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Milford to Godalming walk

The Greensand Way, Winkworth(a NT Arboretum), a canal, and historic Godalming.

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.

Updated: Tue, 19-Nov-19

Date # Post
Sat, 20-Jul-19 11

Saturday Walk - Milford to Godalming - Stress-free Surrey

Length: 17.9km (11 miles) - with extensions possible
Toughness: 6 out of 10
10.15 train from Waterloo (10.22 Clapham Junction) to Milford, arriving 11.05.
Buy a day return to Milford.
For walk directions click here. For GPX click here. For map click here. T=1.20

This popular walk has varied scenery, some hilly bits and a pretty village or two. In short it is a classic English summer walk. There is a choice of an early or mid-walk lunch pub, and the latter - the White Horse in Hascombe - now does food all afternoon at weekends according to its website, so no need to stress about getting there in time.

In the afternoon you pass through the National Trust-run Winkworth Arboretum, which you cross on a public footpath, defying all requests from NT staff to pay or provide your name, address and shoe size. Don’t misuse this by wandering off the right of way into the gardens, however - unless you are a National Trust member or have paid the admissions charge. There is a cafe at the start of the gardens (just before the ticket gate) if you want to sneak an early tea.

Otherwise the best tea stop is Hector’s on the Wey at Farncombe Boat House, an idyllic spot, which as far as I can ascertain is open to 5pm. The last bit of the walk is a very pleasant riverside walk into Godalming, which has more tea options (including a Costa Coffee open to 7.30pm)

If you wanted to extend the walk, the Walk Options for this walk give some suggestions for climbing hills to views (or in one case, quixotically, no views: a hill climb just for the sake of it?). I add a suggestion of my own: going north along the Wey from Farncombe Boat House (rather than south to Godalming) brings you to Guildford in about three miles. This section of the Wey is festooned with interesting wildflowers at this time of year and there is a riverside pub garden at Farncombe fairly early in the route. I have also seen people swimming in the river, but I am not sure I recommend it (slow moving river water can carry Weil’s Disease: aka I was tempted to join them but chickened out...)

Trains back from Godalming are at 11, 25, 41 and 54 past: turn up and go, basically. All
These trains also call at Guildford.
Hi what time at Milford station to join the walk please?

To quote from the walk post “...to Milton, arriving....”
Thanks for confirming 11.05 am
Never trust the weather man gloomy forecast turned out to be Mostly sunny no rain. Nine met on the platform, another showed up at the lunch pub, we met one more in the afternoon at the National Trust cafe, so 11. The walk was so lovely that has exceeded the blurb ‘advertised’ on the website. It was a hot and humid day but we had a lot of shades in the woods. Cool! All stopped at the Hascombe for lunch, 4 ate at White Horse, gourmet menu with the price to match and small portions. Best to stick to the pub classics for a more hearty affair. In the afternoon, six decided to stop at the NT outdoor cafe for tea/ice cream. Lucky we did as the last lost soul (the 11th walker) finally reunited with the group at the cafe. Winkworth Arboretum was especially beautiful. The lakeside wooden cabin is now equipped with a large table and chairs and even a pair of sofas overlooking the lake. I would have been a couch potato for the rest of the afternoon if it was not for the peer pressure..... We got to Farncombe Boat House just after 5pm but the cafe was closed. Pity but not despair. At Godalming, the group disintegrated, some went to the pub, some to catch the train, two decided to try Godalming Delights a local cafe/ice cream/candy shop with outdoor seating for refreshment. They close at 7pm so could be a tea place in the summer months in future. It is a nice day out in good company. A top mark for this hard to beat book 1 classics. NB the walk appeared to be longer than the stated 11 miles, my GPS registered more than 13 miles it certainly felt that way as well.
Sun, 07-Apr-19 10

