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Haslemere Circular walk

Gentle woods in the morning and a climb to Black Down in the afternoon

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.

Date # Post
Sat, 05-May-18 10

Saturday Walk: Haslemere Circular

Haslemere Circular - Book 1 Walk 22
14.0km / 8.7 miles
Toughness: 4 out of 10

A classic Book One walk through woodlands and heathland with some great views.

Trains: Take the 10:00 from London Waterloo, arriving at Haslemere at 10:48. There are 4 return trains per hour from Haslemere, with the quicker services at xx:02, xx:32.

Lunch: The Red Lion pub (tel 01428 643 112) by the village green at Fernhurst.

Haslemere has plenty of places for refreshments. For tea/cake head to Darnleys or Hemingways in the High Street. Also on the High Street are the Swan Inn (Wetherspoons) and the White Horse Hotel.

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10 It were hot and sunny
Some bits of path had recovered from the wet winter, some hadn’t. :(
There were some patches of bluebells but not enough to induce rapturous "ooh"s. At least, not in me.But then, I rarely display pleasure.
There seemed to be a competition amongst subgroups to see who could get the most lost. I’m not sure who won. Maybe the people we never saw again. I myself only managed a minor deflection.
Lunch seemed to go down well in the Red Lion’s garden. Unfortunately so did the drinks. This made the notoriously muddy post prandial bridleway even more of a challenge. Damn you Mr Fuller! Damn your beer!
Along the way, we made friends with some stripy cows and said hello to a few sheep.
Good day out.
Well, if the Stripy One (the Tiger, not the cow) will drink the strongest beer on offer what can he expect.

I also counted ten in our group, but there was also a group of three, and at least one further pair, doing the walk independently.
Wed, 15-Nov-17 14

Wednesday Walk - Marley Common & Black Down: Haslemere Circular

Length: 14.2 km (8.8 mi) [incl. detour to the Temple of the Winds]
Ascent/Descent: 370 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ¼ hours
Toughness: 4 out of 10
Take the 10.30 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (Woking 10.55), arriving Haslemere at 11.20. From Clapham J take the 10.22 Haslemere train, arrives 11.17.
Return trains: four per hour, the fast ones are on xx.02 and xx.15.
This has not been posted on a Wednesday for 2 1/2 years, and then there was no walk report, so presumably no walkers showed up...
This very short walk routes through some very beautiful countryside, mainly National Trust land - mixed woods with heathlands of bracken, gorse, heather and bilberry, with some exceptionally fine views from Black Down, at 280 metres the highest point in both Sussex and the South Downs National Park. A detour to the Temple of the Winds, a spectacular viewpoint, is recommended.
Lunch: The Red Lion in Fernhurst (5.8 km/3.6 mi, food to 15.00).
Tea: Darnleys on High Street (open to 17.30); for alternative options see webpage.
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos , video and gpx/kml files click here. T=1.22
Hopefully this walk stands a chance of meeting Marion's strict criteria for a suitable choice for a mid week walk.
Thank you Marcus and will hopefully restore the popularity of our mid week walks to our regulars. Lets hope for some good weather.
But, has it got bluebells?
12 off the train plus 2 arriving by car. Two newcomers all the rest were our regulars and agreed on a great choice of walk in cloudy but later sunshine and good views in the afternoon. Excellent pub lunch enjoyed by 8 of us and all but one sandwich eater joined us in the pub so we all kept together. 5 did the shorter walk and all met up in Hemingways for delicious cakes and tea.

Lovely hilly walk with no problems with route finding and plenty of delightful group synergy and conversation enjoyed by all. Several comments made reference length of walks suggesting that the winter solstice of early sunsets will ensure shorter walks and an early return to London for those with evening commitments to attend.

I rest my case!

Sad to hear that Pete B has serious health issues as does our lunch monitor P. Wishing them both a speedy recovery


14 cloudy then sunny
Sat, 03-Dec-16 22

Haslemere Circular

t=1.22 Length: 14km (8.7m)
Toughness: 4 /10
Transport: Take the 9:30 train from London Waterloo, arriving in Haslemere at 10:20. There are frequent trains back to London.

From the description:
This short walk is through very beautiful countryside. It is mainly National Trust land - mixed woods with blackberries and bluebells and heathlands of bracken, gorse, heather and bilberry, with fine views from Black Down (280 metres/919 feet), the highest point in both Sussex and the South Downs National Park. It is particularly lovely when the rhododendrons are in flower in late spring, although the heathland is at its most colourful in late summer.

I led this walk for the Ramblers a couple of weeks ago on a wet Saturday. There were only 5 of us, and we got fed in the pub, but a surprising number of tables were booked, so might be worth booking if you're a crowd.

