Walking Matters

Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers

Hydon Heath circular 10 miles

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It was a cold, grey, damp day. Recent heavy rain (double rain as one of the walkers called it) left some footpaths deep in mud and others under water. Fortunately, we managed to skirt round the worst bits.

Eighteen of us met in the Hydon Heath NT car park and set off for our lunch stop at Dunsfold. We splashed through puddles and squelched across fields. The normally good views were hidden by mist.

From the car park we walked through Busbridge Woods to Juniper Valley and took the muddy bridleway to High Barn and the B2130. Here we turned right just before the main road and then left to cross the B2130 on the outskirts of Hascombe. Continuing on a bridleway towards the village we headed for the road again to avoid a very muddy section of the bridleway and carried on along the pavement to The White Horse. We stopped by the pond for coffee.

We set off again on the minor road to the south side of the pub, turned right on the footpath that led to Hascombe Hill and branched off this to walk on a track parallel to the B2130. Crossing the road again we reached a footpath that took us along the edge of The Raswell and crossed Markwick Lane by Markwick Farm. We continued on a footpath, turned left on a bridleway and then right to walk through woodland and Peartree Green before reaching Hookhouse Road and continuing to Dunsfold.

After lunch we headed east from the pub, reached Dunsfold church where we turned right on the minor road that joined Hookhouse Road. At the junction we turned left and walked along the road to a bridleway on the left that led to Field Place and Duns Farm. Here we branched off right on a footpath that led through Prest Wood to Vann and Vann Copse. Reaching Upper Vann Lane we headed north on this minor road to cross the Greensand Way at the top of the hill and join a bridleway that went to the pumping station. Here we turned right on the bridleway and headed back to the car park. By now the mist had turned to fog and daylight had started to fade.

Maps: OS 145, 133, 134

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Author: gandhr

A local group of the Ramblers

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