Haslemere to Farnham walk

A wooded ridge, Temple of the Four Winds, Gibbet Hill, Devil's Punch Bowl, Highcomb Bottom, Thursley & Hankley Commons, Atlantic Wall, River Wey, Waverley Abbey's ruins

Boardwalk in Pudmore Pond Area, Thursley Common SWC Walk 144 Haslemere to Farnham - Thursley Common Extension (Pudmore Pond Extension-within-the-Extension)

Boardwalk in Pudmore Pond Area, Thursley Common

SWC Walk 144 Haslemere to Farnham - Thursley Common Extension (Pudmore Pond Extension-within-the-Extension)

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Gibbet Hill, Northerly Views SWC Walk 144 Haslemere to Farnham

Gibbet Hill, Northerly Views

SWC Walk 144 Haslemere to Farnham

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Devil's Punch Bowl and old course of the A3 SWC Walk 144 Haslemere to Farnham

Devil's Punch Bowl and old course of the A3

SWC Walk 144 Haslemere to Farnham

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Angled Bench at Viewpoint on Shrike Hill, Thursley Common SWC Walk 144 Haslemere to Farnham - Thursley Common Extension

Angled Bench at Viewpoint on Shrike Hill, Thursley Common

SWC Walk 144 Haslemere to Farnham - Thursley Common Extension

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Breach in The Atlantic Wall, Hankley Common SWC Walk 144 Haslemere to Farnham - Atlantic Wall Extension

Breach in The Atlantic Wall, Hankley Common

SWC Walk 144 Haslemere to Farnham - Atlantic Wall Extension

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Part of Waverley Abbey Ruin SWC Walk 144 Haslemere to Farnham - Waverley Abbey Extension

Part of Waverley Abbey Ruin

SWC Walk 144 Haslemere to Farnham - Waverley Abbey Extension

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Tree in Coombswell Copse SWC Walk 144 Haslemere to Farnham

Tree in Coombswell Copse

SWC Walk 144 Haslemere to Farnham

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Length 23.6 km (14.7 mi), with 433/496m ascent/descent. For a different route up to Gibbet Hill, and options to shorten or to lengthen, see below Walk Options.
Toughness 6 out of 10, with 5 hours 15 minutes walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 8 ½ hours.
Walk Notes

The route leads out of Haslemere in a northerly direction along the quietest and shortest possible route to ascend through Coombswell Copse and along the wooded Invall ridge up to Hurt Hill and the Temple of the Four Winds, the ruin of an early 20th century belvedere, and one of several viewpoints with striking vistas. Turn westerly up to Gibbet Hill (the second highest point in Surrey), with more far reaching views, out to the North Downs and London, as well as back to Black Down and to the South Downs.
Skirt around the Devil’s Punchbowl along the course of the old A3 and descend into the remote Highcomb Bottom, a stunning sandy heathland valley to re-join the Greensand Way to Thursley.
Thursley Common (a NNR) is one of the largest heathlands as well as one of the last lowland peat bogs in southern Britain and an optional extension gives you prolonged exposure to it.
Next up is Hankley Common, another large heathland, and mostly MOD terrain, for an exploration of a D-Day training site with a replica section of The Atlantic Wall and assorted other defensive structures. On to the picturesque village of Tilford with its pub and cricket pitch on the green, followed by quiet woodland paths and lanes along the River Wey’s North Branch into Farnham, with an optional extension to Waverley Abbey’s ruins along the way.

Note: Before embarking on this walk, please read below section on Managed Access on Hankley Common.

Walk Options

An alternative ascent route to Gibbet Hill via Hindhead Common (with an option for a diversion via the Devil’s Punchbowl Café or Hotel for Elevenses) cuts 450m and 104m ascent/descent.

To shorten the walk:

  • Bus 19 (Haslemere to Aldershot, hourly Mon-Sat) to Hindhead cuts 4.5 km and 150m ascent;
  • The byway on top of the ridge above Highcomb Bottom cuts 660m and 36m ascent;
  • A shortcut on Thursley Common cuts 800m;
  • Bus 46 (Guildford to Farnham, roughly hourly Mon-Sat) from Waverley Abbey cuts the last 4 km.

To lengthen the walk:

  • A slightly longer route within Invall (wood) leads over the (wooded) top of Hurt Hill;
  • An extension in Highcomb Bottom adds 530m and 20m ascent;
  • A loop, or just a short out-and-back in Thursley Common heathland, add either 750m or 1.7 km;
  • An extension within that loop, around Pudmore Pond and through Thursley Bog, adds 1.5 km;
  • An out-and-back to the fascinating Atlantic Wall remnants adds 0.8 km;
  • An out-and-back to the picturesque Waverley Abbey ruins adds 1.5 km.

A Haslemere Circular Walk is possible by following the main walk to Thursley for lunch (or just to Gibbet Hill) and reverse-walking (map-led) the alternative start via Hindhead Common (for a tea stop include the diversion to the Punchbowl Café), or vice versa.

Managed Access on Hankley Common

The current status of access rights on the MOD land of Hankley Common should be checked at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/public-access-to-military-areas#contents [under ‘Locations in South East England – Hankley and Elstead Commons’]. At time of writing the relevant rules are as follows:
“The training area is used for logistics and minor infantry manoeuvre exercises.”
“Public access is permitted along public rights of way across both Commons at all times. This includes two walks across the open heathland of Elstead and Royal Commons. In addition open access on foot is available in those areas delineated by the managed access symbol on Ordnance Survey Explorer maps. When walking in the training area you are requested not to interrupt military training and to observe the Byelaws.” The walk directions remind you of these rules whenever the route leaves public rights of way.

Maps OS Explorer: OL33 (was 133) Haslemere & Petersfield
Landranger 186: Aldershot & Guildford
Travel Haslemere Station, map reference SU 897 329, is 62 km south west of Charing Cross, 139m above sea level. Farnham Station, map reference SU 844 465, is 15 km north north west of Haslemere and 76m above sea level. Both towns are in Surrey. It 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). Farnham is a stop on the Alton line from Woking via Aldershot, with a half-hourly service (journey time from 53 mins Mon-Sat and from 59 mins Sun, both if changing at Woking). Buy a Haslemere return, you then may have to buy a separate Farnham to Woking single.

Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 9.00 hours.

Elevenses/Lunch

The Devil’s Punch Bowl Café (01428 681 050). The Devil’s Punchbowl Café is located 4.5 km (2.8 mi) into the walk, if following the alternative ascent route.
The Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel (01428 606 565). The Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel is located 4.5 km (2.8 mi) into the walk, if following the alternative ascent route.
The Three Horseshoes (01252 703 268). The Three Horseshoes is located 10.5 km (6.5 mi) into the walk.
The Duke of Cambridge (01252 792 236). The Duke of Cambridge is located 15.5 km (9.6 mi) into the walk.
The Barley Mow (01252 792 205). The Barley Mow is located 17.1 km (10.7 mi) into the walk.

Tea

The Barley Mow (as above).
Tilford Village Shop & Café (01252 792 258). The Village Shop & Café is located 6.3 km (3.9 mi) from the end of the walk. It serves hot and cold drinks, cakes, sandwiches and snacks.
The Mulberry (01252 726 673). Open all day every day.
The Lamb (01252 714 133). Open all day every day. A Shepherd Neame pub.
The William Cobbet (01252 726 281). Open all day every day.

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