South Downs from Cowdray Golf Club

SWC Walk 48 Haslemere to Midhurst (via Lurgashall)

07-Jul-16 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Cows in River Rother, Cowdray Estate

SWC Walk 48 Haslemere to Midhurst (via Lurgashall)

07-Jul-16 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Haslemere to Midhurst

Book 3, Walk 48, Haslemere to Midhurst, 11/05/06

11-May-06 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Haslemere to Midhurst

Temple view (the winds were absent). On a clear day, you can see quite a long way. 28 April '07.

28-Apr-07 • mew2005b on Flickr

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Haslemere to Midhurst

Spring Coppice, near Lurgashall, 28 April '07.

28-Apr-07 • mew2005b on Flickr

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Haslemere to Midhurst

Not just Bluebells, 28 April '07.

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Haslemere to Midhurst

The bluebell season will soon be over: the bluebell-lover (with blue bottle), 28 April '07.

28-Apr-07 • mew2005b on Flickr

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Haslemere to Midhurst via Lurgashall walk

Black Down (heathland with views) and Temple of the Winds (viewpoint), Lurgashall (picturesque village with pub by the green), Cowdray Estate (romantic ruin by Polo Fields) and historic market town of Midhurst.

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.

Date # Post
Sat, 21-Apr-18 27

Saturday Walk - Haslemere to Midhurst (via Lurgashall or Lickfold)

Length: 21.8 km (13.4 mi) or 20.9 km (13.0 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 604/718m; Net Walking Time: 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 7/10
Take the 09.30 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (09.55 Woking), arrives Haslemere 10.20.
From Clapham take the 09.22 stopping service (arrives H’mere 10.16).
Return to Haslemere from Midhurst either by bus number 70 (roughly hourly, £5.00 fare, last dep. 19.05) or by taxi.
Return trains from Haslemere are on xx.02, xx.15, xx.32 and 17.37 and 19.39, journey time from 49 to 66 mins.
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 bluebell-carpeted woods leads to either the classic Sussex village of Lurgashall, with its pub and church at the corner of a picturesque village green and cricket pitch, or to the hamlet of Lickfold with its super-duper Inn.
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.
Lunch: The Noah's Ark in Lurgashall (10.3 km/6.4 mi, food to 14.30, booking recommended), The Lickfold Inn in Lickfold (11.0 km/6.8 mi, a la carte food to 14.30, bar food all day, booking essential!).
Tea: lots of choice en-route to and in Midhurst (see the pdf for details), recommended are The Halfway Hut (3 km from the end), 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.
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25 walkers off the trains, fast and slow, in warm and sunny weather, with a haze, afflicting the far views. 3 took a taxi up to Black Down, 2 car drivers were met on Black Down and continued with the group. So 27 in all.
Most seemed to walk via Lurgashall where we had only one small table booked, but plenty people found space outside anyway. Just as well as the pub stopped taking food orders after a while as they were busy with 2 large parties. The village shop was frequented by latecomers. Some muddy stretches are left in the woods, two woods either side of Lurgashall were in full bluebell carpet display, the shallow bluebell valley just before Cowdray golf club though needs a few more days.
A cuckoo was heard near Bexley Hill, a snake was spotted on the descent from Hoe Hill. No Polo was played today.
4 o'clock bus for some, tea or drink in Midhurst for others.
Worth recording the fruit cake in the Cowdray Farm Cafe was considered to be the best fruit cake ever, well as far as we could remember, the best fruit cake ever.
We spotted three deer bounding across the heath in the afternoon. Or was that just the effects of the pre lunch gin tasting at the Blackdown Distillery kicking in? If you like gin/vermouth/fruity liquers, it is well worth checking out ***hiccup***
Wed, 13-Sep-17 8

Wednesday Walk - Haslemere to Midhurst (via Lickfold) [New Variant]

