SWC Walk 48 Haslemere to Midhurst (via Lurgashall) [slightly revised route, fully revised text]
Length: 21.8 km (13.6 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 604/718m; Net Walking Time: 5 ½ hours
Take the 09.30 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (09.55 Woking), arrives Haslemere 10.20.
From Clapham J take either the 09.22 stopping service (arrives H’mere 10.16) or the 09.27 to Woking, changing onto the 09.30 Waterloo departure.
Return to Haslemere from Midhurst either by bus number 70 (roughly hourly, £4.90 fare, 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.
This is an old walk, whose author has been inactive for a while, so the text was somewhat dated. It is now fully revised, and we will take the opportunity to check the new directions!
The route leads from Haslemere station through the town’s centre and along the waymarked Serpent Trail through a small Nature Reserve to rise steeply out of town and back down through Camelsdale to then rise with the Sussex Border Path through pastures and pine and heather covered slopes up to the Black Down. Following the crest through open heathland, with far views across West Sussex and out to Hampshire, you reach the Temple Of The Winds viewpoint, with further panoramic views over the Rother Valley to the South Downs escarpment and easterly across to the West Weald.
A long descent through the sloping open grounds of Blackdown House and through woods leads to the classic Sussex village of Lurgashall, with its pub and church at the corner of a picturesque village green and cricket pitch. The afternoon takes you through a mix of flat farmland and wooded hills to the Cowdray Estate, with its golf course-with-views as well as several polo fields, to the romantic ruins of Cowdray House, as captured by JMW Turner. Climbing from the River Rother’s banks, Midhurst's Norman castle ruins are passed en-route to the old market town's attractive centre with its many tea options.
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