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Guildford to Gomshall and Guildford to Horsley walks

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Guildford Circular via Chantries Hill

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Guildford Circular via Chantries Hill

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Guildford Circular via Chantries Hill

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Guildford Circular via Chantries Hill

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Pewley Down. Guildford to Gomshall

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Guildford to Gomshall walk

Historic Guildford, The North Downs Way and St Martha-on-the-Hill Church, picturesque Shere. Option to continue along the NDW to Dorking

History

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: Sat, 24-Aug-19

Date # Post
Sat, 12-Jan-19 24

Saturday walk - Guildford to Gomshall - a classic walk with escarpment views

Length: 17.2km (10.7 miles)

Longer options: 19.2km (11.9 miles) or 23.4km (14.5 miles)
Shorter option: 11km (6.8 miles) - normal morning but finishing very soon after lunch

Toughness: 5 out of 10: two quite big hill climbs, otherwise fairly gentle

9.30 train from Waterloo (the Portsmouth Harbour train, not the 9.33 stopping service) to Guildford, arriving 10.03.

From Clapham Junction get the 9.27 to Woking, changing there (arrive 9.45, depart 9.55) for the above train.

Buy a day return to Gomshall, making sure it is "any permitted route" (which it should be automatically if purchased at Waterloo).

For walk directions click here. For GPX click here.

This is possibly the only walk in the SWC canon that was created specifically to be done in January. A bracing winter outing, it has the advantage of sandy soils to keep mud down (at least in places) and some invigorating climbs and views. Also an interesting hill top church, and a cosy pair of pubs (or the choice of two cafes) for lunch.

After lunch the walk also includes options to please both the "More short walks please!" and the stride-out brigade:

- Shorter ending (11km/6.8 miles): This involves ending the walk just 1.4km after lunch when the route passes close to Gomshall station (instructions given in the walk document)

- (Slightly) Longer route to Gomshall (19.2k/11.9 miles): Unless you are in a rush to get to tea, I highly recommend this 2km extra loop, which takes in a nice open section of the escarpment: it is option c) in the walk document and if you follow the walk directions you will be prompted at the appropriate point.

- Long walk to Box Hill station (23.4km/14.5 miles): If you are one of those hyper-speedy walkers who lives in dread of finishing too early, this extension along the North Downs Way should fill the hours of daylight very nicely. The last bit - the broad track down onto the Denbies Wine Estate - is very doable in the dark.

Tea options in Gomshall have changed a bit. The little tea room attached to the Abinger Hammer post office was certainly still in operation back in the summer, but the capacious Tillings Tea Room in Gomshall has now become a shop - the Lavender Goose - with a small cafe attached. Of Gomshall's two pubs, the Compasses Inn is the traditional/time warp choice, but the Gomshall Mill, mostly a table service restaurant, also has a very cosy little bar. (If walking to Box Hill, the Denbies Wine Estate self-service is open until 5pm and the Stepping Stones pub is 400 metres beyond the station).

Trains back are at 15.50 (changing at Guildford), 16.04 (changing at Redhill, ie in the opposite direction), 17.50 (via Guildford), 18.04 (via Redhill): both routes take an hour.

There are also number 32 buses from outside the Compasses Inn to Guildford at 16.19 and 17.19, taking 25 minutes. The former is useful if you just miss the 16.04 train: the 17.19 bus probably doesn't save any time compared to the 17.50 train once you have factored in the walk from the bus station to the railway station in Guildford.

Trains from Box Hill station are at 40 past the hour to Victoria: your return to Gomshall should be valid on this route (point out you can get to Gomshall by changing between the two Dorking stations). T=2.13
This is of more use to those north of the river, but it has been pointed out to me by our resident train fare expert that while a day return From Waterloo to Gomshall, any permitted, with a Network Card is £14.20, from boundary zone six it is only £4.60. If you were then able to get a six zone travelcard with a Network Card discount (which you can do at weekends), the cost would be £8.60 (£12.70 without the Network discount) + £4.60 = £13.20. This may not sound like a large reduction, but it would include your travel from your house to and from Waterloo. Depending on how much this is, you could save you several pounds.