Length: 20.9 km (13.0 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 604/718m; Net Walking Time: 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 7/10
Take the 10.00 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (10.25 Woking), arrives Haslemere 10.48.
From Clapham 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, 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 17.37 and 19.39, journey time from 52 to 66 mins.
New variant of this established walk, bringing into play the outstanding Lickfold Inn for lunch. Thanks to Joe for the tip!
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 hamlet of Lickfold. 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.
Lunch: The Lickfold Inn in Lickfold (11.0 km/6.8 mi, a la carte food to 14.30, bar food all day).
Tea: lots of choice en-route to and in Midhurst (see the pdf for details), recommended are The Halfway Hut (3 km from the end), 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.
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8 walkers and a by now familiar well behaved dog on the platform, with the walk poster a train behind, so 9 in total, but 1 went off in her very own direction immediately, never to be seen again, so 8.
2 walkers took a taxi from the station to a car park up on Black Down, and the laggard had caught the rest of the group at the Temple of the Winds, only to dash ahead to check his write up for the new bit via Lickfold.
The taxi crew had reached the Lickfold Inn first, but had patiently waited for the rest to turn up before venturing inside. Then, with some trepidation, we asked to see the menus and had a decision to make: tapas type menu (ground floor only) or a la carte/set lunch (upstairs only). 5 went upstairs for one of the most eagerly awaited lunch experiences in SWC history.
We left after 2 1/2 hours in the Inn.
In the meantime a heavy shower had been and gone, so we experienced some mud in the arvo, but stayed dry under at times heavy skies, although the tapas type eater and the sandwichers most certainly got soaked.
Got to Midhurst 10 minutes before the next bus was due, so took the shortcut to the bus station rather than looping through town. 18.32 train.
Great day out. Great walk. Phantastic lunch. Excellent value for money wine. Superb company.

One walker did her own version of The Temp;e of the Winds walk and had lunch in Lurgasall .
This walk ends in Petworth. Rain and rainbows and sunshine but very nice jfk
Lickford Inn sounds fantastic, I am hungry already. Any chance of this walk being featured on one of Saturdays for those desk slaves?
Sat, 10-Sep-16 7

Saturday Third Walk: Haslemere to Midhurst via Lurgashall (fully re-written)

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
Toughness: 7/10
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.
Lunch is in Lurgashall at The Noah’s Ark Inn (10.3 km/6.4 mi, food to 14.30). A table has been booked for 13.30 hours.
There is also Lurgashall Winery/Blackdown Distillery en-route (8.7 km/5.4 mi).
For tea there is lots of choice en-route to and in Midhurst (see the pdf for details), recommended are The Halfway Hut (3 km from the end), 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, photos, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here.
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Intend going.
You gotta love it when the weather turns out as forecast. In principle.
But when the forecast for the area you are walking in says: continuous rain from morning to late afternoon, you kinda hope that it won't be true, as it often is. Unfortunately it was today. Not a walk for fairweather walkers then, so only 7 (fool)hardy people congregated at Haslemere, immediately donning what waterproofs they had, as what looked like mild drizzle from the train window was actually a fair chuck down.
The bad thing about heavy rain is: there will be muddy paths. Cue: some muddy paths.
The good thing about heavy rain is: there are no views from the tops. Cue: no delays for admiring this and that far view, also no unnecessary stops for chat or Brexit talk, just fast walking.
So we arrived at the lunch pub a good 50 minutes before the booked time (!), before creating puddles of rain water on their floor, while enjoying a high quality, convivial lunch.
We were also treated to the sight of a walker donning her puffa jacket as a skirt, while her (non waterproof) troosers were deemed to dry out, hanging over the back of a chair (they didn't).
On then to Midhurst, where the front runners arrived at 16.00, well in time for Cream Tea at the Cowdray Cafe (with disappointingly small allocations of cream and jam, one opines). We did also pop into the wine tasting shed (and bought a desert wine from Worcestershire, who would've thunk?).
One more drink at the Angel Inn, then the 18.00 bus.
...and a long delay en route to H'mere, as there had been an accident (an overturned car in a bend of the road), resulting in a temporary road closure. That's the small annoyance of a very wet walk put into some proper perspective, there and then...
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