Black Down from Verdleyhill

SWC Walk 218 Haslemere to Midhurst (The Midhurst Way)

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South Downs from field north of Easebourne

SWC Walk 218 Haslemere to Midhurst (The Midhurst Way)

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Easebourne Priory, Easebourne

SWC Walk 218 Haslemere to Midhurst (The Midhurst Way)

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Cowdray House Ruins

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Marley Common

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View from Marley Common NT Car Park

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Verdley Place

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.

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
Wed, 24-Jan-18 3

Wednesday Walk - Midhurst Way Northerly Section: Haslemere to Midhurst (via Henley)

Length: 16.3 km (10.1 mi) [or longer, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 309/427m; Net Walking Time: 4 hours
Toughness: 5/10
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 (H’mere 10.45).
Return to Haslemere from Midhurst either by bus number 70 (roughly hourly, £5.00 fare in 2017, last dep. 19.05) or by taxi.
Return trains from Haslemere are four per hour (xx.02, xx.15, xx.30 and xx.37), journey time from 49 to 66 mins. Buy a Haslemere return.

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, 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).
As this is such a short walk, why not join the walk poster on a reccie walk through the woods on Marley Heights for a longer option?

Lunch: The Red Lion in Fernhurst (6.2 km/3.8 mi), or The Duke of Cumberland Arms in Henley (9.7 km/6.1 mi, food to 14.00).
Tea: lots of choice in Easebourne and Midhurst, check the pdf for all details; recommended are Cowdray Farm Shop & Cafe (2.0 km from the end), Garton’s Coffee House, The Wheatsheaf, The Angel Inn and The Olive & Vine.
For summary, map, height profile, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.218
Just 3 walkers today in almost without interruption rainy weather, at times with a "refreshing" breeze as well. The ground is now saturated everywhere, so we encountered a fair amount of mud in them woods, although with the constant rain boots and clothes looked fairly respectable at the end.
Got to the Cumberland Arms just before 1 and had a quality meal in the bar area (with a roaring fireplace nearby). Not many views were to be had, of course, but the South Downs made some cameos in the pm whenever the clouds lifted a little. Got to Fitzcane's for 15.40 and decided to let the next bus go and rather indulge in tea and cakes. Quality day out.

Wed, 22-Mar-17 2

Wednesday Walk - Haslemere to Midhurst (via Midhurst Way)

Length: 15.6 km (9.7 mi) [longer and nicer if finishing through Midhurst’s centre]
Ascent/Descent: 303/416m; Net Walking Time: 4 hours
Toughness: 4/10
Take the 10.00 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (10.25 Woking, 10.34 G’ford), arrives Haslemere 10.48. From Clappingham Junction 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.
This walk is the northerly portion of The Midhurst Way, created by John Trueman, a local walker, whose skeletal directions have made it onto our website. It is neither signposted nor waymarked, so more or less map-led. I will aim to take more detailed directions today to produce a full write-up in the near future (the southerly part, SWC 217, is also currently being written up).
The route leaves Haslemere via Marley Common - a similar route to TOCW1's Haslemere Circular Walk. However, after the Red Lion pub at Fernhurst, it continues south through a mix of quiet forests with nice views, to Henley and the Duke of Cumberland Arms pub. Finally it enters Midhurst via Easebourne village and Cowdray Park. Return to Haslemere station is by bus.
For the recommended finish through Midhurst’s town centre, print out the last page of the pdf of SWC 48.
Lunch: The Red Lion in Fernhurst (6.5 km/4.1 mi), or The Duke of Cumberland Arms in Henley (9.9 km/6.2 mi, food to 14.00).
Tea: lots of choice in Midhurst, recommended are Cowdray Farm Shop & Cafe (1.3 km from the end), or – on a diversion through the town centre – Garton’s Coffee House, The Wheatsheaf, The Angel Inn and The Olive & Vine.
The Midhurst Way’s website seems to be no more, but you find all necessary information, incl. a summary, map, height profile, minimal walk directions and gpx/kml files here. T=swc.218
Next Week: SWC 18 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle
9.7m for a Thomas walk is this just the pre lunch warm up??? Hardly worth getting out of bed for...
Indeed. The keen ones save the bus fare and walk back to H'mere...
There's a £2.50 nightrider fare on the 7.05 bus back from Midhurst to Haslemere (or even Guildford) station. The normal fare is £5.


Plan A was to lunch in Henley, walk to Cowdray, take tea there and return to Hmere to have taped directions for both ways. That went out the window when the train picked up 80 mins worth of delays on its scheduled 48 mins journey (signalling problems at Esher, still ongoing). So Plan B was lunch in Fernhurst and the bus back from Midhurst, as posted. This is what we did, the 2 of us. The good part of the delays was that the rain fronts had moved through by the time we started the walk, so it was dry all walk with some sunny breaks.
Nice walk, good lunch, good beer, early finish, bus on time, fast train cancelled, now on the stopping service to The Smoke.
Sat, 17-Oct-15 20

Saturday Third Walk

Extra Walk 218: Midhurst Way: Haslemere to Midhurst via Henley – Quiet hills, country pubs and Cowdray Park (which includes a castle)

