Walking Matters

Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers


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Witley figure of 8

Eighteen turned up for the walk much to the surprise of the leader. She said that she expected about three. The other walk today, from Puttenham, ended with a Christmas lunch. There were 39 on that one with another five on a shorter route.

We set off for the morning five mile walk from the car park on Church Lane in Witley, crossed the A283, headed for Great Enton, turned left on Water Lane, took a bridleway east to Horsehatches, crossed Hambledon Road and then turned right on a footpath to Hydon’s Ball where we stopped for coffee and ate mince pies provided by our leader.

From HB we headed downhill SW to Hambledon, joined the Greensand Way, turned north on Hambledon Common, passed Sweetwater Pond and returned to Witley.

The three mile afternoon walk went west to Brook.

Paths were remarkably dry. Many were covered with crisp leaves.

Map: OS X 133

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Sidney Wood circular

Seventeen turned up for this morning’s 5½ mile walk undeterred by the weather and the terrain. It was a cool, grey, damp day and the route was likely to be muddy. However, there was less mud than expected and that which we encountered was fairly firm.

We met in the car park off Alford Road in Sidney Wood and headed south to join the Wey South Path. At the junction with the Sussex Border Path the lock, Gennetts lock, is being restored by volunteers from the Wey & Arun Canal Trust. Work was in progress today. One of the men (as previously arranged with our leader) gave us a short talk about the project.

From here we headed west on the SBP, turned right by Lee House Farm, rejoined the WSP and continued north back to the car park.

Map: OS X 134


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Busbridge Lakes bridleway 163

This bridleway was closed two years ago. It is now open to pedestrians and cyclists. A notice has been pinned to both ends: Bridleway open to pedestrians and cyclists. Until further work is carried out it remains closed to equestrian traffic.

However, as the council has removed the barriers which prevented only horses from passing, hoof prints show that horse riders have used it.


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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