Afternoon in Godalming

Godalming Parish Church old Bible open at Jeremiah

Godalming Parish Church old Bible open at Jeremiah

Godalming Parish Church

Godalming Parish Church

Godalming River Wey

Godalming River Wey

Godalming Parish Church

Godalming Parish Church

Although sunny, a very cold afternoon in Godalming.

I took a walk along the River Wey. It was running fast and high, but had not flooded the water meadows.

Lunch at Café Mila.

Then I caught the 3-30 No 71 bus. It was too cold to hang about, plus I wished to see whilst daylight, the state of the countryside.

The River Blackwater, at North Camp Station on the Surrey-Hants border, had dropped a couple of feet since Friday, and was flowing at a leisurely pace. It shows the difference a few days can make, and emphasises the importance of slowing the flow rate and retain water upstream, if we wish to mitigate flooding, as it is the peaks that cause the downstream flooding.

From Ash to Guildford, woodlands waterlogged, a stream flowing through the woods, Friday deep and fast, today quite small.

From Guildford to Godalming, I expected to find the fields flooded around St Catherine’s Lock. Waterlogged fields, nothing more.

Flood meadows at Goldalming, large pools of water, waterlogged.

Godalming to Haslemere. Rolling hills, the woods were waterlogged. These are chalk hills, heavy rainfall, unless the ground saturated, will soak into the ground.

From Haslemere, through Hindhead, and onto Frensham, heathland and pine woods. Freely draining, no flooding.

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