Book 1, Walk 12 - Farnham to Godalming
Length: 20.6 km (12.8 miles). Continuing along the river at walk-end to Guildford adds 4 miles to the walk.
Toughness: 6 out of 10 Meeting place:
outside Farnham station building at 11-30 hrs
We will do a socially-distanced meet up there and split into groups of no more than six. You must please be prepared to swop contact details with others in your group for contact tracing purposes
If you are comfortable travelling on public transport out of rush hour, and comply with social distancing rules and wear face covering etc, the suggested train to the walk-start is as follows:
London Waterloo: 10-23 hrs. Alton service. CJ 10-30 hrs
Arrive Farnham: 11-25 hrs Return service
: Godalming to Waterloo: 16-09, 16-25, 16-41, 16-51, 17-11, 17-25, 17-41, 17-51, 18-25 hrs and so on
Guildford to Waterloo: usually 4 fast trains an hour Rail ticket
: Buy an off-peak day return to Farnham plus
a single from Godalming to Woking
Today's walk in the western extremities of leafy Surrey starts and ends along the River Wey. Fit walkers can have an extended walk beside the river by continuing at walk-end from Godalming to Guildford. At this time of year this extension should make for a very enjoyable early evening walk. But for us lesser mortals, 12.8 miles should be quite sufficient for today's walk, along mostly flat sandy bridleways and through commons.
The delightful early pub-lunch stop on this walk is the Barley Mow
in Tilford. The pub has reopened and has a new menu for current conditions. But the traditional pub stop for this walk comes 50 minutes later on in the walk at the Donkey pub,
Charleshill, which should be open and serving food and drinks. If stopping here say hello to the two donkeys, Pip and Dusty, resident in the back garden.
The afternoon leg of the walk takes you towards walk-end back along the river into Godalming.
Tea options are listed in the walk directions, found here: L=1.12