The rhododendrons seem to have been drastically cut back (assuming I was where I thought I was). Might be worth checking that part of the instructions.
something like 22 on this walk though I forgot to count at the station and others I asked hadn’t counted either but all guessed over 20
The weather was absolutely perfect all day for this with it being warm in the virtually continuous sunshine with only a brief patch of cloud in the afternoon.
The highlight of the day for me was the view from the Temple of the Winds which was extremely clear and bright for miles I have been here often before but this was the best time ever with still some autumnal colour around and views out to la manche
A very dry day with mounds of leaves, of various hues of browns, rustling underfoot, strangely added to the pleasure of the walk with numerous people commenting on it maybe we all remember the normal muddy days of late autumn / early winter.
We all arrived at lunch at 11.40 so maybe we could have used a later train say ( 10.00 or even 10.30 ? )but luckily the Red Lion in Fernhurst was open and as another walking group just beat us there we had to queue for 15 minutes or so to get served. As we had made a courtesy call and warned the pub that we were coming we had tables reserved for us. The walking group ahead of us had to eat in the garden rumour had it that they hadn’t phoned before hand. It was cold sitting outside so the picnicers left quickly but we inside in the warmth had to wait for our lunches so we spent something like 90 minutes there my red mulltet and another in tomato sauce was very disappointing I wonder if they have changed the chef since I was last here a year ago. Several made the choice of mulled wine or spiced cider with a free mince pie not much good for the tea totalers strange that it being a pub
Tea in Hemingways for about 9 of us was fine though they have rather loud music which they refused to turn down despite being politely asked TWICE
So the best day for walking and a perfect choice of walk but a bit on the low side for repasts bon appetite for the next one
Soo Brique

Sat, 28-May-16 38

Haslemere Circular

CW1 Walk 22 - Haslemere round
Length: 14 km (8.7 miles).
Toughness: 4/10

Catch the 10:00 from Waterloo arrives Haslemere 10:48. (From Clapham Junction: 09:52, arr. Haslemere 10:45)

A favourite walk of Nicholas's and requested by Josefine who writes:

"Hello Andrew and everyone organising this site. Just to say you do a brilliant and completely professional job with this website and I love it! I am sure many, many people love and appreciate what you and your team do. It adds a wonderful quality to people's lives. That is what the walks meant to me when I went on them every week or almost every week, especially after Nicholas died. But I got out of the routine. There are so many things to do and I still work some weekends. I just looked at the website and am so impressed! It is fantastic!

I am sorry I have not come on walks for years. I am no longer directly involved with the Natural Death Centre, but I do fundraising for them, hold Natural Death Salons at my house and have organised the annual Poetry Challenge. I am a Patron of the NDC now, it is an honorary position. I am so glad the NDC gets much needed support from the walkers! A big thank you for that!

I have been talking with a couple of friends and former Saturday Walkers who walked with Nicholas and me in the '90s to come on a walk. I want do a Haslemere Round walk in May. I will definitely buy you a drink if you or other organisers are on that walk. It should be part of the routine on Saturday Walks, don't you think so?

My best wishes to you, and to all the walkers who remember Nicholas and me.

Hats off to you for a brilliant job to keep this going! Nicholas would be so very proud of what you are doing! I am very proud and very happy about it! THANK YOU!

The Natural Death Centre will be 25 years old on 14 April this year. I am holding a small fundraising event with Rosie of the NDC as a speaker and others to talk about the massive movement and changes that have occurred with help of the NDC since we started. This is a Natural Death Salon NW2 at my house on Sunday 19 June.

If anyone were interested in coming to this or other Natural Death Salons I hold, they are most welcome to contact me. I also host Death Cafes at La Brioche in West Hampstead. There is one on Monday 21 March.

The Saturday Walkers Club must have a 20th anniversary coming up in a couple of years! I hope it continues for a very long time!

All good wishes,

Josefine

www.facebook.com/naturaldeathsalon

www.facebook.com/deathcafehampstead "

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Just for those who do not know, Josefine is the widow of Nicholas Albery, author of Time Out Country Walks Volume 1 and the founder of the SWC. He tragically died in a car accident in 2001.

