Surrey walk along the North Downs Way
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Enjoy this eight-mile (13km) walk along this well signposted national trail through the Surrey Hills
• Start: Leave your car at the free car park at Gomshall and then take train to Guildford to start, or park in one of Guildford’s car parks and return by bus or rail.
• Nearest railway stations: Guildford and Gomshall
• Grid ref: SU995 495. Postcode for Sat Nav: GU2 4AJ
• Length of walk: Eight miles (13km)
• Food and drink: There are two good pubs in Gomshall, The Gomshall Mill, and The Compasses Inn. There is also a great tea shop called the Lavender Goose.
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• While you are there: Have a wander around this pretty historic village, once the centre of a large leather industry.
• Free guided walks: A series of walks are being planned for the 40th anniversary as part of the Mole Valley Ramblers in May and can be found via the national trails website. Information can also be found on the Surrey Hills Society website.
1. The walk begins at the River Wey, in Guildford, at the bottom of the cobbled High Street. Cross Town Bridge and turn left between the White House pub and the river and follow it to a wooden bridge over the river, around three-quarters of a mile from the centre of Guildford.
2. Cross the bridge and follow the path over a field, then across Shalford Park. Cross the A281 and go up Pilgrims Way for a short distance before reaching Chantry Wood on the right.
3. Follow the acorn signs through Chantry Wood until the path meets Halfpenny Lane. Turn left up the road and then almost immediately right onto the footpath signposted to St Martha’s Hill. The view from the top of the hill is excellent and you can see all the way to the South Downs.
4. From St Martha’s Hill the sandy path descends and crosses the Downs Link, a path linking the North Downs Way with the South Downs Way. The path then descends to the road and runs next to the road for a while, passing White Lane Farm.
5. After White Line Farm, the path turns right again and comes out at the well-known beauty spot of Newlands Corner where there are again excellent views towards the South Downs. There are toilets, a café and an information centre here.
6. From Newlands Corner the North Downs Way crosses the A25 and goes through woodland for quite a distance. Keep following the acorn signs for the North Downs Way.
7. After a while the path passes West Hanger car park and then turns right past Hollister Farm. The path then turns left past the farm and back through woodland again.
8. The path continues through the woods but turn to the right where there is a sign for Hackhurst Downs, rather than continue straight on. Shortly after here, take the next path on the right, leaving the North Downs Way. This path is a footpath that crosses Hackhurst Down and turns to the right, passing Churchfield Farm. As the path descends there are again excellent views. The path becomes a small road down into the centre of the pretty village of Gomshall.
9. To return to Guildford, turn right, following signs to Gomshall train station. It is about five minutes walk. Alternatively there are regular bus services (approximately every 30 minutes) from the centre of the village back to Guildford.
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