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Explore Surrey: Medieval Waverley

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Explore Surrey: Medieval Waverley
Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 22 Feb 2015 Walk Rating:star1 Explore Surrey: Medieval Waverley Walking Guidestar1 Explore Surrey: Medieval Waverley Walking Guidestar1 Explore Surrey: Medieval Waverley Walking Guidestar1 Explore Surrey: Medieval Waverley Walking Guidestar0 Explore Surrey: Medieval Waverley Walking Guide
Surrey, Tilford
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Explore Surrey: Medieval Waverley
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Explore Surrey: Medieval Waverley Walking Guide boot Explore Surrey: Medieval Waverley Walking Guide boot Explore Surrey: Medieval Waverley Walking Guide
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A 6 mile (9.5km) undulating circular walk from Tilford village passing close to The Sands village and the historic ruins of Waverley Abbey. From the top of Crooksbury Hill there are good views to the South Downs on a clear day. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.

The walk involves several steady gradients plus one steeper climb to the top of Crooksbury Hill. The paths and tracks through the commons and woodlands are all unmade and can get quite muddy so good boots are recommended (or wellingtons in the winter). There are some sections of road walking so take care of traffic on these stretches. You will need to negotiate a long flight of steps but there are no kissing gates or stiles on route. Allow 3 hours, with an extra hour for the detour to Waverley Abbey.

There are public toilets at the start of the walk, on Tilford Green by the school. If you are looking for refreshments there are several options. Tilford has a post office and tea room and there are three pubs along the route. The Barley Mow on Tilford Green is at the start/end of the walk, the Barley Mow at The Sands is at Waypoint 6 and The Donkey is at Waypoint 7. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford & Farnham. This walk follows public rights of way 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.

Tilford is located about 3 miles south-east of Farnham. The walk starts from the free car park on Tilford village green. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. Approximate post code GU10 2BU. Grid ref: SU 873434.

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Walk Sections

Start to Squires Hill Lane
Start to Squires Hill Lane

Start point: 51.183 lat, -0.7518 long
End point: 51.1884 lat, -0.7526 long

From the village green, walk over to the north-east corner where you will find East Tilford Bridge, a bridge over the River Wey. This bridge was one of a series of medieval bridges spanning the river between Farnham and Guildford. The bridges all have a similar design and were probably built for the monks of nearby Waverley Abbey.

Cross East Tilford Bridge using the left-hand pavement, heading towards the village shop. A few paces later, just before you reach the shop/post office, turn left onto the signed bridleway. Follow this path for approximately 540m, all the way to the top where you will reach a T-junction with Squires Hill Lane.

Squires Hill Lane to Sheephatch Lane
Squires Hill Lane to Sheephatch Lane

Start point: 51.1884 lat, -0.7526 long
End point: 51.1941 lat, -0.7549 long

Turn left along the lane and pass Tilhill House on the right. Keep straight ahead on the sandy track which leads you into the woods. Soon you will come to a fork at a waymarker post. Take the right-hand branch here, signed with a red arrow, a public byway.

Follow this sandy track heading uphill which leads you past the property Ebernoe on the left and then Sheephatch Farm on the right. Hatch means a gate and probably refers to a gate in the boundary here of the 521 acres of Waverley Abbey lands.

At the staggered T-junction, bear right and follow the drive to reach the road, Sheephatch Lane.

Sheephatch Lane to Optional Abbey Detour
Sheephatch Lane to Optional Abbey Detour

Start point: 51.1941 lat, -0.7549 long
End point: 51.2016 lat, -0.7525 long

Cross over the road with care and take the track opposite (signed as a public byway). Follow this track between conifer plantations for about 400m. At the bottom of the slope you will come to a T-junction. Turn left and follow the track which later swings right.

The ruins of Waverley Abbey can be seen through the trees to your left (assuming the vegetation is not too dense), and the 18th century Waverley Abbey House stands on the hill beyond them.

Continue ahead to reach a T-junction with the road, Waverley Lane, where you have the choice of taking an optional detour to the abbey ruins.

Optional Abbey Detour back to Waverley Lane
Optional Abbey Detour back to Waverley Lane

Start point: 51.2016 lat, -0.7525 long
End point: 51.2014 lat, -0.752 long

NOTE: The detour to Waverley Abbey ruins involves a stretch of road walking along the edge of a busy road, including a blind corner and so probably isn’t suitable for children. If you do decide to take the detour please do take extreme care.

To visit Waverley Abbey ruins, turn left down the road. Turn left at the T-junction (this is the BLIND CORNER, so TAKE GREAT CARE). Cross the river and turn left into the Abbey entrance. Here you will find information boards and the track which leads you to the ruins themselves.

The road bridge over the River Wey has been rebuilt and widened on the site of a medieval bridge. By the entrance to the abbey there has been a succession of water mills. Waverley Abbey, the first Cistercian monastery in England, was founded in 1128 by Bishop Gifford of Winchester. The Abbey was built over a period of 150 years. Following the dissolution in 1536 much of the building stone was sold. Some of it was used to build Loseley House near Guildford.

When you have finished exploring, return back to the main route, where the byway track emerges onto Waverley Lane.

Waverley Lane to Crooksbury Hill
Waverley Lane to Crooksbury Hill

Start point: 51.2014 lat, -0.752 long
End point: 51.2061 lat, -0.7435 long

For the main route, turn right heading uphill along the road edge for 230m (taking care of the traffic which can be fast moving). You will pass the entrance to Keepers Cottage Stud Farm on the left. Immediately afterwards, turn left onto the track signed as a bridleway to Yew Tree Cottage.

