We had a walk on Christmas Day for the first time. Our publicity officer sent the following press release about it to the Surrey Advertiser and it was published on 6 January 2017.
The appropriately named Alastair Chrismas, a member of the Godalming and Haslemere Ramblers, led a Christmas Day walk on Hankley Common, accompanied by 14 other keen Ramblers. The weather was mild and they completed a six-mile circular walk, finishing shortly after midday, in good time for Christmas lunch.
Mr Chrismas likes to work up an appetite before a traditional family Christmas lunch, and this year he invited other Ramblers to join him on a morning walk.
Alastair said, “As it was Christmas I thought I’d have to serve up mince pies for everyone, but instead I organised a Lucky Dip. No one was expecting a present as well as a walk!”
After the walk Mr Chrismas added, “The outing was very enjoyable, and I’ll do the same again next year—including another Lucky Dip.”
Hankley Common is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is used extensively for army training purposes. The Ramblers’ route took in the Atlantic Wall, the Drop Zone and Kettlebury Hill. From the triangulation point they had sweeping views over Surrey and East Hampshire.
The location, near Elstead, is popular with film directors for its rugged appearance. Scenes for three James Bond movies—The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, and Skyfall—have been shot on Hankley Common, as well as Macbeth, The Man from UNCLE and Doctor Who.