Guildford to Farnham walk

A river valley, gentle pastures, Watts Gallery, woods, remote heathlands and heather covered moors.

Farm near Guildford

Farm near Guildford

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North Downs Way near Watts Gallery

North Downs Way near Watts Gallery

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Near Loseley House 2

Near Loseley House 2

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Near Loseley House

Near Loseley House

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Lake near Loseley House

Lake near Loseley House

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Watts Chapel Guildford Circular

Watts Chapel

Guildford Circular

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This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Fri, 21-Jan-22

Date # Post
Sun, 04-Jul-21 7

Sunday Walk - Farnham Circular

Farnham circular (option c of the Guildford to Farnham Walk)


Length 10.1 miles

Toughness: 5 out of 10

This walk follows the morning of the Farnham toGodalming walk as far as its lunch pub, the Donkey in Charleshill, and then uses the latter part of the Guildford to Farnham walk to return to Farnham. This creates a nicely contrasted walk, following a pretty valley in the morning and across wooded heathland in the afternoon.

Trains: Catch the 10.07 from London Waterloo (CJ 10.14) arriving Farnham 11.13.

Return trains from Farnham are at xx:00, xx:30. Buy a return to Farnham.

Lunch: The Donkey in Charleshill (booking recommended - tel 01252 702 124) or bring a picnic.

Tea: options described in the walk directions.

For COVID contact tracing purposes, please email or register on LWUG if you intend to come on the walk. In the event that you develop COVID symptoms in the week following the walk, please email or Your contact details will not be shared with anyone.

7 did this walk on a warm mainly dry day with a couple of heavy showers one at the start of the walk and one mid afternoon.There were pools of water and plenty of mud on some paths but overall the going wasn't too bad. We had lunch on the village green in Tilford and it looked like some cricket might be played but they looked at the sky and retreated indoors. The heathland in the afternoon had some heather already in bloom. Elsewhere, the humid weather and abundant vegetation felt tropical. One caught the 4 o'clock train, two the 4.30. Four stopped for refreshments in Farnham.
Wed, 21-Apr-21 9

Wednesday Walk Guildford Circular with Hog's Back start - Watts Chapel, Losely Park and the River Wey (note change in outward train time)

Book 2, Walk 12b) - Guildford Circular with Hog's Back start

Length: 13.6 km (8.5 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10 (at start): remainder of walk - 2 out of 10
Change in outward train time - better service now showing, although service shown below in strikethrough is still shown in timetable
London Waterloo: 10-30 hrs Portsmouth Harbour service; Does NOT stop at Clapham Junction; Woking 10-55 hrs
Arrive Guildford: 11-02 hrs

Clapham Junctioners: CJ: 10-27 hrs Exeter St David's service
Arrive Woking: 10-45 hrs Change trains
Leave Woking: 10-55 hrs on Portsmouth Harbour service, as above
Arrive Guildford: 11-02 hrs

London Waterloo: 10-15 hrs Haslemere service Clapham Junction 10-22 hrs Woking 10-43 hrs
Arrive Guildford: 10-50 hrs
Return 4 fast trains an hour

Covid-19 Compliance: the mantra is now: "Hands-Face-Space-Fresh Air". We will get plenty of the last, regardless, but the other three will be down to all of us observing social distancing and following the current guidance for walkers. The majority of SWC Walk Posters believe the "Rule of Six" still applies to SWC walks - at least until 16 May. Please all come prepared to exchange contact details for track and trace purposes. If you prefer to pre-register for this walk (not essential - but it facilitates the collection of contact details) please e-mail me at Thank you.
An energetic start to today's walk is rewarded by fine panoramic views of Guildford and Guildford Cathedral. We then drop down from the Hog's Back plateau to the North Downs Way which we follow to the outskirts of the village of Compton. Watts Gallery is still closed until May but Watts Chapel, down the road, should be open - and worth a visit if this walk is new to you. Through a farm and then through a wood and you come to the usually excellent Withies Inn, which reopened on 12 April for outdoors dining. If seeking a pub lunch here you should book in advance.
After Compton you head for Losely Park, a good spot for a picnic (as are the grounds of the closed Watts Gallery). On through the park and you come to the River Wey for a relaxing riverside walk back to Guildford. There should be plenty of takeaway options here for post walk refreshments before your journey back to London.
Walk Directions are here: L=2.12
What time might it be good to book lunch for at the Withies?
Hi Gavin, I have booked a table for 6 at the Withies for 12 45 pm. If you now find the Withies fully booked when you contact them you may have one of my places, if you wish.
Their boking site says they have no spaces within 2.5 hours.

