A weekend of walks and visits: Shirley Windmill, Coombe Conduit and Riddlesdown

Shirley Windmill and Riddlesdown

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Saturday, 13 August: Shirley Windmill
Sunday 14 August, two events: Coombe Conduit, and botany at Riddlesdown

For the weekend of 13 & 14 August, CNHSS offers plenty to do.  A special opening and tour of one of Croydon’s best-loved landmarks, Shirley Windmill, takes place on the Saturday. It needs pre-booking, details for which are on the programme leaflet.

On the Sunday, one visit is to the 350-year old water system for Hampton Court: Coombe Conduit, Norton.  Meet at Norbiton Station at 13:45, or at Coombe Conduit, Coombe Lane West, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2 7HE at 14:00.  Entry is free, and the visit will be led by Paul Rainey, with walking afterwards in Richmond Park.

The other event on the Sunday is closer to home, a botany walk on Riddlesdown, looking at the later wild flowers and butterflies of high summer, including seeking out Chalk Hill Blues butterflies.  Meet at 14:00 in the car park on the Downs at the end of Riddlesdown Road, Purley.  This is a joint event with the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

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