GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Guildford Walks

20 miles (32 km)

The town of Guildford has a huge selection of walks to choose from with several long distance trails, hill climbs, parks, rivers and canals to explore.
This long circular walk makes use of some of the waymarked footpaths running through the area, showcasing the best of the surrounding North Downs countryside. You'll follow sections of the Fox Way, North Downs Way, Wey South Path and Downs Link long distance trails on this 20 mile tour of the area.
The route starts in the town centre, near the castle. From here you can pick up the Wey South Path and follow the River Wey to Shalford Park. You then pick up the North Downs Way and head east towards St Martha's Hill, passing Pewley Down on the way. From the St Martha's Hill viewpoint there are tremendous views over Newlands Corner and the surrounding Surrey Hills.
The walk then descends past the 17th century Chilworth Manor to Blackheath Common. The 250 acre common consists of lowland heathland, woodland and acid grassland. Look out for pretty heather in the autumn months.
At the common the route turns west, following a section of the Downs Link to Chinthurst Hill and Bramley. Here you link up with the Fox Way which takes you to Farley Hill before coming to Godalming. There's a nice waterside section along the River Wey Navigation Canal to enjoy here.
After leaving the canal the trail continues through Upper and Lower Eashing before passing through Shackleford Heath. You then skirt the edge of Puttenham Common where there's miles of good walking trails and two large ponds.
The route then bends round to the east, passing Puttenham, Compton, Littleton and Loseley Park. The park has a series of splendid gardens and attractive grounds surrounding Loseley House.
Shortly after Littleton you return to the River Wey for a final waterside section to take you back into Guildford.
This walk explores the area to the south of Guildford. If you head north you can continue your walking on Whitmoor Common.
There's also lots of nice easy walks in the nearby Chantry Wood and the option of picking up the long distance Greensand Way which passes through the town.

Guildford OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Guildford Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

In the pretty village of Shalford you could visit the Seahorse pub for some refreshments on the route. There's a fine menu and anattractive outdoor space that’s ideal for a spot of al fresco dining when the sun makes a welcomed appearance. You can easily find it in the village at postcode GU4 8BU for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woods and country trails on the route make for a fine dog walk. The Seahorse pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

In Shalford you could also stop to visit the historic Shalford Mill. The National Trust owned watermill dates from the 18thcentury and is well worth a visit if you have time after exploring the woods. You can enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the mill and find out all about the its place in the history of Shalford. There's even the opportunity to buy a bag of Shalford Mill flourafterwards.
For a an interesting historical walk in the area try the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills Walk. This fascinating trail takes you along the River Tillingbourne to the ruins of several old Gunpowder Mills. The mills were originally established in 1625 by the East India Company and became an important supplier of gunpowder to the Government during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. It's an impressive sight with a number of buildings to explore and informations boards detailing the history of the area. You can access the trail on Blacksmith Lane at a postcode of GU4 8NQ. It's located about 3 miles south east of the town.
Just to the west of the castle there's the Hog's Back Walk to try. This elevated ridge is a great place to enjoy views north to the landmarks of the city of London and south across the beautiful Downs countryside.
To the north west there's Pirbright, where you can visit the noteworthy Brookwood Cemetery, the largest cemetery in the United Kingdom. The cemetery includes a 220 Acre park with some good walking trails and interesting flora and fauna.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North Downs Walks page.

Photos

Guildford river wey

Guildford river wey

St Martha Hill

St Martha's Hill

Blackheath Common - geograph.org.uk - 624642

Blackheath Common

Chilworth Manor-geograph-2078175

Chilworth Manor

River Wey at Godalming - geograph.org.uk - 146006

River Wey at Godalming

Puttenham Common - geograph.org.uk - 81617

Puttenham Common

Competition for Space - geograph.org.uk - 856636

Woodland near Compton

The flower garden, Loseley Park - geograph.org.uk - 881275

The flower garden, Loseley Park

GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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