Extra Walk 237 – Ash Circular
Length: 22 km (13.7 miles), with possible short cuts. Toughness: 6/10 09:15
Haslemere train from Waterloo
(Clapham Jct 09:22), changing at Guildford (arr 09:50, dep 10:00) for the Ascot train, arriving Ash
. [If you just miss the connection at Guildford, the 10:09 Reading train gets to Ash at 10:18.] Buy a day return to Ash
Trains back from Ash to Guildford are at 15, 38 & 45 minutes past the hour.
This longish walk on the Ash Ranges
has been waiting over a year for its début. These desolate parts of Surrey are in regular use by the Army and usually only open to the public on Bank Holiday weekends, so there won't be many opportunities to try this walk with the SWC.
The nature of the terrain means that navigation is tricky and as far as I can see there are no maps or GPS tracks to guide you, just the (unchecked) written directions – not a bad exercise for anyone going on the Scottish holiday, perhaps. On this occasion though I'm advised that the walk author will be keeping an eye on things, so in practice I'm sure you'll all get round without undue alarm.
The relatively early train is necessary because it's 15.2 km to the canalside lunch pub and it will be close to 2pm by the time you arrive, although food is served all day so timing isn't critical. However, if you haven't brought any provisions to sustain you and it looks like you're running late, you can take a short cut at point  in the text. The final refreshment stop is a pub 10 minutes before Ash station.
You'll need to print the directions from the Walk 237
page. Be sure to read the Warning notice at the top about danger areas and red flags. T=swc.237