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Greensand Way 2 : Witley to Ewhurst Walk

Greensand Way Stage 2 : The Surrey Hills : the Wey Valley, and remote villages

Status Draft - under construction!
Length 20.3 km / 12.6 miles
Toughness 5 out of 10 (1600 feet / 500m of ascent)
Walk Notes

This is the second stage of the Greensand Way (GW). Its a lovely walk through the rural southern reaches of the Surrey Hills which passes through several small villages with country pubs.

Transport is a problem on this walk. This walk ends near Ewhurst (its much too far to Dorking - the next actual station on the GW), where there are 3 options:

  • on the GW route, there is a rare #23 bus, which stops on the route by the Duke of Kent school, on a minor road north of Ewhurst (see 'Ewhurst' below)
  • a 2km/1.5 mile extension due south to Ewhurst village, which has more buses, and a pub to wait in.
  • a 5.4km/3.4 mile extention due north to Gomshall Station (pub nearby), making a very long walk, but it only has a 2-hourly train service.
  • cut the walk short, and finish in Cranleigh, a few km back along the route, which has regular buses

Consider doing the walk in reverse, take the train to Guildford, then the bus to the Duke of Kent School or Ewhurst Village, and walk to Witley. Witley has hourly trains (but no station pub).

Travel

See 'Ewhurst' below for current bus details.

Currently, Witley to Ewhurst Village, or Greensand Way (Duke of Kent School) to Witley are the most practical options

Walk from Witley to Ewhurst

Out: Take the train from Waterloo Station to Witley. Buy a day return to Witley.

Finish on the GW: On the minor road north of Ewhurst, take bus #23 to Gomshall or Guildford (check times). From Gomshall Station, take a train to Guildford (every 2 hours) - you will have to buy a single ticket to Guildford for this journey

Finish in Ewhurst Village, take bus #23 as above, or more frequent bus #53 to Guildford, then take the train

Suggested train : nearest to 9.30am

Walk from Ewhurst to Witley

Out: Take the train from Waterloo Station to Guildford. Buy a day return to Witley (further up the line from Guildford). Then walk to Friary bus station (takes 10 mins) and take bus #53 (hourly M-F, 2 hourly Saturday) to the Duke of Kent School (between Peaslake and Ewhurst). About 1hr 40 mins in total.

Return: From Witley, take the train back to London (1/hour, about 1 hour)

Suggested train: whichever connects with the bus

Lunch

The White Horse, Hascombe. 01483 208 258. Mixed reviews. 5.5km from the start

Bricklayers Arms, Shamley Green. 01483 898377. Good Reviews. 10km from the start

The Red Lion, Shamley Green. 01483 892202. Good Reviews. 10km from the start

Tea

Pubs if you finish in Ewhurst village or Gomshall station

Greensand Way

This walk is one of 11 stages of the Greensand Way - a regional long distance path in the Southeast of England

Links
  • Surrey Council have several leaflets of the Surrey (west) part of the route with OS mapping and directions (but not accomodation or public transport information) available from their website
  • Kent Council have an online book with instructions and map extracts of their (east) half of the route.
  • The original guidebook to the walk is long out of print and hard to get. It did have OS mapping (with the contours removed!). In any case, the route has had many small changes in the meantime.
Ewhurst

Updated Nov'15. Bus times change frequently - you must check using Traveline Southeast

On the Greensand Way: # 23 bus

2 hourly, Mon-Sat, not Sat pm, not Sun, check time of the last bus!

The Greensand Way crosses a minor road about 1km north of the small village of Ewhurst. The bus stop is by the Duke of Kent School (marked on OS maps). The bus goes north to Gomshall (2 hourly trains, pub nearby) and Guildford (frequent trains). This bus starts in Ewhurst (stop is opposite the Bulls Head pub). If you choose this option, it better to start the walk here.

Ewhurst Village: #53 bus

hourly, daily, last bus about 6pm - check!

Ewhurst village is 2km steeply downhill from the Greensand Way. It has better bus connections, and a pub (The Bulls Head) to wait in. The #53 bus stops outside the pub, and goes to Cranleigh, Shalford (2 hourly trains, and Guildford (frequent trains)

As a last resort, Cranleigh (3km walk from Ewhurst) has regular buses, and Gomshall is 5km walk north of the Greensand Way.

The Bulls Head, 01483 277447, closes 3pm to 6pm except Sunday

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Trains

Out: (not a train station)

By Car

Start: GU8 5TB Directions

Finish: GU6 7NS Directions

Map Walk This walk requires an OS map and a compass or GPS for navigation. You can print out OS maps using the link above.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

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Jun-17

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