Walking Matters

Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers


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The Devil’s Punch Bowl

This morning’s five mile walk started from the same place as yesterday—the NT car park in Hindhead. Eighteen arrived for the walk. We headed north down steep steps into the bowl, joined a byway, passed Little Cowdray Farm, turned west at Hedge Farm, passed Ridgeway Farm, turned south on a bridleway, walked through Vanhurst Copse and Highcombe Copse, passed the memorial to the Robertson Brothers and returned to the car park.

Map: OS X 133

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Hindhead & Haslemere

The Devil’s Punchbowl in Hindhead has become increasingly popular since the opening of the Hindhead tunnel in 2011. The NT car park there, the start of today’s nine mile walk, was remarkably full at 9 am.

Twenty-three arrived for the walk. It was a cold, grey, damp day with low cloud. This gradually cleared so the views were better than expected.

Map: OS X 133


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Farncombe & the River Wey

The leader of this morning’s 5½ mile walk took us (19) from Meadrow car park along back streets and alleyways of Farncombe, across Broadwater Park, through Peasmarsh and on footpaths to the River Wey. From here we followed the towing path back to Broadwater Park and returned to the car park.

Map: OS X 145


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Selborne figure of 8

Trekking poles were an advantage on today’s 9½ mile walk. They were useful as stabilisers and as probes to locate firm ground on muddy stretches of footpaths.

There was a short slippery slope on the morning route which the leader warned could be a problem. She pointed out a longer detour to avoid it. One person took up the challenge and soon ended up flat on his face. Not to be beaten he tried again and reached the top. Another had an attempt but was defeated. He took the detour rather than risk a second muddying. The leader had a go, curious to see if she could overcome the lack of friction. She succeeded but only because one of the men who had reached the top via the detour gave her a hand from above.

The morning walk was on footpaths SE of Selborne. The route was to Sotherington Farm, Le Court Hanger, High Wood Hanger and Galley Hill. The afternoon route went NW along Selborne Hanger, over the B3006, past Wick Hill Cottages and Wick Hill Farm. It joined the Hangers Way and stayed on it back to Selborne.

Map: OS X 133


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Witley & Hambledon

There was fog at the start of this morning’s five mile walk. Fortunately, it soon cleared and after about half an hour there was sunshine. Paths were dry; many were covered with crunchy leaves.

Eighteen arrived for the walk which started from the small car park on Church Lane in Witley. The leader gave a brief description of the route and told the group that when they came to the main road (A283) she would cross first to get a better view of approaching traffic so then she could tell them when it was safe to cross.

They reached the road and walked along the pavement in a long line. The leader stopped opposite the footpath, checked it was safe for her to cross and walked quickly to the other side. She turned round to look for traffic and was dismayed to see that most of the others had already started to cross the road even though there was a car bearing down on them. She held up her hand in an attempt to tell them to stop. The only person to stop was the driver of the car. The group swarmed across the road to the safety of the other side, the driver set off, the leader waved thanks and hurried to resume her place at the front.

The route was to Hambledon via Great Enton, Hambledon Field, Buss’s Common, Greensand Way, Beech Hill and Cricket Green to the village post office and shop for our coffee stop. The return was over Hambledon Common, through Hambledon Park, alongside the A283 on the grass verge, past Sweetwater Pond, under the railway line, across the recreation ground, over the A283 and back to Church Lane.

Map: OS X 133


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Thursley & The Devil’s Punchbowl

Conditions were ideal for our nine mile walk today. Most paths were dry, views were good and mud was absent.

We (19) met in Thursley and walked to the NT café by the Devil’s Punchbowl via Smallbrook, the Greensand Way, Little Cowdray Farm, Ridgeway Farm, Vanhurst Copse, Highcomb Copse and Hindhead Common. After lunch we returned to Thursley via Gibbet Hill, Boundless Copse, Begley Farm, Blackhanger Farm, Bedford Farm and the GSW. We were back at 3pm.

Map: OS X 133