Wisley Common - Wisley Airfield - Chatley Heath Semaphore Tower

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From Wisley Common the walk passes the entrance to Wisley Gardens and continues to the Chatley Heath Semaphore Tower via Wisley Airfield. This is a former wartime airfield and was also used to test aircraft built at the nearby Vickers factory in Weybridge.

The Chatley Heath Semaphore Tower was part of a chain used to transfer messages between the Admiralty in Whitehall and the Royal Navy Dockyard in Portsmouth. It was operational between 1822 and 1847.

England - South England - Surrey - Countryside

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Ancient Monument, Cafe, Great Views, Tea Shop, Woodland
26/07/2020 - Stephen Harris

Walked 26.07.20 The small car park at the start was full (room for only about 10-15 cars). If this is full, come back to the A3, go up to junction 10 M25 and back southbound down the A3 for a short distance (keep left) and take the left turning for Oakham Common. GPS 51.3137891,-0.4524959. This is a bigger car park. Parking is now free (as of April 2020) and looks set to remain this way. This is point 23 on the walk. Point 15 was overgrown but it's a very short part to get back to the main path (you can easily divert around it). It's also quite easy to go the wrong way when you get to Hatchford Wood, so be careful. It's a good walk, difficult to find your way in places but a nice area to walk around. 7/10.

04/01/2020 - Norman Lavender

Thanks to Stephen Harris for reporting the path closure. I have now updated the walk taking into account Stephen's suggestion of deviating along the runway.

01/12/2019 - Stephen Harris

Unfortunately, at waypoint 13, the path is no longer accessible or even visible. We aborted the walk as it didn't bode well that the directions were wrong. Looking at the map, it looks like you can take a deviation along the runway but it would be good if the author can update this walk to take into consideration the blocked / non existing path at 13. Thanks

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