I could phone them, and if they do have some spaces, could book more than just one, as your spaces might be filled? Bw, Gavin
No bad thing to book a second table even if you have to wait a short while for it to become available. You can always spend some time in Compton, at Watts Chapel. The afternoon leg of the walk is short, so unless you are in a hurry to return to London you will have plenty of time today to complete the walk. As our first official (non Renegade) SWC Wednesday walk back post Lockdown 3 no bad thing perhaps to have a leisurely, non rushed day.
Hi, I wonder if there is still a space for lunch at the Withies? Thanks. Alice.
Yes, Alice, I am sure we can fit you in on one of our tables.
I have booked a table for 6 at 13.00, for snacks and drinks only. The restuarant outside is full.
I would hope to eat a full meal though. However, I guess this can be sorted on the day. Obviously the weather will affect things. I would hope to make it even if there are hurricanes.
I will likely get a taxi from the Withies to Guildford station, as I prob have a meeting at 5pm in Tooting.
Great, thank you Marcus! Alice
Hi Marcus, I've got things coming up at work so cannot go for the walk tomorrow. Won't be able to join the lunch at the Withies. Have an enjoyable walk! Alice
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I am doing the whole walk today as my meeting at 5pm is cancelled.

9 on a sunny cloudy and sometimes windy day. A pleasant easy going walk. (Pleasant and easy going, that is, except for the gruelling slog up the hill out of Guildford). On top, after the oxygen had been administered, our way was carpeted with celandine, wood anemone and even a few cowslips. Later, we were alongside huge yellow fields of oilseed rape. Eventually the Withies was reached and I was able to relax with a pint of draught beer (the first in 4 months) and wait for the others to catch up. Four ate and were appreciative. Some had as many as two pints of beer.
Then we were off, back to Guildford for a tea / alcohol break in the White House. One minor disappointment the final stretch of riverside, in Guildford, is blocked. I had to divert onto the road.

Thanks for the walk report, Ian. The five walkers in my group opted to cross the pedestrian bridge before you reach the closed weir to enter Guildford and walk on the other (eastern) side of the River Wey (as suggested in the Walk Directions, para 32). We still had a short section of road walking at the end of the fields, but we though whilst the route around the weir remains closed, the alternative route is better and more enjoyable.

Good to see everyone, and a nice day out.
For para 32 in my comment below, please read para 160 in the latest on line version of the Walk Directions.
That's what I did, Marcus, but at the point where you have to come out on the road, it was not particularly obvious that the river route ahead was blocked. I crossed over the footbridge at that point and continued along the riverside until I was blocked by a big fence. Then I had to retrace. I must have lost at least 20 minutes of important drinking time.
Sat, 19-Dec-20

Saturday Walk Guildford Circular with Hog's Back start - CANCELLED due to restrictions on travel following London's (new) Tier 3 Covid status

Book 2, Walk 12ab) - Guildford Circular with Hog's Back start

Wed, 26-Feb-20 11

Wednesday walk Guildford Circular, with Hog's Back start - Watts Gallery, Watts Chapel, Losely Park and River Wey

Book 2, Walk 12b) - Guildford Circular with Hog's Back start

Length: 13.6 km (8.5 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10 (due to initial climb onto the Hog's Back: remainder 2 out of 10)

London Waterloo: 10-15 hrs Haslemere service CJ 10-22hrs Woking 10-43 hrs
Arrive Guildford: 10-50 hrs

Return: fast trains at 01, 19, 34 and 49 mins past the hour

This walk will be familiar to SWC mid-week walkers, and it makes for a most enjoyable winter's walk, with an energetic start up onto the Hog's Back, to enjoy some lovely views. Thereafter, you drop down onto sandy paths and tracks to make your way to Watts Gallery and Watts Chapel. If you wish you can stop for lunch in the Gallery's very good cafeteria, although your recommended lunch stop today comes 30 minutes later at the excellent and very popular Withies Inn in Compton tel: 01483-421158. It is essential to 'phone ahead from Guildford railway station with numbers (your e.t.a excluding time for stops at the Gallery and Chapel is 12-30 hrs). As I will not be with you on the walk today perhaps someone else could do the honours in contacting the pub. Try to reserve a table in the informal bar-lounge area, not the formal restaurant with its claustrophobic low ceiling.

After lunch you have an enjoyable walk through the open parkland of Losely Park before you descend to the River Wey, for a relaxing riverside walk to Guildford. Here you have a good choice of refreshments stops, with the Debenham's store self-service restaurant and - next door - the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre cafe being popular with SWC walkers.
Your walk directions are here L=2.12

11 walkers set off from Guildford on a cold and breezy but bright day with sunny periods. At least four elected to extend the walk to Farnham, three of whom ate sandwiches outside the Jolly Farmer, while one walker opted to eat in the pub, perhaps encouraged by the powerful central heating. The walk was successfully navigated by a combination of OS map, GPS and written instructions. There was mud, but no more than would be expected at this tine of year. We reached Farnham at about 4.15 p.m. and found a convenient pub while waiting for the 65 bus back to Guildford. This deposited us at Guildford station in time to catch the 17.34 back to London.
The weir bridge in Guildford Park is still missing after its collapse last year. It collapsed last year as someone was walking across it and the moment was caught on video news/guildford footbridge collapse video wey 17192396
Sun, 03-Mar-19 2

