This walk mainly follows a wooded section of the Greensand Way, taking in several magnificent viewpoints. It starts with a climb from Holmwood station to Leigh Hill, the highest hill in Southern England, from where, on a clear day, you can see both London and the South Downs. It is here that you pick up the Greensand Way and follow it down into the valley, where the village of Holmbury St Mary offers two pub options for lunch.
There is then a stiff climb up onto the Hurtwood ("hurt" being an old name either for blueberries or for a gorse and broom-covered common: sources disagree) and to the fine viewpoint of Holmbury Hill. Another descent into a green valley and a climb up the other side brings you to Pitch Hill, another fine viewpoint, from, where one can see Leith Hill to the east and Black Down above Haslemere to the west.
There is then a gentle and rambling descent down to Shamley Green, passing an interesting curved shelter on the way. Finally one emerges into green fields and comes down to a pub with a pleasant garden and outside tables conveniently situated on the village green next to the bus stop, from where frequent buses go into Guildford.
Passing through fine beech and sweet chestnut woods, this walk provides particularly good leaf colour in late autumn. In summer it combines both plenty of shade and some fine views, and this would be the best time to see the heathland plants of Holmbury Hill. Like all woodland routes, it has the potential to be muddy in winter, though since the soils of the Greensand Ridge are sandy, this might be reduced.
This is a map-led walk - ie no written directions are provided, though there is a GPX file - see button menu above. For written directions for the climb up onto Leith Hill you could use the Holmwood to Gomshall walk on this site (book 1, walk 42) but note that it has a slightly different start to the one used in the GPX file for this walk. From Leith Hill onwards you are following the Greensand Way which is well waymarked with arrows on posts. This is also a popular route and other walkers would doubtless be able to advise you if you got lost.
Note that this section of the Greensand Way is quite popular with mountain bikers, who do not always cycle with the care and attention that pedestrians might like. Take care and remind any miscreants that this is a mixed use path, not a cycle superhighway.