My walk today from Lightwater to Deepcut included spending time viewing the London Skyline from the track alongside Chobham Ridges.
The view is often obscured by haze making it difficult to pick out individual features. Not so today. A few days of rain is sufficient to provide a clear view.
In the photos below, firstly today’s view, and underneath that, one I took in July 2016. I think today’s photo of the skyline is my best yet, and I’ve been photographing it for a number of years. It’s remarkable how the skyline has changed with more skyscrapers. [Click on image to expand]
The nearest spot on the track alongside the Maultway that identifies from where I took the photo is between Redwood Drive and Yockley Close roads off the Maultway. On my next walk I’ll try to identify the spot exactly.
The Bisley and Pirbright Ranges below Chobham Ridges has many natural springs, which are the main source of the stream that runs through Folly Bog, and on into the Windle Brook.
Thought you might like to know that even though there’s been no rain for weeks, the stream through the bog continues to flow, naturally, not as vigourously as when in rainy weather.
Red Deer munching on gorse is exactly why they were introduced into the Bisley and Pirbright Ranges by Surrey Wildlife Trust.
The deer were next to the perimeter fence of the ranges on the path along Chobham Ridges, as I passed them on my walk from Lightwater to Deepcut.
One of the deer got very close to the fence, so close that I could smell him – and boy, what a pong. Here are a couple of photos and a short video of the deer chewing on the gorse. Pity video doesn’t yet have ‘smell-o-vision’.
Not much to be said here, other than this was the sunset over Chobham Ridges at the end of my afternoon walk over the local heathland described in my previous article.
Look, I’m not recommending you feed Red Deer. However, some people do. Me, I just take pictures of events, which is what happened last week.
On my walk from Lightwater to Deepcut, on the track alongside the Bisley and Pirbright Firing Ranges, I came across a number of male Red Deer near the Range perimeter fence.
My first encounter was a young male Red Deer sitting down comfortably in among the undergrowth close to the fence. As I stopped to gaze on him, and pleased to get a good photo, up he got and wandered off. I wasn’t expecting to see any more Red Deer. Well, until I reached Chobham Ridges, when one male Red Deer – should really call him a stag – was happy to come to the perimeter fence to munch fresh grass offered by people. His ear tag identified him as 794. I’ve come across him many times before, often with his chum, number 506.
It’s both healthy exercise and generally fun for me to walk from Lightwater to the RLC Museum at Deepcut*. Not quite so much fun today though, as it started off dry and then began to rain.
Did this time wear a waterproof jacket, a couple of weeks ago a put on a quilted jacket that said it was guaranteed waterproof. Turned out disappointingly not to be so. The heavy rain I walked through soaked the jacket and its quilting, so when I took it off it was almost as heavy as a sack of potatoes. I don’t know, does waterproofing disappear in time.
Pleasingly I spotted a tractor doing an excellent thorough job of mowing the invasive scrub and grasses alongside the track along Chobham Ridges on the Maultway. This will result in a blooming of wild flowers. Here a few of photos of the work.
* Dear wife volunteers in the Museum, so can walk there, and then get a lift back home.
Part of the fun of walking in our local heathland is, apart from the joys of the flora and fauna, the variety of views.
- From High Curley in Lightwater, height 129 metres/423 feet, you can see into the heart of central London, including the BT Tower and the Victoria Tower of the Houses of Parliament.
- From Hangmoor Hill, which is half way up Red Road, you can see all the tall buildings in Woking.
- Best of all is that from Chobham Ridges you can see a panorama of the London Skyline, including the City skyscrapers. the Shard, and office towers of Canary Wharf.
Here’s my photo of the London skyline from Chobham Ridges. It’s not the clearest of images, though you can pick out the skyscrapers – click on image to expand.
Caught two Red Deer bucks grazing just inside the protective fencing on Chobham Ridges of the Bisley & Pirbright Ranges. When I shouted cooee! to get them to raise their heads and look at me, there wasn’t a flicker of interest.
I wonder, do they know that they’re behind a fence topped with razor wire? I think they do. Anyway here’s one of my photo’s showing them munching away.
On my walk today from Lightwater to Deepcut I passed these two deer resting in the shade, while chewing on the grass they’d eaten.
It’s what I should’ve been doing, sitting in the shade, but instead munching on ginger cake with a cup of tea.