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|Waverley Abbey and Tilford Village|
|Author: Claire, Published: 13 Apr 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular walk near Farnham in Surrey taking in the remains of Waverley Abbey (the first Cistercian Abbey in Britain) along with a visit to the picturesque village of Tilford. |
The walk is relatively flat, there are no stiles and just a couple of gates/kissing gates. There are a few sections of road walking, including several hundred metres without pavements so the walk probably isn’t suitable for children. The woodland tracks will be very muddy after wet weather. Entry to the Abbey ruins is free, dogs are welcome and the site is open during daylight hours every day. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the small gravel car park for Waverley Abbey. The car park is accessed from the B3001 (Waverley Lane) between Farnham and Elstead. Travelling from Farnham, the car park is on the right just before the road passes over the River Wey, marked with brown tourism signs for Waverley Abbey and Waverley Abbey House. Approximate post code GU9 8EP.
|Car Park to Waverley Abbey|
Start point: 51.2025 lat, -0.756 long
From the small gravel car park, walk away from the road and pass through the kissing gate at the back. Follow the path ahead with the River Wey to the right.
|Waverley Abbey to Footpath Fork|
Start point: 51.1999 lat, -0.7599 long
When you have finished exploring the abbey site, retrace your steps back to the car park. Pass through the car park and turn right onto the road, taking care as there is no pavement and the cars can be travelling quite quickly.
|Footpath Fork to Sheephatch Lane|
Start point: 51.1974 lat, -0.753 long
Go straight ahead here, on the public footpath. Follow the narrow winding fenced woodland path downhill. Eventually you will pass through a single wooden gate and the path continues alongside Friars Way Cottage on the left. Soon afterwards you will come to a T-junction with the road, Sheephatch Lane.
|Sheephatch Lane to Tilford Village Stores|
Start point: 51.1945 lat, -0.7473 long
Turn left onto Sheephatch Lane and then after just a few paces, turn right onto Tilford Lane. Follow the road edge for a few hundred yards, again taking care around the bends as there are no pavements and the traffic can be moving quite quickly.
|Tilford Village Stores to Tilhill House|
Start point: 51.1838 lat, -0.7506 long
A few paces further along from the stores, and just before the bridge over the river, you will come to a public bridleway to the right. This is where the walk continues, but you will want to make a small detour across the bridge to see Tilford village green.
|Tilhill House to Car Park|
Start point: 51.1897 lat, -0.754 long
Continue straight ahead on the sandy track climbing into woodland. Take the right hand path at the fork in the track, heading uphill. Continue ahead and you will pass the distinctive tall slate wall of Ebernoe House on the left. A little further along on the right you will pass Sheephatch Farm on the right, which includes a wooden barn set upon stone mushrooms.
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Too much road walking involved for my complete enjoyment, otherwise the rest of the walk was ok. Best though is Waverley Abbey ruins.... quite stunning.
|By martin on 10 Jul 2015|
Agree with Martin - too much road walking however this walk does have a bit of everything - ruins, village, woodlands, meadows, and rivers. The detour in Tilford was out of this world idyllic. Loved the mash up and exploration of what surrey has to offer. Something else to note: some of the paths in the summer are a little overgrown with nettle or other thorny/itchy plants.
|By sula03 on 08 Aug 2015|
Improvised this walk. Started at Tilford parking by the river opposite the green then picked up the walk from point 4 and walked to Waverley Abbey for a picnic and then back via Mother Ludlums cave, footpath on the left at the bottom of Camp Hill Lane. Then back the way we came which avoided most of the roads. Just about the right distance and interest points for our kids (5-10)
|By alechilton on 31 Aug 2016|
A fair walk - but the two road sections are far from ideal - the second one being particularly long, with no footpath in the 40mph which in anything other than perfect light borders on dangerous. A bit of careful planning with an OS map might yield a similarly nice walk in the same area - perhaps over to the East slightly to take in Crooksbury Common?
|By RJ2DJ on 02 Jan 2017|
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