One snag. Buying a 1 6 travelcard with a Network Card is only possible from "normal" rail station ticket machines and ticket offices. The Undergroud ticket machines do not offer this option or did not last time I looked though they do offer discounted travelcards for other types of railcard (Senior, Disabled...). But if you have a normal rail station nearby or can get to a rail station ticket office in advance or one of the machines which lets you buy tickets in advance (which the Waterloo ones do, though the function is somewhat clunky), then you could take advantage of this.
Thank you to the Train Fare Expert for working out the Network Card discount, and to Walker for sharing the information.
As a keen walker with a limited budget, the train fare advice is very much appreciated.
Thinking of doing the short cut between Shere and Gomshall then continuing on to Dorking, which would make a walk of about 9.5 miles with easy trains back to London
if go to Dorking, what ticket should we buy?
I think the safest ticket if you are ending at Dorking is still a Gomshall day return, valid any permitted. This is definitely valid both via Guildford and via Redhill/Dorking. You could in theory do Gomshall to Dorking Deepdene and then Dorking (main station) to London on the way back from Gomshall, so a Gomshall return is valid via Dorking or Box Hill, says I, even though this is a slightly unconventional way to do the journey.

By contrast a Dorking return is almost certainly not valid via Guildford: I have looked in the past and found no evidence that it is, at least.
I have to correct my earlier comment: it IS now possible to buy a one day travelcard with a Network Card from an Underground ticket machine (at weekends only). I just bought one.
The pub and cafe at Sheere were both full to bursting by the time that most of the walkers arrived so some of us (at least 5) lunched in Gomshall 3 at the Gomshall Inn which was according to reports excellent

12 of us left the walk at Gomshall on the shortcut, taking the 14.04

This means that I got home at 16.15 rather early really but a good mornings walk with Martha’s church offering splendid views

24 on this walk on a cloudy mild day. The group soon got a bit spread out so I am not sure what everyone did. I am surprised to see from the previous comment that 12 ended at Gomshall after 6.8 miles. I know 4 did this but for half the group to do this is unusual. I know two (or three?) did the standard main walk and one the extended loop. Four of us went on to Box Hill station.

The White Horse and Dabbling Duck cafe in Shere were indeed both full, but a fair few did squeeze into the bar area of the pub to eat and seem to have been served very quickly. Be assured that the other pub, the William Bray, is only closed till March for refurbishment, so hopefully the lunch situation on this walk will improve then. Five of us went to the Compasses Inn in Gomshall, which was nearly empty. Do I understand from the previous comment that three went to the Gomshall Mill pub? And two elsewhere?

The four of us who carried on along the North Downs Way to Box Hill station had a good walk, arriving at 4.30 at the Denbies Wine Estate where some had tea and some sampled the fermented grape juice. We then had a walk in the dark to the Stepping Stones pub for a cosy drink and caught the 6.40 train.

Paths throughout the day were dry as a bone. Another week with no mud on the boots unprecedented for this time of year.
I took a low level route from Shere to Dorking, following footpaths on the map. It was a nice route with views of the north downs way across to the left and saves climbing the hills after lunch.
Wed, 02-May-18 1

Wednesday walk Guildford to Boxhill via Chantries Hill and Shere

Book 2, Walk 13d - Guildford to Boxhill

Length: 25 km (15.5 miles). Option to end in Gomshall (7 miles or 10.7 miles)
Toughness: long walk 7 out of 10. Gomshall endings 5 out of 10

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

Return: Gomshall to Waterloo via Guildford: 13-53, 15-53 and 16-33 hrs
Return: Boxhill to London Victoria (change at Epsom for Waterloo): 15-59, 16-28, 17-03, 17-33, 17-58, 18-28, 18-57 and 19-28 hrs

Rail ticket: if planning to end your walk in Gomshall, buy a day return to Gomshall any route permitted.
If planning to walk to Boxhill, buy a day return to Guildford. You might be asked to buy a single from Boxhill to Leatherhead, but chances are you won't.

A hybrid, mix-and-match of a walk today, encompassing the best bits of a number of walks in this area, with some good bluebell woods along the way.
Leaving Guildford you walk beside the River Wey Navigation before crossing the canal and making for Chantries Hill with nice views from on top. Up to the church of St Martha-on-the-Hill, then along the North Downs Way and down to the village of Shere, where you stop for lunch at the White Horse pub.
You can end your walk shortly after the village of Shere by heading direct to Gomshall (the 7 mile walk) or you can head up into the hills before descending to Gomshall (the 10-7 mile walk). But the suggested walk today has you up into the hills and along the ridge to Boxhill, passing some good bluebell woods along the way, and some excellent displays in Ranmoor Common towards walk-end.If you make it in time you can take tea at Denbies.
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Main walk directions here L=2.13
For the Chantries start you will also need these directions


You almost certainly will get away with a day return to Guildford from Boxhill (clever! I hadn’t thought of that one) but a drt to Gomshall, even if you intend to walk Guildford to Boxhil, would seal the argument absolutely. Via Dorking is absolutely permissible as a way to Gomshall and Boxhill is on the way back from Dorking.

