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.
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, and leave farm gates as you find them.
- please keep dogs under close control and on leads where animals are grazing.
Not sure you’re ready to go paper-free? Here’s the OS map covering the tour area:
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