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

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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: Mon, 04-Mar-19

Date # Post
Sat, 16-Feb-19 8

Saturday walk - Haslemere to Midhurst via Henley

Length: 22.6km (14.1 miles), but reducible with shortcuts to 19.3km (12 miles) or even less: see ** below.
Toughness: 8 out of 10

9.30 train from Waterloo to Haslemere, arriving 10.25

From Clapham Junction, get your old friend the 9.29 (Exeter-bound) train to Woking, changing there (arrive 9.47, depart 10.02) for the above train.

Buy a day return to Haslemere. T=3.263

For walk directions click here. For GPX click here. For the walk home page click here.

There are three different versions of this walk, but this one is generally considered to be the best. It has become a firm favourite of the midweek walkers but has not had a Saturday outing since 2016.

** Don't be too put off by the advertised length: perfectly good short options are available to reduce the walk to 12 miles, and in fact it can be shorter than that because a direct path from the ruins of Cowdray House to the bus stop (see paragraph 62) shaves off a loop of the walk into the town of Midhurst (charming though this is if you have the time/energy/daylight). Lastly but not leastly, everything after the Cowdray Estate Farm Shop Cafe is on easy tracks and can be done with no trouble in the dark or (if the skies are clear) near full moonlight.

The morning short cut, albeit that it is only slightly shorter, comes with my recommendation as it has magnificent views from the top of Black Down. It and the main route come together at the Temple of the Winds, with its awesome southern panoramas - like being in a spaceship.

For lunch the desirable choice is the Duke of Cumberland pub in Henley (not the River Thames Henley, by the way: another one) but it tends to be booked up. You are advised not to rely on lunch here unless you have phoned to secure a table, or unless it is a nice enough day to sit outside, when it has a capacious unbooked garden (though even then check to be sure they will be serving food outside).

Otherwise a 1km diversion brings you to the Kings Arms, a perfectly adequate pub, 7.7 miles into the walk, or 7.4 miles via the morning short cut.

In the afternoon you cross a smallish ridge, with more nice views and then there is a choice of a direct descent into Midhurst, saving 1.8 miles, or a longer route, apparently more scenic (I have always opted for the short cut!).

A factor in deciding which afternoon route to take is that you want if possible to get to the gorgeous Cowdray Estate Farm Shop Cafe, a bit before the end of the walk for a truly scrumptious tea. It closes at 5pm.

At the end of the walk you have to get a number 70 bus (ultimate destination Guildford) back to Haslemere: these go at 16.05, 17.05, 18.05 and 19.10 (last bus).

Trains back from Haslemere are at 02 and 32 past ONLY today (slightly reduced service). The bus gets to Haslemere station, the stop before the town centre, at 30 past (35 past in the case of the 19.10), so you will need to be very quick to make the 32 past train even if the bus is on time. But if you miss a train there is a very cosy pub opposite the station to wait for the next one.


Anyone attending this walk? Hope to see some of you. Good weather this weekend.
Monica
Appears that there are engineering works and no direct train from Waterloo to Haslemere and have to change at Woking etc. Does not sound attractive may switch to Wye circular. Any advise anyone Walker perhaps? Love to do this walk not done before. If any brave soul is attending this walk I will take a chance.
Monica
The Waterloo Haslemere Portsmouth Hbr trains are running as Walker posted. It's only the slower Haslemere services which aren't running from Waterloo, which is why you have to change at Woking if you're travelling from Clapham Jct.
Many thanks Sean in that case I will attend this walk and hope to see some of the regular faces. Hope you are well Sean.
Regards
Monica
The Duke of Cumberland says it is fully booked and it looks a bit cold to sit outside so I have booked a table for 6 at the Kings Arms at 13:00. I got the impression there is more space available there so perhaps someone could book another table if that seems appropriate at Haslemere Station. Joanna and I plan to start from Marley Common and join you somewhere near Blackdown Farm.
8, fog, Fog most of the day especially on higher ground, views may have been there but we could not see them. Five of us had lunch at the Kings Arms. Welcoming with log fires, friendly staff and good food and beer. Steak and ale pie was excellent. One had lunch at the Duke of Cumberland which squeezed her in despite being fully booked. However £23 for bangers and mash and a glass of wine seems pricey. Cowdray Estate Farm Shop Cafe does a first class cream tea, although a first class price (£8) and running out of scones just after 4.00 pm.
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.