Sunday Walk: Guildford Circular via Compton

13.4km (8.3 miles) Difficulty 2/10
A pleasant outing from Guildford, visiting Watts Gallery and Chapel, and Loseley Park .
Trains Get the 10:00 Guildford train from Waterloo (Clapham Jct 10:09) arriving Guildford 10:48.
Fastest return trains at xx:01 or xx:31
The Withies Inn in Compton (01483 421158) is the suggested lunch stop for this walk. A friendly rural pub serving food 12-3pm.
Watts Gallery tea shop in Compton (01483 813590), 5.7km (3.5 miles) into the walk, serves a range of light meals (including vegan options) from 12-4pm , with sandwiches and cakes served 10.30am to 5pm.
Plenty of options in Guildford, the self-service restaurant of Debenhams, open till 5pm Sunday, has an excellent selection of cakes, and a beautiful view overlooking the River Wey. For other options, explore the town’s high street, or there is a Costa Coffee at Guildford station.
The Watts Gallery in Compton is dedicated to the memory of Victorian artist G F Watts. It costs £11.50 to get in (£5.75 with an Art Card). The gallery has some impressive paintings and is currently hosting an exhibition on Christina Rossetti. Near the gallery, the beautifully decorated Watts Chapel is worth a look - and free.
Directions: here
Pages 1-5 and 10-12 will suffice for the circular. The sections you need are
  • Guildford station to the North Downs Way
  • To Watts Gallery via North Downs Way
  • Watt's Gallery to Loseley Park
  • Loseley Park to Guildford
You'll have to keep yourselves separate from a group of Capital Walkers who will also be spilling out of this train at Guildford and starting off alongside the Wey. They'll then be heading off in the other direction so your paths are unlikely to cross again unless you happen to meet up on the train home.
2 set off in constant, alternating drizzle and light rain. After a fireside lunch at the recommended pub we braved strong winds and horizontal rain as we followed the river Wey back into Guildford. Sandy soil made for firm paths and not too much sticky mud. A bracing walk with some atmospheric views.
constant alternating drizzle and light rain
Sat, 09-Feb-19 13

Saturday Walk: Guildford to Farnham

13.8 miles/22.2km
4 out of 10

This is a walk of two halves, with gentle countryside in the morning, passing by the Watts Gallery to lunch at Puttenham, while the afternoon route heads up into the wilder Surrey Heathlands.

Trains: 10:00 from London Waterloo, arriving at Guildford at 10:33. Return from Farnham at xx28/xx58. A day return to Farnham is also valid for the outward journey to Guildford.
Lunch: An early stop after 5.2 miles/8.3 km at The Good Intent, Puttenham, food served until 2:30pm (tel 01483 810387). An alternative to the Good Intent is to stop 300m before at the Harvester pub on the B3000.
Hi Bridie2,

I would like to join you on your walk from Guildford to Farnham on Saturday. This will be my first time walking with the Saturday Walkers club, is their any thing I need to know?

Regards Barry

There is lots of useful information about how our walks work here, Barry
Thank you for the quick response. I have downloaded the walk PDF and will also take a print out. See you on Saturday.
I may take up the option in the directions to do the shorter circular walk back to Guildford, at Compton (or possibly after lunch in Puttenham)
12 at Guildford Station, one of which had walked in from his car parked at Watts Gallery, near where we later picked up his partner, so 13 in sunny then grey weather. 9 ate at The Good Intent (we had called ahead to book a table), the picnickers joined us so we all left at the same time, but then we split into sub groups when crossing Puttenham Common and the woods thereafter. Snowdrops nearly everywhere up to the Commons, in gardens, under large trees, in churchyards and on the wayside. The River Wey full and fast flowing. Mud: still modest for the time of year. Unbelievable numbers of dog walkers, and some hikers as well.
In Farnham some went to The Lamb, others to The Mulberry, the stragglers were on the 16.58.
Wed, 23-Jan-19 16

Wednesday Walk Guildford Circular, with Hog's Back start - Watts Gallery, Watts Chapel, Loseley Park and the River Wey

Book 2, Walk 12b) - Guildford Circular, with Hog's Back start

Length: 13.6 km (8.5 miles) Longer options available, finishing in Godalming or Farnham
Toughness: 6 out of 10 (one steep ascent at the start, remainder of walk 2 out of 10)

London Waterloo: 10-15 hrs Haslemere service. CJ 10-22 hrs, Woking 10-43 hrs
Arrive Guildford: 10-50 hrs

Return: 00, 17, 34 and 47 mins past the hour

This walk makes for a good winter's outing, with a steep hill at the start, up onto the Hog's Back, to get shot of the cobwebs, worth the effort for the spendid views, then it's downhill to a nice mixture of woods, Surrey heathland, farmland and open spaces, plus places of interest en route, namely Watts Gallery and Watts Chapel. You can have lunch in the Gallery (without, I believe, having to pay the entrance fee) but the main lunch stop for those who appreciate a good pub is the Withies Inn, in Compton. Please 'phone ahead with numbers from Guildford station, or shortly thereafter: this popular pub is busy all year round: 01483-421158 your e.t.a is 12-40 pm. Request a table in the comfy bar area - I find the restaurant, with its low ceiling, hot and a bit claustrophobic.

