Walk three Surrey peaks for charity - Holmbury, Pitch and Winterfold hills
PUBLISHED: 11:29 24 September 2014
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Surrey Care Trust's Surrey 3 Peaks is a marathon-length walk taking in some of the most beautiful sections of the Surrey Hills all for a good cause - and it's not too late to get involved. Here's a taster of what to expect...
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Start: Bramley Village Hall
Map: Ordnance Survey Explore 145
Length of walk: 26 miles (or just do half)
Food/drink: If you’ve got anything left in the tank after the walk and make it back before close, then the Jolly Farmers in Bramley is a quirky little haven for liquid refreshment!
While you’re there: Take in the spectacular views throughout the walk.
Recommended by: Surrey Care Trust are hosting their Surrey 3 Peaks on Saturday September 27. For more information, visit their website: surreycaretrust.co.uk
1 A marathon-length sponsored walk, the Surrey Three Peaks takes place on Saturday September 27, starting from Bramley Village Hall with registration at 7.30am. The walkers will then get on their way, leaving at 8am at the latest in order to have a good chance of finishing in daylight. This year’s walk includes Holmbury, Pitch and Winterfold hills.
2 Initially following the course of an abandoned railway line, the path then diverts via Blackheath to St Martha’s Hill, where it joins the North Downs Way for a succession of pleasant footpaths and glorious views to the south. There are checkpoints along the route, where volunteers supply water and snacks.
3 Over Newlands Corner and along the Drove Road, via Netley Heath and the White Downs, walkers then leave the North Downs Way and descend alongside Picketts Hole to return along the valley, with views of the North Downs to the right.
4 Arriving at Abinger Hammer, situated on the Tillingbourne stream, everyone then gets to rest with a lunch stop at the Village Hall. There are minibuses and other vehicles available to ferry people back to the start if they are only taking part in the half-marathon or run out of steam for any reason.
5 From Abinger Hammer, participants head up to Abinger Common with its motte, picturesque church and pub from where they will travel through the woods to Holmbury St Mary.
6 Here, they start a steady climb up to the ancient fort on Holmbury Hill and join a second long-distance footpath, the Greensand Way, via Pitch Hill, Reynards Hill and Winterfold Hill, for some of the best views in the south of England towards the South Downs.
7 Finally, walkers will make their way down across green and restful countryside towards Shamley Green and eventually rejoin the abandoned railway line for the return to Bramley Village Hall – and a well-earned rest!
• Perched 573 feet up on the top of a hill and only accessible by foot, the picturesque St Martha’s Church must boast one of the best views of any church locally. The actress Yvonne Arnaud, after whom Guildford’s theatre is named, is buried in the churchyard.
• The undisputed queen of crime, Agatha Christie has sold millions of books across the world. But in a bizarre case of life imitating art, the strangest story of all concerns the night that she faked her own death at Newlands Corner and vanished into thin air.
• Dating from the Iron Age, Holmbury Hill’s fort is one of several along the Greensand ridge. From the top, it’s possible to make out the tower on Leith Hill four miles away. The area is popular with mountain bikers.
• Both Winterfold and Pitch Hill are dotted with old quarries, where honey coloured Hurtwood Stone (similar to Bargate Stone but a little bit softer) was quarried from the 12th century. Cranleigh Arts Centre and Shere Medical Centre are both built from this stone.