Black Down from Verdleyhill

Black Down from Verdleyhill

SWC Walk 218 Haslemere to Midhurst (The Midhurst Way)

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Verdley Place

Verdley Place

SWC Walk 218 Haslemere to Midhurst (The Midhurst Way)

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South Downs from field north of Easebourne

South Downs from field north of Easebourne

SWC Walk 218 Haslemere to Midhurst (The Midhurst Way)

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Easebourne Priory, Easebourne

Easebourne Priory, Easebourne

SWC Walk 218 Haslemere to Midhurst (The Midhurst Way)

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Cowdray House Ruins

Cowdray House Ruins

SWC Walk 218 Haslemere to Midhurst (The Midhurst Way)

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Marley Common

Marley Common

SWC Walk 218 Haslemere to Midhurst (The Midhurst Way)

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View from Marley Common NT Car Park

View from Marley Common NT Car Park

SWC Walk 218 Haslemere to Midhurst (The Midhurst Way)

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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 426 metres of ascent
Toughness 5 out of 10
OS Maps OS Explorer Maps: OL33 (was 133)
Features

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 northerly section Midhurst to Haslemere is available as a separate SWC Walk.
Both sections have been written up in either direction (in separate pdf’s) to enable a through-walk of the whole 47.4 km/29.5 mi Midhurst Way with an overnight stay along the route in Sutton, Coultershaw Bridge, Tillington, Halfway Bridge (a little off route) or Midhurst.

Walk Options

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).

Eat

The Red Lion The Green, Fernhurst, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 3HY (01428 643 112). Open 11.30-23.00 Mon-Sat and 11.30-22.30 Sun. Food served 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-21.00 daily (not Sun evenings). The Red Lion is located 6.2 km (3.8 mi) into the walk.
The Duke of Cumberland Arms Henley Village, Henley near Fernhurst, Midhurst, Surrey GU27 3HQ (01428 652 280). Open 11.30-23.30 Mon-Thu, 11.30-24.00 Fri-Sat and 12.00-22.30 Sun. Food served 12.00-14.00 daily and 19.00-21.00 Tue-Sat. The Duke of Cumberland is located 9.7 km (6.1 mi) into the walk.

Travel

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 Mon-Sat only, about hourly to 19.05 hours (05/17 fare: £5.00).

Midhurst Taxi: BJ's Private Hire (01730 716327 or 07732 590806).

Midhurst

Travel from Midhurst Updated Mar-17

There are 4 bus routes to choose from.

  • Catch a bus to/from a station, peferably 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!
    • Traveline Southeast - online timetable
    • Stagecoach South - NB: Stagecoach buses have family tickets, but no group tickets. A day ticket is £8.20/£8.50. This might make sense if you are travelling from (say) Brighton.
  • Stagecoach have a £2.50 Evening fare after 7pm

Waterloo line to Haslemere / Petersfield

  • North to Haslemere (Mon-Sat, not Sun)
    • Take Stagecoach bus #70 north to Haslemere.
    • Mon-Sat: hourly at xx:58 until 7.03pm. £5. Takes 20 mins.
  • West to Petersfield (Mon-Sat, not Sun, early last bus)
    • Take Emsworth bus #91 / #92 west to Petersfield.
    • Mon-Sat: every 60 mins at xx:58 to 3:58, then 5:30pm. Takes 30 - 45 mins.

Victoria line to Pulbrough / Amberley / Arundel

  • East to Pulborough (daily)
    • Take Stagecoach bus #1 east to Pulborough.
    • Mon-Sat: approx hourly till 6.43pm. Sun: 2 hourly till 6.28pm. Takes 30 mins.

Both lines (a more expensive ticket to Chichester, valid for all the above stations)

  • South to Chichester (daily, till late Mon-Sat)
    • Take Stagecoach #60 south to Chichester.
    • Mon-Sat: every 30 mins till late, Sun: hourly till 6:30pm. Takes 25 mins,
    • About £4. You will need a train ticket to Chichester.
    • Chichester's trains aren't evenly spaced, if you miss one you may have a long wait.
    • The bus station is opposite the train station. Buses leave from behind it.

Midhurst Taxi

BJ's Private Hire (01730 716327 or 07732 590806). Uber is about £25 for Midhurst to Haslemere.

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Start: GU27 2PD Directions

Finish: Midurst GU29 9DJ, West Sussex Directions

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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

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Oct-17

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Walk Directions  

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