Guildford to Horsley walk

Viewpoints on the North Downs ridge

Pewley Down Guildford to Gomshall and Guildford to Horsley walks

Pewley Down

Guildford to Gomshall and Guildford to Horsley walks

18-Feb-16 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Pewley Down Guildford to Gomshall and Guildford to Horsley walks

Pewley Down

Guildford to Gomshall and Guildford to Horsley walks

18-Feb-16 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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The escarpment near Newlands Corner Guildford to Horsley walk

The escarpment near Newlands Corner

Guildford to Horsley walk

31-Oct-16 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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View from Chantries Hill Guildford to Horsley

View from Chantries Hill

Guildford to Horsley

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Up to St Marthas Guildford to Horsley

Up to St Marthas

Guildford to Horsley

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St Martha's on the Hill Guildford to Horsley

St Martha's on the Hill

Guildford to Horsley

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St Martha's on the Hill Guildford to Horsley

St Martha's on the Hill

Guildford to Horsley

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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: Mon, 17-Jan-22

Date # Post
Sat, 19-Jun-21 20

Saturday Walk - Guildford to Horsley

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Length: 20.4km (12.7 miles) with option c shortcut through the woods.
4 out of 10 – a couple of extended hill climbs
"There are numerous fine viewpoints looking southwards from the North Downs escarpment, but less well known are the views to the north, where London can be seen in the far distance. This walk takes in both, starting with a climb over Chantries Hill and then carrying on to St Martha’s Church, perched high on the downs, You then descend to the village of Albury for lunch.
From Albury, there is a steady climb up to Newland’s Corner, another popular viewpoint, before a wooded stretch along the North Downs Way. To finish, the walk descends through beautiful upland country to the north of the ridge, with views right to the distant City of London on clear days."
Covid-19 This is an informal walk for up to 30 people. Please register on Eventbrite here (no obligation to attend).
Trains: Get the 1000 Portsmouth Harbour from Waterloo (Woking 1025) train arriving 1032. Buy return to Guildford. Frequent return trains from Horsley.
Lunch: The efficient Drummond at Albury (01483 202 039) 9.1km (5.6 miles) into the walk. For a picnic, carry on past the pub, taking in a building with dramatic chimneys, to a small recreation area on the left side of the road.
Tea: The only pub stop near the end of the walk is The Barley Mow pub in West Horsley, 1.6km (1 mile) before Horsley station. It has a garden and does tea in pots and coffee. Quaich (01483 285181) "is a pleasant coffee shop in Station Parade near Horsley station, which has sofas, a nice range of cakes"

I was not counting, but approximately 20 on this walk on an warm but overcast day. Lots of people seemed to be doing lots of different variants on the route (or possibly just not paying particular attention to the walk directions or GPX), but some of us at least did the specified option C shortcut through the woods, and three of us had lunch in the Drummond at Albury pub. The mild consternation show by the staff at our unbooked arrival in this establishment melted away when we said we would sit in the garden, where we had a very nice table right by the river. Two others joined us for drinks a bit later.

After lunch, two of us found the temptations of the tea kiosk at Newlands Corner too tempting, but the other three did not and went on. I later wished I had waited till the car park in the woods which often has a tea van: it did today, and I felt a bit guilty not stopping to do business there.

There has been some work on section through the woods after Newlands Corner and it is now rather more open than it was before, which is rather pleasing: there was an abundant of flowers on this section, especially hedge woundwort. My ability to enjoy this was somewhat limited by my efforts to keep up with my fast walking companion: I eventually failed in this endeavour and for the rest of the day walked alone (bar one occasion when he came up behind me, having missed the way, but soon outstripped me again).

The lovely downland reserve of Sheepleas had nice flowers, but sadly no butterflies due to the weather. The distant views of the City of London were just about visible despite the murk. Once down on the flat I wandered the luxuriant grassland. I looked in at the Barley Mow pub but could see no walkers there, so carried on to Horsley, where the (now unnamed) Quaich cafe still seems to be in business, though had closed by the time I got there. So my end of walk refreshments were a coffee from the Costa machine in Budgens and a chocolate flapjack, which I consumed on the 17.48 train. The rest of the group were probably home and in their baths by then.

Sun, 30-Aug-20 12

Sunday walk - Guildford to Horsley



Main walk - 18.1km (11.3 miles) though some may wish to do the longer version 21.4km (13.3 miles) and others shorter options - details in the walk directions.

Difficulty 4 out of 10
Trains: catch the 10.00 train from Waterloo to Guildford, (10.09 CJ, 10.32 Woking) arriving Guildford 10.43. Return trains from Horsley are at xx:03.

