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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Saturday First Walk - Surrey heathlands

T=2.12.c Book 1, walk 12 + Book 2 Walk 12c - Farnham Circular
Length: 16.2km (10.1 miles)
Toughness: 2 out of 10 - gently undulating

9.23 train from Waterloo to Farnham, arriving 10.25

From Clapham Junction, get the 9.27 Exeter St David's train and change at Woking (arrive 9.45, depart 10.00). As the more perceptive of you will spot, this train is actually faster than the direct train between Clapham Junction and Woking.

Trains back are at 28 and 58 past the hour

This walk combines the walks numbered 12 from book 1 and book 2 to make a gentle circuit of the countryside around Farnham. At least half of it is on sandy heathlands which hopefully will be a bit drier underfoot than other paths at this time of year. Nevertheless I would come prepared for mud because it is January after all.


Start with Book 1, walk 12 (click here for directions) and follow them as far as The Donkey in Charles Hill

After lunch you need the directions for Book 2, walk 12 (use of the online directions, which were updated in September, is recommended). On page 9 of those directions you will find short link instructions for option c) which will join you up with the main walk directions for Book 2, walk 12 (you actually only need page 5 and 6). You then follow these to the end.


The best-sited pub is The Donkey in Charles Hill, 9km/5.5 miles into the walk, but it is worth ringing this on the day to make sure they have room (you should get there at 1pm or so).

If not, then the Barley Mow in Tilford, 6.2km/3.8 miles into the walk has been a reliable alternative in the past, but if you stop here note that you still have 10km/6.3 miles to do after lunch.


The Mulberry pub by Farnham station had turned into something of a party/sports venue when we passed in September. Better to make the effort to walk a few hundred metres up the road into Farnham town, which has some tea rooms, if you can get to them in time, plus lots of pubs. It is a very pretty place too and worth seeing in its own right.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

n=11 w=dry-with-a-short-shower-in-the-morning.

A good choice of walk for this time of year. There were some short muddy bits and a few large puddles but generally this was mostly dry paths making the walking easy. Good lunch as ever at the Donkey and friendly service of tea and scones in the comfort of The Bush Hotel in Farnham.