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|Explore Surrey: Tillingbourne at Work (Shorter Version)|
|Author: exploresurrey, Published: 10 Mar 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4.5 mile (7km) undulating walk in the Surrey Hills, starting from Chilworth Station and passing through farmland, woodland and parkland. The route crosses the Tillingbourne stream, which used to power a number of powder, paper and corn mills in the area. There is also a longer version of this walk available on iFootpath, 8 miles in length. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk has several steady slopes plus a couple of steeper sections. The paths across woodland and farmland can get quite muddy so stout shoes or boots are required and wellingtons are recommended in the winter months. You will need to negotiate a number of kissing gates plus 7 stiles (all of which have open fence surrounds which will be suitable for most dogs to pass through). You will be sharing a few of the fields with horses and at least one field may be holding cattle so take particular care with dogs. You will need to cross the railway at an unsignalled footpath crossing so take extreme care and listen carefully for trains before you cross. There is one short stretch of road walking. Allow 2.5 hours.
If you are looking for refreshments there are a couple of options. The Percy Arms pub is at the start of the walk, opposite Chilworth Station, and the Drummond Arms pub is in Albury by Waypoint 5. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford and 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.
The walk starts from Chilworth Rail Station in Surrey. There is a bus stop directly outside the station on the A248, or one just to the east of this at Longfrey Farm. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. There is no car parking available at the station so please travel by public transport. Grid ref: TQ031472.
|Start to Postford Farm Cottages|
Start point: 51.2154 lat, -0.5254 long
Exit Chilworth railway station alongside the phone box to reach the bus shelter on the triangular green. Turn right along pavement for the A248 and follow it for 470m. As you draw level with Longfrey Farm on the left, turn right into Dorking Road (signed as the Downs Link). Follow the lane over the railway bridge and, immediately afterwards, fork left through the gap in the white fencing (passing the small cottage on the left).
|Postford Farm Cottages to Little Ford Farmhouse|
Start point: 51.2107 lat, -0.5061 long
Keep straight ahead on the main track (ignoring the footpath signed to the right) which leads you downhill and past the stables on the left. Continue across the stream and then stay on the main track which swings right past a barn/stables. Keep ahead along the tarmac track (ignoring the stile on the left) to reach a T-junction with a sunken lane.
|Little Ford Farmhouse to Sandy Track Crossroads|
Start point: 51.209 lat, -0.4958 long
Turn left through the gateway into the courtyard and then turn immediately left again through another gateway to join a stone track passing the farmhouse on the left. Go through the gate and follow the path up through a section of old coppiced trees. As you emerge from these trees, continue ahead for just a short distance to reach the white gates of the railway crossing.
|Sandy Track Crossroads to Albury Church|
Start point: 51.2154 lat, -0.4939 long
Keep straight ahead on the narrow path, soon following a wire fence on the left. The path emerges with a T-junction with a sunken path, Warren Lane. Turn left and you will pass between farm gates each side (which provide great viewpoints). Continue down the sunken path and, at the junction, swing left.
|Albury Church to A248|
Start point: 51.2188 lat, -0.4975 long
Keep ahead, passing the village bowling green on the right. Follow the road as it swings right down to reach a T-junction with the A248 at the centre of the village. The Drummond Arms pub is visible just to the right.
|A248 to Sluice Bridge|
Start point: 51.2198 lat, -0.4999 long
Turn left along the road, taking care as the pavement is narrow in parts. Pass Weston Farm and then pass Water Lane and Guildford Lane on the right. Stay on the pavement as it climbs to the left. Opposite Vale End Fisheries on the left, you will see a choice of two footpaths on the right. Cross over the road and take the second of the footpaths, passing through a staggered barrier. Note: this path can be muddy.
|Sluice Bridge to Sleeper Bridge|
Start point: 51.2211 lat, -0.5135 long
Cross the bridge then bear right (at about 2 o’clock) to join the signed public footpath which leads you between fences. Follow this narrow path with a house on the right and fenced horse paddocks on the left and it will lead you past a disused stile. Keep ahead on the fenced path between fields.
|Sleeper Bridge to Lockner Farm Track|
Start point: 51.2192 lat, -0.5177 long
Cross the bridge and stile to enter the horse paddock. Keep ahead in the same direction across this field, crossing some concrete foundation remains from the Admiralty Cordite Works. At the far side, cross the stile to enter a smaller paddock. Keep in the same direction across this field and cross the stile opposite to reach a junction with Lockner Farm Track.
|Lockner Farm Track to Picnic Area|
Start point: 51.2189 lat, -0.522 long
Turn right, crossing the bridge, and then turn left through the staggered barrier to enter the site of Chilworth Gunpowder Mills. You will pass an interpretation board on the right which gives more information about the mills. Continue ahead with the canal on the left, passing the old buildings on the right.
|Picnic Area to End|
Start point: 51.2177 lat, -0.5262 long
Immediately alongside the picnic area, turn left and follow this footpath (known as Vera’s Path) across the footbridge. You will see the remains of an old rail track across the stream on the left. The path leads you out to a T-junction within Chilworth, alongside the school. Turn left along the pavement and you will pass the Percy Arms on the left and then come to Chilworth Station on the right, where the walk began.
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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