Book 1 Walk 12 - Farnham to Godalming
Length: 20.6 km (12.8 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10 Either (
for Senior Railcard holders - and Clapham Junctioners)
: 09-53 hrs Alton service CJ 10-0 hrs Woking 10-30 hrs
: 10-55 hrs Or
(for non-Senior Railcard holders)
: 10-00 hrs Portsmouth Harbour service (Does not
stop at Clapham Junction)
: 10-24 hrs Change trains
: 10-30 hrs On Alton service
: 10-55 hrs Return Godalming
: 11, 25, 38 and 51 mins past the hour (plus 17-41 hrs) Rail ticket
: Buy a day return to Farnham plus
a single from Godalming to Woking
Today's walk starts and ends along the River Wey
. In between it passes close to the ruins of Waverley Abbey and heads through woods and along sandy bridleways to your choice of lunch pub stops. The (usually excellent and homely) Barley Mow
pub is some 6.25 km into the walk at Tilford. Continue on for another 2.75 km and you will reach The Donkey
pub in Charleshill, the traditional stop on this walk. Whichever pub you plan to stop at, best 'to phone ahead with numbers.
After lunch the walk takes you through more woods and along more sandy bridleways until you reach the Peper Harrow Estate (with only one 'pee"). Soon afterwards the walk returns to the River Wey for a relaxing river path walk all the "way" into Godalming
. Proprietors or Managers of the tea options listed in the Directions will all welcome your walk-end custom.
Although I do not promise today's walk will be totally mud-free, the sandy paths help keep footbed conditions reasonably dry, making this walk suitable to do after lengthy periods of steady rain or in winter.
Walk Directions are here: L=1.12