Post prandial, you have a pleasant walk through Loseley Park, which takes you out onto a road near the River Wey. You now head for the river for your homeward leg back to Guildford. Plenty of pubs and tea rooms await your custom before you walk to the railway station for fast trains back to London.
Walk Directions are here: L=2.12
may do this walk in the old fashioned way so maybe see you all at Watts Gallery.

16 assembled in the concourse of Guildford's railway station before setting off on the steep climb up the minor road to the Hog's Back. This ascent gets steeper every time I try it. The views from the top made up for energy expended, made more atmospheric by the previous night's dusting of snow. The weather mostly sunny and bright all day assisted we we enjoyed near perfect winter walking conditions all day. A walk along the top and then it was downhill on a slippery, narrow path to connect up with the North Downs Way which took us to the Watts Gallery, where at least 2 in our party stopped for a visit. 2 others then set off to tackle the Farnham long walk version of our walk. Most others visited Watts Chapel before heading through farmland and woodland to the Withies Inn, where 10 dined, enjoying this pub's friendly service and cuisine most of us enjoy our visits to the Withies.
The afternoon leg, in contrast to the morning's climbs, was pleasantly flat Losely Park, then a walk beside the River Wey. Having set out from the pub in relays, all bar 2 of the early leavers headed straight for the station on reaching Guildford, the two stopping for tea at Debenhams. The 4 in my group took tea next door at the Yvonne Arnaud theatre and very nice, too. On then to the railway for a fast train back to London.
I believe today's walk was enjoyed by all for its variety and contrasts, inclines to keep a SWC walker honest, good water features, easy travel, and an excellent lunch stop in perfect weather, to boot. It just goes to show you don't always have to trudge 15 miles to have a rewarding walk. Our 8.5 miles today with its ups and downs and sights en route methinks was just right for many of us.
I hope our 2 Farnham walkers enjoyed their day and arrived at their destination in daylight.
The 2 Farnham walkers arrived in good time to take tea at Farnham station before heading back on the 4.58 train to Waterloo. The approach into Farnham is not the prettiest, but all in all a very nice walk and made better still by the near perfect weather.

Sat, 30-Dec-17 19

Saturday walk - Guildford to Godalming (or Guildford Circular)

Guildford to Godalming book 2 walk 12b, with alternative ending
Length: 13km (8miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10

Optional extension back to Shalford (17.6km/10.9 miles) or Guildford (10.4km/12.6 miles)

9.45 train from Waterloo (9.52 Clapham Junction) to Guildford, arriving 10.23. (Make sure you get this one, not the slow one at 33 past...)

Buy a day return to Godalming (or to Shalford or Guildford, if you have definitely decided to return from there: otherwise a day return to Godalming covers all eventualities)

This walk is a combination of two different walks (so two sets of instructions or GPX files needed: see below) with an optional extension along the Wey Navigation.

First you start with option b) or book 2 walk 12 Guildford to Farnham - directions here (see page 9 to start: you need pages 8-11 of this document, plus the home page for lunch and history details) GPX file here. This takes you on a steep climb up onto the Hog's Back ridge, with fine views both northwards and southwards.

After the Hog's Back section follow the Guildford Circular directions as far as the Watt's Gallery cafe or Witthies Inn - both excellent, but both popular for lunch: squeeze into them politely please: in the past poorly-behaved walkers have upset both establishments. Watt's Gallery Chapel is also worth a quick visit if you don't know it.

You could then just follow the Guildford Circular version of walk 12 back to Guildford, but my recommendation is to switch at either Watt's Gallery or the Witthies Inn to the Warnborough to Godalming walk (book 1 walk 2 - directions here, GPX here - start from the end of paragraph 8 from Watt's Gallery or from paragraph 11 for the Witthies Inn): follow this walk to its end in Godalming, making a walk from Guildford of 13km (8 miles).

Trains back from Godalming go at 25 and 53 minutes past the hour.


After tea, an optional extension, if there is still light, is to walk up the Wey Navigation path to Shalford or Guildford. This is an atmospheric and interesting walk, perfectly flat, easy to follow and doable in the dusk. To do this go to the far (eastern) end of Godalming high street, and follow the road as it veers left to a big road bridge over the river. At the far end of the bridge, turn right onto the riverside path.

