Leith Tower, its woodlands and its heathlands
Book 1, Walk 42 - Holmwood to Gomshall (with optional extension to Guildford)
Length: Holmwood to Gomshall: 16.7 km (10.4 miles)
Gomshall to Guildford (reversing part of Book 2, Walk 13): 10.4 km (6.5 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10 Travel
09-31 hrs (Horsham train)
: 10-32 hrs Gomshall
: 15-53 hrs via Guildford to Waterloo
16-04 hrs via Redhill to London Bridge or Victoria
16-53 hrs via Guildford
17-06 hrs via Redhill
Gomshall to Guildford by No 32
bus (from outside the Compasses pub): 15-19; 16-30; 17-01 & 18-15. Journey time about 26 mins.
Guildford to London Waterloo: frequent fast trains. Rail ticket
: suggest a day return to Gomshall all routes permitted,
which covers return journeys via Redhill or Guildford. In theory you will also require a single from Dorking to Holmwood, but I have never been asked for this.
Today's walk posting assumes Southern will behave themselves today and not cancel the suggested train.
I suggest we start today's walk using the alternative start, before we climb up Leith Hill with its tower, where (if open) we take elevenses before continuing on the morning leg of the walk.
Now - pre-empting anonymous moaners over the early start (before 10 am), the cost of the rail ticket is not expensive today and the start time as recommended in the TO Book will permit those amongst us who wish to walk long today - on to Guildford - to do so in daylight.
The lunch stop is the Stephan Langton Inn
in Friday Street, or a little later in the walk, the Wotton Hatch in Wotton. Tea can be taken in Abinger Hammer at the Tea Rooms or at the Compasses Inn in Gomshall. On arrival in Gomshall, those walkers still with petrol in the tank may wish to carry on to Guildford, over the hills and far away, reversing the Book 2 walk - Guildford to Gomshall. With clocks going back four days later, this will be the last chance for SWC walkers to go long for many a month.
Trains from Gomshall back to London are infreqent and if you just miss one, rather than wait for the next you may prefer to take the No 32 bus outside the Compasses Inn to Guildford bus Station, a short walk from the railway station.
There should be the start of some leaf colour in the woods today which should add to the enjoyment of this lovely walk.
Next week: Wednesday 02 November: SWC 191a - Haddenham Circular (excluding Brill)