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Brookwood and the Basingstoke Canal

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Brookwood and the Basingstoke Canal
Author: Claire, Published: 24 Sep 2011 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Brookwood and the Basingstoke Canal Walking Guidestar1 Brookwood and the Basingstoke Canal Walking Guidestar1 Brookwood and the Basingstoke Canal Walking Guidestar0 Brookwood and the Basingstoke Canal Walking Guidestar0 Brookwood and the Basingstoke Canal Walking Guide
Surrey, Woking
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Brookwood and the Basingstoke Canal
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Brookwood and the Basingstoke Canal Walking Guide boot Brookwood and the Basingstoke Canal Walking Guide
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A 5.5 mile circular walk starting from Brookwood Station in Surrey. The walk follows the towpath of the Basingstoke canal and then passes through the village of St John’s near Woking, cuts across the railway and a golf course before returning to the towpath for the return stretch.

The walk is relatively flat and provides relatively easy walking and navigation. The paths include long sections of the canal towpath (which can be narrow, muddy and overgrown in places) along with pavements, road edges and tarmac paths. There is just one stile (which is quite small and relatively open to allow most dogs to pass through alongside) and you will also need to cross a golf course so take here to avoid the balls flying down the fairways. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at Brookwood Station near Woking in Surrey. Parking is available at the pay and display car park at Brookwood Station signed off the A324 (Connaught Road) in Surrey. Payment is taken by debit or credit card. The station is on the London Waterloo to Basingstoke line. Approximate post code GU24 0ER.

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Walk Sections

Brookwood Station to Hermitage Bridge
Brookwood Station to Hermitage Bridge

Start point: 51.304 lat, -0.6358 long
End point: 51.3076 lat, -0.6139 long

Leave Brookwood Station walking back down the entrance road. At the junction with the main road (A324), cross over and go straight ahead into Sheets Heath Lane opposite. Continue along the lane, cross over the canal bridge and then turn right. Go down the slope and then veer to the right to join the canal towpath. Go ahead along the canal towpath with the canal on your right.

Pass two locks and then shortly you will come to a third lock which is immediately before the A322 road junction. At the far end of this third lock, cross over the small wooden footbridge. Go down the steps and then pass under the road bridge. Continue along the towpath with the canal now on your left.

Continue ahead. This section of the towpath is fairly narrow and can be muddy and overgrown in places. After some distance, pass through a wooden gate and pass three properties on your right, then fork left to continue along the narrow towpath.

Shortly you will come to Hermitage Road Bridge passing over the canal.

Hermitage Bridge to Kiln Bridge
Hermitage Bridge to Kiln Bridge

Start point: 51.3076 lat, -0.6139 long
End point: 51.3123 lat, -0.5963 long

Pass under Hermitage Bridge and continue along the towpath for more than a mile passing under a footbridge and on to reach Kiln Bridge. Along this stretch the towpath is a little wider and has a firmer tarmac covering.

The Basingstoke Canal, which was completed in 1794, runs for nearly 40 miles from the River Wey Navigation at Woodham in Surrey to Basingstoke in Hampshire. In 1949 commercial traffic to Woking ceased and much of the canal became derelict. Much of the canal has since been restored by the Surrey and Hampshire Canal Society.

Kiln Bridge to Railway
Kiln Bridge to Railway

Start point: 51.3123 lat, -0.5963 long
End point: 51.3081 lat, -0.5941 long

At Kiln Bridge turn right and then immediately right again down the quiet lane. Continue straight ahead onto the wide tarmac footpath with the car park to St Johns Lye on the right hand side. Pass the children’s playground on the right and follow the tarmac path ahead into woodland.

Continue ahead over the footbridge across the railway. Immediately after the footbridge turn right over the stile. This stile is quite low and has open fencing around it which should make it easy for most dogs to negotiate.

Railway to Hermitage Bridge
Railway to Hermitage Bridge

Start point: 51.3081 lat, -0.5941 long
End point: 51.3088 lat, -0.6151 long

Continue ahead along the footpath with the railway on the right. Soon the golf course will come into view immediately on the left. You will need to cross several fairways on the course so please respect the players by waiting until the fairways are clear before you cross. The footpath across the golf course is marked by small wooden posts with yellow arrows which should help to guide you.

As the fence to the left ends, veer to the left across the first fairway towards the woodland strip. Walk ahead with the trees on the left, then cross a small stone footbridge on the second fairway and continue on this path into the woods. Cross two more fairways and then go ahead into the path into the woods. Cross over a small wooden footbridge and then eventually you will emerge onto a drive. Turn left and follow the drive to the T-junction with the road.

Turn right and walk along the road edge. Take care here as there are no pavements and the vehicles can be travelling quite quickly. Shortly before you reach the arched tunnel under the bridge, cross over the road to pass under the fenced pedestrian section through the tunnel. Cross back over the road to continue to walk towards the oncoming traffic until you reach the main road junction.

Turn right at the junction and then before the road crosses the bridge turn right again down the slope to the towpath. Turn left to follow the towpath with the canal to your right.

Hermitage Bridge to Brookwood Station
Hermitage Bridge to Brookwood Station

Start point: 51.3088 lat, -0.6151 long
End point: 51.3058 lat, -0.6365 long

Pass under Hermitage Bridge and continue along the towpath. From this point you will be retracing your steps from the first section of the walk.

Pass under the road bridge of the A322, go up the steps and cross the footbridge at the lock. Turn left to follow the canal on your left past another two locks. Turn left over the bridge to return to Brookwood Station.

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1 comments for "Brookwood and the Basingstoke Canal"

Just finished this walk not to muddy with all the storms that had been around. The sun came out with some amazing reflections on the canal. The return we did on the other footpath to vary the views.

By esjayem on 02 Feb 2016

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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