But yes, Leatherhead is on the way to Guildford too and a drt to Guildford is cheaper. Tee hee hee. What a fascinating world we live in....
Mud warning: for those of you continuing the walk up onto the North Downs after Shere, en route to Boxhill, some paths are likely to be very muddy: best don gaiters after lunch (you should not need to wear them before).
Anyone attending this walk? Weather slight rain till 11am and possibly cloudy and even sunny in the afternoon. I intend to do Guildford to Gomshall (10.7mls). Care to join me?

Monica
Monica, some of my companions on yesterday's walk will be joining you today, plus I expect some other Wednesday regulars. I decided against joining you as during the coming ten days I will be doing most legs of today's walk (in either direction) on other walks.
Marcus many thanks for your reply. Since I did not get any response earlier and as there was a walk on Tuesday guess no one will attend plus also weather wise not great. I would have love to attend yesterday's walk as I did it last year with you and few others it was a great walk with blue bells etc. I shall be attend the May day bank holiday walk Holmwood to Gomshall.
I am not a fan of stiles like you say knees issues. Hope there aren't too many stiles on the walk Holmwood to Gomshall.
Regards Monica
1, wet
Sorry to read that Anonymous was alone on today's wet walk. I did the walk in reverse on the following day, in fine Spring sunshine, starting at Box Hill and ending in Guildford, having followed Book 1, Walk 14, Gomshall to Guildford. A good lunch at the Compasses Inn, Gomshall, and some good displays of bluebells en route but nothing like as good as those on our recent Shiplake and Tring walks.
Sat, 23-Sep-17 12

Guildford to Gomshall

Guildford to Gomshall - Book 2 Walk 13
10.7 miles / 17.1 km (Main walk)

This walk starts with a steep climb out of Guildford up to the dramatic viewpoint of Pewley Down. It then joins the North Downs Way to climb to the hilltop church of St Martha-on-the-Hill.
Lunch is in the pretty village of Shere at the foot of the downs. After lunch the route heads back up onto the downland before descending to Gomshall.

Trains: Take the 9:35 Portsmouth Harbour train from London Waterloo to Guildford, arriving at 10:16.
Return trains from Gomshall are at 15:53, 17:53 etc to London Waterloo (changing at Guildford), or 16:04, 18:04 etc to London Bridge (changing at Redhill).
You will need a day return to Gomshall via any permitted route (to allow outward travel via Guildford).

Lunch: The White Horse (01483 202518) is a popular stop in the centre of the village, but you could also try the William Bray, a gastro pub 40m further up the road, or the Dabbling Duck tea room and restaurant.

The Compasses Inn in Gomshall is the recommended place to wait for the next train..

Click here for full walk details - including some ways you can lengthen or shorten the route

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I think we were 12 and the weather was dry warm sunny. I thought it was a lovely walk and a nice day out in good company.
Wed, 17-May-17 5

Wednesday Walk - from Guildford to Box Hill along the North Downs Way

Book 2, Walk 13d: Guildford to Boxhill, via Chantries Hill, Shere, Gomshall and Ranmore Common

Length: full walk: 22.5 km (14 miles).
Ending in Gomshall: 13.7 km (8.5 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10


London Waterloo: 10-15 hrs Haslemere train. Clapham Junction 10-22 hrs
Arrive Guildford: 10-50 hrs

Return Box Hill and Westhumble to London Victoria: 15-59, 16-28, 17-03, 17-33, 17-58, 18-28 and 18-57
Return Dorking (Main) to Waterloo: 16-04, 16-34, 17-04, 17-34 and 18-04 hrs. Change at Epsom for Victoria
Return Dorking (Main) to Victoria: 4 mins before the Box Hill to Victoria service

Return Gomshall to Waterloo: 15-53, 16-53 via Guildford.
Return Gomshall to Victoria: 14-04 and 16-04 via Dorking Deepdene and Dorking (Main)

Rail ticket: try a day return to Guildford. You may have to pay a supplement from Box Hill to Leatherhead.
If returning from Gomshall make sure your rail ticket is to Gomshall via Guildford (or Dorking Deepdene).

