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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Wednesday walk Guildford Circular, with Hog's Back start - Watts Gallery, Watts Chapel, Losely Park and River Wey

Book 2, Walk 12b) - Guildford Circular with Hog's Back start

Length: 13.6 km (8.5 miles)
Toughness:  6 out of 10 (due to initial climb onto the Hog's Back: remainder 2 out of 10)

London Waterloo: 10-15 hrs   Haslemere service     CJ 10-22hrs  Woking 10-43 hrs
Arrive Guildford: 10-50 hrs

Return: fast trains at 01, 19, 34 and 49 mins past the hour

This walk will be familiar to SWC mid-week walkers, and it makes for a most enjoyable winter's walk, with an energetic start up onto the Hog's Back, to enjoy some lovely views. Thereafter, you drop down onto sandy paths and tracks to make your way to Watts Gallery and Watts Chapel. If you wish you can stop for lunch in the Gallery's very good cafeteria, although your recommended lunch stop today comes 30 minutes later at the excellent and very popular Withies Inn in Compton tel: 01483-421158.  It is essential to 'phone ahead from Guildford railway station with numbers (your e.t.a excluding time for stops at the Gallery and Chapel is 12-30 hrs). As I will not be with you on the walk today perhaps someone else could do the honours in contacting the pub. Try to reserve a table in the informal bar-lounge area, not the formal restaurant with its claustrophobic low ceiling.

After lunch you have an enjoyable walk through the open parkland of Losely Park before you descend to the River Wey, for a relaxing riverside walk to Guildford. Here you have a good choice of refreshments stops, with the Debenham's store self-service restaurant and - next door - the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre cafe being popular with SWC walkers.
Your walk directions are here L=2.12


David F said...

n=11 walkers set off from Guildford on a w=cold_and_breezy_but_bright_day_with_sunny_periods. At least four elected to extend the walk to Farnham, three of whom ate sandwiches outside the Jolly Farmer, while one walker opted to eat in the pub, perhaps encouraged by the powerful central heating. The walk was successfully navigated by a combination of OS map, GPS and written instructions. There was mud, but no more than would be expected at this tine of year. We reached Farnham at about 4.15 p.m. and found a convenient pub while waiting for the 65 bus back to Guildford. This deposited us at Guildford station in time to catch the 17.34 back to London.

Anonymous said...

The weir bridge in Guildford Park is still missing after its collapse last year. It collapsed last year as someone was walking across it and the moment was caught on video