The way is then not in doubt all the way to Guildford. After 4km (2.5 miles) you are forced to cross a main road (a busy road: not the minor road at Farncombe Lock not far beyond Godalming). If you turn right here and then veer left across the common in about 100 metres, you come in another few hundred metres to another main road, with Shalford station beyond it. Trains from here go at 03 past the hour, changing at Guildford for Waterloo. There is a pub conveniently close to the station for tea. If you end here you will have walked 17.6km (10.9 miles)

Or at the busy road crossing, simply continue onwards on the Wey path into Guildford, another 3.5km (2.2 miles), making a total Guildford circular walk of 20.4km (12.7 miles). Fast trains back to Waterloo from Guildford are every 15 minutes and there are lots of tea options, including a Costa Coffee with seating at the station itself. T=2.12b

19 very mild but overcast. An interesting variation on the various Guildford circulars. At lunch time we split about 50:50 for the Watts Gallery / Cafe / Chapel and the Withies Inn. The Withies offers two menus light lunches in the bar area or the restaurant menu which they will also serve in the bar area. Both good but the restaurant menu is getting quite expensive. The Wey was in full flow as we went on for early tea and cake in Godalming. Some stayed on to look round the shops and I believe others walked back to Guildford or Shalford.
Wed, 01-Mar-17 14

Wednesday Walk - Guildford to Farnham (or Guildford Circular) with Hog's Back start

Book 2 Walk 12 b) - Guildford to Farnham with Hog's Back start

Length: 22.2 km (13.8 miles) (Guildford Circular 13.6 km, 8.5 miles)
Toughness: start 6 out of 10 (initial steep ascent) but most of walk (both) 2 out of 10

Option to mix and match with other Guildford walks

London Waterloo: 10-15 hrs (Haslemere train) CJ 10-22 hrs
Arrive Guildford: 10-50 hrs

Return Farnham to Waterloo: 28 and 58 mins past the hour
Return Guildford to Waterloo: four an hour

Rail ticket: if doing the Farnham walk, buy a day return to Farnham. Otherwise, a day return to Guildford

Your options for today - St David's Day and Ash Wednesday - include a longish walk to Farnham or a pleasant, shorter Circular walk around Guildford. I suggest you all set out together on the Hog's Back start - a steep ascent but rewarded with panoramic views of Guildford.

Having descended from the Hog's Back you all head for Watts Gallery and Chapel, which will be familiar with walkers who ventured out on the Wanborough walk some five weeks earlier. Those on the Circular walk now head for the suggested lunch stop, the popular and usually excellent Withies Inn in Compton. Please phone ahead with numbers: 01483-421158. The Farnham walkers part company with the Circular walkers at Watts Gallery and they head for lunch at the Good Intent pub in Puttenham Village: again, best 'phone ahead with numbers: 01483-810387.

After the Circular walkers have dined in Compton their afternoon walk is quite different to the Wanborough walk and takes them over farmland and into Loseley Park with a final leg beside the River Wey into Guildford, with its many tea and pub options.

For those heading for Farnham, you have a long afternoon ahead of you ( 8.7 miles) and you will need to maintain a healthy pace to make Farnham in daylight, but it is doable, and your route takes you over classic Surrey heathland, woods and commons, giving you a rewarding long walk.
Walk directions here L=2.12

Next Week Wednesday 08 March: SWC Walk 94 - Watton-at-Stone Circular
The "Download Walk (pdf)" button on the Watton at Stone circular walk page doesn't seem to be working at the moment.
try now
No change as yet, I'm afraid.
I can't join you on Wednesday but if you're doing the circular version, make sure a stray dog doesn't follow you when you pass Coneycroft Farm (at option (a) paras 17 18). It's happened at least a couple of times, as David M knows.
Download button now fixed, thanks Andrew!
14, Eight took the shorter circular option and six the longer linear walk ending in Farnham. cloudy with the odd spot of rain from time to time and generally better than forecast. Six of us had lunch at the Withies Inn which was up to its usual high standard of food and service. The circular walkers got back to Guildford quite early and four went for tea in the Debenhams Restaurant with its panoramic river view.
Sun, 11-Dec-16 15

Sunday Walk 1 – Watts-'is-name Gallery & Chapel

Book 2 Walk 12a – Guildford Circular
Length: 13.6 km (8.5 miles). Toughness: 2/10

10:30 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (Clapham Jct 10:39), arriving Guildford at 11:10.

There are fast return trains from Guildford at 05 & 35 minutes past the hour.

I suggest doing the standard version of this Book 2 walk, but the website version now includes a slightly more strenuous alternative start and you could take a vote on this before setting off. Both variations lead you into Compton via the Watts Gallery tea room and/or Watts Chapel (the latter is free and well worth a visit), before heading back to Guildford via Loseley Park. If you want a pub lunch you have to make a small detour to the Withies Inn on the return leg, but this popular pub is likely to be even busier than usual just before Christmas and I'd be tempted to get something earlier at the Gallery tea room.

For refreshments at the end of the walk you'll find all the usual suspects along Guildford's High Street as well as several riverside pubs. Debenham's self-service restaurant has a particularly nice riverfront setting, though they might be a bit sniffy if you're trailing copious amounts of mud as you make your way to it through the store.

