Sunday 21 to Sunday 28 May 2017

New for 2017 and leading into Farnham Town Council’s “Step into Spring” fair in Gostrey Meadow on Sunday 28 May, Farnham will be inviting everyone, of all ages and fitness levels, including wheelchair users, to discover historic Farnham and the beautiful surrounding area through a range of walks.

All walks are led by experts in their field and are free of charge. Find out about life in the castle, the industrial heritage of the town, public art, how to walk properly and of course the natural landscape surrounding the town.

Booking, on a first come first serve basis, is required for all walks and all walkers are responsible for ensuring they wear the correct clothing.

A booking form will be available from the 31 March.

Programme of walks

Sunday 21 May

Farnham Town Walk
Walk leader Brain Pittuck
Start time: 10am
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Meeting point: Waggon Yard car park. Discover more about the history and heritage of Farnham.


The Wildlife and Conservation of The Bourne Woods Area (max 16)
Walk leader Martin Angel, assistant lead Noel Moss
Start time 10am
Duration: 2 –2.5 hour
Meeting point: circular walk beginning and ending at the cricket pavilion. Approx distance 3 miles. Taking in Sable Wood, Bourne Wood and RSPB Reserve. Depending on route, the Rural Life Centre is possible comfort stop (if open)


Farnham Park (25 max)
Start time: 10am-12pm.
Meeting point: Meet at Park Lodge Ranger’s Office, Folly Hill, GU9 0AU.
Distance: Approx. 2-3km.
A gentle ramble around Farnham Park looking at its champion trees within the historic landscape. Some muddy paths but generally good underfoot,


Frensham Great Pond, Spreakley and Frensham Church
Walk leader Liz Witham
Start time: 2pm.
Duration: A 4 mile walk from Frensham Great pond, along the river past Frensham manor, Spreakley and Frensham church, or 6 miles the same plus Kings Ridge, with some notes on the history as you go.


Talk (not walk) on the Bourne ecology by Martin Angel.
Time: 4pm
Venue: Vineyard Church opposite Gostrey Meadow

Monday 22

Chapels and Chalk – Farnham to Guildford via North Downs Way
Walk leader Nick Baxter
Start time: meet at 9.30 am for a prompt 10.00am start
Meet at the start of the NDW, very near Farnham Railway Station at traffic lights on A31 (Farnham By-pass) .

Duration/ distance: 11 miles

Walk the first part of the North Downs Way National Trail from Farnham to Guildford, returning by public transport (bus or train – bring fare). Bring drinks and packed lunch though there will be a refreshment stop in Puttenham (cost).  This interesting walk passes many historic places, including Puttenham Common, Watts Gallery, Loseley Estate, St Catherine’s Hill (painted by Turner) and the Godalming Navigation.

Bring plenty of water and a packed lunch.

The Heritage, Wildlife and Conservation of The Bourne Valley
Walk leader Richard Saunders
Start time: 2pm.
Duration of walk 2 –2.5 hour
Meeting point: This circular walk beginning and ending at the Church of St Thomas–on-The Bourne.
Approximately distance three miles. Containing material on George Sturt and other former residents, together with visits to sites of conservation interest along the valley. 16 walkers only. The Fox is a possible comfort stop.


Tuesday 23

Moor Park and Waverley Abbey
Walk leader Alan Buttery
Start time: 10 am
Meeting point: The Shepherd and Flock pub.
Walk goes through Moor Park to Waverley Abbey and back via Crooksbury Hill. Lots of history.


Waverley Walking for Health – Farnham Park
Start time: 10.15 am for 10.30am start
Meeting point: Brightwell Centre


Farnham Art Walk with Graham Mollart, deputy Ann Varlow. (max 25)
Start time:10am – 12 noon
Meeting point: On Longbridge , the River Wey crossing between Gostrey Meadow and The Maltings. GU9 7GG OS Grid Ref: 841466
Take a fresh look at our town’s long, and on going ,rich relationship with the visual arts from Roman Pottery, through the medieval, to the Victorian birth of our art college and its growth into our modern University. Explore our Craft Town status, the maverick architect who really made the ‘old’ town blossom in the C20th, and the conceptual cricket match of Downing Street. Ending with a greeting from Simon Olding ‘Craft Study Centre’ director on The UCA campus.
Frensham Common. Discover Farnham Heath. (20 max)
Walk leader
Start time: 1pm
Duration: The walk will last for about two hours.
Meeting point: Start at the Rural Life Centre.
Discover the hidden bits of RSPB Farnham Heath, exploring the area south of Reeds Road, known as Tankersford that is usually out of bounds to the public. There should be a good variety of heathland wildlife to be seen, as well as a chance to discover what the, sometimes contentious, restoration work has achieved. Maximum number 20. No dogs.


Seeking Farnham’s Hidden Spaces (suitable for limited mobility) (25 max).
Walk leader Suzân Lewis-Jones
Start time: 2pm
Meeting point: Waggon Yard car park
Discover Farnham’s hidden gems from Bishops Meadow to Victoria Garden. Through St Andrew’s parish church yard. A figure of eight route. Drop off points for those who need. Dogs are welcome on leads. Head sets to be used if possible.


