Haslemere Outer Orbital Path walk
Orbital route around Haslemere from a rural bus stop, but with plenty of options for connecting routes from the station
26.8 km (16.6 mi), with 623m ascent/descent. For a shorter or longer walk see below Walk Options.
8 out of 10, with 6 ½ hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 10 hours.
This is an interesting circular route orbiting around Haslemere, covering plenty of areas and sights familiar from other SWC walks, but also lots of new ground, for example Bramshott Common, the Waggoner’s Wells ponds, Whitmore Vale, Grayswood, Ansteadbrook and the woods west of Black Down. The Haslemere Outer Orbital Path (HOOP) was originally conceived by Neil Hook and is featured – with written directions – on his website.
The route starts at a bus stop in Kingsley Green served by an hourly service (Mon-Sat), 3 km outside of Haslemere, but additional start or finish points can usefully be accessed either by other bus lines or on foot, along spoke routes from Haslemere Station, using some of the existing SWC walks. For details see below. Fully written directions for the spoke routes are available in the walk directions pdf linked above.
Bus Lines linking to the HOOP
Spokes and Bus Stops throughout the route
Spoke routes and bus stops are shown on the route map linked above.
OS Explorer: OL33 (Haslemere & Petersfield)
Kiln Meadow Bus Stop in Kingsley Green, map reference SU 895 307, is 64 km southwest of Charing Cross, 154m above sea level and in West Sussex. It is served by bus line 70 Guildford – Midhurst (via Haslemere Station), with an hourly service Mon-Sat. Return Fare from Haslemere (12/20): £5.00. Haslemere station is on the Portsmouth Direct Line from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour, with up to four trains an hour Mon-Sat (two on Sundays). Journey time is from 48 minutes Mon-Sat (56 minutes on Sundays).
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take a train no later than 09.30.
The Prince of Wales, Hammer Vale, 4.6 km into the route;
Harper’s Steakhouse & Bar, opposite Haslemere Station.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk