Length: 19.8km (12.3 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10
Catch the 9.23
train from Waterloo
to Ash Vale
, arriving 10.14.
If you miss this, catch the 9.28
Weymouth train and change at Wokin
g, arriving 9.54, departing 10.00. This is also the Clapham Junction
option, departing at 9.35
Buy a day return to Ash Vale
. You also technically need a single from Worplesdon to Woking
(one stop) on the return leg.
For walk directions
. For GPX
(and you also might find the walk's home page
useful too). T=3.136
I apologise if the train journey to this walk seems like "deja vue all over again" for those who were on the Farnham to Godalming walk last week: you are indeed taking the same train from Waterloo. But you are getting off a stop earlier and the walk has quite a different character.
You start off along the Basingstoke Canal and then are out on heathland that is used as an army range - but not, the walk notes insist, having any restricted access if you follow the main walk route. On past outings of the walk there have been some issues following the directions on this section, but in this GPX era maybe that will be less of a problem. Stick to someone with a gizmo, is my advice.
If there is no firing at all on the army ranges, a shortcut
across them is possible: how much this saves is not specified.
Otherwise, it is back to the canal and then into more normal rural territory to arrive at the lunch pub, the Royal Oak
in Purbright. This is 7.2 miles
into the walk, but it seems to do food all afternoon.
There is also a later lunch option
in another 2.4
miles, the White Lyon and Dragon
, which does Thai food. Alternatively this could act as your tea stop (it is open all afternoon), allowing you to go straight to Worplesdon station
in another 2.7 miles. For a later tea stop there is the Jolly Farmer
in Whitmoor Common: there is a 500 metre diversion to reach this.
At Worplesdon station
itself there are no refreshments and trains are only hourly at 14 minutes past the hour
. It is a lonely spot, so time your arrival there carefully.