You'll need to print the directions from the Book 2 Walk 12 document. T=2.12.a
Those interested in Arts and Craft design may like to take advantage of tours of Limnerslease, GF and Mary Watts' home, built for them nearby and recently opened to tours. gb/whats on/tours limnerslease/.the exhibition at Watts Gallery.
Leighton House is displaying 'Flaming June' at the moment and a visit to LH is much enriched by an included tour, every sunday at 3pm by a knowledgeable Scotswoman. Connected with F J's display is an exhibition at Watts Gallery of works of the same period, each accompanied by a description from the owner Untold Stories: British Art from Private Collections offers an exciting opportunity to see great works of art which are normally kept behind closed doors.
These extra items may delay your return to Guildford, but there is a regular hourly bus service detailed with full timetable at the bottom of the 'Visit Us' web page of the Watts Gallery gb/visit/how find us/
p.s. reduced entry at LeightonHouse with Art fund card and NT England card, NOT NT Scotland
p.p.s. NO TOURS OF LIMNERSLEASE on sunday 11th December.
15 on this walk in fine sunny and clear weather. We all took the longer tarmac climb to enjoy views óf Guildford with its cathedral dominating the landscape. Because the pub was fully booked we all lunched or had refreshments at the Watts Gallery cafe and if you get there early enough seating should nót be a problem. After lunch most of us visited Watts Chapel before the return leg to Guildford which is mostly the opening stretch of the Guildford to Farnham walk in reverse. On the way we were joined by a friendly half grown rottweiller dog which appeared to have become separated from its owners. It was tagged so we left it in the hands of a kindly local. We forsook the riverside route to return to Guildford via a track across the still dry water meadows. Six of us then found a table in a cafe Nero in Guildford's bustling High street before heading home on a fast train. An excellent winter walk with little mud underfoot and some fine views.
Sat, 27-Aug-16 12

Saturday Walk 1 - Guildford to Farnham (Book 2 Walk 12)

Book 2 Walk 12 - Guildford to Farnham
13.8 miles/22.2km
4 out of 10

This is a walk of two halves, with gentle countryside in the morning, passing by the Watts Gallery to lunch at Puttenham. The afternoon route heads up into the wilder Surrey Heathlands, a vast area of woods, sandy grassland and heather-covered moors.

Trains: 9:45 Portsmouth & Southsea train from London Waterloo, arriving at Guildford at 10:23. Return from Farnham at xx28/xx58. Buy a day return to Farnham - recent experience is that this is accepted by the ticket barriers at Guildford station.

Lunch: The Good Intent, Puttenham, serves food until 2:30pm, tel 01483 810387, located 5.2 miles/8.3km into the walk. An early option is the tearoom at the Watts Gallery (3.4 miles/5.5km), which serves soups/sandwiches at lunchtime. And an alternative to the Good Intent is to stop 300m before at the Harvester pub on the B3000.

The traditional place for tea in Farnham is the Bush Hotel, 300m past the station, but there are many other options in Farnham's picturesque town centre.

The heather should be at its best in the second half this walk. It can be quite a spectacle
I think the shop at Loseley Park is open for ice creams etc...
12 approx dry and shady in the woods. 2 joined at lunchtime, 1 having taken an alternative route and 1 on a later train. 1 other late walker dropped out at Watts Gallery. Pleasant morning, nice heather on the heathland, good lunch, a few too many roads in the afternoon for my liking.
Sun, 10-Jan-16 11

Sunday Walk 1 – The Hog's Back and Loseley Park

Book 2 Walk 12a (variation) – Guildford Circular, with alternative start
Length: 12½ or 14 km (7.8 or 8.7 miles). Toughness: 3/10

10:30 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (Clapham Jct 10:39), arriving Guildford at 11:10.

There are fast return trains from Guildford at 05 & 35 minutes past the hour.

The book version of this short circular walk will be (over-)familiar to most SWC stalwarts – although its last Sunday outing was 2½ years ago – but it has been re-invigorated with this new start. On this variation you climb up onto the North Downs ridge (the Hog's Back) for far-reaching views on both sides before dropping down to join the North Downs Way, where the walk notes offer a number of continuations.

If you don't want a pub lunch the simplest option is to follow the book route into Compton via the Watts Gallery tea room and/or Watts Chapel (the latter is free and well worth a visit), before heading back to Guildford via Loseley Park. However, my inclination would be to head first to the popular Withies Inn, which is usually able to squeeze walkers into its bar area for lunch. From here the walk notes direct you straight back to Guildford but it's not difficult to detour into Compton if you want to visit the Chapel and/or Gallery, an extra 1½ km or so.

At the end of the walk there are many possible tea places in Guildford, with the book recommending Debenham's self-service restaurant on the riverfront. There are also several riverside pubs plus a choice of cafés and coffee shops in the High Street.

You'll need to print the new route directions from this Hog's Back Start Option document. For the return route, bring Book 2 or print the relevant pages from the main Book 2 Walk 12 document. T=2.12.a
The Witthies Inn is a very nice pub, one of the best, with super helpful staff. So please be nice to them. I dimly remember some SWC party a while back reporting that they had arguments with the staff and got "banned". We definitely don't want to fall out with this place, so be nice.

