Beechwoods on Black Down

Haslemere to Midhurst walk

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The Temple of Winds

Haslemere to Midhurst walk

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The ruins of Cowdray House, Midhurst

Haslemere to Midhurst walk

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Midhurst

Haslemere to Midhurst walk

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Belted Galloway at the Temple

Bos taurus for Latin aficionados

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Early Summer at last!

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Frisky Nag

Blackdown in the distance

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Haslemere to Midhurst via Henley walk

The Temple of the Winds on Black Down; lunch in idyllic hamlet with fine pub and evocative ruins of a fortified Tudor house on Cowdray Estate against the backdrop of the South Downs

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.

Updated: Fri, 07-Dec-18

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Wed, 14-Nov-18 13

Wednesday Walk - Haslemere to Midhurst via Temple of the Winds & Henley (Short Version)

Length: 19.3 km (12.0 mi)
Ascent/Descent: approx. 400/514m; Net Walking Time: 4 ¾ - 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 7/10
Take the 10.00 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (10.25 Woking, 10.34 G’ford), arrives Haslemere 10.49. From Clapham J take the 09.52 stopping service (arrives H’mere 10.45).
Return to Haslemere from Midhurst by bus number 70 (xx.05, then 19.10, journey time 25 mins).
Return trains from Haslemere are on xx.02, xx.15, xx.32, journey time from 52 mins.
From the medieval town well in Haslemere to the stocks and pillory in Midhurst, this walk is a journey partially in the footsteps of a poet. It gently climbs the highest point in Sussex (the Black Down), and then drops steeply to traverse a valley along a roller coaster of a path through some light woods before entering more thickly planted pine forests, allegedly haunted by the ghost of the last wild bear killed in England. After lunch in the idyllic hamlet of Henley at a pub boasting views back to the Temple of the Winds, the route again gently climbs a second hill offering stunning views back across your journey of the morning before a long descent into Midhurst across the Cowdray Estate with the mighty South Downs ahead, passing by the intriguing ruins of Cowdray House en route where various historic figures of note were either voluntary visitors or held captive prior to execution.
Note: the last few km may have to be negotiated in darkness, but it’s along car wide gravel tracks through the Cowdray Estate, so shan’t be a problem.
Lunch: The Duke of Cumberland Arms in Henley (12.8 km/8.0 mi, food to 14.30), or The Kings Arms a little earlier on a 1 km diversion (11.9 km/7.4 mi, food to 14.30).
Tea: lots of choice in Midhurst (see the pdf for details), recommended are Cowdray Farm Shop & Cafe (2 km from the end), Garton’s Coffee House, The Wheatsheaf, The Angel Inn, The Olive & Vine and Fitzcane’s.
For summary, map, height profile, some photos, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.263.c
13 on this walk on a lovely sunny day. A perfect autumn walk on a perfect autumn day. It was only a pity its author could not be with us to enjoy it.

Autumn colour is past its best the foliage getting thin on the trees, even on some oaks. But there were still plenty of bits and pieces of colour for the sunlight to catch. I even saw a butterfly, though it flew off before I could identify it.

All options for this walk got an airing. Most of the group did the main morning, but two of us did the (only slightly) shorter option with its amazing westward views. The main walkers still got to lunch at the Duke of Cumberland Arms half an hour before us. We did not get there till 2.15, just as the chef was about to go off shift early. But they slipped us in as the last two lunch orders, so thanks for that.

In the afternoon one got a bus back to civilisation to go to an evening event. Two of us did the short afternoon, the rest the main afternoon. All of us enjoyed the sun setting behind the South Downs as we descended to Midhurst. Rather cutely we also all arrived at the Cowdray Estate tea room at more or less the same time. Three of us had tea there: the others went on to wherever they went on to. The tearoomers enjoyed a glorious dusk with a half moon shining in a clear sky as we walked to the bus, taking the short cut direct from Cowdray House. We got the 5.05 bus to Haslemere, had a drink in the very smart Station House pub while we waited out a cancelled train and variously got the 6.02 or 6.15 train home back to the world of signal delays and commuter trains.
3 more took the shortcut,2 leaving the pub earlier got to Midhurst with time for cake, and 1 later, getting the bus in Easeborne. To round off the day we bumped into Marcus at Haslemere station.
Wed, 31-May-17 14

Wednesday Walk - Haslemere to Midhurst via Temple of the Winds & Henley (Short Version)

