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Hascombe Hill

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Hascombe Hill
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 18 Sep 2011 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Surrey, Godalming
Walk Type: Woodland
Hascombe Hill
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 3 mile circular woodland walk from Hascombe in Surrey. The walk encircles Hascombe Hill which is the site of an Iron Age hill fort and comprises 6 acres of dense mixed woodland. The naturally steep sides of the hill provided natural defences for the hill fort and now these steep slopes afford excellent views across the Surrey Hills.

The entire walk is through woodland making it ideal for dog walking. There are several steep ascents and descents and the paths are likely to be muddy after wet weather. There are no stiles or gates, just a couple of staggered fences. Approximate time 90 minutes.

Parking is available in the sandy car park which is opposite the White Horse pub on The Street (B2130) in Hascombe. Approximate post code GU8 4JA.

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Walk Sections

Start to Log Bench
Start to Log Bench

Start point: 51.1453 lat, -0.5697 long
End point: 51.1385 lat, -0.5634 long

From the sandy car park opposite the White Horse pub, cross over the road and go up Nore Lane which runs to the right of the pub. After about 100 metres, turn right down a footpath which is marked with a yellow arrow and runs immediately to the left of a brick built garage.

Follow the sunken path as it climbs up between the trees and at the first junction veer left uphill which is marked with a yellow arrow. A track will merge into the path from the right. At the next fork, take the path to the right, ignoring the wider track which continues up to the left.

You will come to a T-junction with a large beech tree on the right. Turn right (marked with a yellow arrow) and follow this path as it meanders along with the deep valley to the right. You will eventually come to a steep sandy bank on the left which has a large log which has been carved into a seat.

Log Bench to Fork
Log Bench to Fork

Start point: 51.1385 lat, -0.5634 long
End point: 51.1399 lat, -0.558 long

You may want to stop for a while at the bench to admire the views over to the right. On a clear day you are likely to be able to see as far as the South Downs and Dunsfold Aerodrome.

You can take an optional detour here to view sculptural seating that offers an alternative view from Hascombe Hill. With your back to the panoramic viewpoint walk ahead past the iron age fort entrance on your left. After a couple of minutes, you will join a path on your right and after a few more minutes you will come across the seating called Grains by sculptor Tom Nicholson Smith, part of the Inspiring Views project. Tom was inspired by the material of the Greensand itself. After studying microscopic particles, he carved wooden boulders in their shapes and colours to create informal seating. A poet and sound artist responded to this same view and you can listen to the sound artist's creation by tapping the Listen button below (App only). Visit inspiringviews.org to find out more about the art project, the location of the other benches, the iFootpath walks that will lead you to them and listen to all the poetry and sound.

Retrace your steps back to the log bench to continue your walk. Continue along the path, and you will shortly come to another yellow arrow confirming that you are on the correct route ahead. Pass a small path to the left and then you will come to a fork in the path (see picture in next section and make sure you don’t miss this fork).

Fork to Hill Corner
Fork to Hill Corner

Start point: 51.1399 lat, -0.558 long
End point: 51.1474 lat, -0.554 long

At the fork, take the left hand path. Continue along the path with the valley steep down to the right hand side. You will pass a tree on the right which is anchoring an old rusted metal fence which runs down into the valley.

The path merges with another one coming in from the left and you’ll see fields on the left hand side. Follow the path as it goes steeply downhill, and then pass through a staggered fence. Immediately after the staggered fence, turn right to go up a sunken path with steep earth banks either side.

After a short distance, at the junction, take the left hand path which follows the fenced field on the left. Continue ahead until you come to a fork. Ignore the left fork marked with a blue arrow, and instead take the right fork along the edge of the hill. Shortly, you will come to the corner of the hill with a wooden post with several waymarker arrows.

Hill Corner to End
Hill Corner to End

Start point: 51.1474 lat, -0.554 long
End point: 51.1458 lat, -0.5689 long

At the corner of the hill, ignore the path heading steeply to the right and instead turn sharp left. Follow the path as it starts to go downhill and you will pass another faded blue arrow on a post on the left confirming you are on the correct path ahead.

Follow the path as it continues to descend and you will come to a section with views over horse fields to the right. Follow the path as it meanders left and right and you will pass a tall curved hedge on your right. Continue ahead and the path will emerge onto a tarmac drive ahead (you will need to put dogs back onto a lead at this point).

On the left you will come to the large village pond. Follow the road as it bends to the left on the far side of the pond, and then as it bends to the right with St Peters Church on the right.

Continue ahead and you will come back to the White Horse pub on your right and the sandy car park ahead.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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353_0andyharper1430048402 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: andyharper
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Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Grains by Tom Nicholson Smith, part of the Inspiring Views project

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