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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Sunday Walk 2 – the Surrey Hills

Extra Walk 185a – Chilworth Circular via Albury Park
Length: 14¼ km (8.9 miles). Toughness: 5/10

10:00 Guildford train from Waterloo (Clapham Jct 10:09), changing at Guildford (arr 10:40, dep 10:56) and arriving Chilworth at 11:04.

You can also travel to Chilworth via Redhill or Dorking, but the connections are poor and you'd have to hope that the Percy Arms is open for refreshments while you wait 15 minutes for the main group.

Trains back from Chilworth are every two hours in each direction, with the ones you're likely to want being at 16:49 (fast, via Guildford) and 17:05 (slow, via Dorking or Redhill). However, you could also catch a 32 bus from Chilworth station to Guildford at 15:47 and 17:47; it also stops where you cross the A248 about 1 km before the finish.

Apologies for a walk in the same area as last Sunday, yet another blip in the walk posters' co-ordination. At the start you do indeed revisit the old gunpowder mills and the church of St Martha-on-the-Hill, but the rest of the walk covers different territory. The morning continues with a famous viewpoint at Newlands Corner, a haunted pool and a curious old church isolated in private parkland, while the shorter afternoon has heathland and a pretty valley with old watercress beds.

The lunchtime pub is the William IV in Little London, serving local beers and good food; as it's a Sunday and you'll be arriving around the peak time of 1.30pm, call ahead and book a table. At the end of the walk the Percy Arms is right by Chilworth station, but be sure to allow plenty of time to get across the level crossing for the Guildford train as there's no footbridge.

You'll need to print the directions from the Extra Walk 185 page. You can save a few sheets of paper by clicking Option a.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

n=5 w=dry-and-mild
A sign at St. Martha's on The Hill informed us that visitors (and their dogs) were welcome to join in the service and stay for refreshments afterwards. We pushed on, however, to Newlands Corner where most stopped at Tillings Cafe and one at the kiosk. Then on through the woods - look out for the impressive inosculation of trees - to Albury Park, where old chestnuts and holm oaks can be found in the woods and the isolated old Saxon Church is well worth a visit. We had a brief drink at the pub in Little London, before heading on to Chilworth.

All in all, a pleasant walk with some lovely views and woodland and some interesting features along the way. Quite a few sandy paths, a couple of slippery chalk bits but generally very little mud.