locations: Surrey

Guildford Tranquillity Trail

Guildford Tranquillity Trail

Distance 2.75 miles (4.5 km) Duration 1 hr 30 mins Calories 400 (est.) Being in tranquil spaces can help us relax, clear our heads and help us to regain focus. Guildford is a wonderful place full of interesting open spaces. Being surrounded by nature has also been found to be hugely beneficial for health and wellbeing especially if we can also hear the sounds of nature. To get the trail: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy the trail! The Tranquillity Trail allows you take time to appreciate nature even in the midst of this thriving community. You can leave the car behind on this occasion and in most weather and in all seasons enjoy a peaceful walk. This can facilitate important downtime, personal reflection and mindfulness with the bonus of healthy exercise. This 2.75 mile trail takes you on a circular walk along relatively quiet routes to some beautiful tranquil spaces without leaving Guildford. Images from the tour Millmead Lock Castle Grounds Quarry Street Castle Street The Great Tower River...
Guildford Historic Trail

Guildford Historic Trail

Distance 1.5 miles (2.4 km)                      Duration 1 hr 30 mins             Calories 200 (est.) Guildford is the historic county town at the heart of Surrey with great shopping and dining options as well as a vibrant cultural scene which includes the renowned Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Electric Theatre and G Live. To get the trail: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy the trail! Sitting on the River Wey and nestled in the Surrey Hills, the town dates back to Saxon times when there was a ford that allowed travellers to cross the river. At one time serving as home to the Royal Mint, the town’s prosperity took off with the completion of the Wey Navigation in 1653, opening up a trade route to the river Thames. Today the town is known for its heritage, countryside and excellent university, as well as being a very popular day trip destination for tourists and shoppers. This 1.5 mile historic trail takes you from the bustling high street up to the Norman Castle, down to the river and then back up to the town centre, taking in 1,000 years of history. Images from the tour Guildhall The Great Tower Alice and the White Rabbit statue Millmead Lock Quarry Street The Angel...
Newlands Corner and Shere Walk

Newlands Corner and Shere Walk

Distance 6.75 miles (10.8 km)          Duration 2:45 hrs             Calories 1000 (est.) Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), this countryside walk offers architectural gems by Victorians Lutyens and Pugin, a hauntingly beautiful pond, a quintessentially English village popular with film location scouts, and tales of smugglers and a 14th-century religious devotee. If you’re looking for a day out that combines charming landscapes with glimpses of rural British life over the last thousand years, this Newlands Corner and Shere Walk is for you. To get the walk: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy an excellent day out! Walking in the Surrey Hills is stunning at any time of year. From our starting point at Newlands Corner, there are breathtaking views over the valley that you will explore. From this beauty spot, on a ridge of the North Downs east of Guildford, the tour heads out along the North Downs Way before descending into the valley below. Following the route through woodland, fields and open countryside, you will encounter a Second World War pillbox, ready and waiting for an invasion force that, fortunately, never came. Next you will be greeted with the unexpected sight of vines belonging to an organic vineyard. You can then rest a while at the tranquil setting of Silent Pool before continuing on the tour. The route turns off across fields and through woodland as it makes for the village of Shere, the backdrop to several blockbuster films. Stop off for tea, a pint or...
Witley and Hambledon Walk

Witley and Hambledon Walk

Distance 6.6 miles (10.6 km)          Duration 3 hrs             Calories 1000 (est.) This countryside walk is set in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It starts and ends at the train station in Witley, which is on the mainline to London Waterloo. This offers easy access to Portsmouth, Guildford and Woking. To get the tour: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy the walk! The walk visits Hambledon, a small scattered village with a number of historic buildings that have a story to tell. It then heads up to Hydon’s Ball & Heath, one of The National Trust’s earliest acquisitions. This is one of two high points on the walk that give the walker great vantage points with extensive views of the Weald and the South Downs. Towards the end, the walk visits the Merry Harriers, a 16th-century pub that offers great food and drink, as well as an opportunity to play petanque in the beer garden while being overlooked by Llamas! The terrain is mostly woodland walking with a few stretches through farmland. If you are looking for a day out that offers a flavour of rural Surrey as well as an insight into the local history this is the walk for you. If you want to visit The National Trust’s Oakhurst Cottage, which is a stop on the route, you need to book your visit in advance. See the National Trust website for more information. Please be considerate in the countryside: keep to public rights of way,...
River Wey Walk

River Wey Walk

Distance 6 miles (9.66 km)          Duration 3 hrs             Calories 900 (est.) An enchanting woodland, National Trust mill, a waterway with a commercial past, a Second World War defence system, ancient spring, 14th-century chapel and historic pubs make the River Wey walk perfect for lovers of history and the countryside. If you are looking for a walk that combines wonderful views with a tranquil riverside stroll and distinctive historical points of interest then this is for you. To get the walk: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy an excellent day out! The ‘River Wey and Godalming Navigations’ offers an insight into the industries that existed in the area during the last 400 years. This waterway was an important commercial transport route, connecting to the River Thames. Today, it offers a lovely setting for many leisure activities, such as walking, running, cycling, canoeing and boating. On occasion, you can also see barges being hauled along by a horse as they would have been in days gone by. Starting at the free car park for St Martha’s Hill, this 6 mile tour takes you through Chantry Wood, down to Shalford, along the River Wey to Guildford and then returns using the North Downs Way. There are three pubs marked on the route where you can stop off for refreshments. There is also parking at Shepherd’s Way in Guildford if that is a more convenient starting point. The estimated calorie count for this tour is 900 kcal. The tour uses pavements/roads and well-marked pathways, and there are some...