Sunday Walk: Milford to Godalming

Book 1 walk 20 t=1.20
11.5 miles, 18.5 km. Difficulty: 6/10.
The Greensand Way, a church with fishy flourishes, Winkworth Arboretum, a historic waterway, and, finally, Godalming's ancient High Street. Don't leave Hascombe, the recommended lunch stop, without admiring the interior of St Peter's church. Honestly, you have to look inside.
Trains: Get the 10:00 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (Clapham Junction 10:09), arriving Milford 10:55. Return from Godalming at xx:56. Get a return to Milford.
Lunch:The White Horse, Hascombe (01483 208258). Large groups should phone to book. The Merry Harriers in Hambledon (01483 682883) is an earlier possibility.
Tea: Hector's on the Wey, at Farncombe Boat House. There are also places in Godalming.
If you have a map, it is possible to cut 1 km off the end of the walk by diverting to Farncombe Station from the Boat House. Trains leave Farncombe at xx:59.
Directions: here.

HI guys anyone attending this walk tomorrow?
Monica
Yes I am
Hi Fi glad you are attending. See you on the train or at Milford station. Taking the 10.00 train from Waterloo. Weather should be fine till 16.00.

Monica
After disentangling ourselves from a ‘private’ group of walkers there were ten of us on the platform at Milford. 10 The rain held off until 4pm and even then it was more of a drizzle so we walked in pleasant mild mainly overcast conditions.
mild and cloudy
I must have been walking too quickly (surely not) to realise that one person failed to rejoin the group after disappearing behind a bush in the morning. We hope that was by choice. Another stopped at the Merry Harriers for an early lunch.

St Peter’s church in Hambledon was open, as has been the custom for the last three years apparently. Having admired it we then inspected the two ancient yew trees in its grounds before four of us climbed to the top of Hydon’s Ball where the view was atmospheric.

No imagination was required to appreciate the cherry blossom in The Hurtwood and then on we went to Hascombe where seven of us picnicked around the very handsome church and village pond.

The next highlight were the camelias in Winkworth Arboretum, although now past their best. Arriving in Godalming we found Hector’s On the Wey cafe open and serving tea and cake. A fine end to a very pleasant day.


Sat, 08-Dec-18 8

Saturday Walk - Milford to Godalming

Length: from 18.6 km (11.6 mi) to 21.9 km (13.6 mi)
Ascent/Descent: from 273/288m to 415/430m; Net Walking Time: 4 to 5 hours
Toughness: 5/10 to 6/10
Take the 09.15 Haslemere train from Waterloo (09.22 Clapham J, 09.43 Woking), arrives Milford 10.05.
Return trains are on xx.25 and xx.53, journey time 48 mins. Buy a Milford return.
This walk is that rare beast, a Book 1 walk that is extendable!
From Milford Station, you come to the lakes and the magnificent timber-framed Enton Mill – one of the many houses on this walk that have 17th or 18th-century galleting – black pebbles lining the mortar of the walls, a method much used in those days in Kent and the South. Near a pub and church in Hambledon, you join the Greensand Way, a sandy bridleway through The Hurtwood.
Lunch is at the White Horse pub in Hascombe, a village with a remarkable church, described by Betjeman as "a Tractarian work of art", and covered in wall decoration, so that it looks almost Moorish.
In the afternoon, the walk follows public rights of way through the National Trust's Winkworth Arboretum and its lakes. You leave along the fringes of its woods to a horse training course and the rich outskirts of Godalming, with its many imposing buildings.
The final approach to the town is along the River Wey and Godalming Navigation‘s path, to the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul and the ancient High Street.
Optional Extensions:
Hydon's Ball (hill), a map-led diversion to the summit; adds 1.3 km and 64m ascent.
Hascombe Hill, map-led out-and-back from the lunch pub in Hascombe to the summit; adds 2.0 km and 78m ascent.
Lunch: The White Horse in Hascombe (8.4 or 9.7 or 10.4 or 11.7 km, depending on if and when you walk any of the two optional diversions; food to 14.30 [last orders]).
Tea: Hector’s on the Wey on the River Wey, plus lots of options on and just off the High Street, good ratings are getting: Café Mila, Changing Perceptions, The Branch Café and Arbor Tea Room. There are also some pubs…
For summary, walk directions, route map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here. T=1.20.a
The Brighton bound walkers would have been better off pursuing Milford to Godalming, at least as far as weather was concerned: sunny periods in the morning yielding to grey but no actual rain.

