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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sunday Walk 1 – 3.131 Guildford-Horsley

Extra Walk 131 – Guildford to Horsley
Length: 20.1 km (12.4 miles). Toughness: 4/10

10:00 Havant train from Waterloo (Clapham Jct 10:09), arriving Guildford at 10:40*. Buy a return to Guildford, which is valid for the return journey.

Trains back from Horsley to Waterloo are at xx:03 (via Surbiton) & xx:33 (via Epsom, slower).

This walk seems to get fewer outings than the other SWC walks around Guildford; in fact this is its first Sunday posting. It takes in Chantries Hill, St Martha's church, Albury and Newlands Corner, but the rest of the walk from the wooded North Downs ridge to Horsley is on less familiar territory.

Lunch is at a particularly good pub with a large riverside garden, The Drummond at Albury. If you don't want a pub lunch, however, you can save 3 km (and some climbing) by taking the short cut mentioned in the directions to Newlands Corner, where there is a café and snack bar if you need provisions. The tea options are fairly sparse, however: a pub a mile before the finish or a convenience store near the station.

You'll need to print the directions from this pdf document.

* Car drivers should park at Horsley (station car park is free at weekends) and take the 10:27 to Guildford, arriving at the same time as the London train.


Archie said...

I plan to go.

Ian T said...

N=15 turned up including one late starter. W=some-cloud-some-sun Only 2 ventured down to the lunch pub (which they declared to be good). The rest made do with Newlands Corner which was busy and noisy. There was also a later tea van – a welcome discovery after traversing paragraph 67 for what felt like forever. Most got the 16:03. One or two laggards got the 17:03 and I heard of one got the 18:33. Good views,big trees, and for one at least, woolly pigs.

PeteB said...

The two of us who made it to the lunch pub took an alternative route along a narrow and excellent woodland path through Colyers Hanger (see OS map). Its a narrow trail and quite steep in places which could prove tricky in wet weather. When we reached Waterloo Pond we took the left hand path rather than the tarmac alternative and towards the end you think you are walking through peoples back garden but we got a cheery welcome from a family enjoying the weather. The only downside to this route is that you have to do more on the main road to the pub.

The inosculated beech trees have now been fenced off with a much more severe wire fence than I originally remember so no more photos
posing against it. Probably a good idea really.