Train: Take the 9:23 AM Alton train from London Waterloo to Ash Vale (this train does not apparently stop at Clapham Junction), arriving at 10:14 AM. Return trains from Worplesdon are at 40 minutes past the hour until 19:40, then they are at 44 minutes past the hour until 23:44. Buy a day return Ash Vale plus a single from Worplesdon to Woking.
Distance: 12.3 miles (19.8 in new money)
Difficulty: 4 out of 10
This varied walk explores the undulating terrain on the outskirts of the Ash Ranges in Surrey. It includes two short stretches along the Basingstoke Canal in the morning before passing through some woodland and various undulating bits of common land. With any luck this terrain should not be too muddy. Although this walk was posted in June, no report was submitted – so either no one went or those that did enjoyed it so much they wanted to keep it a secret – either way, seemed worthy of another outing. More information and the directions can be found here.
Lunch will be at the Royal Oak in Pirbright (01483 232 466), a village pub with a wide variety of food about 6.5 miles/11.6 km from the start of the walk.
The recommended tea stop is the Jolly Farmer in Whitmoor Common located 1.5 mile/2.5 km from the end of the walk on a 500 meter diversion. The area around Worplsedon Station itself seems a bit sparse in terms of amenities.
Enjoy the walk!