Surrey walk around Farnham

PUBLISHED: 10:23 13 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:03 03 July 2018

Farnham Castle now operates as a function centre, but you can visit the keep every day

Farnham Castle now operates as a function centre, but you can visit the keep every day


Discover the historic and picturesque Georgian market town of Farnham, by following this easy but scenic stroll around its heritage sites

New Ashgate Gallery with St Andrew's Church in the backgroundNew Ashgate Gallery with St Andrew's Church in the background


Start/finish: Farnham Railway Station

Grid ref: SU844 465 (postcode for Sat Nav: GU9 8AD)

Length of walk: 2.5m - allow about one-and-a-half hours for this easy walk.

Food and Drink: You’re spoilt for choice! We’re particularly keen on the ‘secret garden’ at The Wheatsheaf at the moment but the newly opened The Botanist is the place to go for a cocktail and they also have a rooftop terrace garden.

While you are there: Visit Farnham Castle Keep, which offers stunning views across the town; Farnham Museum, to brush up on your history; or Farnham Maltings, to relax in a deck chair (seriously!) and learn about the town’s thriving creative hub.

Guided walk: The Surrey Hills Society host guided monthly walks around Surrey. See for details of their free events.


The route...

1. The walk starts from Farnham Railway Station. Follow the road down to the A31, pass the newly installed North Downs Way sculpture and cross the road into South Street.

2. Follow the road up South Street, go past the town council office and on up to East Street.

3. Turn left into The Borough. Go past Borelli Yard and then cross over the road when you get to Castle Street.

4. Continue up Castle Street, until you see the footpath on the right signposted to Farnham Castle and Farnham Park.

5. Follow this path up to explore the park and Farnham Castle. You can visit the Castle Keep, which is managed by English Heritage (open every day).

6. Return back the way you came, down Castle Street, and look for a footpath on your right signposted, Long Garden Walk. It will veer to the left and come in at the back of the Lion and Lamb Yard (look out for the statute!).

7. Leave the Lion and Lamb Yard via the front entrance with West Street. Turn right and follow West Street until you see Willmer House (aka The Museum of Farnham) on the other side of the road.

8. Cross over the road and return down the other side, back towards Lion and Lamb Yard.

9. At the pedestrian crossing, turn right into church passage and into the grounds of St Andrews Church.

10. Take the lower exit towards the river and follow the footpath beside Lower Church Lane. Follow the path to Gostrey Meadow and back out onto South Street, where you can turn right to return to the railway station.


View points

• Farnham became a wealthy market town during Georgian times, although many of the buildings are much older, with Georgian facades added to gentrify them.

• Farnham Castle was founded in 1138 by Bishop Henry of Blois, Bishop of Winchester, and the grandson of William the Conqueror. The castle became the home of the Bishops of Winchester for over 800 years. The castle is now a conference and wedding venue and the keep is managed by English Heritage and is open to the public.

• Many famous authors are closely connected or lived in the Farnham area including JM Barrie, Jonathan Swift, William Cobbett, Lord Tennyson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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