DAY TRIPPER: A WITCH, HER CAULDRON AND A WALK ON THE WEY
Apparently, people, Surrey has a witch. Or had one, at least.
And while my darling mini Muddys may think it’s me, they’re actually *hmph* quite wrong about that.
You see this witch is no modern day screeching mother (moi? never!), but the rather enchantingly named White Witch of Waverley. She was, I’m told, a friendly witch and herbalist who lived in a cave near the village of Frensham, near Farnham, many centuries ago.
And while the witch, who was known locally as Mother Ludlam, may be long gone (or maybe she isn’t – it depends what you want to tell the kids!) her cave is still right where she left it.
It’s a quaint little cave, with intricately made gates, in the sandstone cliff of the Wey Valley at Moor Park, and now home to – wait for it – three species of bat. A bat’s a bat to me, but if you’re the batty sort, they’re Natterer’s, Daubenton’s and Long-eared. I wouldn’t hold out much hope of spotting them though, particularly during the daylight hours.
There’s a great walk that leads you to it, running almost alongside the river Wey. If you want to pass some time on a Sunday afternoon, and stir up a little fantasy for the kids, then this is a good one for you.
It’s an easy walk on a wide path. Buggies can access it quite easily, and it’s far enough from the banks of the Wey that you needn’t worry about anyone going for a slip and a dip.
The full length of the path leads to Moor Park House, and it’s less than a mile.
It wasn’t easy to find, as there is very little signage. And I promise I didn’t screech at Mr Muds when he went down the wrong country lane. But it’s not far from Waverley Abbey ruins, so you could park the car there, walk across the road, and cross the bridge to your right. The public footpath is a bit further on, on your left.
Waverley Lane, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8EP