Length: 26.0 km/16.2 mi [shorter options available, see below]
Net Walking Time: ca. 6 hours
Toughness: 7 out of 10
Take the 09.00 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo, change at Woking onto the 08.54 stopping service from Waterloo to Alton (09.24/09.30).
That train calls Clapham J at 09.01. Train arrives Bentley at 10.02. Buy a Bentley (Hampshire) return.
Return trains from Farnham are on xx.28 and xx.58 (direct). There is also a xx.04, changing at Guildford.
This is a varied walk on the Hampshire/Surrey border, incorporating ancient forests (Alice Holt Forest, Farnham Heath and Bourne Wood), some large and popular heathlands on Frensham Common (with several large ponds, one of which has dedicated swimming areas, and the Devil's Jumps) and the more remote Hankley Common, a large Scots Pine and heather-covered area including the heathland ridges of Kettlebury Hill and Yagden Hill, which make for some very scenic views.
On Hankley Common you have an opportunity to explore a D-Day training site with a replica section of The Atlantic Wall and assorted other defensive structures. From the picturesque village of Tilford, north of Hankley Common, with its pub and cricket pitch on the green you follow quiet woodland paths and lanes (with the occasional steep ascent) to Farnham.
Bus 19 (Haslemere to Aldershot via Farnham, hourly Mon-Sat) to/from Great Pond Car Park (after 9.1 km of walking) enables a very short walk or a late start or a circular or a ‘Lasso’-style route.
A Shortcut from Frensham Little Pond to Tilford cuts out the Flashes area of Frensham Common with the Devil’s Jumps and all of Hankley Common. [cuts 6.8 km/4.2 mi and 136m ascent, rated 4/10].
An Alternative Ending from Tilford along the Greensand Way and the River Wey cuts some steep ascents.
Lunch: Several options for elevenses (see the pdf) plus two principal pub stops.
They are the Bel and the Dragon in Churt
(13.7 km/8.5 mi, food served to 17.00) or The Barley Mow
in Tilford (12.6 km/7.8 mi into the short walk, food served to 15.00).
Tea: a café en route along the short walk, a pub and a village store in Tilford on all options, plus three pubs in Farnham at the end. See the pdf for details.
For walk directions
, height profiles
and gpx/kml files