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Thursday, 29 December 2016

Thursday Walk – the Ash Ranges & Brookwood Cemetery

Extra Walk 107 – Ash to Brookwood
Length: 15.3 km (9.5 miles), with shorter and longer options. Toughness: 5/10 (but looks more like 2/10 to me)

10:15 Haslemere train from Waterloo (Clapham Jct 10:22), changing at Guildford (arr 10:50, dep 11:00) for the Ascot train, arriving Ash at 11:10. The Walk Notes say that a return to Ash is normally accepted from Brookwood (pessimists should buy a return to Aldershot, which is valid to both stations).

Trains return from Brookwood at 16, 23, 46 & 53 minutes past the hour (only the first two stop at CLJ).

This interesting and unusual walk doesn't get many outings because it's only feasible when the Army aren't using the Ash Ranges. You cross this heathland habitat in the morning and the afternoon is an excursion through the huge Brookwood Cemetery (with directions for shorter and longer options). The full walk ends with a short loop around Sheet's Heath on the other side of the railway, but there's an exit from the cemetery to Brookwood station if you want to finish earlier.

The recommended lunchtime pub is the popular White Hart in Pirbright, with the nearby Cricketers mentioned as a quieter alternative. Opportunities for refreshment at the end of the walk are limited, however.

You'll need to print the directions from the Extra Walk 107 page, which contains directions for an alternative walk just in case you see red flags at the entrance to the Ash Ranges.


Thomas G said...
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branchline said...

The Ash Ranges and Brookwood Cemetery

8 on this walk of two halves. Before lunch we walked in brilliant sunshine across the heath and firing ranges. After a very nice lunch at The White Hart, we walked through the huge Brookwood cemetery which we seemed to have all to ourselves. The sun sank, the mist arose, and it put us in mind of nearly all the horror films we had seen. A great day out.

Anonymous said...

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