Length: 18.7km (11.7 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10 10.15
train from Waterloo
(10.22 Clapham Junction
) to Milford, arriving 11.05.
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Following the failure of my last two attempts to produce a heather walk I was all set to move on this week, but then our resident train expert pointed out that this is the ONE weekend when the RMT, in a rare show of consideration for the traveling public, is NOT striking on South Western Railways.
Knowing this, it was a little hard to resist this walk, which crosses acres of glorious heathland. If heather is to be found, here it will be, and it was in full bloom in this time of year in the past. But wisely in view of my record to date, I offer no guarantees.....
Otherwise the great glory of the afternoon is the Devil's Punchbowl
, which offers wonderful views. The alternative route
along its rim is recommended here over the original main route down into the bowl. Also do not neglect to do the short detour to Gibbet Hill
, which among other things gives you fine views of where the A3 used to be but no longer is, having been buried in a tunnel. Lunch
is at the Three Horsehoes
in Thursley, after 5 miles. Will they be busy on a bank holiday Saturday? God knows. We usually squeeze in and they do have a garden. If you want to book for you and your chums, you can expect to arrive there at about 1pm. The next refreshments are 4 miles later at the National Trust tea room
at the top of the Devil's Punchbowl. Down in Haslemere, Hemingways
is usually favoured for tea over Darnley's these days, but it closes at 5pm. Costa Coffee
is your late tea stop, open to 7.30pm. Trains back
from Haslemere are at 02
. The 02 and 32 take 50 minutes, the other two about an hour. T=1.27