Back in the summer I went there for lunch on a weekday and ordered at the bar from the restaurant menu. I didn't want to sit inside, so I opted for a table in the garden. Bless them, they sent a white coated waiter out to lay my table and to serve my meal in proper restaurant style, using fork and spoon to transfer my mousaka neatly from dish to plate (wish I knew how to do that!). So in short, top hole place.


As it's a Sunday and pubs are generally busy, I recommend giving them a courtesy call from the station to book a table.
Withies claim to be fully booked in the bar tomorrow lunch. Didn't ask about the restaurant. Just so you know.
11 on this walk. Weather fairly sunny in the morning cloudy some rain in the afternoon. A nice climb out of Guildford onto the Hog's Back, from where there was a fine view. Paths minimally muddy apart from one sunken section. The Witthies Inn was alas fully booked, but the Watts Gallery cafe accommodated us, even if the welsh rarebit portions were considered "a bit small for walkers". A few visited the Gallery itself.

After lunch most of us visited Watt's Chapel and then headed off into the woods where there were some squelchy bits to negotiate. It rained as we approached Loseley House but soon stopped. The Wey Navigation was a brown torrent but fortunately not high enough to flood the path.

The Debenham's self service restaurant was alas closed for some special reason or other, but a few of us eventually found a nice cafe after an exhaustive search. I am not sure we could find it again, however...
The cafe in Guildford is called Coffee Culture. It is on Tripadvisor as #2 place for coffee (tea and cakes as well). The link below. It is worth noting it for future outings. Review g186390 d5570173 Reviews Coffee Culture Guildford Surrey England.html
Sat, 09-Jan-16 11

Saturday First Walk - Surrey heathlands

T=2.12.c Book 1, walk 12 + Book 2 Walk 12c - Farnham Circular
Length: 16.2km (10.1 miles)
Toughness: 2 out of 10 - gently undulating

9.23 train from Waterloo to Farnham, arriving 10.25

From Clapham Junction, get the 9.27 Exeter St David's train and change at Woking (arrive 9.45, depart 10.00). As the more perceptive of you will spot, this train is actually faster than the direct train between Clapham Junction and Woking.

Trains back are at 28 and 58 past the hour

This walk combines the walks numbered 12 from book 1 and book 2 to make a gentle circuit of the countryside around Farnham. At least half of it is on sandy heathlands which hopefully will be a bit drier underfoot than other paths at this time of year. Nevertheless I would come prepared for mud because it is January after all.


Start with Book 1, walk 12 (click here for directions) and follow them as far as The Donkey in Charles Hill

After lunch you need the directions for Book 2, walk 12 (use of the online directions, which were updated in September, is recommended). On page 9 of those directions you will find short link instructions for option c) which will join you up with the main walk directions for Book 2, walk 12 (you actually only need page 5 and 6). You then follow these to the end.


The best-sited pub is The Donkey in Charles Hill, 9km/5.5 miles into the walk, but it is worth ringing this on the day to make sure they have room (you should get there at 1pm or so).

If not, then the Barley Mow in Tilford, 6.2km/3.8 miles into the walk has been a reliable alternative in the past, but if you stop here note that you still have 10km/6.3 miles to do after lunch.


The Mulberry pub by Farnham station had turned into something of a party/sports venue when we passed in September. Better to make the effort to walk a few hundred metres up the road into Farnham town, which has some tea rooms, if you can get to them in time, plus lots of pubs. It is a very pretty place too and worth seeing in its own right.
11 dry with a short shower in the morning.

A good choice of walk for this time of year. There were some short muddy bits and a few large puddles but generally this was mostly dry paths making the walking easy. Good lunch as ever at the Donkey and friendly service of tea and scones in the comfort of The Bush Hotel in Farnham.
Sat, 12-Sep-15 24

Saturday Second Walk - Heather-clad heaths

Book 2, walk 12 - Guildford to Farnham
Length: 22.2km (13.8 miles)
Toughness: 2 out of 10 - fairly flat

9.45 train from Waterloo (9.52 Clapham Junction) to Guildford, arrive 10.23

Best ticket: an interesting question. Some say that a day return to Farnham (£11.55 with a Network Card) works through the barriers at Guildford, but if it doesn't, South West Trains can be fussy about imposing penalty fares. You can cover your back by buying a single from Woking to Guildford for the outward journey (£2.40 with a Network Card, so £13.95 in total), but you will need to do this from a ticket office (in which case you might as well ask them if the Farnham return would work at Guildford).

Otherwise a day return to Guildford (£10.55 with a Network Card) plus a single from Farnham to Woking (where the lines join = £5.20) comes to £15.75.

For walk directions click here.

