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|Blackheath and Chilworth Gunpowder Mills|
|Author: Claire, Published: 07 Aug 2011||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular walk around the footpaths and lanes of the Surrey Hills taking in Blackheath Common (250 acres of lowland heath), the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills, the Tilling Bourne (a small tributary to the River Wey) and the picturesque village of Albury. A wonderful mix of woodland, heath, fields, riverbanks and lanes there is something for everyone on this walk. Much of the walk is relatively flat, with only a couple of steady gradients and there are just three stiles all of which are low and have gaps at the side to allow dogs to pass through easily. Some of the paths can be a little narrow and overgrown so you might want to think twice about wearing shorts unless you’re immune to nettles and brambles! The surfaces are pretty good but of course are likely to be muddy in wet weather. Approximate time 3 hours.|
Free parking is available at the Blackheath Common car park on Blackheath Lane. Blackheath Common lies to the east of Blackheath village. Blackheath village is east of the B2128 and south of the A248. Approximate post code is GU4 8RD. The nearest station is Chilworth which is about one mile to the north (if you come by train you can adjust the walk by starting and finishing in Chilworth rather than Blackheath).
|Blackheath to Chilworth|
Start point: 51.2056 lat, -0.5183 long
Free parking is available at the Blackheath Common car park on Blackheath Lane. Leave the car park and head back along Blackheath Lane the way you drove in. At the Villagers’ Inn public house (closed at the time of writing) fork right down a small wooded footpath to the left of the large oak tree and marked with a small wooden marker post painted with a pale blue band.
|Chilworth to the Tilling Bourne|
Start point: 51.2138 lat, -0.5345 long
Cross over the road and turn right heading towards the level crossing. Pass through the level crossing and then take the second road on the left called Blacksmith Lane. Continue down Blacksmith Lane for several hundred yards, then look out for green painted metal gates on your right.
|Along the Tilling Bourne|
Start point: 51.2174 lat, -0.5341 long
Follow the path into the woodland with the river on your left. Follow the path as it bends to the right crossing a bridge over a cascade of water and some of the remains of the gunpowder mills. On your left you’ll see the first example of a mill stone set into the ground. Continue the path straight ahead and then follow it as it bends to the left. On your left you’ll come across further remains of the mill, a row of old mill stones and behind it, a row of old brick pillars that formed part of the mill structure.
|Tilling Bourne to Mill Pond|
Start point: 51.2171 lat, -0.5302 long
With the row of mill stones on your left continue ahead to follow the track for some distance (passing a picnic area along the way). When you come to a large horse chestnut tree on your right, which has a large root mass creating a tall mound above ground, turn left along another footpath. On your right you’ll see further building remains related to the gunpowder mills.
|Mill Pond to Albury|
Start point: 51.221 lat, -0.5137 long
Continue ahead, crossing the bridge with the two low red brick walls either side. Follow the tarmac road as it bends to the right with the mill pond on your right. The stream will be running on your right. As the tarmac road bends to the left, fork right along a stone footpath marked with a signpost with a picture of a dragonfly. Pass through the gap in the fence to emerge onto the main road.
|Albury to Blackheath|
Start point: 51.2205 lat, -0.4988 long
Turn up Church Lane signed towards Weston Fields. By the Round House take the right fork up Blackheath Lane. The lane has steep sides of vegetation and overhanging trees which form beautiful arches and create lovely shade on hot days. Take some time to enjoy the interesting rock formations which are home to the trees on the steep banks. After the barn follow the lane round to the right and back down hill.
|Into Blackheath Common|
Start point: 51.2104 lat, -0.5057 long
Follow this sandy footpath with a plantation on the right and as you enter Blackheath Common you’ll come to a star junction of multiple sandy paths. Take the path at about 2 o’clock, heading uphill diagonally to the right. Follow this path as it bends to the left at the top and then continues straight ahead undulating through tall pine trees.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2011 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Great walk. We liked the circular track and the different areas of the walk from waterside to woodland. We also had lunch in a pub in Albury
|By Richard on 02 Sep 2011|
Beautiful walk. Very varied and worthwhile stopping for a drink by the pub -Drummond-in Albury (seats by the stream) and do take a small detour to the church in Albury. A lot of nettles at the start only had me regretting wearing shorts but no issues after. Highly recommended
|By davidkennedy on 28 Sep 2014|
Great walk but a bit slippery on downhill footpaths due to the previous wet weather. Found out a bit of history I did not know. Really enjoyed it
|By esjayem on 24 Feb 2015|
A lovely walk. Great, varied scenery. The directions were excellent. The gap in the fence mentioned in the penultimate paragraph is actually a staggered wooden fence but apart from that minor detail, everything was very clear.
|By suefrancis on 08 Apr 2015|
Excellent walk very diverse , most enjoyable!
|By Ratso on 28 Sep 2015|
Wonderful walk. Good variety of habitats and sights. Good length and not too challenging.
|By Herd on 30 May 2016|
Great walk but please note when looking for the chestnut tree with large mound of grass over roots just keeping walking past picnic area and up to almost river where main building sits on left.
|By edwardboxall on 29 Jan 2017|
Andy B: Had a great walk around Blackheath & Albury. Drummond Arms a good stop for lunch but busy so best to book a table.
|By Facebook on 20 Feb 2017|
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: 02 Sep 2011
View across the fields in an early section of this lovely walk.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 02 Sep 2011
The pine forests at the end of the walk as you head towards the car park
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