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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Saturday First Walk - Something a bit different in the Guildford area

SWC walk 185 (variant) - Shalford to Chilworth 
Length: 17km/10.6 miles

(or Shalford to Guildford - 21.5km/13.4 miles)

Toughness: 6 out of 10

10.00 (Portsmouth Harbour-bound) train from Waterloo to Guildford, arriving 10.33, changing there for the 10.48 to Shalford, arriving 10.53.

(From Clapham Junction get the 9.52 to Guildford, arriving 10.23)

Buy a day return to Chilworth

For walk directions click here. If you click on the word "Shal" below the map before printing, this eliminates unnecessary directions from the documents.

There are a dizzying array of options for this walk and I am not sure that this particular one has ever been tried. It takes you into the familiar territory of the North Downs east of Guildford, but approaches them from an unfamiliar angle, with various delights along the way including an abandoned church and the mysterious Silent Pool.

Lunch is at the William IV pub in Little London after 8km/5 miles, but if that is full, the cafe and food kiosk (two different places) at Newlands Corner 5.5km/3.3 miles further on are a backstop: both do a good range of hot food.

Towards the end of the walk you have a choice of finishing in Chilworth (the 10.6 mile version) or hammering on to Guildford (13.5 miles).

Trains back from Chilworth are at 15.59, 17.59, 19.59, 21.19 and 22.01, changing at Guildford, which then has fast trains every 15 minutes to London

If you miss the trains in Chilworth, there is also the 32 bus from the stop immediately outside Chilworth station (on the same side of the main road), which goes at 31 past until 18.31. This takes 13 minutes and deposits you in the centre of Guildford, from where it is a five or ten minutes walk to the station (use Google Maps on your smartphone!) 


Anonymous said...

N=15 w=mild_misty_moody and muddy under foot

Vast views of vague, vaporous and veiled vistas ?

Food was a bit if a disappointment for some of us at William IV as they only did sandwiches and baked potatoes though one person spoke highly of them - she only ever has sandwiches anyhow so same old same old for her.

A swift refreshment at Newlands corner in the cafe with a note about it’s marvellous views - of mist ? - one of our crew did ask for a discount due to the lack of views but to no avail

Down from Martha's was hard and there were some complaints from a couple of folks with knackered knees and at least one took some Ibruprofen during the day

Slippery all day all the way really

Arrived at the station with 10 minutes to spare so well timed seeing as the trains are very 2 hours

That’ll do
P.I. L L Poppers

Anonymous said...

n=1 went on to Guildford leaving n=3 others who were heading to Shalford for the hourly train.