Albury - Blackheath - Albury

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Albury is a beautiful village, 5.5 miles from Guildford and 1.3 miles from the nearest railway station at Chilworth. This is a gentle walk, easy to navigate and offering something for everyone. The paths are wide and clear, often using bridleways, so be prepared to meet some horses, especially at the weekend. There is plenty for the birdwatcher: little egrets can be quite often seen around water in Surrey, the fish ponds and the streams that feed them halfway around the walk offer this opportunity. Tits and goldcrests can be seen in the fir trees on Blackheath, which is an SSSI. Unusually, Blackheath has a cricket pitch on it, which is an easy diversion to visit, using the signs at the car park. Sand lizards (on sunny summer days) and nightjars (at dusk) can be seen at Blackheath. Public houses at Albury and Blackheath make ideal refreshment stops. The post office and general store at Albury can be used to top up your tuck bag. There is a church at Albury which is worth the short diversion too.

England - South England - Surrey - Surrey Hills


Birds, Church, Good for Kids, Great Views, Pub, Public Transport, Woodland
1/9/2022 - Stephen Harris

Walked 09.01.2022. This remains a firm favourite for a leisurely stroll for a few hours. The directions are still current (as are pictures). There are such great views on this walk, a great deal of variety and things to see. No cattle (as 09.01.22) but very muddy in winter (boots /wellies advised). Fantastic walk and one to repeat time and time again. 10/10.

7/26/2021 - Christine Barker

This is a really lovely walk. We so enjoyed it today. The heather was out, the bees were buzzing & there were a lot of butterflies and other insects about. The more you look, the more you find! Idyllic scenery, including views of St Martha's Church on the hilltop. There's a bench under a pine tree along the track to the car park, about 3/4 of the way between points 8 and 9, right hand side, which is perfect for a refreshment stop. To bear in mind when looking for parking - the Angling Shop in Albury has now closed down.

3/17/2021 - Walkingworld Admin

A big thank you from Walkingworld to Steve Harris and Liz for all their recent updates and great new photos on this walk.

12/31/2020 - Sarah Dopson

I did this walk today. Instructions were easy to follow and the views were excellent. The heathland was stunning and I’d definitely do this walk again. Part of the walk is on a path through horse paddocks so if your dog is nervous or doesn’t like horses you need to keep them on a lead as there is only an electric tape fence between the path and the horse fields. Also it’s worth noting that between 1st March and 31st July dogs must be kept on a lead over the Heath, due to ground nesting birds, so this walk is only dog friendly for 7 months of the year.

12/20/2020 - Phil Manns

We have now done this walk twice in the last month - we loved it so much! As did our two dogs, who ran and ran! Amazing views of the hills and Blackheath Forest has this incredible energy - we instantly felt happy being there. Something much needed in these difficult times!

11/23/2020 - Stephen Harris

Walked 16.11.2020. This is a superb walk with a great deal of variety and far reaching views. Thanks to Chris at WW for allowing us to assist with updates to the pics and directions, so walkers, you can now be confident the directions given in the walk are accurate. There are no cattle on the walk (as of 16.11.20). Sections are muddy so boots advised. Particularly enjoyed the section on the bridleway as it ascends to the 237 post, it's like being in the lakes or Wales, very nice!. Great views, great walk, pretty easy, highly recommended. 10/10.

7/12/2020 - Stefano Benato

I did this walk yesterday with two of my children and we enjoyed it, especially the beginning and the end of it, walking through gorgeous fields and hills. The middle bit was a bit confusing, when we were inside Blackheath Common(Forest). A few of the signposts have disappeared but we managed to find our way back to the car. When you get to the clearing where there should be 7 paths, ignore and just follow the main one straight ahead, it will lead you to the carpark. There was supposed to be another waymark, 237 if I am not mistaken, but that it's not there, we just carried along the bridleway, which is very narrow but easy to walk on.

3/10/2019 - Patricia Daw

We did this walk on a sunny but fresh March afternoon. Thanks to Rebecca's comment we didn't go wrong when we came across the seven paths but would have done otherwise as path four is not one of the obvious ones.You pass many lovely houses on this walk and a lot of horses!

4/17/2017 - Rebecca Burton

Lovely walk in beautiful countryside, but i did find the directions slightly confusing in parts. At 7, path 4 is the smaller slightly grassy path. I thought this one didn't count and took path 5 and had to zigzag around blackheath somewhat. However as long as you find a large track and keep heading west you should come out at the car park at 9 or on the land at 10. At 10, turn left on a bridleway with a fingerpost, then immediately right by a nt sign to walk parallel to the private road. This comes out opposite the gate to lingwood house. Take the footpath to the right of the house, signposted downs link, which takes you down to point 11.

11/13/2011 - James Robertson

Walked this route with friends in brilliant November sunshine. Varied walking and a joy in this weather. Some sandy mud after recent wet weather but no problems even for those of advancing years.

8/30/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

Our thanks to Richard Clayton for his update for this walk. August 2011. Adrian (Admin)

6/4/2011 - Angela McKeever

We really enjoyed this walk - so quiet and yet not so very far from London. The way is blocked where you cross the railway line however - where it now reads 'Bull in Field'. if you just go left to the bottom of the field you can get out and join the path again in a few minutes.

3/13/2011 - Chris Christodoulou

Did this walk late Feb 2011, Both pubs were walker friendly, the Duggan arms has a good menu and did a hog roast the day we were there. Point 10 can be a little confusing, when you get to Lingwood house continue ahead in the same direction for some distance before you reach the rail bridge. Point 11 just a note, the white car illustrated is still there with the grass growing on it! Enjoy your walk and don't forget `The Duggan' Chris .....

4/24/2010 - Jenifer Finnigan

Wonderful walk. Easy to follow with excellent views. We did it in perfect spring sunshine after 2 weeks without rain. I imagine some of the paths might get very muddy after prolonged spells of rain although there were some alternative routes to avoid the worst of the mud. Thanks David for a great walk.

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