There gathered 8 on the station platform. The disappointment that flowed from the realisation that our fearless walk poster had not himself appeared was enough to cause one of the number to feel unwell and elect to head straight back home.

The weather may have been good, but luck was not on our side so far as concerned lunch. The White Horse at Hascombe was grappling with both a group about to attend a wedding in the nearby church, and a smaller group celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary, and was completely full as early as noon. Only one of our number was quick thinking and assertive enough to grab a tiny corner table and order any food. Sandwiches or nothing for the rest of us.

Two stopped by Hector's on the Wey, which has the advantage of avoiding the need to seek tea in the depressing high street of Godalming and greatly improves the end of the walk. Those two and one other made the 1525 train.
Sun, 17-Jun-18 9

Sunday Walk: Milford to Godalming

Book 1 walk 20
11.5 miles, 18.5 km. Difficulty: 6/10.
The Greensand Way, a church with a fishy finish, an arboretum, a historic waterway, and, finally, Godalming's ancient High Street.
Look out for galleting (decorative black stones in the mortar) on older houses - and don't leave Hascombe without admiring the lavish interior of St Peter's church. Honestly, you have to look inside.
You go through Winkworth Arboretum on a public footpath. If you want to explore further, admission is £8.10, unless you're an NT member.
Trains: Get the 10:00 Haslemere train from Waterloo (Clapham Junction 10:09) arrives 10:55.
Return from Godalming at xx:56 and xx:27. Get a return to Milford.
Lunch:The White Horse, Hascombe (01483 208258). The Merry Harriers in Hambledon (01483 682883) is an earlier possibility.
Tea: Hector's on the Wey, at Farncombe Boat House. There are also places in Godalming - e.g. Costas, open till 5, Nero open till 5:30, both on the High Street.
If you have a map, it is possible to cut 1 km off the end of the walk by diverting to Farncombe Station from the Boat House. Trains leave Farncombe at xx:59.
Walk Directions: here.
T=1.20
I did this one last weekend. There is a particularly muddy stretch near the beginning that went over my boots.

~Karen
Hopefully it will be dried by now as it's been a very hot week.
9 on this Book 1 favourite including one newcomer who enjoyed her day out. Weather overcast but cool and humid. Also a few flecks of rain were felt on the wind. An excellent day out with even a bit of mud which underlined the point that doing this walk before April would be a major test of how waterproof your boots were.

The walk was done at a reasonable pace and we reached the White Horse quite early. Justb 2 had a pub lunch.I was pleased to note the path to the pub had been "engineered"; in the past in any sort of wet weather it was a bit of a trial. We visited Hascombe Church which is quite "high" church" with its decorative interior. The group kept together and 5 of us had tea, cake (1) and a "magnum" (4) at Hectors on the Wey. The others continued on to catch the 3.56 train whilst we caught 4.27 which was pretty crowded. Good to go back to the "SWC roots" for this attractive predominantly woodland outing
Wed, 28-Mar-18 7

