the event is definitely not suitable for anyone with mobility challenges.
Meet us at Guildford Railway Station from 9.00am for a 9.15am photo shoot and a 9.30am prompt start. We will finish at about 4.30pm, depending on our pace. This 13.5 mile, linear walk will take us to Witley from where we will return by bus, car share or train. There are several long stay car parks in Guildford. See www.guildford.gov.uk/carparks for details.
The event is free, but booking is essential. Book your place using the button at the bottom of this page.
Please note that you are registering on the understanding that you are fundraising for GTCC Angel projects. Their sponsorship page is here. For further details and enquiries, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Guildford Walkfest, now in its 16th year, offers free walks throughout September to celebrate the beautiful borough in which many of us live. The festival is run by volunteers from all the different walking groups represented in the borough, including the Surrey Hills Society. More details of Walkfest and the programme of walks can be found here.
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