Extra Walk 107 – Ash to Brookwood
Length: 15.3 km (9.5 miles), with shorter and longer options. Toughness: 5/10 (but looks more like 2/10 to me) 10:15
Haslemere train from Waterloo
(Clapham Jct 10:22), changing at Guildford (arr 10:50, dep 11:00) for the Ascot train, arriving Ash
. The Walk Notes say that a return to Ash
is normally accepted from Brookwood (pessimists should buy a return to Aldershot, which is valid to both stations).
Trains return from Brookwood
at 16, 23, 46 & 53 minutes past the hour (only the first two stop at CLJ).
This interesting and unusual walk doesn't get many outings because it's only feasible when the Army aren't using the Ash Ranges
. You cross this heathland habitat in the morning and the afternoon is an excursion through the huge Brookwood Cemetery
(with directions for shorter and longer options). The full walk ends with a short loop around Sheet's Heath on the other side of the railway, but there's an exit from the cemetery to Brookwood station if you want to finish earlier.
The recommended lunchtime pub is the popular White Hart
in Pirbright, with the nearby Cricketers
mentioned as a quieter alternative. Opportunities for refreshment at the end of the walk are limited, however.
You'll need to print the directions from the Extra Walk 107
page, which contains directions for an alternative walk just in case you see red flags at the entrance to the Ash Ranges. T=swc.107