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|The Refectory and Milford Common|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 15 Nov 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular pub walk from the Refectory in Milford near Godalming in Surrey. The Refectory was originally a cattle barn but is now a wonderful pub full of ancient wooden beams and stained glass. There are open fires to keep you warm in the winter and a lovely sunny terrace to enjoy in the warmer months. The walking route heads out through the village of Milford to explore the nearby open spaces of Moushill Common and Milford Common before returning along residential roads. |
The walk is relatively flat with just a couple of gentle slopes. There are no gates, stiles or steps to negotiate. The route follows a mixture of tarmac pavements, quiet wide made-up lanes and tracks and some narrower sandy paths within the commons. All of these paths are fairly firm although the common paths can get a bit muddy in the winter and after periods of rain. (Some areas of the common are grazed by Highland Cattle for conservation for parts of the year so take care with dogs if you see signs of this). Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.
Milford is located south west of Godalming in Surrey. The walk starts and finishes from the Refectory on Portsmouth Road. Approximate post code GU8 5HJ. The pub has its own large car park. If this is very busy, there is also a pay and display car park on the corner of Station Lane and Church Road (just a few hundred yards from the pub).
|Start to Lower Moushill Lane|
Start point: 51.1721 lat, -0.6389 long
Leave the pub car park back to the main road. Cross over with care and turn left along the pavement passing in front of the Refectory. The history of the pub building is not clear, but it may have begun life as a farm barn, used to house cattle. By the 1950s it was used as a tea room before becoming an antiques emporium. The building and its contents were bequeathed to the National Trust, which auctioned it off in 1988, from when it became it pub.
|Lower Moushill Lane to Moushill Corner|
Start point: 51.1724 lat, -0.6517 long
Keep straight ahead along this quiet green residential lane, taking care of any occasional traffic. A little way in you’ll pass the impressive Moushill Court on the left. Stay on the main lane ignoring the footpaths off to the left and right. The lane climbs steadily, passes the appropriately named house, Chimneys, with its ornate brick stacks, and then leads you across the bridge over the A3.
|Moushill Corner to Milford Common|
Start point: 51.1685 lat, -0.6651 long
You will see two paths to the left of the gates of Moushill Corner. Take the left-hand of these two, marked with a green arrow for part of the Wildlife Trust Self-Guided Trail. Follow this stoney vehicle track passing through the centre of the common. You will emerge out to the large sandy parking area within Moushill Down.
|Milford Common to Common Car Park|
Start point: 51.1669 lat, -0.6574 long
(Note: here you have the option to take a short cut should you wish, which leaves out the loop on smaller paths through Milford Common, cutting off about three quarters of a mile. To do this just follow the lane as it swings left until you reach a T-junction with the main road. Turn left along the pavement and pick up the instructions within the next section where marked).
|Common Car Park to End|
Start point: 51.164 lat, -0.6564 long
Leave the car park via the vehicle exit to reach the road. Turn left along the pavement and you will pass Milford Cemetery on the left. You will pass the village boundary signs and cross over the side road, Sandy Lane.
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