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Surrey walk around Haslemere and Hindhead

PUBLISHED: 10:14 18 December 2018

Deer in heather at Hindhead Common

Deer in heather at Hindhead Common

Pete Lambert

Enjoy this two hour, six mile circular walk of Haslemere via Hindhead

Information

• Start: Haslemere Museum, High Street Haslemere

• Parking: There are several Pay and Display car parks in Haslemere and some on-street parking

• Nearest railway stations: Haslemere

• Grid ref: SU 905328

• Postcode for Sat Nav: GU27 2LA

• Length of walk: 6 mile (9.7km) 2 hours

• Food and drink: Hindhead National Trust Café is a welcomed break on the walk. Hindhead Hotel offers a good lunch break. Haslemere has a wide variety of pubs and cafes to choose from

• While you are there: Visit Haslemere Museum, open Tuesday to Saturday


The walk

1 From Haslemere Museum, walk along the High Street (A286) towards the town centre.

2 Just before The Georgian Hotel, turn right between buildings on the path marked as the Greensand Way. Follow the footpath to Church Lane.

3 Cross the road and turn left over the railway bridge. Ignore the path before the bridge. Bear right at the triangle below St Bartholomew’s Church, then continue up High Lane for 250 yards. At Ventnor, cross over to the left side of the road and bear right up a narrow path. Cross the road and take the field path downhill.

4 Turn left along Bunch Lane for 100 yards, then turn right up Stoatley Hollow. Go left beside farm buildings and continue on upwards. Turn right, beside Puckfold, onto a rough track. Turn right at the T-junction, and continue for 400 yards.

5 Turn left at Little Scotstoun. Follow the path up through woodland, then go steeply downhill for 600 yards, ignoring all side paths. Cross over the track at the bottom of the hill and continue upwards. At a junction of paths keep going on the central path ahead until you reach the National Trust carpark and café.

6 From the café go right and head to the view point over the Devils Punchbowl.

7 Turn right and follow the path over the old A3 (now returned to grassland since the tunnel was completed). When you meet the wide path at a T junction, turn left and continue along this wide path until you see the Sailors Memorial stone on your left.

8 At a seat beneath trees, leave the main track to bear left uphill. It is signposted for Gibbert Hill. Cross an open space where five ways meet. Enjoy the view from the triangulation point on your right and the Celtic Cross to your left. From this viewpoint turn right down a small path for 100 yards to enjoy a beautifully-carved bench created by Sir Walter Bailey, as part of the Surrey Hills Inspiring Views project. Return to Gibbert Hill viewpoint.

9 Turn 180 degrees and follow the wide straight track all the way down the hill. Do not bear right or left on any side paths. Until you re-join the original Greensand Way path (Point 5) and return back to Haslemere. 


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