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|Explore Surrey: Silent Pool and St Martha’s Hill|
|Author: exploresurrey, Published: 25 Feb 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Surrey, North Downs|
|A 9.5km (6 mile) circular walk in the Surrey Hills, visiting a number of popular attractions including Silent Pool, a stretch of the North Downs Way, Newlands Corner and St Martha’s Hill and offering superb views. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a steep climb up to the top of the North Downs. Several of the paths can be muddy and some of the chalk slopes can be very slippery when wet so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). You will need to negotiate some steps, one kissing gate and two stiles (both of which have open fence surrounds for dogs to pass through). There is just one field, at the end, that may be holding livestock with the rest of the route following paths through heath and woodland. The route crosses two busy roads so take particular care at these points. Allow 3 hours.
There are public toilets and refreshment available at Newlands Corner (waypoint 2). Albury Vineyard is located alongside the car park at the start and end of the walk and offers wine tasting on most Saturdays (check the vineyard website for details). 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 Silent Pool free car park (which has width restrictions making it suitable for cars only). The car park is about 5 miles south east of Guildford and is accessed from the A25, just opposite the junction with the A248. Approximate post code GU5 9BW.
|Start to North Downs Way|
Start point: 51.2256 lat, -0.4843 long
From the Silent Pool car park, take the path which starts between two noticeboards, about halfway along the car park’s length. Follow this path heading away from the road and then swinging right to reach a junction with a vehicle track (with the entrance for Albury Vineyard to your left). Go straight ahead to reach the viewing platform at Sherbourne Pond, the newer of the two pools here. It was dug out in the 1600s to provide water to power fountains, grind animal feed and irrigate the vineyard that served Albury village.
|North Downs Way to Newlands Corner|
Start point: 51.2317 lat, -0.4812 long
Turn left to join the North Downs Way heading west. You will pass a waymarker post with a purple arrow and this Purple Ox Trail route is the one you will be following throughout. For this stretch, the North Downs Way follows a fairly level wide track, once a Drove Road which would have been used by farmers to move their livestock. The woodland verges are thick with bluebells in the late spring. The whole North Downs Way runs for a total of 153 miles, from Farnham to Dover (but don’t worry, we are not walking all of it today!).
|Newlands Corner to Keepers Cottage|
Start point: 51.2328 lat, -0.5071 long
Continue through the Newlands Corner car park, heading away from the road, all the way to its end. At the far end, pass alongside the vehicle barrier and continue directly ahead on the obvious path running along an avenue within the woodland. Pass alongside the next vehicle barrier and continue on the woodland track. Ignore any small paths into the clearings on the left, although these do make a nice detour to enjoy the views should you wish.
|Keepers Cottage to St Martha's Church|
Start point: 51.2276 lat, -0.5208 long
Turn left (alongside the gate) and then immediately right onto the stone track signed as the North Downs Way, passing the cottage on your right. Soon after the fence ends on your right, you will pick up the next purple waymarker which confirms you are on the right path. Stay with this path which leads you to a major junction, marked with a couple of waymarker posts.
|St Martha's Church to Water Lane|
Start point: 51.2249 lat, -0.5299 long
Turn left immediately before the church, joining the North Downs Way once again and passing the church immediately on your right. Beyond the churchyard, keep ahead on the most obvious path which bears right leading you to the southern edge of the hilltop. Take time to enjoy the superb views here which stretch for miles. The two villages in the valley below are Chilworth (ahead) and Albury (to the left). An obvious landmark is the red brick tower of St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Albury.
|Water Lane to End|
Start point: 51.2256 lat, -0.5026 long
Turn left and then immediately right to join the stone access track, a public bridleway. After passing a house on the right, keep directly ahead alongside a gate and follow the path between fields. Simply follow this path climbing steadily and eventually you will reach a property on your right, Timbercroft.
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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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Silent Pool - February 2016.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
St Martha's Church on St Martha's Hill....
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
There are splendid views from the top of St Martha's Hill.
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