We continued along to the stop at Red Cross, where we picked up Nigel Henty (who took the picture of RF679 approaching). At the Red Cross stop the blinds were wound on again for the 439 journey to Dorking via Leigh.
We set off westwards, turning off the A25 at Reigate Heath. There was not room among the parked cars to stop there for a picture. We headed off along the minor road, which became progressively narrower as we left the open heath behind. We wriggled our way down past Santon, fortunately meeting little traffic, to Flanchford, where we turned west down to Little Flanchford Bridge. There quite a few of us alighted to cross the narrow bridge first, to watch the bus ease across.
A mile further on we turned left to reach the little village of Leigh, where lots more pictures were taken around the well and the smart bus shelter opposite the pub.
We reboarded, and headed off towards Dorking, turning out onto the 439 loop route and heading north for Brockham. We passed red RF486 heading for Reigate. Colin paused at the Brockham Green stop, so that those who wanted could descend on foot to Brockham Bridge to watch the bus cross the single-track bridge over the River Mole.
He waited for us at the bus stop on the northern side. We continued up top Brockham Lane End, then into Dorking along the A25. As we approached Dorking Halls I could see SNB340 loading for a 439 trip on the other side of the road. This was my preferred ride. Would I catch it? I thanked Colin and ran..
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