Buy a day return to Guildford, which is valid for return from Horsley. Meet outside the station entrance at Guildford on arrival.
This walk offers numerous fine viewpoints north and south from the North Downs escarpment. It starts with a climb over Chantries Hill, carrying on to St Martha’s Church, perched high on the downs, You then descend to the village of Albury for lunch, though picnickers can miss out this descent and stay on the North Downs Way. From Albury, there is a steady climb up to Newland’s Corner, another popular viewpoint, before a wooded stretch along the North Downs Way. To finish, the walk descends through beautiful upland country to the north of the ridge with views right to the distant City of London on clear days.
Lunch: the recommended pub is The Drummond at Albury 9.1km (5.6 miles) into the walk . They are open and likely to be busy. They suggest ringing to book before starting the walk.tel. 01483 202039.

For walk directions, map and GPS, click here


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10 walkers gathered at Guildford station having taken various trains, and two car travellers joined them making 12 on a pleasant day of mixed cloudy, cool, sunny and warm periods. 3 did the Pewley Down start and were not seen again; 3 more went to the pub in Albury (sorry I failed to get a report on their visit) and the remaining 6 took the direct route from St Martha's Hill to Newlands Corner. Most of us picnicked in a meadow just before Newlands Corner, and eventually just missed the 1603 train. We had failed to read up on the lack of tea options near the station, but adequate coffee and cake from Budgens sustained us until the next train, when we were joined by one of the pub goers, the others having returned to Guildford. Some reported that they enjoyed the woods and southerly views of the morning better, while others appreciated the afternoon's meadows, but all in all a fine walk, many thanks Wanderer.
PS Obviously I've forgotten how to do the weather report (no commas) that should be mixed cloudy cool sunny and warm periods.
In addition to the 12, there were 2 others who were walking independently using the written instructions. They have recently discovered the SWC website and were very impressed with the information on it.
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Wed, 26-Jun-19 11

Wednesday Walk Guildford to Horsley

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Length: 20.4km (12.7 miles) with option c shortcut through the woods.
4 out of 10 – a couple of extended hill climbs
"There are numerous fine viewpoints looking southwards from the North Downs escarpment, but less well known are the views to the north, where London can be seen in the far distance. This walk takes in both, starting with a climb over Chantries Hill and then carrying on to St Martha’s Church, perched high on the downs, You then descend to the village of Albury for lunch.
From Albury, there is a steady climb up to Newland’s Corner, another popular viewpoint, before a wooded stretch along the North Downs Way. To finish, the walk descends through beautiful upland country to the north of the ridge, with views right to the distant City of London on clear days."
Trains: Get the 1000 Portsmouth Harbour from Waterloo (Woking 1024) train arriving 1033. Buy return to Guildford. Frequent return trains from Horsley.
Lunch: The efficient Drummond at Albury (01483 202 039) 9.1km (5.6 miles) into the walk. For a picnic, carry on past the pub, taking in a building with dramatic chimneys, to a small recreation area on the left side of the road.
Tea: The only pub stop near the end of the walk is The Barley Mow pub in West Horsley, 1.6km (1 mile) before Horsley station. It has a garden and does tea in pots and coffee. Quaich (01483 285181) "is a pleasant coffee shop in Station Parade near Horsley station, which has sofas, a nice range of cakes"
8 off the train, 1 other 15 mins behind, 2 (over from T. Wells) delayed, so taking the shortcut route over Pewley Down to catch up. All 11 united at the lunch pub. cloudy and muggy to lunch then sunny. Some familiar bits around Guildford and Albury in a different combination from other walks, then newish bits (to me) in the afternoon. It all worked well in its design and also with the weather, as we had plenty of tree cover when the sun was out in the afternoon. The walk poster's stipulated variation just before lunch, through the wood and past Waterloo Pond, was really good we thought. The three hostelries frequented all were good value for their purpose, especially the lunch pub with its fantastic garden and efficient staff (2 lunchers at The Drummond, the rest of the group joining for a drink; 3 going to The Barley Mow near the end for liquids, then also popping in to The Quaich for tea aor coffee, where 3 others were already ensconsed).
It was a bit murky to get good far views today and some paths were being encroached on by nettles and brambles, but even in shorts it didn't feel too bad for the season.
There were some comments though from the gadget users that the gpx route was all over the place, especially in the woods...
17.20 train for the tea rooms group.

Sat, 10-Mar-18 12

Saturday Walk: Guildford to Horsley

SWC Walk 131 - Guildford to Horsley
12.9 miles / 20.8 km

Trains: Take the 10:00 from London Waterloo, arriving at Guildford at 10:33. Trains back from Horsley run at xx11/xx20/xx41/xx50. Buy a day return to Guildford.


Lunch: The Drummond at Albury (01483 202 039), 5.5 miles into the walk. Or further on there is a cafe at Newlands Corner (6.6 miles).


Tea: The nearest stop to the station is one mile before at The Barley Mow in West Horsley. The Budgens by the station serves hot drinks.


