Godalming – Shackleford – Peperharow - Godalming

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With its historic High Street and riverside park with views over the Lammas Lands, Godalming is a worthy destination for an outing in its own right. Three points of interest which you can see at the beginning of the walk are mentioned here:

1. The Parish Church:
originally Saxon, the Church of St Peter and St Paul has additions and alterations from every subsequent century. Of particular interest are Saxon carved stones, wall paintings, mediaeval altar furnishings and brasses including a brass candelabra.

2. The Jack Philips Memorial:
Jack Philips, somewhat of a local hero, was the chief wireless operator on the Titanic. He is reputed to have remained at his post, sending out a distress signal as the ship went down. The cloister was designed by well-known local architect Hugh Thackeray Turner and the garden planned by Gertrude Jekyll.

3. The Lammas Lands:
historically common land used for haymaking and cattle grazing, now designated a Site of Nature Conservation, this grassland provides a habitat which supports, among others, snipe, reed bunting and overwintering geese, acts as a flood-plain for the River Wey and enhances the natural beauty of the town. It is also home to many species of wildflowers.

The route leaves Godalming along the wooded bank of the River Wey. It leaves the river to take in Shackleford and its Old Cyder House and Peperharow. This is now a private residential estate, owned by a trust and home to about thirty families. It has a particularly beautiful setting. The estate was originally landscaped by the famous gardener Capability Brown. Peperharow is noted for its old agricultural buildings, including a granary built about 1600. Much more recently it was a film location for some of the scenes from Nottingham, a remake of Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Apparently a Nottinghamshire-style village was reconstructed on the estate.

On leaving Peperharow the route continues across fields to the village of Eashing, where it crosses the River Wey by a historical thirteenth century bridge. Originally built by monks from Waverley Abbey, this is now in NT ownership.

After possible replenishment at The Stag public house, the route returns to Godalming over higher ground giving a much more open aspect and distant views.

We used to call the short version of this walk (four miles and 80 metres height gain) omitting Shackleford and Peperharow, 'the longest day walk' as there was a tradition a group of us would do it after work on the longest day, perhaps taking a picnic tea and / or stopping at The Stag for an evening drink.

England - South England - Surrey - Surrey Hills

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Cafe, Church, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Toilets, Woodland
29/12/2014 - Kevin Pay

We tried to do this walk a year ago but the floods stopped as the walk met the river at point 3! Did it yesterday and it was worth the wait. Lovely walk, the section on the Fox Way is a mud bath. The walk has everything, views, old buildings, rivers and woods - brilliant.

17/11/2013 - Patricia Daw

16.11.13 Completed this walk in just over two hours and that included stopping to admire some of the lovely properties we passed. A really well directed walk (particularly as we had forgotten to print the map!). We parked on the road near WM3 and then wandered into Godalming at the end.

11/12/2010 - Richard Clayton

Did this recently on a brisk autumn day. The mammoth task of rebuilding the church at Peperharow is almost complete, and they hope to hold Christmas services there this month. Wonderful. Richard Clayton.

09/03/2010 - Stephen Harris

Nice little walk in Godalming especially on a sunny day. Interesting and varied, didn't enjoy the road sections in places (but mainly due to fast idiots in cars!). Perfect directions and lots to keep you interested. 8/10. Well done! (walked 07.03.2010)

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