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|Explore Surrey: Medieval Waverley|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 22 Feb 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 6 mile (9.5km) undulating circular walk from Tilford village passing close to The Sands village and the historic ruins of Waverley Abbey. From the top of Crooksbury Hill there are good views to the South Downs on a clear day. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk involves several steady gradients plus one steeper climb to the top of Crooksbury Hill. The paths and tracks through the commons and woodlands are all unmade and can get quite muddy so good boots are recommended (or wellingtons in the winter). There are some sections of road walking so take care of traffic on these stretches. You will need to negotiate a long flight of steps but there are no kissing gates or stiles on route. Allow 3 hours, with an extra hour for the detour to Waverley Abbey.
There are public toilets at the start of the walk, on Tilford Green by the school. If you are looking for refreshments there are several options. Tilford has a post office and tea room and there are three pubs along the route. The Barley Mow on Tilford Green is at the start/end of the walk, the Barley Mow at The Sands is at Waypoint 6 and The Donkey is at Waypoint 7. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford & Farnham. 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.
Tilford is located about 3 miles south-east of Farnham. The walk starts from the free car park on Tilford village green. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. Approximate post code GU10 2BU. Grid ref: SU 873434.
|Start to Squires Hill Lane|
Start point: 51.183 lat, -0.7518 long
From the village green, walk over to the north-east corner where you will find East Tilford Bridge, a bridge over the River Wey. This bridge was one of a series of medieval bridges spanning the river between Farnham and Guildford. The bridges all have a similar design and were probably built for the monks of nearby Waverley Abbey.
|Squires Hill Lane to Sheephatch Lane|
Start point: 51.1884 lat, -0.7526 long
Turn left along the lane and pass Tilhill House on the right. Keep straight ahead on the sandy track which leads you into the woods. Soon you will come to a fork at a waymarker post. Take the right-hand branch here, signed with a red arrow, a public byway.
|Sheephatch Lane to Optional Abbey Detour|
Start point: 51.1941 lat, -0.7549 long
Cross over the road with care and take the track opposite (signed as a public byway). Follow this track between conifer plantations for about 400m. At the bottom of the slope you will come to a T-junction. Turn left and follow the track which later swings right.
|Optional Abbey Detour back to Waverley Lane|
Start point: 51.2016 lat, -0.7525 long
NOTE: The detour to Waverley Abbey ruins involves a stretch of road walking along the edge of a busy road, including a blind corner and so probably isn’t suitable for children. If you do decide to take the detour please do take extreme care.
|Waverley Lane to Crooksbury Hill|
Start point: 51.2014 lat, -0.752 long
For the main route, turn right heading uphill along the road edge for 230m (taking care of the traffic which can be fast moving). You will pass the entrance to Keepers Cottage Stud Farm on the left. Immediately afterwards, turn left onto the track signed as a bridleway to Yew Tree Cottage.
|Crooksbury Hill to The Sands|
Start point: 51.2061 lat, -0.7435 long
When you have finished enjoying the views, stand with your back to the view (and to the Durrant plaque) and join the path directly ahead. After just a few metres, bear right on the narrow path to begin your descent. Further down, at the fork, bear right again.
|The Sands to Farnham Road|
Start point: 51.2098 lat, -0.7386 long
Turn right past the Barley Mow pub on the right and follow this road (taking care of traffic) for 230m, passing the village boundary signs. Turn right onto the long straight track, Long Hill. The lane climbs steadily between properties and then leads you down past a vehicle gate to enter Crooksbury Common.
|Farnham Road to Whitmead Lane|
Start point: 51.1917 lat, -0.7241 long
Cross over the road with care and turn right down the entrance lane leading to The Donkey pub. Continue on the track which leads you past the pub on the left and then begins to climb. You will pass Riversleigh Farm on the left. Just beyond this you will come to a staggered crossroads. Turn left (passing Ravenswing on the left) and stay on this track for 1.1km to emerge out to a junction with the road, Whitmead Lane.
|Whitmead Lane to End|
Start point: 51.1858 lat, -0.7361 long
Turn right and follow the road uphill. After 300m, just after passing a house on the left (and by a post box on the right), turn left to join a narrow fenced path between gardens. Stay on this path, following the fence line on the right, and it will lead you between horse paddocks and then along a ridge.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
nice walk and the pubs along the way were nice, tracks a bit muddy from off road motorbikes etc
|By rrdouglas on 03 Apr 2016|
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