Haslemere Station to Witley Station - Linear

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Updated in October 2012 - see Additional Info.

This has been written as a one-way walk between two railway stations in Surrey, from Haslemere across Gibbet Hill and through Thursley to Witley, following the Greensand Way throughout. It is one of a series of walks starting from Haslemere station which I hope you will enjoy.

The first part of the walk follows the Greensand Way from Haslemere town centre, across Hindhead Common up to Gibbet Hill, at 272 metres the second highest point in Surrey. The Greensand Way runs for 108 miles from Haslemere along the Greensand ridge, parallel to and south of the North Downs, into Kent and almost to the coast. It takes its name from the layers of sandstone and in particular the green coloured mineral glauconite.

You face quite a climb up on to the Common, but the views are worth it.

"The view from Hindhead challenges comparison with any in the south of England. The whole western half of the South Downs lies in front to the south, the Hampshire chalk hills to the west, the whole country to the Thames Valley is overlooked northwards. The advanced position of the hill, jutting out southward from the Green Sand range of Surrey, yields a view eastward along the middle of the Weald, with the Leith Hill range on one hand, the South Downs on the other, and Crowborough Beacon, in Sussex, appearing in the blue distance beyond". See Additional Info.

The second part of the walk takes you around the rim of the wonderful Devil's Punchbowl – worth a visit on another day if you don't know it – and through the interesting and historic village of Thursley.

The name came from the Norse god Thor, and the settlement was probably a site where he was worshipped. It is known for its National Nature Reserve, home of the endangered Dartford warbler, and also for being the childhood home of the architect Edwin Lutyens.

The village pub, the Three Horseshoes, recommended as your re-fuelling point, is community-owned. It was saved from closure in 2004 when over twenty villagers raised the funds needed to purchase the business.

Unfortunately the pub at the end of the walk, the Wood Pigeon at Witley Station, has not survived. See Additional Info.

England - South England - Surrey - Surrey Hills

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Birds, Cafe, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland

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