Hopefully we will come upon some late bluebell woods along today's route, particularly late afternoon.. If not, this is still a lovely hybrid-of-a-walk, with a mix and match of Book 2 and SWC walks.

Setting out from Guildford, we will make for the River Wey, which we soon cross to go up Chantries Hill - SWC Walk 57, with some lovely views on top. From there we head for the church of St Martha-on-the-Hill, in the middle of nowhere. Then we follow the main Book 2 walk along the North Downs Way to the village of Shere for lunch at the White Horse - best 'phone ahead with numbers, your e.t.a 1 pm - 01483-202044.
After lunch you walk uphill past the village church to Gomshall where you can conclude your walk by making for the railway station. Otherwise, it's uphill and down dale and along the North Downs Way, passing numerous WW2 pillboxes, all the way to Ranmore Common, with some good bluebell woods en route. You then head down to Denbies for tea. From the tea rooms you can head either to Box Hill and Westhumble, or Dorking (Main) stations, for your journey home.
Enjoy !
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Walk Directions here: L=2.13

You should also bring along SWC Walk 57 (for the Chantries Hill leg) - directions here.

Next Week, Wednesday 24 May: Book 1, Walk 25 - Rye to Hastings
Our fair weather walking colleagues stayed in bed today, so just 3 regulars alighted from the train at Guildford, to be met by another at the station and another en route, so that's 5 . Yes it did rain for most of the day, but our friends who stayed in bed missed a lovely morning's walk, helped by the rain refreshing the countryside. Bluebells were on their last legs, as expected, but there were plenty of other woodland flowers along the way, but no rhododendrons now out in impressive displays on the Holmwood to Gomshall walk. All five of us enjoyed a good lunch at the White Horse in Shere and then a bit of common sense befell us. As the rain, which had briefly relented, started up again, we decided to end the day's walk in Gomshall, instead of carrying on in the wet to Box Hill. Tea was taken at the Compasses in Gomshall as we waited for the 15 53 train to Guildford. A good connection there and we were back in Waterloo in no time. An enjoyable day in quality company and no complaints over the rain the South East needs a lot more of it.
Three from our small party of five are off to Glencoe this weekend: we hope they have a most enjoyable time and the rain holds off up there !!.
Sun, 28-Aug-16 4

Sunday Walk 1: Guildford to "Gomstock"

Guildford to Gomshall Book 2 Walk 13
Main walk 17.1km (10.7 miles)
a) Short walk to Gomshall 10.9km (6.8 miles)
c) Longer route to Gomshall 19.0km (11.8 miles
Difficulty 5/10

“We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden”
Forget Woodstock. I bet when Joni Mitchell penned those lines, she was really thinking about Gomshall and the garden of the Compasses Inn. I’ve had a request for a walk ending there to coincide with "Gomstock" (a mini festival organised by the pub).
This walk takes you through the Surrey Hills AONB, climbing out of Guildford to the North Downs Way and on to the hilltop church of St Martha-on-the-Hill. From there you follow the Pilgrims Way down to lunch in the pretty village of Shere. Shortly after Shere, option (a) would take you directly to the Compasses Inn. Otherwise it's back up onto the downs for more of the same. Both the main walk and the longer option (c) get you to Gomshall eventually. They just take longer about it.
If you want to visit "Gomstock" (which runs from 12:15 till 9:30), tickets are £6, with proceeds going to charity. If it's "billion-year old carbon" you're after, they do have a barbecue (from 3:00).
Alternatively, you could just go straight home, happy and content with your day's walking.
Trains Get a return to Gomshall. It should specify "any permitted route" to allow travel via Guildford. (There is a cheaper ticket that's no good for Guildford).
Get the 10:00 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (10:09 Clapham Junction) arriving Guildford 10:40.
Trains back from Gomshall are
  • two-hourly from Platform 1 changing at Redhill for Victoria 15:11, 17:11, 19:11, 21:11, 23:11 (GWR/Southern)
  • and two hourly from Platform 2 changing at Guildford for Waterloo 16:44, 18:44, 20:44, 22:44, (GWR/SWT)
Note the long interval between the xx:11 and the next xx:44.

Lunch: 2 pubs and a tea room to choose from in Shere.
The White Horse, (01483 202 518) a rambling ancient inn.
The William Bray, (01483 202 044) recently refurbished as a gastro pub. Good reviews from walkers.
The Dabbling Duck, (01483 205 791).Sandwiches, cakes and drinks are available all day at this tea room and restaurant, and it has hot food at lunch time.

