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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Saturday Walk - Haslemere to Midhurst (via Lurgashall or Lickfold)

Length: 21.8 km (13.4 mi) or 20.9 km (13.0 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 604/718m; Net Walking Time: 5 ½ hours
Toughness:  7/10                        
Take the 09.30 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (09.55 Woking), arrives Haslemere 10.20.
From Clapham take the 09.22 stopping service (arrives H’mere 10.16).
Return to Haslemere from Midhurst either by bus number 70 (roughly hourly, £5.00 fare, last dep. 19.05) or by taxi. 
Return trains from Haslemere are on xx.02, xx.15, xx.32 and 17.37 and 19.39, journey time from 49 to 66 mins.

The route leads from Haslemere station through the town’s centre and along the waymarked Serpent Trail through a small Nature Reserve to rise steeply out of town and back down through Camelsdale to then rise with the Sussex Border Path through pastures and pine and heather covered slopes up to the Black Down. Following the crest through open heathland, with far views across West Sussex and out to Hampshire, you reach the Temple Of The Winds viewpoint, with further panoramic views over the Rother Valley to the South Downs escarpment and easterly across to the West Weald.
A long descent through the sloping open grounds of Blackdown House and through bluebell-carpeted woods leads to either the classic Sussex village of Lurgashall, with its pub and church at the corner of a picturesque village green and cricket pitch, or to the hamlet of Lickfold with its super-duper Inn.
The afternoon takes you through a mix of flat farmland and wooded hills to the Cowdray Estate, with its golf course-with-views as well as several polo fields, to the romantic ruins of Cowdray House, as captured by JMW Turner. Climbing from the River Rother’s banks, Midhurst's Norman castle ruins are passed en-route to the old market town's attractive centre with its many tea options.

Lunch: The Noah's Ark in Lurgashall (10.3 km/6.4 mi, food to 14.30, booking recommended), The Lickfold Inn in Lickfold  (11.0 km/6.8 mi, a la carte food to 14.30, bar food all day, booking essential!).
Tea: lots of choice en-route to and in Midhurst  (see the pdf for details), recommended are The Halfway Hut (3 km from the end), Cowdray Farm Shop & Cafe (2 km from the end), Garton’s Coffee House, The Wheatsheaf, The Angel Inn and The Olive & Vine.

For summary, map, height profile, some photos, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here.


Thomas G said...

25 walkers off the trains, fast and slow, in w=warm-and-sunny weather, with a haze, afflicting the far views. 3 took a taxi up to Black Down, 2 car drivers were met on Black Down and continued with the group. So n=27 in all.
Most seemed to walk via Lurgashall where we had only one small table booked, but plenty people found space outside anyway. Just as well as the pub stopped taking food orders after a while as they were busy with 2 large parties. The village shop was frequented by latecomers. Some muddy stretches are left in the woods, two woods either side of Lurgashall were in full bluebell carpet display, the shallow bluebell valley just before Cowdray golf club though needs a few more days.
A cuckoo was heard near Bexley Hill, a snake was spotted on the descent from Hoe Hill. No Polo was played today.
4 o'clock bus for some, tea or drink in Midhurst for others.

Anonymous said...

Worth recording the fruit cake in the Cowdray Farm Cafe was considered to be the best fruit cake ever, well as far as we could remember, the best fruit cake ever.

Karen said...

We spotted three deer bounding across the heath in the afternoon. Or was that just the effects of the pre-lunch gin tasting at the Blackdown Distillery kicking in? If you like gin/vermouth/fruity liquers, it is well worth checking out ***hiccup***