Length: 19.3 km (12.0 mi) [longer walk possible]
Ascent/Descent: approx. 600/714m; Net Walking Time: 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 7/10
Note: The above details apply to the shortened walk, walking both the morning and afternoon shortcuts. Consult the pdf for details of the longer versions.
Take the 10.00 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (10.25 Woking, 10.34 G’ford), arrives Haslemere 10.48. From Clapham J take the 09.52 stopping service (arrives H’mere 10.45).
Return to Haslemere from Midhurst either by bus number 70 (roughly hourly, £4.90 fare in 2016, last dep. 19.05) or by taxi.
Return trains from Haslemere are on xx.02 (last at 21.02), xx.15, xx.32 (last at 21.32) and xx.39 (last at 19.39), journey time from 48 to 66 mins.
From the medieval town well in Haslemere to the stocks and pillory in Midhurst, this walk is a journey partially in the footsteps of a poet. It gently climbs the highest point in Sussex (the Black Down), and then drops steeply to traverse a valley along a roller coaster of a path through some light woods before entering more thickly planted pine forests, allegedly haunted by the ghost of the last wild bear killed in England. After lunch in the idyllic hamlet of Henley at a pub boasting views back to the Temple of the Winds, the route again gently climbs a second hill offering stunning views back across your journey of the morning before a long descent into Midhurst across the Cowdray Estate with the mighty South Downs ahead, passing by the intriguing ruins of Cowdray House en route where various historic figures of note were either voluntary visitors or held captive prior to execution.
Lunch: The Duke of Cumberland Arms in Henley (12.8 km/8.0 mi, food to 14.00), or The Kings Arms a little earlier on a 1 km diversion (11.9 km/7.4 mi, food to 14.30).
Tea: lots of choice in Midhurst (see the pdf for details), recommended are Cowdray Farm Shop & Cafe (2 km from the end), Garton’s Coffee House, The Wheatsheaf, The Angel Inn and The Olive & Vine.
For summary, map, height profile, some photos, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here.T=swc.263.c
Next Week: Stonegate to Battle
There is a strong possibility that I will be walking my own " Temple of the Winds " walk tomorrow . this walk takes a totally different route and ends up at Petworth after visiting the semi mystical and Beautiful Black Down favoured by Tennyson and of course by our founder Nicolas Albery If anyone left a rather splendid pair of sunglasses at the pub last week I hope to have them with me.
Jane from Kew
12 walkers off the posted slow and fast trains, with half each following the shorter and longer morning options. 1 other was ecountered at the Temple of the Winds, having started from Fernhurst, with another walker picked up at the bottom of the descent from Black Down. 14 in total therefore, in warm and sunny weather.
All got to the Duke of Cumberland in time to order food, although some arrived after the official cut off time of 14.00. Sandwichers and fast eaters then moved on quickly, most walking the short afternoon option, and almost everyone got the 17.00 bus, some after fetching an ice cream from the lovely new Fitzcane's Cafe. Nice.
Sat, 07-May-16 31

Saturday Second Walk -- New Walk 263: Haslemere to Midhurst

SWC 263: Haslemere to Midhurst via Temple of the Winds and the tiny hamlet of Henley

Distance: 14.1 Miles (22.7 km), with options to shorten to approximately 12 miles (19.4 km)
Difficulty: 8 out of 10 (7 out of 10 with both shortcuts)
Train: Take the 9:00 Portsmouth Harbor train from London Waterloo to Haslemere, arriving at 9:48. The return journey requires taking a 70 bus from the Midhurst Bus Terminal to Haslemere station (20 minutes) – buses run at 17:00; 18:00 and 19:05 and return trains to Waterloo from Haslemere are frequent (02; 15; 32 and 39 past the hour – dropping to 02; 15; 32 at 20:00 until 21:32 with a last train at 22:15) -- trains at 32 past the hour connect well with the bus. Groups of 3-5 may want to consider sharing a taxi – Midhurst Taxi – 01730 622 013) back to Haslemere. Buy a day return to Haslemere.
As previously highlighted, the third installment of the Get Fit For Ullapool program presents the opportunity to walk check a brand new walk – hot off the press! The walk combines some of the best features of two existing walks that go from Haslemere to Midhurst – first gently climbing to the Temple of Winds viewpoint on the Black Down before dropping steeply into the valley to lunch in the tiny hamlet of Henley. After lunch the route again climbs for more stunning views back across the morning route and onward to the South Downs in the distance before dropping down to finish with a stroll through the Cowdray Estate with its evocative house ruins. The walk instructions and more details are available here.
The recommended lunchtime pub is the Duke of Cumberland Arms in Henley (tel 01428 652 280), about 8 miles (12 km) into the walk, which serves food until 2:00 PM. A booking for 10 has been made at 1:30. Larger groups should call ahead. An earlier alternate pub, the Kings Arms (tel 01428 641 165), which serves food until 2:30 can be found with a diversion from the main route.
The recommended tea stop is the Cowdray Farm Shop and Café – open until 5:00pm. Alternatively, the White Horse pub in Easebourne is open all day on Saturdays and could provide stronger afternoon refreshment. Midhurst also has a several options for post walk libations.

Enjoy the walk!

I am new to this and wondering if the instructions for this walk have been uploaded somewhere else or if it's too soon? Also if there is an OS map number. Thanks
Walk instructions to be posted later. Its a new walk so is still in progress as stated
I'm new too. Do I get a return ticket Waterloo Haslemere Waterloo? Thank you
Barbara
A day return to Haslemere, yes. There will also be a bus fare from Midhurst to Haslemere at the end. Stargazer will I am sure provide full details very shortly
I may be walking my own Temple of the Four winds walk on this day. However quite a bit of road walking is entailed.
jfk
Pleased to report that the Boro Commander for richmond has been suspended on allegations of gross misconduct.
Thank you Karen A lovely walk with lots of ups and downs and lovely views even with the haze in the morning
Well worth the effort
I Strain
What a great introduction to the club. Wonderful instructions we didn't need our map at all. See you all soon. Nicky & Tove

31 on this grand new walk in a day of hot sun. What a contrast to two weeks ago!

We took what seemed to me a new route up to the Temple of the Winds, a long steady climb through the bright fresh green of newly leafing beech woods. The temple itself was occupied by placidly munching Belted Galloways (aka "Oreo cows").

We then "lived the view", desending into lovely rolling country, including several woods festooned with bluebells, stitchwort, celandines and wood anemones. The recommended pub seems to have accommodated the group easily in its idyllic garden. Five of us "took one for the team" and tried the less romantic alternative pub, which was perfectly adequate.

After a further climb, wonderful views back to the Temple of the Winds, then a gentle descent to Midhurst, most, I think, had tea al fresco at the Cowdray Park cafe. Some of us stayed for drinks and a look around pretty Midhurst and were rewarded with a £2 "Nightrider" bus fare (aimed at local yoof going clubbing in Guildford, I think) on the 7pm bus to Haslemere.