This walk visits the Pewley Down viewpoint near Guildford. The route includes a canal-side stretch and a visit to Chantry Woods, before climbing the hill.
The walk starts on the River Wey Navigation Canal near to the train station in Guildford. You follow the Wey South Path along the canal to Shalford Park where you pick up the North Downs Way. Follow it east and it will take you through Chantry Wood. The woods have some nice trails to try and pretty bluebells in the spring.
Just before you reach Halfpenny Lane you turn north west and follow the Mile Path bridleway up to Pewley Down. From here there's nice views over the surround North Downs countryside and woodland.
To extend the walk you can enjoy a climb to St Martha's Hill which is located just to the east of Chantry Wood. There's more great views over the Surrey Hills from here.
Pewley Down Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Pewley Down Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Pewley Down OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Pewley Down Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In the pretty village of Shalford you could visit the Seahorse pub for some refreshments on the route. There's a fine menu and an attractive 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.
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 18th century 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 flour afterwards.
The circular Godalming Walk starts from the nearby town and climbs to the hill before exploring the surrounding area on various waymarked trails.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North Downs Walks page.