Liphook to Haslemere, 29 October
Change of trains
Engineering works are taking place so the trains are altered. The 8.45 that’s on the walks programme is not running.
We will catch the 9.00am from Waterloo. It calls at Woking 9.25, Guildford 9.33, Godalming 9.41 and then Haslemere at 9.52, where we have to change to a bus leaving Haslemere at 9.59, arriving at Liphook at 10.12..
At the end of the walk, our return trains from Haslemere involve no changes and are at 2, 14 and 30 minutes past the hour. Provided everything goes smoothly, we expect to arrive back at Waterloo about 6pm.
If you wish to eat in the pub, the Red Lion in Fernhurst, then please choose from the menu belowand phone or text a message to the leader, Terry, with your food choice by 12noon on Friday 28th October. He will then let the pub have our pre-order. Please do not use the menu on the pub’s website as it is out of date.
Those having a picnic for lunch will be able to eat it on the green, in the churchyard or in the church, parts of which are Norman, then come to the pub for tea, coffee or something stronger. There should be time to visit the church for all those who wish to do so.
The morning is about 5 miles, mostly walking easterly, uphill and downhill through different types of woods. There are lovely autumn colours on many of the trees. There is one steep downhill section in the morning, which can be slippy, so walking sticks/poles can be helpful. There are no stiles in the morning and only two stiles in the afternoon.
The village of Fernhurst, our lunch stop, is particularly lovely.
The afternoon is just over 4 miles, mostly walking northerly, but it is tougher than the morning as it has long uphill sections. The first one and a half miles is a steady climb through woods. This is followed by a highlight of the walk as we enter an open area, walking along the side of a valley with beautiful views across towards Black Down.
There’s then a second long uphill section before we enter Haslemere. In the High Street, there’s the possibility of stopping at a tearoom or pub, but keep in mind that it’s another 15 minutes walk from there to Haslemere station.
Drop out point It is possible to drop out at lunchtime. The number 70 bus runs from Fernhurst leaving at 10 minutes past the hour and taking 15 minutes to Haslemere. The leader will show walkers the bus stop which we pass about 10 minutes before reaching the pub.