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|Explore Surrey: Grayswood Circular|
|Author: exploresurrey, Published: 16 Feb 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A gently undulating 3 mile (4km) walk from the village of Grayswood, passing through woodland and farmland.This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk includes several steady climbs and descents. Part of the walk crosses fields of clay soil, which can become very muddy so stout boots or wellingtons are recommended. You will need to negotiate several gates, some steps and one stile along the way (there is a field gate alongside the stile which is usually unlocked and there is plenty of open fencing suitable for most dogs to pass through). Some of the route follows rural lanes without pavements, so take care of traffic for these stretches. Allow 1.5 hours.
If you would like refreshments, The Wheatsheaf Inn on Grayswood Road is located near to the war memorial close to the beginning of the walk. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 133 Haslemere & Petersfield. This walk follows public rights of way which cross private and public land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.
Grayswood village is located on the A286 Grayswood Road between Haslemere and Milford. The walk starts from the parish church. Parking is available at the Village Hall car park, opposite the church. There is also a bus stop opposite the church, on the village green. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. Approximate post code GU27 2DB. Grid ref: SU 917347.
|Start to War Memorial|
Start point: 51.1049 lat, -0.6909 long
From the car park or the bus stop, cross over Grayswood Road to reach All Saints Church.
|War Memorial to Holdfast Lane|
Start point: 51.1019 lat, -0.6941 long
Continue along the pavement for 30m (to the brow of the hill), then cross the road to turn left onto the signed public footpath into the woodland (Grayswood Common). Pass through the staggered barrier and keep ahead on the woodland path. Stay on the main path which then becomes a lane, passing houses on the right.
|Holdfast Lane to Pond|
Start point: 51.0957 lat, -0.6899 long
Cross over Holdfast Lane and go over the stile directly opposite (or the field gate alongside may be unlocked). Keep ahead to join the fenced track which follows the left-hand edge of the open field. At the field corner, go ahead through the wide gate and continue on the path which swings left to lead you through woodland (note: this path can get quite muddy). Beyond the woodland, the path leads you past Imbhams Farm on the right.
|Pond to Hedgeline Gap|
Start point: 51.0952 lat, -0.6785 long
Just beyond the bungalow on the left, turn left onto the track signed as a public bridleway. Follow this track (with a hedge on the left and an open crop field on the right) for 100m. Here, at a waymarker post, turn left through the gap in the hedge and then go straight ahead, on the path across the centre of the crop field, to reach the gap in the hedgeline opposite.
|Hedgeline Gap to Belt of Trees|
Start point: 51.0968 lat, -0.6778 long
Go through the hedgeline gap and keep ahead along the field edge with woodland on the right. Ignore the path into the woodland, simply keep straight ahead to reach the woodland corner and a waymarker post. Bear left here (at about 11 o’clock) to follow the path across the field. At the far side, the path leads you through a belt of trees.
|Belt of Trees to End|
Start point: 51.0991 lat, -0.6791 long
Follow the path along the right-hand edge of the next field, which leads you through a gateway to join a track. Keep ahead along the track for some distance to reach a junction with the road. Go straight ahead into Lower Road (signed for Brook, Haslemere and Hindhead) and join the left-hand pavement passing village properties on the left.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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