Wormley - Combe Common - Frillinghurst Woods

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Walkingworld would like to thank Julian Holt for originally contributing this walk route and also thanks to Richard Clayton who has now agreed to take care of this walk guide. August 2019.

This walk has been designed with the railway traveller in mind. Starting from Witley Railway Station, we quickly leave noisy roads and business parks behind to discover tranquil havens deep within a busy area of Surrey. Passing through several farms, we use footpaths traversing wide-open fields full of sheep before heading into dense mature woodland that gives a feeling of remoteness.
Waymark 17, approximately halfway around the walk, is the ideal place to sit and have a sandwich. The views from this spot deserve a pause to admire – and the almost total silence is only broken by sheep grazing in the field behind you..
Further along we come across quaint old cottages, as well as the magnificent Combe Court, a nest of Victorian buildings built around a neo-othic manor-house. Burnt down in the 1970s, it has been carefully restored to its present glory as a Grade 2 listed building.

The final stretch cuts through undulating woods and crosses a railway line before returning to the station.

George Elliot, the famous novelist, lived in the village, as did Terry Scott from the 70s hit sitcom 'Terry and June'.
This walk can be halved in length by cutting across from Waymark 7 to Waymark 23, the choice is yours!

England - South England - Surrey - Countryside

Features

Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Moor, Public Transport, Stately Home, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
23/03/2014 - TONY MIRWALD

Thought I'd just mention that wm15 ( into the woods for 300m ) is only suitable for people able to climb under ,over and around fallen trees for 300m ! A gps would be useful too although most of the time the path is visible . I have no idea when all this storm damage might be cleared. Other than this we found the walk very pleasant , thanks Jules.

06/08/2012 - Amanda Hartfree-Bright

This is a beautiful walk, stunning scenery, interesting architecture and VERY peaceful. We have just done this walk twice (on 2 damp August days!) The walk is not suitable for a large dog. We took our dog with us the first time, if you have a large dog like us don't do this walk unless you are feeling strong, we had to lift her over some of the stiles, Combe Court Farm was the worst stile, it was in a holly bush and stinging nettles. The footpath through Combe Court Farm is very muddy and steep so it may not be good if you're unsteady on your feet. We had a problem with no 15 we couldn't see where to cross the forest road as mentioned by Patricia, it seemed to be a T junction. At the forest road we turned right onto the large forest track and carried on walking until we saw some red and white striped posts which mark the overhead power cables. We were reticent about walking through Combe Court Farm where there was a LOT of shooting going on and a large red danger sign on the stile, it turned out that the farm is used for corporate events. We've walked through there 3 times now and they were shooting each time. At no 13 the house that has a finger post pointing through it's garden is having a patio/courtyard laid and the only way through is across that at the moment and then through a well mown garden, the owner was mowing it as we got to the stile and waved us through when I asked if it was the correct path. At no 22 we couldn't walk down the small footpath because it was too overgrown but if you stay on the main footpath it brings you out on Pook Hill. The station charge £2 for the day after 10.00 am. This is a great walk, we've done it twice now because we wanted to show our family how pretty the walk was, especially at no 18 when we got to the top of the steep hill and turned around and saw the stunning view (I really do wish I'd remembered to bring some sandwiches!).

30/08/2011 - Patricia Daw

Tricia Daw 29-8-11 We really enjoyed this walk - lots of variety and well directed in the main (only tricky bit is WM15 where we didn't really cross the forest road or see the marker but followed the road until we got to the overhead power lines in WM16). We had lunch where the walk suggests with lovely views. Unfortunately the present owners of Combe Court Farm have planted a very dense yew hedge so you can now only glance back and see a chimney - shame. Oh, and we parked just outside the station as even on a Bank holiday Monday they wanted to charge £5!

26/05/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

Our thanks to Julian Holt for his updates for this walk. May 2011. Adrian (Admin)

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