Follow the track steadily uphill, passing Yew Tree Cottage on the left and continuing into woodland. At the top of the slope you will pass the blue-trimmed Waverley Cottages on the left and emerge out to a T-junction with Crooksbury Road. Cross over the road with care and take the signed bridleway opposite, which swings sharp left to run parallel with the road on the left. Keep left at the first fork and then left again at the second fork and the path will lead you into the back of Crooksbury Hill car park.

Turn right within the car park, passing between a pair of benches (and passing the information board on the left), to join the waymarked footpath (marked with a yellow arrow). The path leads you up the hill via a series of wooden steps. At the very top (well done!) you will reach benches and the white trig point marking the summit of Crooksbury Hill. Tap the Listen button below (available via App only) to learn more about Crooksbury Hill.

Take time to catch your breath and enjoy the extensive views to the South Downs. Set into the top of the trig point you will find a bronze relief which shows the landmarks and distances in various directions. On the back of the trig point is a plaque to Theodore Vincent Scott Durrant, a former Surrey Planning Officer, in recognition of his distinguished service to the countryside. In medieval times much of the area around here was part of the manorial waste of the Manor of Farnham which was held by successive Bishops of Winchester. Bishop Henry de Blois granted the monks of Waverley the right to pasture swine and cattle on the waste.

Crooksbury Hill to The Sands
Crooksbury Hill to The Sands

Start point: 51.2061 lat, -0.7435 long
End point: 51.2098 lat, -0.7386 long

When you have finished enjoying the views, stand with your back to the view (and to the Durrant plaque) and join the path directly ahead. After just a few metres, bear right on the narrow path to begin your descent. Further down, at the fork, bear right again.

Continue through the staggered barrier, straight over the crossroads and past a vehicle barrier towards the road. Do NOT continue to the road, instead turn left immediately after the barrier to join a footpath which runs parallel with the road on the right. At the fork, turn right out to the road and then turn left along the grass verge passing between houses. Follow the road down to the crossroads at The Sands.

The Sands to Farnham Road
The Sands to Farnham Road

Start point: 51.2098 lat, -0.7386 long
End point: 51.1917 lat, -0.7241 long

Turn right past the Barley Mow pub on the right and follow this road (taking care of traffic) for 230m, passing the village boundary signs. Turn right onto the long straight track, Long Hill. The lane climbs steadily between properties and then leads you down past a vehicle gate to enter Crooksbury Common.

Keep ahead on the sandy track, a public bridleway, across Crooksbury Common for 720m. At the common edge, continue ahead on the track past the houses. Eventually, the track leads you out to a T-junction with the road, Farnham Road.

Farnham Road to Whitmead Lane
Farnham Road to Whitmead Lane

Start point: 51.1917 lat, -0.7241 long
End point: 51.1858 lat, -0.7361 long

Cross over the road with care and turn right down the entrance lane leading to The Donkey pub. Continue on the track which leads you past the pub on the left and then begins to climb. You will pass Riversleigh Farm on the left. Just beyond this you will come to a staggered crossroads. Turn left (passing Ravenswing on the left) and stay on this track for 1.1km to emerge out to a junction with the road, Whitmead Lane.

Whitmead Lane to End
Whitmead Lane to End

Start point: 51.1858 lat, -0.7361 long
End point: 51.1832 lat, -0.7518 long

Turn right and follow the road uphill. After 300m, just after passing a house on the left (and by a post box on the right), turn left to join a narrow fenced path between gardens. Stay on this path, following the fence line on the right, and it will lead you between horse paddocks and then along a ridge.

At the end of the path, keep ahead to merge with the residential access drive. Keep ahead along this drive to reach a junction. Turn left and then immediately right (taking care of traffic) and this lane will lead you out to a T-junction with the main road. Taking extreme care at this junction, cross the main road and then turn left along the pavement. The pavement will lead you past the village stores and back over the river bridge to reach the village green in Tilford where the walk began.

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4 comments for "Explore Surrey: Medieval Waverley"

Nice winter walk. Muddy. Not ideal for a dog as plenty of main roads to cross

By 03oroc on 04 Jan 2018

lovely walk and fantastic view from crookesbury hill

By Morel on 29 Apr 2017

Great walk nice to have a choice of pubs!!
Nice not having to worry too much about lead for the dog.

By dot1971 on 22 Apr 2017

nice walk and the pubs along the way were nice, tracks a bit muddy from off road motorbikes etc

By rrdouglas on 03 Apr 2016

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The length (in miles) of a walk is an approximation of the overall distance walked, not a measure of the distance "as the crow flies". iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the GPX file that has been uploaded.

Grade (required)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult it is to walk. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 walking boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles or other obstacles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. Do be aware that the level of stamina required will vary and you should only walk within your limits - the indication of walk length will help with this. A difficult walk, graded as 5 (and represented by 5 boots) indicates a walk that is strenuous and involves steep ascents and/or descents. It may be technically challenging involving difficult terrain or obstacles.

Please note that the grading for walks is subjective and open to interpretation and should only be used as a guide when selecting a walk.

Map Ref / Start Point (optional)

The walk start point is an Ordnance Survey map reference to pinpoint the start point of the walk. This should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Map Link (optional)

This optional field allows you to include a link to a web page containing a map showing the walk start. This is not the place to include any other links and the system will reject links to anything but Streetmap or Google Maps.

Start Point Co-ordinates (optional)

This pair of fields allows you to enter the longitude and latitude for the start point. iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the uploaded GPX file.

Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

Pdf file

Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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