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
|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.|
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.
Note: Before embarking on this walk, please read below section on Managed Access on Hankley Common.
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:
To lengthen the walk:
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:
|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.
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 Barley Mow (as above).
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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