Wednesday Walk - Milford to Godalming

Length: 18.6 km (11.6 mi) [extensions possible, see route map]
Ascent/Descent: 327/344m
Net Walking Time: ca. 4 hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 10.15 Haslemere train from Waterloo (10.22 CJ), arriving Milford 11.05.
Return trains: between 15.51 and 17.51 trains are on xx.25, xx.38 and xx.51, then 18.25, 18.46, 19.11… Buy a Milford (Surrey) return.
This walk had no confirmed attendance last year on a weekend and has not had a mid-week outing for 4 years…
It is a rewarding walk full of interest - the Greensand Way, a pretty village pub, an NT Arboretum (that’s free to walk through), a tea room by a canal, and historic Godalming's pubs to end.
From Milford Station, you come to the lakes and the magnificent timber-framed Enton Mill – one of the many houses on this walk that have 17th or 18th century galleting – black pebbles lining the mortar of the walls, a method much used in those days in Kent and the south. In Hambledon you join the Greensand Way, a sandy bridleway through The Hurtwood. Lunch is at the White Horse pub in Hascombe, a village with a remarkable church covered in wall decoration, so that it looks almost Moorish.
In the afternoon, the walk goes through the National Trust's Winkworth Arboretum and its lakes. The final approach to Godalming is along the River Wey and Godalming Navigation, to the Church of St Peter and St Paul and the ancient High Street.
For summary, walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.
Lunch: The White Horse in Hascombe (8.5 km/5.3 mi, food to 14.30).
Tea: see webpage and pdf. T=1.20
Could be a good to great lunch. New chef. Untested by SWC. Large table in bar reserved for 1 pm. Can’t wait. Lunch Monitor.
am intending to walk this lovely walk and bringing dog
I'm hoping to join you. Sounds a really nice walk! Felicity
Heavy rain predicted all day. may give this walk a miss. Melanie
To avoid the worst of the rain, a couple of us are doing this walk on Thursday. Feel free to join us. Same timings.
Just for the record I have made other arrangements for today as i do not approve of walkers bringing dogs. The media is campaigning against dogs in the more remote areas of countryside as their natural instinct is to go hunting for sheep and other livestock. Nor do I appreciate owners interacting all the time with their dog when these walks are for humans to interact with each other!! Please find a dog friendly group away from livestock.
Haha haha! I know who you are anon.stop whingeing.
Just to advise mid week colleagues I am NOT the author of comment 6 below. Whilst most of you know that I dislike dogs, I always post comments under my own name I disapprove of, and have no time for, those hiding behind "anonymous" labels. I have long cursed Andrew, our web master, for providing the "anonymous" posting option. As it happens I have an amicable arrangement with Melanie (comment 7), the dog walker who occasionally brings a small pooch on Wednesday walks she doesn't bring her dog on any of my posted walks although she sans dog is always most welcome to come along.
Not the author, surprised that someone got an anti dog comment posted, as my past comments on the dog issues, under my blogger ID, were removed by pro dog Webmaster in about 3 seconds, least any floating voters might be influence by fake dog news.
For guidance on bringing 4 legged friends along, please see this website's New Members page:

https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/index.shtml

Can I bring a dog?
Yes. It doesn't often happen, but dogs are welcome, and assistance dogs are very welcome. Please be aware that not all people are 'dog people' though, and wouldn't appreciate a dog running between their feet while walking. Please read the The Rambler's advice for taking dogs on a country walk beforehand, paying particular attention to 'sheep' and 'cows'.


May I just check please that Pete G’s splinter group are still doing this tomorrow instead ?
Yes going tomorrow
Frankie

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Just two cheerful souls, indifferent to rain and dogs, met on the quiet platform in Milford at 11.05. There was no dog and after 90 minutes or so there was little or no rain. Indeed most of the walk was in warm spring sunshine. But there was plenty of mud and plenty of puddles to wash it away.
In the morning we climbed up to the Hydon’s Ball and were treated to fine views from the top. The White Horse pub in Hascombe did not disappoint either. The food, beer, service and cosy fire were all of a very high standard. The church nearby was also worth visiting.
In the afternoon sunshine the daffodils and camellias in the Winkworth Arboretum were a delight. Sadly the tea room in Hector’s on the Wey cafe was closed when we got there sometime after 4pm although it was not clear when it had last been open. We decided to press on to Godalming station along the banks of the river Wey and arrived just in time to see the 16.51 train leave the platform. On asking a member of the platform staff where we might get a cup of tea he offered to make us one himself. Is this a first ? So we sat in the station beside a vase of tulips drinking an excellent cup of tea much to the incredulity of other passengers. Then on the 17.25 train back to London by which time it had started to rain again.

