GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills Walk

1 miles (1.8 km)

This interesting historical walk takes you along the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills near Guildford.
The route follows the Tillingbourne River passing along the ruins of the old mills. On the site there's nice woodland trails, large old millstones and information boards with useful maps detailing the history of the mills. These were originally established in 1625 by the East India Company and finally closed in 1920. They became an important supplier of gunpowder to the Government during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
There are about 100 buildings to see some of which are still mostly in tact. You can start the walk on Blacksmith Lane which is just a short walk west from Chilworth Train Station. From Blacksmith Lane you head east along the waymarked trail for about a mile.


GU4 8NQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The North Downs Way passes through the site. You could pick up the waymarked trail and head south to explore Blackheath Common or north to climb to St Martha's Hill. Just to the east there's Albury Park near the pretty villages of Shere and Gomshall.
The circular Godalming Walk passes the site. You could pick it up and follow it south west to visit the lovely nature reserve at Chinthurst Hill. The reserve is run by Surrey Wildlife Trust and includes a 1930s hill top folly, woodland trails, a fine country house, a viewpoint toposcope and lots of interesting flora and fauna.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North Downs Walks page.


Chilworth Gunpowder Mills, stream

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills, stream by Sam's snail

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills, entrance

Entrance from the road

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills - - 547194

Concrete shells of former buildings still line the Tillingbourne. The industry here started in 1882 and lasted till WW2.

Chilworth, on the Gunpowder Mills Trail - - 105052

Chilworth, on the Gunpowder Mills Trail. Old mill wheels set alongside the path which runs past the wartime remains of Chilworth Gunpowder Mills. The mills were powered using water from the Tilling Bourne.

Chilworth, Gunpowder Mill Pond - - 100245

Chilworth, Gunpowder Mill Pond

Old millstones near the Tillingbourne - - 963791

Old millstones near the Tillingbourne


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