Hettie swimming in the pond at Toy's Hill

Hettie swimming in the pond at Toy’s Hill

by Mike on November 28, 2012

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This photo was taken in summer 2012, in the pond in Toy’s Hill (and beneath Emmett’s Garden). It is a lovely and cool spot for hot hounds, particularly those with little legs. I love walking around Toy’s Hill, and only recently discovered that it is the area that Octavia Hill (a lady, not an actual geographic landmark) that inspired the creation of the National Trust. It is an area of over 200 acres, and designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. In our walks through the woods, I’ve seen everything from deer and foxes to snakes and bats (there’s a bat tower!). I’ve even had a squirrel drop an acorn on my head (yes, really)..

It is a marvellous place to enjoy a peaceful, relaxing walk, admire fine views over the Weald and to discover the wildlife it supports.Toy’s Hill probably took its name in the Middle Ages from a local land-owning family. It is part of the Greensand Way, a very long walk of 108 miles (174┬ákm) in southeast England, from Haslemere in Surrey to Hamstreet in Kent.

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