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
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
The Midhurst Way
’s website seems to be no more, but you find all necessary information, incl. a summary
, height profile
, minimal walk directions
and gpx/kml files here
Next Week: SWC 18 Petersfield to Rowlands Castle