Over the Hills and Far Away.

Posted on 14/10/2018 By

Over the hills and Far Away: Owwwww!

Over the Hills and Far Away.

Diddley hated violence of any kind. She would never watch a nasty film or TV programme even potentially violent. Emmerdale was her limit! So how come she watched every episode of “Sharpe”? A series of true violence, based on the Napoleonic wars. Each week awash with death and destruction mostly at our French friends’ expense. Simple. Sean Bean! He was a true man. His accent and his deeds in Sharpe swept her off her emotional feet. He was not an officer or a gentleman either and that appealed to her rebellious nature. Add to that the mesmeric theme tune – “Over the Hills and Far Away” above and her lust for Sharpe was insatiable to such an extent she bought the crated boxed set.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Now this is what I call a box set!

Now this is what I call a box set!

Over the Hills and Far Away:

Over the Hills and Far Away:

The legacy for Bobby is a phrase that has become part of his vocabulary.

“Over the Hills and Far Away.”

An accident precipitated this story. I wasn’t there, but it sounds very upsetting for Bobby. To save you the details that have been on Facebook, a young learner motor cyclist ran into Bobby’s stationary car. At first, it looked very serious for the young lad. Potentially fatal. Four hours later, following police, ambulance and fire brigade intervention, he was discharged from hospital. Leaving a trail of traumatised people and written off his brand new motorcycle and Bobby’s beloved old car. He rang Bobby and apologised profusely. “I am so sorry Mr Bobby. It was all my fault.” As Bobby told him we were all young once, but you are very lucky. There could have been a policeman on your parent’s doorstep giving them the bad news.

Fast forward to the next day.

No car.

Old Mother Hubbard.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Old Mother Hubbard.

Old Mother Hubbard.

Go shopping.

The long way.

Over the Hills and Far Away.

Late summer. Early autumn. A heavenly sunny day and one of Bobby’s favourite walks from Laurel Cottage to Dorking. Two hours or so over the glorious Surrey Hills.

Over the Hills and Far Away: He left me in charge at Laurel Cottage.

He left me in charge at Laurel Cottage.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Laurel Cottage. The “Jungle House” to the local children. A lot of leaves waiting to come down.

Laurel Cottage. The “Jungle House” to the local children. A lot of leaves waiting to come down.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Folly Lane leading to Folly Farm.

Folly Lane leading to Folly Farm.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Folly Farm, now barn conversions.

Folly Farm, now barn conversions.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Folly Lane.

Folly Lane.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Malus (Crab Apple).

Malus (Crab Apple).

Over the Hills and Far Away: Holly.

Holly.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Heading uphill to Redlands.

Heading uphill to Redlands.

Over the Hills and Far Away: The pine forest high on Redlands.

The pine forest high on Redlands.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Breathe in and smell the pine.

Breathe in and smell the pine.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Heading towards Logmore Lane.

Heading towards Logmore Lane.

Over the Hills and Far Away:

Over the Hills and Far Away: Towards the North Downs from Logmore Lane.

Towards the North Downs from Logmore Lane.

Over the Hills and Far Away: A peaceful ride away from the madding world.

A peaceful ride away from the madding world.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Towards Old Bury Hill and the Nower Ridge.

Towards Old Bury Hill and the Nower Ridge.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Old Bury Hill fishing lake.

Old Bury Hill fishing lake.

Old Bury Hill fishing lake is where Bobby’s late sister Wendy lived and ran the lake for over twenty years. The history of Bury Hill, its stately home, the Barclay family and its place in Surrey history is worthy of many books. In younger days, Bobby’s family spent a lot of time here with many memories. We shall revisit this one day.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Rosehips.

Rosehips.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Hops growing wild in a hedge.

Hops growing wild in a hedge.

Over the Hills and Far Away: This is a new construction at the back of the fishing lake. We will find out what it is for and let you know.

This is a new construction at the back of the fishing lake. We will find out what it is for and let you know.

Over the Hills and Far Away: A horse crossing from Bury Hill Lodge to stables on the other side of the gully.

A horse crossing from Bury Hill Lodge to stables on the other side of the gully.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Galleting.

Galleting.

Galleting. A stonework technique found in England almost exclusively in the South East between the North and South Downs where sandstone is common. And in Norfolk where the same effect is achieved with flint. This the wall of Bury Hill Lodge.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Climbing uphill to the Nower ridge.

Climbing uphill to the Nower ridge.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Sweet Chestnuts.

Sweet Chestnuts.

Over the Hills and Far Away: This, I believe, is Hair Cap Moss.

This, I believe, is Hair Cap Moss.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Beautiful bark of a Sweet Chestnut tree.

Beautiful bark of a Sweet Chestnut tree.

Over the Hills and Far Away: The restored summerhouse on top of the Nower ridge. Once part of the Bury Hill estate, given to the people of Dorking by the Barclay family a long time ago.

The restored summerhouse on top of the Nower ridge. Once part of the Bury Hill estate, given to the people of Dorking by the Barclay family a long time ago.

Over the Hills and Far Away: A remnant of the Bury Hill Estate.

A remnant of the Bury Hill Estate.

Over the Hills and Far Away: West from the summerhouse.

West from the summerhouse.

