A good week starting with a visit to the North East with my sons to see our Newcastle United survive in the top flight of English football (soccer if you're reading this the other side of the pond) and visit the beautiful city of Durham and the Angel of the North.
Fast forward to Wednesday and I was joined by regular running buddy Brian and two other work colleagues, Matt and David for a midweek 12 mile walk. Along with our boss and his girlfriend, the six of us will be attempting the 3 peaks challenge in July.
Brian and myself have done some walking mixed in with our running training but it was nice to be joined by two other members of the team.
Down in the south of England we don't exactly have a mountain like Ben Nevis to practice on but we do have the North Downs, which has plenty of challenging hills to train on.
This panoramic taken near Newlands Corner at sunset shows the beautiful views of the Surrey hills beyond.
The quaint church of St Martha's and the views beyond are well worth the effort up the big hill that gets you here. You may have read my recent post of my struggle and relief of finally running up this hill!
David and Brian taking the lead with Catholic Apostolic church in the parish of Albury beyond.
The silent pool, an eerie still natural spring supposed to be haunted by a drowned maiden fleeing deeper into the pool from a horseman believed to be Prince John in the 1200's.
Another view of the Catholic Apostolic church, Albury.
The picturesque village of Shere, this was our half way turn around point before doubling back. We didn't give in to temptation and stop at the inviting pub for a quick pint!
Selfie time at the Silent pool....is that the ghost of the maiden beyond....my mistake it's only Matt ;-)