More on NIcholas and the early history of the club can be found in the HISTORY section on this page

http://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/saturday walkers.shtml

However, you don't have to have known Nicholas to come on this walk. It is a normal SWC walk and anyone is welcome, newcomer or old timers alike
is Josephine actually going on this walk ?
She specifically requested it because she said she wanted to do it, so presumably yes
Sorry Josphine but as usual Saturday is my busiest day day at work. Thats why we started the Wednesday mid week walks for those who can't walk weekends. Now that so many people are freelance or only work part time or have retired, the mid walk walks have really grown in popularity thanks to David Cooke who posted them for 10 years and now Mike Atkinson. Big thanks due to both.
38 or 39 if you count the dog! Weather was warm, dry and sunny. A great walk as always and a few newcomers as well as some old timers and regulars.
Sun, 17-Jan-16 3

Sunday walk 2: Surrey woods and heaths

Haslemere Circular
Book 1 walk 22
Difficulty 4/10
14km, 8.7 miles
A beautiful walk through mixed woods and heathland offering fine views from Black Down, the highest point in Sussex. A bridleway shortly after lunch has a reputation for ..er.....what was that group sang Tiger Feet? What's the m-word, rhymes with "thud"? If you're wearing your smartest trousers and new xmas boots, you could try looking for the detour suggested by "Em" on the walk's comments page. (But see discussion below)
Trains: take the 10:00 Haslemere train from Waterloo (Clapham Jct 10:09,) arriving 11:06
Trains return from Haslemere at xx:17 and xx:42
Lunch: The Red Lion, Fernhurst (01428 643112). They like to be warned, so good idea to phone from the station.
Tea: Darnleys on Haslemere’s High Street or Hemingways across the road. There are at least two pubs on the High Street, The Swan and the White Horse. The station is 10 mins walk from the High Street.
Directions for Haslemere Circular can be found here or in Book 1.
This is the detour suggested by EM in the comments section:

"The original book 1 walk instructs people to climb up a bridleway sharply uphill, continuing on for 800 metres, just before point 13. Somewhere along this path you eventually come out of a woody archway onto Black Down and its superb views. However, this path is one of the muddiest in the county. It is easy to avoid this mud by turning right at the bottom of the hill where the path starts. You head up a sloping grassy meadow and eventually reach the top of a hill, where if you turn left, you soon come onto the main area of Black Down that you would have reached through the bridleway anyway".
It's been a while since I did this walk, but EM's comment (from 2010) looks odd. My recollection is that the notoriously muddy section is in the climb through Reeth Wood, between points [11] & [12] (see para 28 in the online directions: "If it is very muddy at this point..."). At this point you're not yet on the open access NT land and I don't know if you can escape from the wood to a "sloping grass meadow".

The book describes the 800m bridleway between points [12] & [13] as "somewhat winding" but doesn't mention any problems with mud here. In any case you can bypass this part of Black Down by taking the recommended diversion to the Temple of the Winds in para 32.

Can anyone clarify the situation?
I have to admit I’ve always gone straight up this bridleway. But then I’ve got tigers feet. I thought the meadow off to the right rang true but I could be thinking of one on another walk. It’s been a while….
Who is E M ?
Who is Anonymous?
Note that the Jubilee line isn't running north of Waterloo this weekend. Northern and Bakerloo lines running as normal.
It would be good to find a better climb onto Black Down. From the OS map, it looks possible to carry on along the road past the lunch pub, take the path left towards Lower House Farm and Lower Calhams, then the 1st left path up past Blackdown House onto Black Down and up to the Temple of the Winds. I don't know if this would be any better but please post feedback if you try it.
I have written a walk from Haslemere which would indubitably be less muddy.
However it involves some road walking.The walk is entitled The Temple of the four winds.
The other drawback with it ifs that if walking it on a sunday it would involve
getting a taxi back to Pulboroough at the end. This would be feasible if several people took part.

jfk
3 on the "official" walk plus a group of 10 and another group of 6 doing the walk independently. dry, cloudy and cold but no wind

The previous night's snow was melting, dripping gently from the trees in the woods during the morning section. After lunch, 2 of us tried an alternative route onto Blackdown which turned out to be rather scenic. Blackdown and the Temple were the highlight magical in light mist and the usually sandy paths and the surrounding hills were still covered in snow.

The route we took was along the road past the pub, soon picking up a footpath on the left parallel to the road just after the cricket green. This veers away from the road, eventually joining a lane, where we turned left and followed the footpath east, then eventually left, northwards up a grassy slope with a vinyard on the right towards Blackdown House to join the original route at Ferndale Lane. I'd say it was 50% dry paths and 50% muddy paths so could be a drier route in better weather.
Sat, 11-Jul-15 40

Saturday First Walk Hugh Request Book 1 Walk 22: Haslemere Circular 8.7 miles

I picked this message up off of the walk requests and thus Hugh's first choice is posted
I worked with Nicholas Albery on the 1st TOBCW, contributing 10 of the walks. I now live abroad, but will be visiting London in July and would love to join a Book 1 walk on Saturday July 11th. I would love to meet up with walkers who knew Nicholas and were around in the early days of the walking club, as well as meeting present-day members. If anyone would be interested in organising a walk from Book 1 that day, would it be possible to choose one of these walks (in order of preference):
22: Haslemere Circular
15: Leigh to Tunbridge Wells
44: Witley to Haslemere
I do hope it will be possible to organise this.
Hugh Kelly