A great day out.

I would hope Pete G is not leading a "splinter" group. Wednesday walks suffered from such a group eighteen months ago, which resulted in the resignation of our then walk poster, through frustration over alternative walks being posted behind his back. Let's hope today's walk is a one off due to the weather, and extra curriculum walks will not be resurrected.
5 on the weather avoiding Thursday walk. A dry morning, but rain during and after a delightful lunch left just 2 to carry on encouraged by the rain stopping just before the bus arrived, only to get caught by heavy rain in the last 30 minutes when we abandoned the finish, just caught a bus to Farncombe and straight onto the train home.
7 mostly wet
Sat, 22-Apr-17

Saturday Walk - Milford to Godalming

t=1.20
Length: 18km (12m)
Toughness: 6 / 10
Transport: Take the 9:15 from London Waterloo to Milford arriving at 10:05. Return from Godalming at xx:25 and xx:53.
From the description:
The Greensand Way, a pretty village pub, a NT Arboretum (thats free to walk through), a tea room by a canal, and historic Godalming's pubs to end. From Milford Station, you come to the lakes and the magnificent timber-framed Enton Mill – one of the many houses on this walk that have seventeenth or eighteenth-century galleting – black pebbles lining the mortar of the walls, a method much used in those days in Kent and the south. Near a pub and church in Hambledon, you join the Greensand Way, a sandy bridleway through The Hurtwood, offering hazelnuts and blackberries in season. Lunch is at the White Horse pub in Hascombe, a village with a remarkable church covered in wall decoration, so that it looks almost Moorish. In the afternoon, the walk goes on legitimate public rights of way that give free access to the National Trust's Winkworth Arboretum and its lakes – the azaleas and bluebells make it particularly lovely to visit in springtime. The final approach to the town is along the National Trust's River Wey and Godalming Navigation’s path along the canal, to the Church of St Peter and St Paul and the ancient High Street.
I recommend the climb up Hascombe Hill before lunch. There is a nice circular walk from the lunch pub to the iron age fort and a view at the top and then along the edge of the steep slope of the hill.
I'm hoping to join you
Me too.
This is my favourite walk. Definitely going
This part of countryside never fails to amaze, intend going
Sat, 06-Aug-16 40

Saturday First Walk Milford to Godalming

Book 1 walk 20 Milford to Godalming T=1.20

Length: 11.1 miles (18km)
Difficulty: 6 out of 10

This is a mildly strenuous walk, and includes a section through Winkworth Arboretum (National Trust, but free if you stick to the public footpath). It can be muddy.

Travel: Catch the 1015 Haslemere train from London Waterloo, arriving Milford 1105. Day return ticket to Milford. Return trains are xx25 and xx53 up to 1953. If staying later check the times.

Lunch: is the White Horse Hascombe 01483 208 258 (last orders 2.30pm), approx 5 miles into the walk. From the website, they seem to have a bar eating area, a dining room (no children under 10) and some outside seating. For picnickers, the church is 75m from the pub.

Tea: The Hector's On the Wey café (tel 01483 418 769) at the Farncombe Boat House is recommended (approx 30 minutes from the station). I haven't been there, but the Star Inn in Church Street, Godalming seems to be a community real ale pub and in June "received our CAMRA Surrey and North Hants Cider pub of the year certificate".

Are there any Sunday walks this week?
Intend going. This is a book one classic, my favourite. Late start, lunch close to mid point of the walk, with uphill mostly before the lunch. What more can I ask?!
There's also www.cafemila.co.uk/ in Godalming High Street
38 on this walk. Impossible to keep up with what they all did. Blazing hot sunshine meant the copious shade was very welcome. Perhaps less welcome was a big hill climb after lunch, only to descend through the Winkworth Arboretum, then climb back up again afterwards all on the same valley side. Hot work, though in nice scenery.

