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|Explore Surrey: Witley Trees and Commons|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 31 Jan 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|An 8.5km (5 mile) circular walk taking you through the historic village of Witley, with its beautiful surrounding rolling farmland and heathland, and with an opportunity to extend the route by exploring Mare Hill Common. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk has gentle slopes throughout plus a couple of steeper sections. The paths and bridleways through the woodland and commons can get very muddy so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). You will need to negotiate one stile (which has an adjacent dog gate) plus a number of kissing gates and steps on route. The paths are all enclosed from the farmland and so you will not need to walk through livestock. There are only a couple of very short sections on roads, and these are very quiet lanes, but you will need to cross the A283 twice, so please take care at these points. Approximate time 2.5 hours.
There are toilets at Witley rail station, at the start and end of the walk. If you are looking for refreshments, you will find The White Hart pub in Witley village, just before you reach the church (waypoint 3). Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer OL33 Haslemere and Petersfield and 145 Guildford and 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 from Witley rail station in Surrey. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, the station has its own large pay and display car park. The fee is £5.50 per day Mon-Fri (or £2 if you arrive after 10.30am), £5.50 per day on Bank Holidays and the car park is free on Saturday and Sunday (correct January 2016). Approximate post code GU8 5TB.
|Start to Moor Cottage Junction|
Start point: 51.133 lat, -0.6456 long
Leave Witley rail station via the exit on Platform 2 and turn left, heading down the one-way exit road. At the T-junction with the road, cross over and take the narrow footpath directly ahead, leading you between garden fences (signed as part of the Greensand Way). Continue all the way to the end of this footpath, where you will emerge via a staggered barrier to the grass verge alongside the main A283. Turn left along the pavement for about 20 metres, and then cross over the main road (taking great care) to turn right into Wormley Lane. You will pass a beautiful old property with a triple chimney, Wood End, on your left.
|Moor Cottage Junction to Railway Bridge|
Start point: 51.1374 lat, -0.6314 long
Turn left for a few paces to reach a fork of two bridleways (both signed with blue arrows). Take the right-hand of these two bridleways, a fairly level path leading you through a section of holly bushes. Stay with this bridleway which winds through the woodland, leading you steadily downhill to reach a junction of paths with a house on the left, Busses Cottage.
|Railway Bridge to All Saints Church|
Start point: 51.1447 lat, -0.6415 long
At the far side, simply keep ahead on the obvious woodland path which soon leads you over a stream via a small bridge. NOTE: This section can be fairly muddy throughout the year as it is close to the source of a spring. Just beyond the bridge, you will come to a T-junction with a track, turn right along this, passing the entrance for Well Cottage on the right (no prizes for guessing that this cottage once made use of this natural spring water!).
|All Saints Church to Mare Hill Common|
Start point: 51.1485 lat, -0.6476 long
Continue along Church Lane, passing the infant school on your left, swinging left and then passing Jubilee Hall, also on your left. Ignore the path signed to the left, instead keep right (following the line of the wall on your right) signed as a public footpath. Walk ahead through the parking area to reach the 1912 golden stone property, Witley Lodge, ahead.
|Mare Hill Common to Parsonage Farm|
Start point: 51.1521 lat, -0.6613 long
When you are ready to continue, turn round and retrace your steps back to the track junction. Cross over and take the narrow path on which you entered the common (at about 1 o’clock), following it through the gorse and out to the road. Cross over and walk ahead into the entrance drive for Lemon Field Cottage. Follow this entrance track as it swings right and leads you steadily downhill.
|Parsonage Farm to Bannacle Hill Road|
Start point: 51.1414 lat, -0.6618 long
Go through the gate ahead and take the obvious path (at about 1 o’clock) through the grass meadow. You will emerge out to a vehicle drive, turn left along this to reach a T-junction marked with a fingerpost (with Parsonage Farm Bungalow on your right). Turn left onto the stone track bridleway and follow this all the way out to a T-junction with a quiet country lane.
|Bannacle Hill Road to End|
Start point: 51.1346 lat, -0.6559 long
Cross over and take the footpath ahead, part of the Greensand Way. Follow this path as it swings right along a ridge within Sandhills Common, to reach a pair of benches. Once again the views here on a clear day are magnificent, this time looking towards the south.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
Fabulous walk on a fine spring day. Such rich diversity of landscape and wildlife habitat. Pop into the fascinating church for its 12th century wall paintings.
|By lmparsons on 08 Apr 2017|
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 31 Jan 2016
The arched tunnel beneath a railway bridge.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 31 Jan 2016
All Saints Church in Witley It's difficult to believe that this picture was taken at the end of January with the sky so blue.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 31 Jan 2016
The only stile on the route - leading to Parsonage Farm. There is a dog gate which our standard poodle managed to squeeze through.
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