Walking Matters

Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers


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Puttenham Commons & the Hampton Estate

We had a good 5½ mile walk. It was a cold, sunny morning. Most paths were dry and those with mud were not a problem. There were great views on the open sections. Our leader brought two tins of freshly baked flapjacks (still warm) for us to eat at coffee time.

The walk was based on Walk 5 of Farnham Ramblers’ collection of leaflets.

We (18) met at the car park by The Tarn next to Lower Puttenham Common and set off north round The Tarn to join a bridleway that took us past General’s Pond and reached the North Downs Way at Tolford Hatch. Here we turned west on the NDW, crossed a lane and then turned south on a permissive path by the edge of a field in the Hampton Estate. Reaching Littleworth Road we continued south on a footpath by Culverswell Hill, crossed Seale Road, headed NE on a footpath through Britty Wood, crossed Littleworth Road again and followed a path back to The Tarn and the car park.

Map: OS X 145

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Rodborough, Thursley, Elstead & Bagmoor Commons

Twenty-eight arrived for today’s eight mile walk. Only twenty-seven set off because one person forgot his boots and didn’t wish to walk in the shoes he had on.

It was a cold day and a wind made it colder. We started from Rodborough Common car park, headed SW on a bridleway, turned south at a junction and passed Forked Pond, turned west across Thursley Common and then turned north and joined the Dragonfly Trail. At the dragonfly sculpture we stopped for coffee.

We set off again, reached Pudmore Pond via the boardwalk, headed NE on a bridleway and then turned NW on a footpath that took us to Elstead where we stopped for lunch. Most of the paths were dry; we encountered little mud.

Our route back to the car park was over Guinea, Royal and Bagmoor Commons.

Map: OS X 145


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Hankley Common

It was a cold sunny morning—ideal for our five mile walk on Hankley Common.

Twenty-two arrived for the start in the car park in the common on the Greensand Way NW of Truxford Farm. Some said that it was difficult to find. However, it’s easy to find if one looks at a map and uses the grid reference. It’s those who rely on sat navs and post codes who struggle. Post codes cover areas; grid refs pinpoint locations. Lack of the relevant map is not a problem now thanks to the web.

The first part of the walk was on the GSW to the Lion’s Mouth, along Kettlebury Ridge and back to the GSW by Houndown Bottom. The second was along the GSW, then north to Yagden Hill near the golf course and back to the car park on bridleways.

There are so many paths on Hankley Common that it’s easy to get lost. Fortunately, our leader knew his way round.

Map: OS X 145


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The Devil’s Punch Bowl & Haslemere

This walk (nine miles) was a repeat of the one last Wednesday. Today it was less cold and less muddy; there were fewer in the group (eleven) and the pace was quicker.

We set off from the NT car park and headed north down a stony path into the Punch Bowl. After a junction with a bridleway on our left we turned right down a footpath. This crossed a stream and passed near the old youth hostel before joining a byway. Here we turned left, passed Gnome Cottage, crossed a cattle grid and then branched right on a NT track that led uphill. At the top we turned right on a narrow path through heather that went diagonally uphill to a byway where we turned right and headed south. We stayed on the byway, or parallel to it on paths, to its end by The Royal School. Here we turned right on a lane, joined the Greensand Way and followed this to Haslemere where we stopped for lunch.

Our return to Hindhead was via the GSW, Weydown Common, Keffolds Farm, Hurthill Copse, the site of the Temple of the Four Winds, Gibbet Hill and the byway along the ridge of the Punch Bowl.

Map: OS X 133


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Brook & Thursley

Our six mile walk this morning started from Brook near the Dog & Pheasant. It was a cold day so all (29) were keen to start walking.

We gathered on the green opposite the pub and set off across the A286 to turn right on a footpath across a soggy field to Screw Corner Road. Here we turned left to the crossroads at Bowlhead Green, used a bridleway to bypass a section of Rutton Hill Road, took a footpath to Emley Farm, headed NW past a pond, turned left on a footpath past Hole Farm, crossed the A3 by a subway, joined a lane by Upper Highfield Farm and continued on it to Thursley where we stopped for coffee in the churchyard in sunshine.

Suitably refreshed we returned to Brook via the Greensand Way.

On the route we passed a series of steps and several kissing gates that had been installed over the last few years by the group’s footpath working party.

Map: OS X 133


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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