Before anyone starts posting comments about it, yes, for a second week I am putting up a book walk not an SWC walk (as would be more normal for this slot). My reason is because the (longish) afternoon of this walk crosses some wonderful heathlands which should still hopefully have plenty of heather in flower. (If one times this right, they can look really quite spectacular). We also need to get some longer walks in before the clocks go back (!!) and I think it is a while since this walk had a Saturday outing.

The morning is a simple walk along the North Downs Way - mainly lowland tracks at this point. Lunch is in the Good Intent in Puttenham, which normally manages to accommodate us, but if not there is (or was last time I looked) a Harvester pub just before it.

Tea is most conveniently had in a pub by Farnham station, though if you get there during shopping hours the historic town centre has some other nice tea places. Really this walk could do with a tea stop mid afternoon, however, which it doesn't have. You could bring a thermos…

Trains back from Farnham are at 28 and 58 past till late.
My take on the ticket is that a return to Farnham is all you need. If you ask the SWT website for a return to Farnham via Guildford, it shows you the trains and tells you the Railcard fare is the same £11.55. You're allowed to break your journey with an off peak ticket so you can exit at Guildford (or any station on this route).

The Guildford ticket barriers may not be correctly programmed to allow this, of course. But if you say "your website says that via Guildford is a permitted route to Farnham" I don't see how the staff could not let you through.
PS. One caveat to my previous comment. I've checked that the "via Guildford" route applies to tickets from London and Clapham Junction, but the website doesn't let you check it from, say, Boundary Zone 6. It's just possible that different conditions apply to these tickets.
I did this walk recently and the return to Farnborough ticket was fine, I got through the barrier no problem. There were some road works on the final section to the station, so a detour was necessary, but I suspect this is all finished now. Hilary
Sorry I meant Farnham return ticket! Hilary
Super walk (I'll leave full details and metrics to others)
Stunning woodland, ponds, heathland and fascinating fungi.
Blackberries and wild plums available for foragers.
As an extra bonus my my Farnham return ticket (bought with freedom pass and senior rail card) opened the barrier at Guildford Station

The metrics are 24 on this walk, a nice happy, chatty group. sunshine and cloud (we will not mention the brief shower in the afternoon).

The heather on the heaths was, alas, about three quarters over but there were still some reasonable flashes of colour. Some in my party (including me) were wilting a bit before the end, but the earlier heathland sections were very nice, and terrain wise this is a very easy walk, with no hill climbing to speak of.

Yet again I reflected on what a great little pub the Good Intent is: simple pub grub but tasty. Efficient service. I had forgotten it had a garden (rather a pity we sat inside on a sunny day). We probably quadrupled their lunchtime turnover.

The Mulberry pub by the station has turned into a party/sports venue loud youth and even louder football commentary. A good business choice for them, but not quite the walk one wants to end a walk. But I understand one Farnhamite, born and bred, in our party led many to "The Maltings", a tea place reached by going down the road into Farnham and taking the first left.
Sat, 02-May-15 10 Guildford to Farnham, with alternative start
Sun, 29-Mar-15 0 Farnham Circular
Sat, 03-Jan-15 1 Guildford Circular
Wed, 02-Jul-14 Guildford to Farnham
Sat, 22-Feb-14 20 Guildford to Farnham, with alternative start
Sat, 07-Dec-13 18 Guildford to Godalming, with alternative start
Wed, 04-Sep-13 Guildford to Farnham
Sun, 23-Jun-13 9 Guildford Circular
Sat, 23-Mar-13 9 Farnham Circular
Sun, 06-Jan-13 8 Guildford to Godalming
Sat, 08-Dec-12 Guildford Circular
Sat, 08-Sep-12 Guildford to Farnham
Sat, 30-Jun-12 Guildford to Farnham
Sun, 27-May-12 Farnham Circular
Sat, 10-Dec-11 Guildford Circular
Wed, 20-Jul-11 Guildford to Farnham
Sun, 06-Feb-11 Guildford Circular
Sun, 09-Jan-11 Farnham Circular (shorter version)
Sun, 12-Dec-10 Guildford Circular
Sat, 18-Sep-10 Guildford to Farnham
Sat, 03-Apr-10 Farnham Circular
Sat, 10-Oct-09 Guildford Circular
Sun, 30-Aug-09 Farnham Circular
Sat, 20-Jun-09 Guildford to Farnham
Sat, 09-May-09 Farnham Circular
Sat, 14-Mar-09 Guildford to Farnham
Sat, 06-Dec-08 Guildford Circular
Sat, 20-Sep-08 Guildford to Farnham
Sun, 25-May-08 Guildford to Farnham
Sun, 02-Dec-07 Guildford Circular
Sun, 02-Dec-07 Guildford to Farnham
Sat, 03-Nov-07 Guildford Circular
Sat, 04-Aug-07 Guildford to Farnham
Sun, 17-Jun-07 Guildford to Farnham
Sat, 09-Jun-07 Guildford to Farnham
Sat, 03-Mar-07 Farnham Circular
Sun, 11-Feb-07 Guildford Circular
Sat, 03-Feb-07 Guildford Circular