Over the Hills and Far Away: South from the summerhouse towards Leith Hill.

South from the summerhouse towards Leith Hill.

Over the Hills and Far Away: North from the summerhouse towards Boxhill in the background.

Over the Hills and Far Away: North from the summerhouse towards Boxhill in the background.

This view was a family favourite in Andrew’s young days when, as a Rupert Bear devotee, we always thought this could be Nutwood. Look carefully in the middle of the photo and you will spot the spire of St Martin’s church in the centre of Dorking. It has one of the highest church spires in England and can be seen miles away.

Over the Hills and Far Away: On the Nower ridge looking back to the summerhouse.

On the Nower ridge looking back to the summerhouse.

Over the Hills and Far Away: A Buzzard (believe me!) above the summerhouse.

A Buzzard (believe me!) above the summerhouse.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Heading into Dorking. The North Downs of Ranmore Common in the background. Known also as Denbies Hillside, where Bobby volunteers for the National Trust.

Heading into Dorking. The North Downs of Ranmore Common in the background. Known also as Denbies Hillside, where Bobby volunteers for the National Trust.

Over the Hills and Far Away: The Greensand Way not only runs along the Nower Ridge, but also runs passed Bobby’s old house in Dorking.

The Greensand Way not only runs along the Nower Ridge, but also runs passed Bobby’s old house in Dorking.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Heading into town.

Heading into town.

Over the Hills and Far Away: "The Struggle". A steep footpath up which generations of schoolchildren, including Andrew, have struggled on their way to school.

“The Struggle”. A steep footpath up which generations of schoolchildren, including Andrew, have struggled on their way to school.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Sherlocks. Undertakers. The private chapel here was the last time Bobby saw Diddley. It's OK...

Sherlocks. Undertakers. The private chapel here was the last time Bobby saw Diddley. It’s OK…

Over the Hills and Far Away: Lots of smaller shops in Dorking.

Lots of smaller shops in Dorking.

Over the Hills and Far Away: Cummings. Hardware store par excellence. The shop front you see is exactly as it was years ago. But replaced exactly as it had been. Recommended.

Cummings. Hardware store par excellence. The shop front you see is exactly as it was years ago. But replaced exactly as it had been. Recommended.

Over the Hills and Far Away: As is Waitrose. Michael McIntyre told you so…

As is Waitrose. Michael McIntyre told you so…

This is a very personal account of a lovely walk to go shopping in Waitrose. Bobby tells me that if you ever feel like going with him, you would be most welcome. 93 bus back to South Holmwood. If you like maps, the local OS 1:25000 map follows – with the walk highlighted. Eagle eyed will notice “The Temple”, just above the lake. Surrey Wildlife Trust call it “The Pavilion”. Locals have always known it as “The Summerhouse”. Sheltered from the rain in it; watched the changing seasons; caroused in it.; watched the stars and the satellites on a clear night. Years ago, it was in very poor condition but, thankfully, the local authority completely restored it and, apart from a few initials, it stays in good condition. And is probably taken for granted. Not many knowing now that it was once part of a private estate that was given in part to the people of Dorking by the Barclays.

Over the Hills and Far Away: The walk… Laurel Cottage, South Holmwood to Waitrose in Dorking.

The walk… Laurel Cottage, South Holmwood to Waitrose in Dorking.

PS

The dust has settled a little. The lovely Lisa of L J Motors collected our loyal old car. Never to be seen again. A newer Zafira currently awaits Bobby in Salisbury.

Over the hills and Far Away: Owwwww!

Owwwww!

Over the Hill and Far Away: Eamonn came to say goodbye. Trevor couldn't be bothered…

Eamonn came to say goodbye. Trevor couldn’t be bothered…

Over the Hill and Far Away:

Over the Hills aand Far Away: The lovely Lisa. Loves her job. Meets lovely people. Like us!


The lovely Lisa. Loves her job. Meets lovely people. Like us!

Over the Hills and Far Away: Goodbye!

Goodbye!

Lighting a Candle for Diddley

Over the Hills and Far Awya: Lighting a Candle for Diddley.

Over the hills and Far Away: Lighting a Candle for Diddley - In our parish church of St Mary Magdalene at the end of the walk.

In our parish church of St Mary Magdalene at the end of the walk.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    This walk looks amazing, how beautiful. Once my hip pain has gone I will definitely join you. Jennifer

  2. katherine says:

    The Nower… I had forgotten.. I was a girl guide.. I think of the 2nd Dorking platoon.. but we met at a community centre near the Nower and went there for various expeditions… lots of fun and messing about it.. thanks for reminding me of it.. and of Cummins.. my Dad’s favourite shop. I also remember there being a pig abbatoir in the main carpark.. underground slightly, but you could peer through these gaps and see the poor pigs awaiting slaughter. I saw a man with a bloody knife and overalls.. really upsetting..you could hear the pigs squealing. I have to say I do love pork though and bacon.
    thanks Bob, for taking me on that lovely walk with you

    • Ob says:

      The abbatoir was Chitty’s the butchers own one. Now town houses as you come under the arch from Sainbury car park. I remember the lorries arriving with the squealing pigs. Getting out more than once and doing a runner down the High Street. Not just pigs. Lambs too.
      My ex loved lambs liver and bought it still warm…

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