Haslemere to Midhurst via Midhurst Way walk
Quiet hills and forests, 2 country pubs, and Cowdray Park.
|Length||16.3 km (10.1 mi), with 332/449m ascent/descent. For a shorter walk see below Walk Options.|
|Toughness||4 out of 10, with 4 hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 7 ½ hours.|
The route of this walk leads out of Haslemere in a southerly direction through Camelsdale and steeply up to Marley Common, a mixture of mature woodland and open heathland and then continues south through a fine mix of quiet forests with frequent far views out to the South Downs or back to Black Down. The walk continues to the scenic villages of Fernhurst and then Henley with their respective pubs, the latter halfway up another steep ascent to Verdleyhill. Finally it passes Easebourne village and priory and enters Midhurst via Cowdray Park with its polo fields, then past the ruined Cowdray Castle by the River Rother.
This walk is the northerly section of the unmarked Midhurst Way, which has been created by John Trueman, local to the area and a passionate advocate of outdoor pursuits. It runs between Arundel and Haslemere. The southerly section Arundel to Midhurst is available as a separate SWC Walk.
For a shortcut, the Midhurst to Haslemere bus line 70 also stops along the route in: Fernhurst, Henley (above the village on the A-road) and Easebourne (350m off-route on the A286).
|Maps||OS Explorer: OL33 (Haslemere & Petersfield)
OS Landranger: 186 (Aldershot & Guildford) and 197 (Chichester & the South Downs)
Haslemere Station, map reference SU 897 329, is 62 km south west of Charing Cross, 139m above sea level and in Surrey. Midhurst Bus Station, map reference SU 887 218, is 11 km south of Haslemere, 25m above sea level and in West Sussex. Haslemere station 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). Midhurst Bus Stand has services connecting to Haslemere, Petersfield, Pulborough and Chichester stations. Line 70 to Haslemere runs about hourly Mon-Sat (last at 19.15 hours) and every two hours on Sundays (last at 18.35). The fare in 11/21 fare was £5.40.
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 10.00.
The Red Lion The Green, Fernhurst, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 3HY (01428 643 112). The Red Lion is located 6.2 km (3.8 mi) into the walk.
Plenty of options in Midhurst, check the pdf for details.
Travel from Midhurst Updated Nov-21
Catch a bus to/from a station, preferably on the same rail line you arrived from. If not possible, buy a more expensive ticket to Chichester, which is valid on both rail lines.
Bus times change frequently. Check before you travel. Especially the time of the last bus!
There are 4 bus routes to choose from.
Portsmouth Direct Line from Waterloo to Haslemere or Petersfield
Arun Valley line from Victoria to Pulborough or Chichester
Both lines (a more expensive ticket to Chichester is needed, valid for all the above stations)
Taxi from Midhurst
BJ's Private Hire (01730 716 327 or 07732 590 806). Uber is about £20 for Midhurst to Haslemere.
After the walk, we would love to get your feedback
Out (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