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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Wednesday Walk - Haslemere to Midhurst via Lickfold or Lurgashall

Length: 20.9 km (13.0 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 604/718m; Net Walking Time: 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 7/10

Take the 10.00 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (10.25 Woking), arrives Haslemere 10.49.
From Clapham take  the 09.52 stopping service (arrives H’mere 10.45).
Return to Haslemere from Midhurst either by bus number 70 (17.05, 18.05, 19.10) or by taxi.
Return trains from Haslemere are on xx.02, xx.15, xx.32  and 17.37 & 19.39, journey time 52-66 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 woods leads to the hamlet of Lickfold. 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.
Walk Option: follow the norm walk via Lurgashall. Lunch will be at the brilliant Noah’s Ark Inn.

Lunch: The Lickfold Inn in Lickfold (11.0 km/6.8 mi, a la carte food to 14.30, bar food all day).
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, The Olive & Vine and Fitzcane’s Café and Ice Cream.

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

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

n=1 off the train in w=light_showers_clearing_to_bright_sunshine. I took the long morning route to the Temple viewpoint and returned to Haslemere via the shorter route to avoid the forecast late afternoon rain. Joe.