Tea: On the two longer options, you can call in at Abinger Hammer Tea Room, attached to the post office in the village of Abinger Hammer.
In Gomshall, the Compasses Inn (01483 202 506) will be free to enter, except for the garden (the one we have to get back to, where Gomstock is happening). You also have Tillings Tea Room, 55 Station Road, (01483 202 214) and Gomshall Mill Inn (01483 203 060)
Walk Directions here:
Best to use the on-line directions. They have been amended since the book.

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Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.

(But don't pick any you see growing by the path, because that is illegal)
Maaaaaan this looks a cool walk. Who's bringing the SWC bong?
Like a true Nature’s child, we were born, born to be wild ... err ... I meant born, born to be walkers.
Take a walk on the wild side and watch out for those big yellow taxis
4 on this walk, two ageing hippies, a flower child and David. The weather was varied but just some brief drizzle. Stunning scenery shortly after leaving Guildford with great views from St. Martha's Church. The allotments on the approach into Shere town centre were a riot of colourful flora including some huge sunflowers.
The Lucky (now Dabbling) Duck provided great food and tea for the four. Conveniently, a major shower came and went during our visit there.
We decided on the shorter afternoon leg in case of more inclement weather (or were we just feeling lazy?)
One snatched a quick view of the "Gomstock" festival and went straight to the station while the others followed the correct route and caught the next train.
An easy and relaxing day out for all.
Gomstock was great. Didn't see anyone I knew there. I was there from about one til six thirty. The variety of the different bands I saw, about six were really good and the quality was very enjoyable. Good beer, food and a lot of people. Hope to make this in more years to come if I am not away for the ABH, Gavin
Mon, 31-Aug-15

Bank Holiday Monday walk - North Downs

T=2.13 Book 2, Walk 13 Guildford to Gomshall
Length: 17.1 Km, 10.7 miles (with shorter and longer options - see walk description)
Toughness: 5/10

Outbound train: 09:45 Waterloo, 9.52 Clapham Junction arriving at Guildford 10:23

Return trains: 17.53, 19.53 via Guildford or 18.04, 20.04 via Redhill
Buy a day return to Gomshall (any permitted).

For walk directions click here

We asked for request from walkers for our bank holiday walks, and this North Downs outing was the first one that was picked.

Its anonymous proposer says: "I recall this as a really nice walk. It's not too far from London and has shorter and longer options. I especially like the afternoon extension into the valley after Colekitchen Farm."


If the weather is unfavourable, there is an option to finish the walk at lunchtime by walking directly from Shere to Gomshall. It's about 20 minutes walk along the road.
Sat, 27-Dec-14 12 Guildford to Gomshall
Fri, 18-Apr-14 Guildford to Boxhill
Fri, 18-Apr-14 Gomshall to Boxhill
Sun, 30-Mar-14 10 Guildford to Boxhill
Sat, 15-Feb-14 10 Guildford to Gomshall
Wed, 06-Nov-13 Guildford to Gomshall
Sat, 30-Mar-13 15 Guildford to Gomshall
Wed, 13-Mar-13 Guildford to Boxhill
Sat, 13-Oct-12 Guildford to Gomshall
Sun, 06-May-12 Guildford to Boxhill
Sat, 24-Mar-12 Guildford to Gomshall
Sun, 01-Jan-12 Guildford to Gomshall
Sun, 01-Jan-12 Guildford to Gomshall (short walk)
Sat, 17-Sep-11 Guildford to Gomshall
Sun, 01-May-11 Guildford to Gomshall
Sat, 15-Jan-11 Guildford to Gomshall
Sat, 25-Sep-10 Gomshall to Guildford, via Pewley Down
Sat, 08-May-10 Guildford to Gomshall, via Chantries Hill
Sat, 28-Nov-09 Guildford to Gomshall
Sat, 18-Apr-09 Guildford to Gomshall
Sun, 18-Jan-09 Guildford to Gomshall
Sat, 03-May-08 Guildford to Boxhill
Sun, 17-Feb-08 Guildford to Gomshall
Sat, 15-Sep-07 Guildford to Boxhill
Sun, 29-Apr-07 Guildford to Boxhill
Sat, 13-Jan-07 Guildford to Gomshall
Sun, 26-Nov-06 Guildford to Gomshall
Sat, 18-Nov-06 Guildford to Gomshall