As far as I know no one ate in the lunch pub. Is this a record 38 walkers and no lunchers? The reason was that the kitchen busy with 60 wedding guests wolfing ham, egg and chips before a 2pm church service. But candidly the burger and steak menu did not inspire me anyway. Instead many went on to the National Trust cafe at Winkworth and then for a second tea at Farncombe boat house. (Quote of the day: "Are you still open?" "Yes, unfortunately."). Three walkers were so sugar rushed by all this that they hired a rowing boat along the Wey for an hour. Two of us walked on to Shalford, a serene evening river walk.
Just to add to Walker's comments below, 3 at the rear were lucky to get a table and ate in the White Horse at Hascombe and 1 walker extended the walk from Godalming on to Guildford.
Make that 40. 2 on later trains.
Sat, 06-Jun-15 31

Saturday First Walk


Book 1 Walk 20 : Milford to Godalming
17.9km (11.1 miles)
6 out 10.
Explorers 145, 133 & 134, or Landranger 186.

Take the 10.15am from Waterloo Station to Milford (Surrey) arriving 11.05.
Buy a day return to Milford (Surrey).
There are two trains an hour back from Godalming XX.25 and XX.53


This is a mildly strenuous walk but it is rewarding and full of interest. From Milford Station, you come to the lakes and the magnificent timber-framed Enton Mill – one of the many houses on this walk that have seventeenth or eighteenth-century galleting – black pebbles lining the mortar of the walls, a method much used in those days in Kent and the south.
Lunch is at the White Horse pub in Hascombe, a village with a remarkable church covered in wall decoration, so that it looks almost Moorish.

In the afternoon, the walk goes on legitimate rights of way that give free access to the National Trust's Winkworth Arboretum and its lakes – the azaleas and bluebells make it particularly lovely to visit in springtime – and then along the fringes of its woods to a horse training course and the rich outskirts of Godalming, with its many imposing buildings. The final approach to the town is along the National Trust's River Wey and Godalming Navigation’s path along the canal, to the Church of St Peter and St Paul and the ancient High Street.


The suggested lunchtime stop is the White Horse pub (tel 01483 208 258) in Hascombe, which serves good food from midday to 2.30pm. You should phone to book.

An earlier lunch is possible at the recently refurbished Merry Harriers pub (tel 01428 682 883) near Hambledon, which serves lunch midday to 2pm daily. You should phone to book.


The suggested tea place is Hector's On the Wey café (tel 01483 418 769) at the Farncombe Boat House, Catteshall Lock, just outside Godalming. This serves strong tea and a good selection of cakes. Groups should phone ahead. This is open until 5pm or 6pm Allow 30 minutes to reach Godalming station.

If the Farncombe Boat House café is closed, there are several places in the centre of Godalming, such as Caffè Nero at 69 High Street and Costa Coffee 74 High Street.

Earlier in the walk, there is a National Trust tearoom at Winkworth. This would make a convenient mid-afternoon stop if you have an early lunch at the Merry Harriers, or spend some time visiting the arboretum.

More info here
https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_1/walk_20/index.shtml
Anyone joining this walk tomorrow?
Am planning to go.
31 on this walk. sunny and cloudy Pretty flowers along the way including buttercup, foxglove, red campion and, along the Wey, pretty little purple flowers (presumably the small flowered cranesbill). As far as I’m concerned, the only good rhododendron is a dead rhododendron but even I have to admit they were resplendent today. The White Horse was friendly and accommodating. Someone said the fishcakes had plenty of fish in them (which, strangely enough, can also be said of the nearby church). Tea taken at the boatyard. Some (although not me) were too late. Mostly dry underfoot but we managed to find some mud.
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