Length: 9.7 miles
Difficulty: 4 out of 10
Train: Take the 10:00 South West Portsmouth Harbor train from London Waterloo to Haslemere, arriving at 10:48. To return requires taking one of the hourly buses (No. 70 -- from Stand D at the Bus Station) from Midhurst back to Haslemere (a 24 minute journey). The buses are every hour on the hour with the last one being 19:05. Return trains from Haslemere are frequent with regular services at 02; 15; 32 and 39 past the hour (reducing to 02; 15 and 32 at 19:39) until 21:32. Buy a day return to Haslemere.
This walk is actually a longstanding special request – but, I liked the description so much that I was keen to do it myself (so had to wait until after the swimming season to post it)! With autumn tree color just starting to show, this should also be a nice time for a walk in the Haslemere area before the dreaded mud season returns. The walk climbs two gentle hills with nice views and passes through Cowdray Estate towards the end – in the heart of the South Downs National Park. More information and the instructions for the walk can be found here. The instructions actually look a little light – so if you have a map, it would be well worth bringing.
There are two options for lunch – an earlier, more classic pub, The Red Lion (01428 643 112) in Fernhurst and a later, more gourmet pub, The Duke of Cumberland Arms in Henley (01428 652 280), slightly less than halfway and slightly more than half way, respectively. Larger groups should call ahead and provide some warning – especially for the later pub.
Tea can be had at Cowdray Farm Shop & Cafe which is open until 5:00 PM. Alternatively, Midhurst and/or Haslemere undoubtedly have a few watering holes to re-hydrate after the walk.

Enjoy the walk!
As I'm short of time on Saturday, rather than chance the bus I may do a variation, with a route back to a train station after lunch at Fernhurst (Haslemere circular, or Haslemere to Milford or Witley).
This is the first time this walk's been done by SWC.

The start (to Fernhurst) is similar to the TOCW1 Haslemere Circular. The afternoon is all new.

The walk's raison d'etre is the Duke of Cumberland Arms, so it might be worth trying it for lunch.
20 (23 said one source, but my count was 20) on this walk cloudy This was a most pleasant outing, a perfect autumn walk. Lots of sweet chestnuts which were showing good golden colours (and lots of nuts on the ground to collect) but the beechwoods were still all green. In two to three weeks time it would have been a riot of colour, but then in two to three weeks time there would have been lots of mud, whereas we had none.

The route is simple, with long stretches on car wide bridleways, but nevertheless the brief directions could do with more detail in places. There was a great deal of map study and comparing of GPXs. To be fair, we also kept complicating things by introducing variations of our own.

The morning, as the walk notes admit, is very similar to the book one Haslemere Circular. We lunched at the Red Lion, the usual Haslemere pub, and they were friendly and served nice food. Their kitchen seemed to be run on biblical principles, however that is to say the last to order got their meals first, and vice versa. We were directed to sit in the garden, possibly for the last time this year as it was a bit chilly. It then later transpired a table had been reserved for us inside.

In the afternoon into new territory and it was delightful wooded but with lovely views. The later pub, the Duke of Cumberland, looked mouthwatering but had been pre booked by another walking group, which is why we did not lunch there. Lingering looks were cast up to the Temple of the Winds and some wondered whether we might combine the morning of the OTHER Haslemere to Midhurst walk with the afternoon of this one.

This one definitely has a much better approach to Midhurst than its sister, a lovely gentle descent with fine views. The slightly posh tea room at Cowdray Park is also nice, though some sampled a range of English wines in the adjacent shop as an alternative.

The ruins of Cowdrey Hall are a great end to the walk and Midhurst is a very pretty town. A pity the buses don't run beyond 7pm or we might have had dinner there.
20 (23 said one source, but my count was 20) on this walk cloudy This was a most pleasant outing, a perfect autumn walk. Lots of sweet chestnuts trees which were showing good golden colours (and lots of nuts on the ground to collect) but the beechwoods were still all green. In two to three weeks time it would have been a riot of colour, but then in two to three weeks time there would have been lots of mud, whereas we had very little.

The route is simple, with long stretches on car wide bridleways, but nevertheless the brief directions could do with more detail in places. There was a great deal of map study and comparing of GPXs. To be fair, we also kept complicating things by introducing variations of our own.

The morning, as the walk notes admit, is very similar to the book one Haslemere Circular. We lunched at the Red Lion, the usual Haslemere pub, and they were friendly and served nice food. Their kitchen seemed to be run on biblical principles, however that is to say the last to order got their meals first, and vice versa. We were directed to sit in the garden, possibly for the last time this year as it was a bit chilly. It then later transpired a table had been reserved for us inside.

In the afternoon into new territory and it was delightful wooded but with lovely views. The later pub, the Duke of Cumberland, looked mouthwatering but had been pre booked by another walking group, which is why we did not lunch there. Lingering looks were cast up to the Temple of the Winds and some wondered whether we might combine the morning of the OTHER Haslemere to Midhurst walk with the afternoon of this one.

This one definitely has a much better approach to Midhurst, a lovely gentle descent with fine views. The slightly posh tea room at Cowdray Park is also nice, though some sampled a range of English wines in the adjacent shop as an alternative.

The ruins of Cowdray Hall are a great end to the walk and Midhurst is a very pretty town. A pity the buses don't run beyond 7pm or we might have had dinner there.
Another fascinating aspect of the Cowdray Estate was all windows and doors were painted a deep yellow colour (gold/orange tint)
The Cowdray Farm Shop & Café staff were also adorned with similarly coloured aprons (and served scrummy cakes).
It might also be worth noting that this Café was open to 6:00 pm giving slower walkers an opportunity to sup a cuppa and relax before catching the bus back to Haslemere.
Super walk!