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|Explore Surrey: Godalming and Eashing|
|Author: exploresurrey, Published: 17 Jan 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 6.5km (4 mile) circular walk from Godalming Station in Surrey, exploring the valley of the River Wey west of the town including the medieval stone bridge in Eashing. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk has a few gentle climbs and descents throughout. It follows unmade bridleways and paths for the most part, which can be very uneven underfoot and can also get very muddy at times so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the wet winter months). You will need to negotiate several boardwalks, some steps, a gate, some staggered barriers and two stiles (which are enclosed with tight fencing so dogs may need a lift over). There is a section of about 500 metres along the edge of a fairly busy road, so the walk is not recommended for young children and you will need to take great care in this section. One of the fields you cross may be holding cattle so take care with dogs. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.
Godalming itself has many options for refreshments at the start or end of the walk, or you will find The Stag pub about half way around the route in Eashing. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford & Farnham. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways 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 and finishes from Godalming rail station. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, the station does have a pay and display car park which costs £7.50 per day Mon-Fri and £2 Sat (correct January 2016). There are alternative car parks within Godalming if you prefer. Approximate post code GU7 1EU.
|Start to Railway Bridge|
Start point: 51.1869 lat, -0.6184 long
Leave Godalming rail station via the main exit (on Platform 2), cross the road and turn left along the pavement. Where the road bends right, fork left to join the tarmac footpath ahead. Go straight on, crossing over the side road Westbrook Road, and then take the next left, Borough Road, passing the Church of St Peter and St Paul on your right. This church has an elegant spire of timber framing with lead.
|Railway Bridge to Peperharow Road|
Start point: 51.1892 lat, -0.616 long
About 20 metres beyond the railway bridge, turn left onto the signed public footpath and follow this with a stream running on your right. Cross over the entrance drive for Westbrook Mills and keep ahead to continue on the tarmac footpath. Further along, the tarmac path runs alongside the River Wey on your left and then later leads you over a wooden footbridge with a beautiful weir across to the left.
|Peperharow Road to Garden Wall Corner|
Start point: 51.1925 lat, -0.626 long
Turn left along the road and, at the end, keep straight ahead on the public footpath into Milton Wood (with a wall running on your right). Go through the staggered barrier ahead and continue on the obvious path with the woodland sloping up to your right and down to your left. You will be able to see the River Wey meandering in the valley bottom to your left.
|Garden Wall Corner to Lower Eashing|
Start point: 51.1955 lat, -0.6395 long
Do NOT turn right here, instead keep ahead for a few paces and then turn left onto the signed bridleway into the woodland. Stay with the main bridleway which climbs steadily, swinging left and then continues along a ridge within the woodland. Beyond the woodland, the bridleway leads you under power lines and continues with a horse paddock on the left.
|Lower Eashing to Halfway Lane|
Start point: 51.1869 lat, -0.6498 long
Cross over and turn left along the lane (taking care of traffic) and soon you will be able to join the right-hand pavement. As the pavement ends, continue along the road edge (taking care) and follow this over Eashing Bridges. Across to the right you will have a good view of Eashing Mill, which produced paper from 1658 to the 1870s and today houses offices.
|Halfway Lane to End|
Start point: 51.1844 lat, -0.6366 long
Follow Halfway Lane, a tarmac access lane, for some distance. You will pass the Fitzpatrick Vet Hospital on your left (which you may recognise from the TV show, Supervet) and then come to a junction of paths alongside a single cottage, Far Cottage.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 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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