This Week’s Walk (Sept 25) Godalming to Guildford
If you’re taking a picnic lunch, the recommended place is a churchyard and the church is usually open. Alternatively, if you want to eat in the pub at lunchtime, you must let Terry, the walk leader, know by email (or to email@example.com) before 11pm on Wednesday 22nd September. This is because the pub requires pre-ordering of meals for groups of 10 or more. If 10 or more people tell Terry that they want to eat at the pub, he will send the menu to those people and they’ll need to email him their choice of meal by 12 noon on Friday.
Terry strongly advises those coming on the walk to bring a walking stick and you must have stout footwear with ridged soles. This is because there some short steep descents and ascents which become very slippery and muddy after rain.
3. Summary of the Walk
This is a lovely walk through gentle rolling hills. The morning is mostly through fields, although it starts with 45 minutes on roads, including passing through the beautiful Upper Eashing. The afternoon is mostly through attractive woods, finishing with a riverside walk into Guildford town centre.
Highlights on the way include the medieval (13th C.) Eashing Bridges, a view of the Grade 1 listed Peper Harow House (built in 1765), a medieval granary on huge stilts, a Lutyens bridge and, if time allows, a visit to the Watts Cemetery Chapel which is also Grade 1 listed. The church at lunchtime has Norman (Romanesque) arches from 1170 along one side of the Nave and a lancet window near the door dating from the early 12th Century. Otherwise, what you see inside is a Victorian “restoration” of about 1860.
4. Areas of difficulty
The paths are mostly on the flat or gently undulating. However, there is a 15 minutes uphill section along a road at the beginning of the walk – it’s not very steep but it’s a long uphill slog. Later, there are some short steep descents and ascents which are very slippery and muddy after rain.
5. Possible dropout points
There are two dropout points. The first is at lunchtime by walking 12 minutes from the pub or church to a bus stop for the no. 65 bus, leaving at 12.57, 1.57 or 3.17pm and arriving 10 minutes later at Guildford bus station. There is then a 10 minutes walk to the train station, from which there are fast trains to Waterloo approximately every 15 minutes.
Let Terry know at lunchtime if you want to drop out and he’ll show you the way to the bus stop.
The second dropout point is about 45 minutes after lunch, at the Watts Gallery, from which the no. 46 bus leaves at 34 minutes past the hour, although it’s best to be at the bus stop by 25 minutes past the hour as the bus is sometimes early. You should be able to catch the 2.34 or 3.34pm. It takes 13 minutes for the bus to reach Guildford bus station.