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Anyone doing the short walk on this please?

12 on this walk on a grey but reasonably mild day. Spots of rain in the morning but they never amounted to much, but the same was true of the brightness in the afternoon which never quite developed into sunshine.

A nice walk. Muddy in places but not terribly so. Misty views. Some tentative signs of spring. Several walkers expresssed delight at the scenery.

A table having been helpfully booked for eight at the Drummond pub by one of the party, exactly that number wanted a pub lunch. Attempts to order at the bar were thwarted by the manager who insisted that the kitchen would be “overwhelmed” by eight individual orders but would produce food at lightening speed if eight orders went in together. Similar logic prevented us from ordering drinks at the bar too. Heigh ho. But to his credit he waived the customary twenty minute delay before taking our order at the table and the food when it came was very nice. The ploughman’s was an extraordinary feast of cheeses and pates and charcuterie.

In the afternoon we whizzed past the Newlands Corner tea kiosk and the tea van in the woods whizzed off when it saw us coming: did we look that scary? So thirst had to be kept in check until the Barley Mow, busy with people watching England lose to France in some sporting contest or other. Five of us lingered here for a second drink and walked the last bit along the railway line in the dark, getting the 7.20 train back to our respective ready meals.
Sat, 25-Mar-17

Guildford to Horsley

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Length: 21km / 13m
Toughness: 4/10
Transport: Take the 9:27 from London Waterloo, arriving in Guildford at 10:09. There are frequent trains back to London from Horsley

From the description:

There are numerous fine viewpoints looking southwards from the North Downs escarpment, but less well known are the views to the north, where London can be seen in the far distance. This walk takes in both, starting with a climb over Chantries Hill and then carrying on to St Martha’s Church, perched high on the downs, You then descend to the village of Albury for lunch, though picnickers can miss out this descent and stay on the North Downs Way. From Albury, there is a steady climb up to Newland’s Corner, another popular viewpoint, before a wooded stretch along the North Downs Way. To finish, the walk descends through beautiful upland country to the north of the ridge, with views right to the distant City of London on clear days.

please give ticket info,ie separate lines or a return to where? also return times & stations are useful.
A day return to Guildford ("via Woking/Clandon", but this is the standard routing anyway) is valid for return from Horsley. Horsley is on the "slow line" to Guildford.
If your doing a Walk Tomorrow. Well if you are going from a London Station. You just got to be Cautious at all times due to the incident at Westminster since last Wednesday.
Sat, 29-Oct-16 20

Saturday Second Walk - Autumn colour and views on the North Downs

SWC Walk 131 - Guildford to Horsley
Length: 17.1km (10.6 miles) or 20.1km (12.4 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10: two substantial hill climbs, otherwise mainly level

9.30 train from Waterloo to Guildford, arriving 10.04.

Clapham Junctionites can catch the 9.27 to Woking and change there (arr 9.45, dep 9.56) for the above train.

Buy a day return to Guildford.

For walk directions click here.

I thought this might suit for our last walk before the Great Darkness begins, because if you do the full 20.1km/12.4 mile walk you will fill the available daylight hours (see Last Minute above) and also hopefully get some good autumn colour. Woods on this walk include Chantries Hill, which has some fine sweet chestnuts as I recall, and "the boring bit" - a straight couple of miles along the North Downs ridge after Newland's Corner which is all under the tree canopy. But this walk also has fine views aplenty - from Chantries Hill and Newland's Corner in particular, and possibly a distant view of The Shard etc towards the end.

For lunch, the Drummond at Albury has never disappointed us yet, but there are alternatives. If you are a sandwich-eater or don't require a formal lunch you can take the short cut to Newlands Corner - the 17.1km (10.6 mile) version of the walk - and either jostle with leather-clad bikers at its kiosk (which nevertheless has a quite extensive burger-and-chips-style menu), or try out whatever the current incarnation of the tea shop across the main road is (I can't keep up with its sundry changes in decor/format). The ever-popular escarpment at Newlands Corner is definitely the best place for picnics.

Those who have lunched at The Drummond might use either of the above options as an early tea stop (perhaps a dessert stop, as they are fairly soon after lunch), because pickings get slim thereafter. The only refreshment, in fact, is at The Barley Mow pub 1 mile from the end of the walk, which does do tea in pots, but gets ratty if asked for this more than two or three times in an afternoon. Cruelly, there are no pubs or cafes at all by Horsley station, though the Budgens on the corner (open to 10pm) does have a tea machine and a nice selection of pastries (or did last time I looked).

If you want to linger in The Barley Mow, note that the path from there to Horsley station is all tarmac and along the railway line, albeit through semi-woodland: ie though unlit, it is doable in the dark (though a torch would be useful).