Book 1 Walk 22: Haslemere Circular
Length: 14.0km (8.7 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10
Explorer 133 or Landranger 186
There is an OS map with the route drawn on it here
https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_1/walk_22/map.shtml

10:30 London Waterloo (Woking 10.55) arriving Haslemere at 11:20
This train doesn't stop at Clapham Junction so get the 10.22 from Clapham Junction which will get you to Haslemere at 11.16 and then just 4 minutes to wait for the Waterloo train to arrive.
4 return trains from Haslemere at XX.02 XX.15 XX.32 XX.39
Buy a return to Haslemere

The route is through very beautiful countryside. It is mainly National Trust land - mixed woods with blackberries and bluebells and heathlands of bracken, gorse, heather and bilberry, with fine views from Black Down (280 metres / 919 feet), the very highest point in both Sussex and the South Downs National Park.
It is a fairly short walk and the Temple of the Winds detour is highly recommended, (see the walk directions) and thanks to anon in the comments section for this
You came and look'd and loved the view,
Long known and loved by me,
Green Sussex fading into blue,
With one gray glimpse of sea.
well thanks to Alfred Lord Tennyson as well of course
A path just after the lunch pub can be very wet and muddy , even in dry weather: use appropriate footwear but a comment in the Updates and Feedback Section section says that they were okay with trainers and a stick.

Lunch
The suggested lunchtime stop is a lovely fullers pub the Red Lion pub (http://www.red-lion-fernhurst.co.uk/ according to this one http://www.theaa.com/pubs/fernhurst-the-red-lion-375765 dogs are welcome, tel 01428 643 112), by the village green at Fernhurst, offering quality home cooking. It serves food from noon until 2.30pm (I guess that you will arrive around 1.30pm)
They definitely appreciate a phone call when you leave the station to warn them that you are coming The village green opposite the pub has some benches where you can sit to eat a picnic.

Tea
The suggested tea place is Darnleys tearoom (tel 01428 643 048) on Haslemere High Street, which closes at 5.00 pm but Hemmingways ( http://www.hemingwayscoffeeshop.co.uk/ ) opposite seem to stay open throughout the afternoon and evening.
Alternatives are the Swan Hotel (a Wetherspoons), or the White Horse Hotel (food: midday-9.30pm Saturday), both in the High Street.
The station is a good ten minute walk from the town centre.
There is a bar at the Inn on the Hill opposite the station (though it can be walker unfriendly and didn't serve real ale the last time that I was there) and
Metro Café (tel 01428 651 535) is just before the station (open till 5.00pm Saturdays)

You will also find more details on the lunch and tea options and background to the walk here

Have booked for 14 peeps, in the garden, for 1.30, at the pub. There is a smokers shelter and a back room for us if it rains. She will email me the menu for us to peruse and pre order! [Goodness she must think we are the Ramblers]. Will have a few copies for you to read on the train, if you wish, and I will get an indication, at the arrival introduction, if I may, who lunches and who sandwiches.
I'm working every Saturday
but would love to meet up with Hugh again. Are people planning on staying on somewhere after the walk for an evening meal? Or maybe Hugh could come out with the Mid week walkers where i should love to meet up and walk with him again.
Thanks Pauline
Hi Marion and anyone who knows me, I am coming on the walk with Hugh, my first for many years! I look forward to walking together and talking...!

See you on the train!

My number is 07949 86 86 06. Best to send me texts.

Love,
Josefine
Marion, sorry you can't join us this weekend, and that I'm flying home Monday so won't make it to a mid week walk. Good to know you're still active in the walkers club.
I'll be meeting the train at Haslemere as I'm staying nearby in Surrey.
40
warm and sunny

Far too many people to count but I'd say we were about 40. Fantastic walk.
Glad to see the old favorite still very popular. Many thanks to Hugh, Josefine and other veterans who built a strong foundation for the club to grow and prosper. And thanks to all volunteers, past and presents, for the contributions over the years and for keeping this club so unique and enjoyable.
It was a glorious day! It was great to meet Leila again after so many years and John!
Hugh and his sister met us at the station and we got deep into conversation all the way to the pub and got lost on the way there. After lunch, Jane, Hugh and Sheila, Martin and Catherine where the last to finish our meal and made our own way back, so we lost you all! But what a day! I so enjoyed it!
Marion, Sorry you could not make it! We went to have tea at my hut and everyone enjoyed it. We left at 7pm, earlier than planned.


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