Saturday, August 16, 2014

PARISH 12: Great Wood and MOD via Longcross and Chobham Common

Today's PARISH exploration was an erratic, hybrid affair.  I ended up finding three places: Knowle Hill, Great Wood, and an MOD site very close to the bizarre Longcross Station, returning through Chobham Common

The entrance to Knowle Hill in Virginia Water

Knowle Hill in Virginia Water

Adjacent to the golf course on a public footpath heading to Great Wood

Near Great Wood, the Longcross train station

Lifting the bicycle (and myself) over this gate was not easy!

What a weird station Longcross is!  Essentially, no way to get in or out

The way I got in, from the golf course side

Carrying the bicycle to the other side of Longcross station platform

Crossing under a major road just past the MOD site very close to Longcross Station

The trolls I assume

Chobham Common, south, outside of Egham Parish, as I have defined it

Picking up my bicycle and waving it at these cattle was the only way through

Corn, and lots of it

Virginia Water, Holloway's other famous building: the sanatorium

Saturday, August 9, 2014

PARISH 11: Egham Hythe and Thorpe Lea

A church near Egham Hythe, which was not my destination today, but I passed right through it (centroid)

I focus today on passageways and entrypoints.  This was was difficult to navigate with a bicycle

I was met by a range of different kinds of gates, fences and latches

This sign admonishes the walker for no apparent reason

This sign is even older, and somehow (to me) appealing in its (lack of) legibility

Stubble (hay) field signifies past abundance, the coming of autumn

A bridge at the edge of Thorpe Hay Meadow Nature Reserve

These gates are a bit easier to navigate with a bicycle

I got into a thicket, a tangle of blackberry bushes and nettles that was hard to get out of, and I admit I was a bit lost

This is as close as I could get to Thorpe Lea (centroid)

Extricating myself

The Clockhouse, on Clockhouse Lane

Also on Clockhouse Lane

The loop closes, end of the line

Sunday, August 3, 2014

PARISH 10: St Ann's Hill

Rode right down to the edge of the parish today before bouncing back in to glance off St Ann's Hill (centroid)

Entering Thorpe from Virginia Water

The intersection towards Lyne

One of the best little roads for cycling, very quiet and scenic

Towards Chertsey now

Approaching St Ann's Hill

There's the entrance to the very quiet residential area on the side of St Ann's Hill

 A dog doctor (a vet?)

If you were a dog you'd think you'd found heaven

Intriguing side path for later exploration at a bend on St Ann's Hill Road

Combining the allocentric (from above, the map) with the egocentric (personal viewpoint) views is what this blog is all about

A map to help me finish the meme

Old watchtower

Watch tower with coat of arms

The view out across the Thames towards Heathrow

Inscriptions beneath the watchtower

The allocentric view of Egham Parish, according to the Ordnance Survey