Haslemere - Surrey walks

PUBLISHED: 19:30 12 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:07 20 February 2013

Haslemere - Surrey walks

Haslemere - Surrey walks

A circular walk around Haslemere, a town with a taste for independence, that takes in orchards, granaries and Grayswood

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine September 2011

A circular walk around Haslemere, a town with a taste for independence, that takes in orchards, granaries and Grayswood


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Foot notes: All you need to know
Chestnut Avenue car park in Haslemere High Street Grid reference: 904 330Map: Ordnance Survey, Explorer 133 Length of walk: A five-mile walk with an easy hill Route: Haslemere High Street, Imbhams Farm, Grayswood, Dorotey Farm, Keffolds Farm and back to HaslemereFood/drink: The much-loved Poachers Pocket (01428 652625), on Petworth Road, is an independent restaurant with a seasonal menu, while The White Horse (01428 661276), in the High Street, is another popular place for a bite or a drink. If you wish to stop part way, The Wheatsheaf Inn (01428 644440) is worth a visit too Also nearby: Founded in 1888 by the renowned surgeon Sir Jonathan Hutchinson, Haslemere Educational Museum moved to its present site on the High Street in 1926, where it has become a popular landmark for the town. Meanwhile, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote some of his Sherlock Holmes stories while living at Undershaw in nearby Hindhead a campaign is ongoing to save the property from developmentRecommended by: www.godalmingandhaslemereramblers.org.uk Next month: Redhill and the surrounding villages

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This enjoyable walk starts at the same point as the Swan Barn Farm Walk (highlighted by Haslemere Visitor Information Centre, at Well Lane, off the High Street), and features an area in which the National Trust started an orchard restoration scheme, planting over 20 new trees, all rare or endangered varieties of apple, pear, plum, damson and cherry, back in 2002.

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At Imbhams Farm Granary, they produce their own speciality flours, bread mixes, fresh flake oats and spelt for mueslis and porridges. They recently won two more gold Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, and are also the flagship farm of Bread of Life, a family of independent rural producers in the area.

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Surrounded by a magnificent backdrop of hills and woodland, Grayswood village is centred around an attractive green, with evidence that cricket has been played there since back in the early 1800s. Meanwhile, All Saints Church was completed in 1902 to the design of Axel Haig, a leading figure in the Victorian Gothic revival. He lived in the village himself from 1891 until his death in 1921.

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The Wheatsheaf Inn has been the village pub in Grayswood since it took over in the 1900s from what is now a private home across the road. As well as great food and drink, they also offer six bed and breakfast rooms.

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Set in stunning countryside, Haslemere is a town with a taste for independence. The High Street boasts a wealth of independent shops and even operates its own rewards scheme, where shoppers gain points by buying at around 30 local businesses. Its worth making the time to have a stroll around.

Why not share your reviews and photos from this walkbelow and suggest your own favourite Surrey rambles by sending an e-mail to matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk

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