Trains back from Horsley are at 17 and 47 past. Unless these trains are delayed, ignore the 11 and 41 past trains which actually get to Waterloo a few minutes later.


20 on this walk, on a day of grey skies with occasional drizzle. The autumn colour is slowly increasing, with beeches and wild cherries looking particularly good at present, and bright yellows on foliage in the hedgerows.

At least one and probably more did the short cut to Newland's Corner. The rest of us were led on a short cut through the woods to the ever accommodating Drummond in Albury pub, which surely deserves an award for never complaining when a bunch of walkers turns up.

In the afternoon the pack sped past the Newland's Corner tea options but found a pop up cafe in the woods a couple of miles later where we sat on metal chairs under the trees and had tea and cakes a nice surprise.

Towards the end of the walk a new permissive path cuts out the need to go on the road. Six or seven of us stopped at the Barley Mow pub, a rather bleak establishment it seemed to me, but perhaps that was the winter gloom closing around us and thoughts of the Great Darkness to come...
Sun, 21-Aug-16 15

Sunday Walk 1 – 3.131 Guildford-Horsley

Extra Walk 131 – Guildford to Horsley
Length: 20.1 km (12.4 miles). Toughness: 4/10

10:00 Havant train from Waterloo (Clapham Jct 10:09), arriving Guildford at 10:40*. Buy a return to Guildford, which is valid for the return journey.

Trains back from Horsley to Waterloo are at xx:03 (via Surbiton) & xx:33 (via Epsom, slower).

This walk seems to get fewer outings than the other SWC walks around Guildford; in fact this is its first Sunday posting. It takes in Chantries Hill, St Martha's church, Albury and Newlands Corner, but the rest of the walk from the wooded North Downs ridge to Horsley is on less familiar territory.

Lunch is at a particularly good pub with a large riverside garden, The Drummond at Albury. If you don't want a pub lunch, however, you can save 3 km (and some climbing) by taking the short cut mentioned in the directions to Newlands Corner, where there is a café and snack bar if you need provisions. The tea options are fairly sparse, however: a pub a mile before the finish or a convenience store near the station.

You'll need to print the directions from this pdf document.

* Car drivers should park at Horsley (station car park is free at weekends) and take the 10:27 to Guildford, arriving at the same time as the London train. T=swc.131
I plan to go.


15 turned up including one late starter. some cloud some sun Only 2 ventured down to the lunch pub (which they declared to be good). The rest made do with Newlands Corner which was busy and noisy. There was also a later tea van – a welcome discovery after traversing paragraph 67 for what felt like forever. Most got the 16:03. One or two laggards got the 17:03 and I heard of one got the 18:33. Good views,big trees, and for one at least, woolly pigs.
The two of us who made it to the lunch pub took an alternative route along a narrow and excellent woodland path through Colyers Hanger (see OS map). Its a narrow trail and quite steep in places which could prove tricky in wet weather. When we reached Waterloo Pond we took the left hand path rather than the tarmac alternative and towards the end you think you are walking through peoples back garden but we got a cheery welcome from a family enjoying the weather. The only downside to this route is that you have to do more on the main road to the pub.

The inosculated beech trees have now been fenced off with a much more severe wire fence than I originally remember so no more photos
posing against it. Probably a good idea really.
Sat, 30-Aug-14

Sunday walk - Guildford to Horsley misposted in error


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Main walk - 18.1km (11.3 miles) though some may wish to do the longer version 21.4km (13.3 miles) and others shorter options - details in the walk directions.

Difficulty 4 out of 10

Trains: catch the 10.00 train from Waterloo to Guildford, (10.09 CJ, 10.32 Woking) arriving Guildford 10.43. Return trains from Horsley are at xx:03. Buy a day return to Guildford, which is valid for return from Horsley. Meet outside the station entrance at Guildford on arrival.






This walk offers numerous fine viewpoints north and south from the North Downs escarpment. It starts with a climb over Chantries Hill, carrying on to St Martha’s Church, perched high on the downs, You then descend to the village of Albury for lunch, though picnickers can miss out this descent and stay on the North Downs Way. From Albury, there is a steady climb up to Newland’s Corner, another popular viewpoint, before a wooded stretch along the North Downs Way. To finish, the walk descends through beautiful upland country to the north of the ridge, with views right to the distant City of London on clear days.




For pub lunchers, the recommended pub is The Drummond at Albury 9.1km (5.6 miles) into the walk (01483 202 039). They are open and likely to be busy. They suggest ringing to book before starting the walk.















For walk directions, map and GPS, click here

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Sat, 21-Jun-14 8 Guildford to Horsley
Sat, 09-Nov-13 11 Guildford to Horsley, with short cut to Newlands Corner
Sat, 04-May-13 14 Guildford to Horsley
Sat, 14-Jul-12 Guildford to Horsley
Sat, 15-Oct-11 Guildford to Horsley