SWC Walk 57 - Guildford Circular via Chantries Hill
Length: - 20.6km (12.8 miles) for the full circular walk
- 17.2km (10.7 miles) finishing in Shalford
Toughness: 4 out of 10 9.30
(Portsmouth Harbour-bound) train from Waterloo
(9.37 Clapham Junction
) to Guildford, arriving 10.10.
Buy a day return to Guildford
, unless you intend to return from Shalford
, when a day return to Shalford
For walk directions
. For GPX
file click here
I am balancing the clamour for shorter walks here (due to be amply fulfilled anyway between now and the end of January!!!)
with the demands who will want to make the most of this last day of British Summer Time.
This walk fits the bill thanks to a new option sneaked into a year and a half ago but not so far given an outing - namely the option to end in Shalford
, rather than Guildford (option d
in the walk directions).
You don't have to decide if you want to do this till late in the walk. The whole group will be together (as far as SWC groups are ever together...)
for a pleasant walk along the River Wey, a climb over Chantries Hill with its woods and views (including sweet chestnut which can be very colourful in October), and the walk over St Martha's Hill - familiar territory for many of you.
You then descend to the village of Albury for lunch at the usually reliable and welcoming Drummond pub (a short cut through the woods to this is available, saving 0.8km/0.5 miles: it been incorporated into the Guildford to Horsley walk - see page 9 in that walk's directions: paragraph 28 in that walk is the same as paragraph 28 in this one).
After lunch it is up onto Blackheath, an area of heaths and more woods, where old timers will eventually recognise that they have jouned the route of book 1 walk 14 (which this walk was partly designed to replace, when that walk lost its lunch pub).
When you get back to the River Wey you have the option to finish at Shalford (where there are two pub options and a cafe, but the latter shuts at 4.30pm) or to carry on along the Wey into Guildford. (You can also use the option d directions to have an early tea in Shalford and then continue the walk to Guildford, it being probably the last day for some months when you have the luxury of having tea before the end of the walk.) Trains back from Shalford
are at 03 past
the hour: with a nine minute change in Guildford, this gets you to Waterloo in one hour Trains back from Guildford
are every 15 minutes and take 41-44 minutes. T=3.57 Would the last person to finish please switch the lights off until spring....