Length: 13.7km (8.5 miles)
to Shamley Green, 22.1km (13.7 miles)
Alternative ending: Shalford 20.3km (12.6 miles)
Toughness: 5 out of 10 9.15
train from Waterloo
(9.22 Clapham Junction
) to Witley, arriving 10.10.
Buy a day return to Witley
This is a bit of an adventure - a map-led
walk (ie no written directions)
, though there is a GPX file
and you can print off a map
of the walk here
. As with all our walks, we have no leader and you are responsible for your own direction finding.
The idea is basically to follow a section of the Greensand Way - which is usually fairly well waymarked. This has not previously been covered by the SWC, though a part of the morning may be familiar from the Mildford to Godalming walk and the last part from Shamley Green to Ewhurst is done in reverse on the Holmwood to Shamley Green walk. Not having done the route otherwise, I cannot comment further on it, but it looks to cover pleasant mixed woodland and field territory which should be a promising area for early spring flowers.
An obvious place for lunch - 4.4 miles
into the walk - is The White Horse
, the lunch pub on the Milford to Godalming walk, though I find the mention of "taster menus" and a prominent photo of the chef on the website a bit alarming here: ie it sounds rather gastro to me.
The alternative, if you can hold your stomachs in, is to continue for another four miles
to Shamley Green
, where there are two pubs, the Red Lion
on the village green serving food until 3pm and the Bricklayers Arms
a bit before it on the main road (if entering from the Greensand Way direction) serving food until 2.30pm.
(Both pubs are open all afternoon for drinks.)
You are 13.7km (8.5 miles)
into the walk here and you could end the walk
here, taking the number 53 bus
from the stop opposite the Red Lion to Guildford at 12
past the hour (until 18.52 and then hourly at 22 past).
there are three options
: 1) Continuing on the Greensand Way
it is another 5.2 miles
(so 13.7 miles in all) to Ewhurst village
(taking the diversion shown on there GPX/map down off the Greensand Way after Windmill Hill), an interesting walk through hilly and woody territory. An hourly bus
(also the 53) goes from The Glebe Centre in the middle of Ewhurst at 51
past the hour (last bus 17.51
) to Guildford.
The problem on the Ewhurst village option is a lack of a tea option at the end, the Bull's Head
in the village rather annoyingly being closed from 3pm to 6pm. The Windmill
, a gastro pub two miles earlier, at the point where the route leaves the Greensand Way, may be an alternative: it seems to be open all afternoon. But be sure you leave time to get to the bus if you stop here. Note that the stop is a little way south of the Bull's Head. 2)
Another idea, if you are happy reading maps
, is to carry on to Cranleigh
- another 3km or so from Ewhurst, or even less if you cut out Ewhurst altogether and head directly for Cranleigh. This is a substantial town and has pubs, a Costa Coffee
open till 6pm, and - more to the point - buses every 20 minutes
to Guildford until 18.42
, then at 15
past the hour till late. The only drawback is that for the last mile or so of the route you are walking through dull suburbia: once you get to it, the town centre is tolerably pleasant. 3) A much easier way to continue the walk from Shamley Green
is to follow the entirely flat Downs Link and then the River Wey path to Shalford
(4.1 miles, so 12.6 miles
from Witley) or Guildford
(6 miles, so 14.5 miles
from Witley). A GPX
for this route is included as an optional extension to the Holmwood to Shamley Green walk here
. Shalford has two pubs, regular buses to Guildford, and an hourly train on the hour (00 past) with good connections at Guildford for Waterloo.
However you have got there, trains from Guildford
to Waterloo are every fifteen minutes until late: make sure you get the fast ones
via Woking, not
the slow ones via Cobham or Effingham Junction.