Book 1, Walk 2 - Wanborough to Godalming
Length: 12.9 km (8 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10 (more if muddy)
: 10-15 hrs Haslemere service. Clapham Junction 10-22 hrs
: 10-50 hrs Change trains
: 11-00 hrs Ascot service
: 11-06 hrs Return
: 15-25, 15-51, 16-25, 16-38, 16-51, 17-25, 17-40 and 17-51 hrs Rail ticket
: Buy a day return to Wanborough plus
a single from Godalming to Guildford
This short walk has lots of variety and sights and it usually makes for a lovely winter's outing.
In the morning a new route avoids a waterlogged path as you head over fields towards Wanborough Church
(worth a visit), Your walk then continues steadily uphill along a bridleway over-arched by evergreens before you cross the A31 road and head down through Greyfriars Vineyard. You are soon on the North Downs Way as you head for Watts Gallery
(worth a visit) with its much improved tea room, a possible early lunch stop. Just down the road from the Gallery is Watts Chapel
, again, well worth a visit.
You now head for the village of Compton, via a farm and along the edge of a wood (which can be muddy), for the lunch pub stop on today's walk, the usually excellent and comfy Withies Inn
Booking ahead is strongly advised - I prefer the informal bar area to the restaurant with its low ceiling, which I find cramped and claustrophobic. Withies Inn: 01483-421158. Your e.t.a will depend on the number of sights you visit in the morning.
After lunch you have a pleasant route over fields and through woodland, then along an undulating path above and beside the River Wey, before you drop down to walk beside the river all the way into Godalming. The preferred tea stop of late is the upstairs room in Cafe Mila
, in Angel Court, just off the High Street. After tea you have a ten minute walk to Godalming station, for your journey home.
This is a lovely little walk - and so Recommended.
Walk Directions are here: L=1.2