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|Chinthurst Hill and The Grantley Arms|
|Author: Claire, Published: 06 Apr 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 4 mile (can be shortened to 3 miles) circular pub walk near Wonersh in Surrey. The walk begins with an (optional) loop up and around Chinthurst Hill, with its beautiful folly tower, bluebell woods and outstanding views. Next, you are taken on a journey on part of the Downs Link including a stretch of a disused railway (with remnants of an old station) and with lovely views of the surrounding Surrey Hills. The route is deliberately designed to allow you to stop at The Grantley Arms in Wonersh during the return leg, a historic inn and the perfect setting for mid-walk refreshments. |
The bulk of the walk follows well-made paths with only gentle gradients throughout. Some of the woodland stretches can be muddy. You will be sharing the old rail line path with cyclists so take care with children and dogs. There are a couple of kissing gates on route and a couple of steps (but no stiles). You will not be sharing the paths with any farm livestock, as the route does not cross any farm fields. The optional climb onto Chinthurst Hill includes some steep gradients with several flights of steps and two kissing gates, but the views are worth the climb if you can manage it. According to the Surrey Wildlife Trust website, pigs (within electric fencing enclosures) are sometimes used to graze the top of Chinthurst Hill. Allow 2 hours.
Wonersh is located just a few miles south of Guildford in Surrey. The walk starts and finishes from the free Wildlife Trust car park at Chinthurst Hill (with parking for about 20 cars). The car park is accessed from the road between Shalford and Wonersh, the B2128 Wonersh Common Road. Heading south from Shalford, ignore the left turn to Dorking and Chilworth and, soon afterwards (and directly opposite the Waverley Borough sign on your left), you will find the car park entrance on your right. Approximate post code GU5 0PR.
|Start to Chinthurst Tower|
Start point: 51.2067 lat, -0.5496 long
To begin the walk, walk to the far end of car park (away from the vehicle entrance) where you will see two low wooden vehicle gates. Pass through the gap to the right of these and then pass a wooden noticeboard on your left. Just a few paces later you will reach a staggered T-junction with a tree-lined path. Bear left to join this and after just 20 metres, you will see a fingerpost and waymarker post (both on your left).
|Chinthurst Tower to Downs Link|
Start point: 51.2028 lat, -0.5511 long
When you are ready to continue, stand at the viewpoint with the tower behind you. Glance to your left and you will see a waymarker post. Walk ahead to follow the direction of this green arrow (we will be following this self-guided trail back to the Downs Link). Follow the subtle grass path to meet the tree line ahead, then turn right to join a grass and stone path leading you more gently downhill. The path leads you down through the trees and then swings sharp left to pass through another kissing gate.
|Downs Link to Old Rail Path|
Start point: 51.2061 lat, -0.5503 long
Keep ahead on this Downs Link bridleway, lined with trees and fences. When the trees on your right end, you will have fabulous views across the fields to your right. Look over your right shoulder (about 4 o’clock) and, on a clear day, you will be able to see the church sitting on the top of St Martha’s Hill in the distance.
|Old Rail Path to Station Road|
Start point: 51.2019 lat, -0.5617 long
Turn left (signed to Cranleigh and Bramley) and follow this former rail line. Note you will be sharing this path with cyclists, so take care with children and dogs.
|Station Road to Grantley Arms|
Start point: 51.1961 lat, -0.556 long
Here we leave the Downs Link. Turn left along the pavement, and swap to the right-hand pavement as soon as you can. Beyond the houses, the pavement leads you over the River Wey via Wonersh Bridge (which originally dates from 1780). Stay alongside the main road, swinging right. Alongside Wonersh Hollow you are forced to swap back to the left-hand pavement.
|Grantley Arms to Great Tangley Manor|
Start point: 51.1972 lat, -0.5458 long
When you are ready to continue, stand on the pavement in front of the pub, facing the round shelter in the centre of the road junction (known locally as the pepper pot). Turn right along the pavement and, as you draw level with the pub car park, swap to the left-hand pavement with care. Where the main road swings right, follow the left-hand pavement forking into Barnett Lane.
|Great Tangley Manor to End|
Start point: 51.2084 lat, -0.5405 long
Turn left at this point to join the vehicle track, a bridleway which is part of the Downs Link. Pass The Lodge on your left and continue ahead as the track enters woodland. 80 metres before you reach the T-junction with the main road, look out for a fingerpost on your right. Turn right to follow the narrow path through the woodland, signed as the Downs Link. You will emerge to a junction with the main road.
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Really enjoyed the walk. Beautiful scenery - recommend even with the climbs.
|By Saralb on 22 Apr 2017|
Lovely, varied walk. Great views from Chinthurst Hill and interesting trail on disused railway line.
|By meggreen on 09 May 2017|
lovely walk with the children despite the weather. The pigs are no longer at Chinthurst Hill 😭
|By Stephen+Kiley on 30 Aug 2017|
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