Alice Holt Forestthe Arboretum (max 20)
Walk leader Brian Greig
Start time: 6pm
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours. Distance. approx. 1.5 miles
Meeting point: Car park off Gravel Hill Road between the A35-A31
The Arboretum was originally set-up as a series of research plots in the 1950s. In recent years much of the area has been cleared and a Tree Trail has been established. The walk will highlight 30 of the most interesting trees in the Arboretum. There are a few inclines on the Arboretum walk so could be classified as moderate. This walk is not suitable for wheelchairs. Dog free.


Wednesday 24

Farnham Park to South Farnham
Walk leader Chris Hodge
Start time: 10 am
Distance: 5 miles
Meeting point: the car park next to Farnham Cricket Club and the Castle.
Starting with the castle history. Walk down into town past the church into the meadows and across to the bridges over the A31 and railway. Footpaths up to Shortheath road and left to St Thomas’s Church for coffee stop. Then past some very large houses in Greenfield Road, Stoneyfields and down to the North Downs Way and then the Mill. Discuss the history of the mill. From the mill we cross to Shepherd and Flock roundabout which is very unusual as people live on it. Across to the park entering at the 6 Bells pub and back through the park.
HaleUpper Hale, eight lanes and the pub (all tarmac)
Start time: 10.30am
Duration: About two and a half miles
Meeting point: Hale Village Hall, GU9 OJJ
A walk around the lanes of Upper Hale. It includes two inclines, but otherwise classed as easy. The walk gives an excellent introduction to the lanes of Upper Hale with its wide variety of buildings. Some historical notes will accompany the walk. May include a visit to Hale’s last surviving pub. Suitable for wheelchairs.


Farnham Castle tour (20 max).
Start time: 2pm
Meeting point: Farnham Castle palace
Possibly charge of £3.50/2.50 seniors. A guided tour of the former bishop’s palace followed by the Norman keep. Many steps and uneven paths in the keep.


Fitness Walk –Danny Bridgeman
Start time: 2pm.
Starting point. Gostrey Meadow.
This walk begins with a guided journey into body awareness. After some full body warm ups, you will practice the basics of a healthy and efficient gait. You can then walk around Gostrey Meadow and enjoy a circuit of exercises. Even though this is an exercise walk, beginners and those with limitations are very welcome.


Thursday 25

A Walk Around The Bourne Woods
Walk leader David Dearsley, assistant lead Noel Moss.
Start 10am
Duration 3 hour
Meeting point: circular walk round The Bourne area starting at the Church of St Thomas –on –The Bourne.
Distance: Approximate distance 4 miles. Taking in attractive sites of interest and with glimpses of local heritage and wildlife. Depending on final route The Fox and Rural Life Centre are possible comfort stops. 16 walkers only and several stairs and uneven paths so not suitable for wheelchairs.


Tilford to Frensham Little Pond
Walk leader John Cregan
Start time: 10.15 am.
Meeting point Tilford tbc
A popular 4 to 5 mile walk is the classic Tilford Village Green to Frensham Little pond circuit.
Talking points include: Two medieval brides of Tiford, 800 year Tilford Oak commented on by William Cobbett, Meeting two branches of River Wey north and south at Tilford, Tilford Institute designed by Edward Lutyens, RSPB acquired site Rural Life Centre, Pierrepoint Farm owned by Countryside Restoration Trust give background including the gift to the trust and 2006 and new self milking parlour, Frensham Little Pond, history Bishops Fish Pond built 1246 to keep Farnham Castle supplied with fish the original dam recently rebuilt by National Trust.


HaleCaesars Camp, Hungry Hill and Rowhill nature reserve
Walk leader Philips Stevens
Starting time: 2pm
Distance: Approx 5 miles/ 6.5 kms. Duration 2.5-3 hours
Meeting point: The walk starts at Hale Village Hall car park
A walk through Upper Hale to the area known as Caesars Camp and Hungry Hill and walking on sand to Cranmore Lane (Aldershot) through part of Rowhill Nature Reserve and back to Hale Village Hall.


Walking techniques for a healthy and efficient body – led by Danny Bridgeman
Start time: 2pm.
Meeting point: Gostrey Meadow
This walk dives into the theory and practice of a healthy gait. You will learn some basic anatomy and embody that knowledge with walking. All levels of fitness welcome. This walk will also suit those who use a cane or have a limp.


Alice Holt Forest – around the Lodge (max 20)
Walk leader Brain Greig
Thursday 25th
Start time: 6pm.
Duration. 1 to 1.5 hours Distance approximately. One mile
Meeting point: car park at the research station
A walk around the grounds of Alice Holt Lodge on a trail of 30 specimen trees. Several trees survive from the Victorian times when Alice Lodge was a private residence, but most of the rare and interesting trees have been planted since the Forestry Commission took over the site in 1946. The walk is level and is mainly on short grass and paths and is easy going however not suitable for wheelchairs. Dog free.


