Walking Matters

Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers


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Bramley, Godalming circular

There were eleven on today’s 9½ mile walk. We met in Bramley in the small car park by the old railway station next to the site of the disused railway line (now the Wey South Path and the Downs Link). It was a cool, cloudy morning but by the time we reached the top of the first hill we’d warmed up and had to shed jackets.

Our leader took us south through Bramley to a bridleway that joined the Greensand Way. Here we turned west on a footpath that took us over a hill to Thorncombe Street where we turned left on a lane and then right on another, Alldens Hill. We walked uphill on the lane, branched right on a bridleway and continued on this all the way to Catteshall and the River Wey. From here we followed the towing path to Godalming, our stop for lunch.

Map: OS X 145


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Godalming & Thorncombe Street

There was sunshine and no rain on this morning’s 6½ mile walk. Twenty-four arrived for the start in Meadrow car park (still free on Sundays).

We crossed the A3100, took the road to Catteshall, crossed the canal, walked along the bridleway past Catteshall Manor, crossed Munstead Heath Road, continued ahead to a lane, turned left and took a footpath on the right that led us to Thorncombe Street. Here we continued east on a footpath that had been rerouted to run alongside the left-hand side of a hedge (apparently its original position). The new route had been cleared between brambles and nettles. Without frequent use and maintenance it will soon become overgrown. We used to stop at the top of the hill for refreshment and admire the view. That, unfortunately, is no longer possible. The rerouted section is between SU002422 and SU004423. Our coffee stop today was further along the footpath after the second stile where there is an open view.

There used to be a stile at the top of the hill on the western side (installed in memory of one of the G&H Rs). That has been removed as it is redundant. Livestock (horses) are now enclosed by a fence.

We continued east down the hill, turned left at the bottom on a bridleway to Eastwater House, turned left on the lane, turned right on a bridleway just before Nurscombe Farm, turned left on Munstead Heath Road and turned right on another bridleway. This led to the canal and the A3100 which we followed back to the car park.

Map: OS X 145


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Rodborough figure of 8

There were 22 on the morning four mile walk. Some, put off by dark clouds, left at lunch time but the afternoon stayed dry. There was little to show for the heavy overnight rain apart from small puddles on a few paths. Those who wore gaiters were unnecessarily pessimistic.

The morning circuit took us from Rodborough Common car park, through Milford Common, Cramhurst and Mousehill Down.

Map: OS X 145