Milford to Haslemere (Book 1, walk 27)
Length: 18.7km (11.7 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10 9.15
train from Waterloo
(9.22 Clapham Junction
) to Milford, arriving 10.05.
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I don't think this walk has ever been done in winter, but it crosses lots of heathland, at least in its later stages and so one might hope that it would have less mud than other walks (heath = sandy soils). This might be less true in the early stages out of Milford, but keep the faith....
Normally a 10.15 train is specified for this walk, but (before you complain....)
normally we are doing it on a long summer day. I thought an extra hour's daylight might be useful, given the walk length: also given that there is just one lunch pub (quite popular: gastro with prices to match).
In the afternoon the original version of this walk took a somewhat quixotic route down into the valley. The variation which keeps to the ridge is much to be preferred and the diversion to Gibbet Hill is recommended
The National Trust cafe
at the Devil's Punch Bowl is
closed for a few weeks for refurbishment, but despair not as "hot drinks and snacks will be available from a catering outlet on site". Otherwise, carry on to Haslemere where my good friend Dr Google says Hemingways
, the cafe opposite Darnleys that gets all the plaudits from walkers these days, closes at 5pm; Darnleys
itself closes at 5.30pm; and Costa Coffee
, with that boring inevitability that makes it such a successful chain, closes at 7.30pm. Trains back
from Haslemere: four an hour: the faster ones are the 02
and 32 past
, taking around 50 minutes. The 15
and 39 past
are ten minutes slower. T=1.27