Extra Walk 96 – Ash Vale Circular
Length: 26 km (16.2 miles), with shorter options possible. Toughness: 5/10 (I'd have said 7 or 8/10) 09:07
Alton & Basingstoke train from Waterloo
(Clapham Jct 09:15, Wimbledon 09:22, Surbiton 09:30), arriving Ash Vale
. You need to be in the portion for Alton
Trains return from Ash Vale at 11 & 41 minutes past the hour.
This Surrey walk doesn't get many postings because it crosses the Ash Ranges
, in regular use by the Army; a Bank Holiday weekend should be fine, but the walk document includes alternative routes in the unlikely event that you find them closed. Earlier there are contrasting sections along the Basingstoke Canal, a disused railway and the North Downs Way on the other side of the Hog's Back.
The recommended lunchtime stop is the Good Intent
in Puttenham, familiar from the Guildford to Farnham Walk in Book 2. There aren't many options for tea at the end of the walk so you might want to pause at one or two of the pubs close to the afternoon route.
You'll need to print the walk directions from the Ash Vale Circular Walk
page. You'll see that you can shorten this long walk by diverting to Ash, Wanborough or Guildford in the afternoon; an Ash Vale ticket is valid from all these stations. T=swc.96