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