Friday 26th

Ewshot (car sharing needed).
Walk leader Glen Shearer
Start time: 10 am.
Meet at Riverside 3 car park, car sharing needed.
The walk goes past Claypit wood perhaps once used by the Romans.


HaleHale war memorial and cemetery
Starting time: 10.30am
Duration: Total walking with breaks is approx one mile.
Meeting point: The walk starts at Hale Village Hall car park, Wings Road, Upper Hale GU9 0JJ.
Suitable for wheelchairs. This is a short walk which starts and finishes at the Hale Village Hall.  The walk is on tarmac throughout. The walk leader will give historical information about the Hale War Memorial and Memorial area. On visiting the Hale Cemetery the leader will give information about the Cemetery including certain graves, and will give historical information about the two chapels, plus an update on their future.

Saturday 27th


Farnham Park History Walk
Start time: 10 am
Duration: The walk takes about 1 to 1.5 hours
Meeting point:  Meet outside the Ranger’s Office display area at the main car park.
A walk to discover the history and archaeology of Farnham Park.


Farnham to Guildford via the Pilgrims’ Way
Start time: 9.30am for a prompt 10am start
Meeting point: North Downs Way starting point
Duration: half day, 14 miles

Looking at the Pilgrims Way roots with stop offs at Churches with speakers/ interpretation. Aiming to finish somewhere near a train station to get people back to Farnham and also close to a pub for anyone fancying some refreshment and a chat.

Walkers coming in groups may consider leaving cars at each end of the walk.  Bring plenty of water and a packed lunch.


Farnham Mills Walk
Start time: 10 am
Distance: Length about 7 miles. (Could extend to 10 miles if wanted to take in Froyle Mill.)
Meeting point: Park in Riverside 2 Car Park.
Elongated ellipse along the Wey, taking in Hatch Mill, Bourne Mill and High Mill then returning past Weydon Mill (site of) and on to Willey Mill at Bentley then back, through the water meadows, to car park. Looking at history, use and technology of the mills and the river re-routing for flood prevention.

Sacred Walk
Start time: 2pm
Duration: 1.5hr to 2hrs.
Meeting point: The meeting place for this walk is outside the Barley Mow pub in Tilford and will include time at an Ancient Oak and along the River Wey.
Sacred Walks are gatherings in which you take our time and together connect with Nature. It is a peaceful and contemplative walk. The most ancient people knew that healing came from Nature. In these walks, you are guided through shamanic principles and meditations.  It is gentle walk with many stops along a woodland path with one steady incline.  With Kimba Bridgeman 07590 832710


Farnham archaeological trail (max 20)
Walk leader: Anne Sassin Allen
Start time 2pm
Meeting point: New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard car park
Duration: 2 hours
An easy walk from the New Ashgate to the Castle via the Bishop’s steps (moderate ability required) and ending at the Museum of Farnham to view archaeological material.

Sunday 28th

Hankley Common Heritage Trail
Start time 11am
Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours
Meeting point: Meeting in the Hankley Common Golf Club car park (area to be reserved for walking group).
Discovering the common including the Atlantic Wall


Tree Trail
Walk leader Peter Bridgman
Start time: 10am
Duration: up to two hours.
Meeting point: Band stand in Gostrey Meadow
This walk will identify and describe some 40 native and exotic trees in and around the central Conservation Area of Farnham starting and finishing in Gostrey Meadow. It is all level walking on pavements but crossing some busy main roads. It will be suitable for all ages and abilities including wheelchair users. Children under 12 must be supervised.


Industry Walk
Walk leader Chris Shepeard
Start time.10 am
Meeting point: Gostrey meadows
A six mile walk around the town centre exploring the remnants of Farnham’s old industries. Hops, corsets, twine and mineral waters are just a few of those but we’ll also look at defence, transport and entertainment. Bring a snack and a drink, the going will be firm but there will be no formal stops for refreshment.


Dates to be confirmed

Dippenhall and Old Park Duration: Distance around 6 miles. Meeting point: Starting from the Farnham Park Golf Club car park. The walk will go into the town to Crondall Lane and out to Dippenhall with wonderful views over the Wey valley. The return will be via Old Park, the Bishop of  Winchester’s former estate, back to the New Park. There may be a few muddy patches on the first part of the walk. Advisable to bring snacks and drinks with you though there is an excellent café at the start/finish.

Waverley and The Bourne Duration: Distance around 7.5 miles. Meeting point:Premier Inn car park in Guildford Road. The route goes from the Shepherd & Flock roundabout, the site of England’s oldest village (?), via Moor Park to Waverley Abbey. Bring a packed lunch and eat it in the romantic ruins. Then we go via the outskirts of Tilford at Sheephatch and return via the RSPB’s Farnham Heath Reserve and the Bourne Woods, a well-known filming location, to the Bourne Green and so back into Farnham. There may be a few muddy stretches in Moor Park and at Waverley.

Please note all participants are entirely responsible for assessing if their fitness levels are suitable for the walks and must wear appropriate clothing.