We kicked off the Bank Holiday Weekend with a long run through The Sands in Surrey, with a stop over at what’s left of Waverley Abbey, the church and monastic buildings of the first Cistercian abbey in England, founded in 1128. 70 monks and 120 lay brothers lived there until the 14th century. You can find out more about Waverley Abbey on the English Heritage website.

We started our run at a small car park on Littleworth Road and continued on a clockwise loop. Some bits where on roads, but most of our run was on trails. The highest point was Crooksbury Hill at 522 feet – well worth the climb as it offers some fabulous views over South West Surrey.

As a reward, we headed to the nearby Mill in Elstead, a lovely pub built on the River Wey for a well earned pint, steak and chips. Well, I did. Georgie had the salmon salad niçoise and an apfelschorle.

The Sands and Waverly Abbey run
12.6 miles, 13:35/mile, 869ft ascent
Saying hello to the locals at Waverly Abbey
Momo and Georgie at Waverly Abbey
G climbed up the window in the middle – Momo was having none of it and climbed up the one on the right.
Apple Watch’s camera remote coming in handy yet again in setting up this shot. All the tech in the world however will not get Momo to jump when she doesn’t feel like it…
Came onto and off the North Downs Way quite a few times – always a pleasure.
The Fairy Tree, seen on the North Downs Way. Something right out of a fairy tale!
And a dodgy in-run-selfie to finish off our run.
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