Guildford Walkfest 2011 - Surrey walks

For the fifth year Walkfest, part of Guildford Summer Festival, sees a host of rambles raising awareness about Guildford's attractions and beautiful countryside this month. Here are ten of the best from this year's Walkfest line-up

For the fifth year Walkfest, part of Guildford Summer Festival, sees a host of rambles raising awareness about Guildford's attractions and beautiful countryside this month. Here are ten of the best from this year’s Walkfest line-up


Saturday July 16, 2pm to 3.45pmThe Send and Ripley Historical WalkWhat? This is a circular 3.5 mile walk, pointing out sites of historical interest in the area.Where? Start and finish at Send Marsh Green, Send Marsh Road, between Send and Ripley (parking available on the road; or at the nearby Saddlers Arms, GU23 6JQ, if you will be eating at the pub).Contact: Linda Parker-Picken on 01483 772213

Sunday July 17, 10.15am to 1pmShere Enjoyment Past and PresentWhat? A roughly circular walk of less than five miles, taking in some of the historic sites and buildings (and their myths and truths) around Gomshall and Shere.Where? Start and finish at Gomshall railway station.Contact: Shere Parish Clerk, Lesley Childs on 01483 203431

Monday July 18, 10.15am to 12noonOld railways around AshWhat? This easy 2� mile walk, led by GO50, through Tongham along the route of some old railway lines to Ash Green Lane East and Bin Wood. After the walk you could lunch at the Royal Oak, outside Pirbright, or picnic nearby.Where? Meet in Ash at the end of South Lane.Contact: Andrew Ritchie on 01252 520256

Wednesday July 20, 7pm to 9.30pmOrienteering for FamiliesWhat? Borrow a map and "dibber" (an electronic timing chip) to find your way and time yourself around a three mile course laid out on the Guildford College campus at Merrist Wood.Where? Start on the Guildford College campus.Contact: Linda Cairns on 07989 108276

Thursday July 21, 10am to 1pm/4pmGuildford to Albury Lewis Carroll walkWhat? Retrace Lewis Carroll's footsteps along the five miles to Albury Church.Where? Start from the pedestrian bridge at the foot of Guildford High Street, near the White House pub.Contact: Keith Chesterton 01483 563392 or, on the day only, 07757 010529

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Saturday July 23, 11pm to 7amHaslemere to Guildford Night walkWhat? Walk 18 miles through the night from Haslemere to Guildford, starting at 11pm on Saturday. You will need to pre-book (by no later than Wednesday 20 July) and you will need to bring a torch.Where? From Haslemere railway station.Contact: Juliet Eberle on 01306 884569

Sunday July 24, 10am to 1pmOckham Common and the Semaphore TowerWhat? A lovely four mile guided walk through Ockham Common with Surrey Wildlife Trust ranger Gemma Grant, up to the Semaphore Tower. The Tower was built in 1822 and is now the only restored surviving tower in a line of signalling stations that stretched from London to Portsmouth.Where? Start and finish at Pond car park, Old Lane, Ockham Common, just off the A3, south of junction 10 of the M25.Contact: SWT ranger Gemma Grant on 07970 094416.

Monday July 25, 7pm to 8.30pmHidden GuildfordWhat? This one mile walk, led by the Town Guides, visits the upper part of the town to view timber framed buildings dating back to the 15th century, Edmund Russell's sculpture to the woollen trade and other places of interest.Where? Meet under Tunsgate Arch, Guildford.Contact: Tourist Information Centre on 01483 444333

Wednesday July 27, 10.30amLovelace Bridges walkWhat? A four mile walk through the woods looking at these unusual flint bridges which were built by Lord Lovelace.Where? Start at the free Green Dene car park, on Green Dene, under a mile from the A246 Epsom Road.Contact: Peter Hattersley on 01483 285995

Thursday July 28, 10.30am to 4.30pm‘Ere’s to PeaslakeWhat? This will be a figure of eight, each loop being of about 4.5 miles, through fields and woods and with some steep hilly sections, including Pitch Hill, Winterfold Wood, Peaslake and Sutton Abinger.Where? We shall start from the free public car park adjacent to the Hurtwood Inn's car park (GU5 9RR) in Pond Lane (there is another free car park about 300 yards south-west along the road in front of the Inn).Contact: David on 01932 843463 or, on the day only, 07935 887499

For more information on all of the above walks, visit Guildford Walkfest 2011

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