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|Brookwood and the Basingstoke Canal|
|Author: Claire, Published: 24 Sep 2011||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5.5 mile circular walk starting from Brookwood Station in Surrey. The walk follows the towpath of the Basingstoke canal and then passes through the village of St John’s near Woking, cuts across the railway and a golf course before returning to the towpath for the return stretch. |
The walk is relatively flat and provides relatively easy walking and navigation. The paths include long sections of the canal towpath (which can be narrow, muddy and overgrown in places) along with pavements, road edges and tarmac paths. There is just one stile (which is quite small and relatively open to allow most dogs to pass through alongside) and you will also need to cross a golf course so take here to avoid the balls flying down the fairways. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes at Brookwood Station near Woking in Surrey. Parking is available at the pay and display car park at Brookwood Station signed off the A324 (Connaught Road) in Surrey. Payment is taken by debit or credit card. The station is on the London Waterloo to Basingstoke line. Approximate post code GU24 0ER.
|Brookwood Station to Hermitage Bridge|
Start point: 51.304 lat, -0.6358 long
Leave Brookwood Station walking back down the entrance road. At the junction with the main road (A324), cross over and go straight ahead into Sheets Heath Lane opposite. Continue along the lane, cross over the canal bridge and then turn right. Go down the slope and then veer to the right to join the canal towpath. Go ahead along the canal towpath with the canal on your right.
|Hermitage Bridge to Kiln Bridge|
Start point: 51.3076 lat, -0.6139 long
Pass under Hermitage Bridge and continue along the towpath for more than a mile passing under a footbridge and on to reach Kiln Bridge. Along this stretch the towpath is a little wider and has a firmer tarmac covering.
|Kiln Bridge to Railway|
Start point: 51.3123 lat, -0.5963 long
At Kiln Bridge turn right and then immediately right again down the quiet lane. Continue straight ahead onto the wide tarmac footpath with the car park to St Johns Lye on the right hand side. Pass the children’s playground on the right and follow the tarmac path ahead into woodland.
|Railway to Hermitage Bridge|
Start point: 51.3081 lat, -0.5941 long
Continue ahead along the footpath with the railway on the right. Soon the golf course will come into view immediately on the left. You will need to cross several fairways on the course so please respect the players by waiting until the fairways are clear before you cross. The footpath across the golf course is marked by small wooden posts with yellow arrows which should help to guide you.
|Hermitage Bridge to Brookwood Station|
Start point: 51.3088 lat, -0.6151 long
Pass under Hermitage Bridge and continue along the towpath. From this point you will be retracing your steps from the first section of the walk.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2011 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Just finished this walk not to muddy with all the storms that had been around. The sun came out with some amazing reflections on the canal. The return we did on the other footpath to vary the views.
|By esjayem on 02 Feb 2016|
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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