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Sunday, 26 August 2018

Sunday Walk: Wanborough to Godalming - Watts Gallery and Chapel.

12.9 km (8 miles), difficulty 3/10
A lovely, if short, walk featuring open fields, remote woodland, and the Watts Gallery, tea room, and chapel. Have lunch there or a little further on in The Withies Inn. Later, there's more woodland and a stretch along the River Wey to the ancient town of Godalming.
Anyone wanting more could continue along the river for another 4 miles to Guildford.
Unusually, trains for both of today’s walks leave Waterloo at about the same time. Be nice to each other. We don’t want to hear of any nipping or hair pulling.
Get the 9:30 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (Clapham Jct 9:39). Change to the Ascot train at Guildford (arrive 10:12, depart 10:17 plat 6). Arrive Wanborough 10:23.
Return from Godalming at xx:56, xx:27.
Buy a return to Wanborough plus a single for the short stretch back from Godalming to Guildford.
There are frequent trains from Guildford if anyone is thinking of finishing there.
Lunch The Withies Inn 01483 421158 or Watts Gallery Tea Shop 01483 811 030 (free entry).
Tea The suggested tea stop in Godalming is the Cafe Mila in Angel Court, just off the High Street, open until 4pm. There's a Costas, open till 5, and a Nero open till 5:30, both on the High Street. Pubs include the recently refurbished Red Lion on Mill Lane or a Wetherspoons, the Jack Phillip, on the High Street.
The Watts Gallery in Compton honours Victorian artist G F Watts. As well as regular displays, there is what looks like an intriguing exhibition about James Henry Pullen "inmate-inventor-genius". Another explores Mary Watts' involvement with the Suffragists. It costs £11.50 to get in (£5.75 with an Art Card).
Nearby, the beautifully decorated Watts Chapel is worth a look - and free.
Walk Directions: here


Anonymous said...

Planning to go on this walk irrespective of the weather conditions.

Sandy said...

Just n=6 braved the w=continuous-rain for this nice little walk, stretched out to five hours, at least for me, by one culture stop and several refreshment stops. There were 5 on the appointed train and another who caught up on us having lunch under an awning in the garden of Withies pub. Most of us had already stopped for a most welcome morning tea or coffee and some respite from the rain at Watts Gallery. Two of us visited the gallery and 3? the chapel. The afternoon stretch down to Godalming was very enjoyable despite further opportunities to get wet in the overgrown bits. Two of us had another good tea and cake stop at Mila's before making a dash for the 1527 train.