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|Author: Claire, Published: 13 May 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular walk from the pretty village of Thursley in Surrey. The walk starts at the centre of the village before heading out over Thursley Common Nature Reserve and then back though woodland and past equestrian paddocks to return to the village. |
The walk has just a few short and mostly gentle climbs and descents. There are a few kissing gates and two stiles – the first one has plenty of open fencing around suitable for dogs to pass through and the second is a stone stile which is around one foot high so should be easy enough for most dogs (and humans!). The walk follows heathland, woodland and farm paths all of which will be muddy after wet weather. There are a couple of very short sections of road walking. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the free car park between the cricket pitch and recreation ground in Thursley. The car park is accessed from Dyehouse Road and has a 2m height restriction barrier. Approximate post code GU8 6QA.
|Start to Thursley Common|
Start point: 51.1504 lat, -0.7148 long
Leave the car park and turn left onto Dyehouse Road heading to the centre of the village. Continue straight on at the junction in the centre of the village signed to Godalming and Milford.
|Thursley Common to Hammer Pond|
Start point: 51.1498 lat, -0.7038 long
Turn left here to enter the common and then turn immediately right onto the wide sandy footpath. Follow the path running parallel with the road on the right and you will come to a fork. Take the left hand fork signed with a blue arrow.
|Hammer Pond to Wide Sand Path|
Start point: 51.1544 lat, -0.6944 long
Turn left onto the grass path between the trees. Continue straight ahead at the next crossroads and follow the path to reach a second staggered crossroads. Go straight ahead, still following the blue arrow. Follow the path as it bends to the left with a small belt of young trees on the left.
|Wide Sand Path to Thursley Road|
Start point: 51.1588 lat, -0.7043 long
Follow the main sandy track ahead for more than half a mile through the centre of the common.
|Thursley Road to Hounmere House|
Start point: 51.1583 lat, -0.7181 long
Turn left onto the road and follow it as it bends right, then as it bends sharp left, turn right down the lane marked with a wooden bridleway sign. On the right you will pass Truxford Cottage and then October Farm.
|Hounmere House to Smallbrook Farm|
Start point: 51.1494 lat, -0.7274 long
Follow the path as it bends to the left in front of the gates, and then a few paces later fork right up the footpath on the far side of the second set of gates for Hounmere House. Follow this narrow mud footpath with steep banks climbing fairly steeply uphill. You will emerge onto the road.
|Smallbrook Farm to End|
Start point: 51.1478 lat, -0.7216 long
As you come to the end of the buildings for Smallbrook Farm, turn left up a concrete slope marked with a footpath sign for Greensand Way. Pass through the small gate to enter a grass footpath fenced between horse paddocks.
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Great Walk the sign for the National Nature reserve is missing on Dye House Road next to the second entrance to Foldsdown House.
|By esjayem on 10 Mar 2015|
The power lines on the Heath have been removed so ignore that direction!
|By markangus on 18 Mar 2017|
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