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|Explore Surrey: Transported through Ash|
|Author: exploresurrey, Published: 03 Feb 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 8.5km (5 mile) circular walk exploring the suburbs around the village of Ash, linking the history of transport in the Blackwater Valley from the old railway path to the canal towpath and riverside path. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk is relatively flat, with just a few gentle slopes. The majority of the paths are surfaced but some of the woodland paths can get very muddy after wet weather. There is one stile on route (which can be easily avoided if necessary) plus a flight of four shallow steps, some generous staggered barriers and generous squeeze gaps. There is a stretch of about 0.6 miles along a country lane without pavements so take care of traffic here. You will also need to cross the A323 dual carriageway at a designated but unsignalled crossing point, so extra care is needed at this point. Approximate time 2.5 hours.
There are a handful of options for refreshments on the way round. There is the Curzon Indian Restaurant (formerly The Nightingale pub) on Guildford Road (Waypoint 1), The Cricketers pub (bar snacks only) on Oxenden Road (just before Waypoint 3) plus The Vale Cafe and some shops in Ash towards the end of the walk. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 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 and finishes from the Coronation Gardens car park on Ash Hill Road in Ash, opposite Victoria Hall (with its distinctive clock tower). The car park is free and has a 2m height restriction barrier. Approximate post code GU12 5DN. The Victoria Hall bus stops are directly alongside the car park and Ash rail station is just a short walk away. From Ash Station, turn left to follow Church Road to the roundabout, turn left into Ash Hill Road and you will reach Coronation Gardens on your right. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info.
|Start to Guildford Road|
Start point: 51.2556 lat, -0.7171 long
Stand in the car park, facing the road with Victoria Hall (with its distinctive clock tower) opposite. The hall was built in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The clock tower was added in 1900 and the brickwork has two inscriptions: ‘Deeds not words prove man’s worth’ and ‘Work wins’.
|Guildford Road to Old Railway Path|
Start point: 51.2526 lat, -0.7052 long
Cross over Guildford Road with care and cross over the stile ahead to enter the playing fields. There are gaps in the adjacent hedgerow if you need these for your dog. (NOTE: If you need to avoid this stile, turn right along the pavement and then take the first side road on the left, Harpers Road. Follow this past the car park for the recreation ground and then pick up the directions from there.)
|Old Railway Path to Blackwater Valley Path|
Start point: 51.2431 lat, -0.707 long
Turn right to join the old railway path and follow it for its full length, about 1.3 miles. The path follows the route of the London and South Western Railway line, which ran from Southampton to Waterloo. The line was opened in 1849, but then was closed to passengers in 1937 and closed to freight in 1960. The path is owned and managed by Guildford Borough Council as a footpath and bridleway. Some of the original railway sleepers have been used to construct benches along the path.
|Blackwater Valley Path to Basingstoke Canal|
Start point: 51.2375 lat, -0.7359 long
Follow this stone path winding ahead with the River Blackwater on your left and the dual carriageway running to your right. Further along, you will emerge out to a junction with a side road. Turn left for a few paces to reach the T-junction with the A323 dual carriageway within an industrial area. Turn right (crossing over the side road) and 40 metres later (just before the roundabout) you will come to the official (but unsignalled) pedestrian crossing point for the A323.
|Basingstoke Canal to End|
Start point: 51.255 lat, -0.7308 long
Turn left along the towpath, following it over the aqueduct. Continue on the towpath with the canal running on your right. Through the trees on the opposite bank, you will have glimpses of the large Willow Park Lake, whilst through the trees on your left are the lakes of Lakeside Park Nature Reserve.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
Instructions on part one are not great and the whole walk is quite dull with no interesting scenery and a lot of road walking.
|By Gfeather on 2016-10-02 13:56:40|
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