Hurts in the Hurtwood
The Hurtwood is the largest area of commonland in Surrey, and well worth a walk if you're a local. The name "hurt" is a local name for wild blueberries whose bushes carpet the woods and hill and turn bright red in the autumn. Most of the Hurtwood lies in the Manor of ‘Shire cum Vacherie et Cranley’, which was given to Sir Reginald Bray by Henry VII over 500 years ago and has remained in the ownership of the Bray family ever since. Legend has it that the knight found Richard III’s crown in a thorn bush after his defeat at Bosworth Field and he presented the symbolic trophy to Henry. The manors were his reward.
Anytime of year there's something to see in the Hurtwood, and Spring and Summer see an influx of mountain-bikers to ride its trails. Locals generally welcome them on their trips down from London, although some of them do give bikers a bad name by not adhering to the biking paths, freaking out horses, dogs and walkers with high speed appearances out of nowhere.
This is an old shot of mine, I have 100s of them on my computer. People have been awfully nice about my tiny Flickr stream today on Twitter so I thought I'd post something for once!