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  • Start: Haslemere High Street
  • End: Haslemere High Street
  • Country: England
  • County: Surrey
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub: 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
  • Ordnance Survey: Ordnance Survey, Explorer 133
  • Difficulty: Medium
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A lovely winter walk with panoramic views along the way, this Haslemere ramble takes in literary history too

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2012


A lovely winter walk with panoramic views along the way, this Haslemere ramble takes in literary history too


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Footnotes: all you need to know...
Start/finish:
Haslemere High Street Grid reference: 904328 Map: Ordnance Survey, Explorer 133 Length of walk: This six-mile walk takes around three-and-a-half hours at a good easy pace with some uphill walking Route: Haslemere High Street, Old Haslemere Road, Valewood Farm House, Sussex Border Path, Black Down, Barfold Copse, Petworth Road, Haslemere Town Centre Food/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 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 well known 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 development Recommended by: www.godalmingandhaslemereramblers.org.uk / www.surreyramblers.org.uk


Viewpoint 1
Set in stunning countryside, Haslemere is a town with a taste for independence. The attractive 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 and finding something to take home.


Viewpoint 2
Architect Oliver Hill, who designed the British pavilion at the Paris Exposition of 1937, restored the house at Valewood Farm in the early 20th century, while the acclaimed Arts and Crafts gardener Gertrude Jekyll, who spent most of her life in Surrey, assisted in designing the gardens.


Viewpoint 3
To the south east of Haslemere, Black Down is a 500-acre common, owned by the National Trust, that stretches all the way to Petworth with beautiful views. Black Down House was used by Oliver Cromwell as his headquarters during the Civil War.


Viewpoint 4
Since taking over at Lower Roundhurst Farm in 2004, Moya and Richard Connel have been steadily developing the estate, with the caf and farm shop continuing to draw plaudits. A little off the track from this walk, it is certainly worth a visit, before or after perhaps.


Viewpoint 5
Regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry, Tennyson succeeded Wordsworth as Poet Laureate in 1850, when he was appointed by Queen Victoria. He spent the last years of his life at Aldworth House, near Haslemere. During this time, he is said to have produced some of his best work.




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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