There were twenty-eight on today’s 9½ mile walk which started from the NT car park at Waggoners Wells. The leader described the route as an experiment. There are plenty of footpaths in the area but linking them together without having to walk much on roads is tricky.
We set off SW though the woods, crossed between two ponds and then continued SW before taking a track north. This brought us to Ludshott Common where we turned west and walked on a bridleway near the southern edge of the common. We turned left on a byway, reached Gentles Lane, turned right, walked along this and paused to admire the view and house at High Hurlands (a nursing home for young people). Further along the road we turned left on a bridleway that led to Liphook Road. Here we turned right and then, after a right-hand bend, branched left on a footpath that took us to Headley. Here we continued north on the road past the pub and church, turned right on another minor road, and continued east on a footpath that took us to The Crown Inn, our stop for lunch.
After lunch we headed east on a minor road then took a bridleway towards Headley Down, walked through a residential area, crossed the B3002 and reached a footpath that went east through woodland to Hammer Lane. We crossed this and continued SE to meet a byway and branch off this on a footpath that ran along the southern edge of Whitmoor Bottom towards Grayshott. Meeting the B3002 again we crossed over the road and headed south on a bridleway then joined a byway that took us back to the car park.
There were some muddy stretches to negotiate on the route but many of the paths were dry.
Map: OS X 133