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Godalming walk: Titanic memories, ancient hamlets and riverside towpaths

PUBLISHED: 13:28 29 April 2014 | UPDATED: 13:42 29 April 2014

A River Wey walk near Godalming

A River Wey walk near Godalming

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Follow this picturesque walk through some of Surrey’s loveliest countryside with Titanic memories, ancient hamlets and riverside towpaths to enjoy along the way

The loop…

1 Start at the Crown Court car park in Godalming before pausing at the Cloister, a memorial to Titanic hero Jack Phillips.

2 Then follow the gently meandering River Wey via pleasant farmland, eventually arriving at the popular Cyder House Inn at Shackleford with the possibility to break for a drink.

3 Continuing the walk to the south across Shackleford Heath, you’ll encounter the ancient hamlet of Peper Harrow, which hosted filming for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.

4 Starting back in the direction of Godalming, the paths lead you to re-joining the River Wey at Eashing Bridges, which are in the care of the National Trust. They were fully restored and reopened in 2011.

5 Along the way, you should be able to catch sight of the lofty spires of the world famous Charterhouse School, which counts Jeremy Hunt, Max Hastings and most of the rock group Genesis among its alumni.

6 End the walk back in Godalming with tea and cakes at a local tea shop – or maybe a pint at one of the town’s pubs.

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Viewpoints:

• Godalming lad Jack Phillips, the Titanic hero, stayed at his post, sending out the distress calls and advising on the latest position of the ship until it foundered. The memorial pictured above marks his memory.

• Eashing is a small village near Godalming. It is believed that the historic double bridge there, which spans the River Wey and a carrier stream, was built by the monks of Waverley Abbey in the 13th century.

• With 400 years of history, Charterhouse is one of the most famous independent schools in the world. The school moved from London to its current 250-acre site in Godalming back in 1872.

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Footnotes...

Start: Crown Court car park behind High Street, The Bury, Godalming

Grid reference: SU970440

Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 145

Length of walk: Six-and-a-half miles

Food/drink: Head to the highly unusual Bel & The Dragon (01483 527333), which is found in a beautiful converted chapel. Or, if you’ve got a spare pair of shoes to change into, why not try the French dining experience on offer at Fleurie (01483 429969) on Wharf Street.

While you’re there: Godalming Museum is the perfect place to swot up on the area’s most famous historical folk, from Arts and Crafts designer Gertrude Jekyll to local Titanic hero Jack Phillips. Found in a listed medieval building on the High Street, you’ll be able to visit their Arts and Crafts gallery as well as discovering the history of Godalming and its surrounding villages.

Recommended by: surreyramblers.org.uk

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