St. Martha’s Church
We went for a walk round St. Martha’s Church today. It’s an unusual and lovely church perched on top of a wooded hill with fantastic views of the Surrey hills and the counties beyond (you can see eight, apparently, but I find that a bit hard to believe). A church has stood here since Saxon times but apart from some Norman remnants, most of this building dates from 1850. The parishioners have to slog their way up the hill each Sunday as there’s no vehicular access (apart from hearses etc), but they must feel rewarded by worshipping in such an isolated and beautiful place. At Christmas time the church is floodlit and you can see it from miles around.
The view from the seats outside the church is stunning, and it’s a lovely walk back down through the twisting paths through the sandy woodland too.