Walks through History … at the West of the Weald
John Owen Smith

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A dozen circular walks with a historical theme

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Cover: View from the 'Temple of the Winds', Blackdown, looking south-east across the Weald

Paperback - 84 pages, illustrated and containing historical notes.
John Owen Smith; ISBN: 978-1-873855-51-5 (1-873855-51-6) ; January 2007

Associated titles: Walks around Headley … and over the borders; Walks from the Railway … Guildford to Portsmouth; The Hilltop Writers by WR Trotter; Shottermill by Greta A Turner; Heatherley by Flora Thompson; Grayshott by JH Smith


Map . List of Walks . Guided Walks . About the Author . Further information . Walk and Cycle in Hampshire


General map of the walks


List of Walks

Walk 1 – Romans, Rogues & Royals
East Worldham & the Hangers – 9 miles/14 km – 'figure of 8' – can be done in two sections
The walk starts and ends at East Worldham church, visiting Wyck, Neatham, West Worldham, Hartley Mauditt, Candovers, King John's Hill.

Walk 2 – Rioters' Walk
Selborne to Headley & return – 14 miles/22.5 km
The walk starts from the Queens Hotel in Selborne going to the Holly Bush in Headley by way of Whitehill and Standford, and returning by way of Kingsley and Oakhanger.

Walk 3 – Pots & Oaks
Alice Holt Forest – 7 miles/11 Km
The walk starts at Rowledge and circles Alice Holt Forest, also visiting the northern River Wey.

Walk 4 – Monks & Fish
Frensham ponds & Waverley Abbey – 10 miles/16 km – can be done in sections
The walk starts at Frensham Great Pond, visiting Frensham village, Waverley Abbey (optional extension), Tilford and Frensham Little Pond.

Walk 5 – Broomsquires' Trail
Hindhead to Thursley Common & return – 10¼ miles/16.5 km – 'figure of 8' – can be done in two sections
You may start the walk at either Hindhead or Thursley, visiting Gibbet Hill, the Devil's Punch Bowl, Thursley and Thursley National Nature Reserve.

Walk 6 – Whitaker Wright's Way
Witley to Hindhead & return – 12 miles/19 km – can be done in two sections
You may start the walk at Witley or Hindhead, visiting Brook, Bowlhead Green, South Park moat, Gibbet Hill, Emley Farm, and skirting Witley Park.

Walk 7 – Cut & Glass
Chiddingfold to Dunsfold & return – 10½ miles/17 km
The walk starts at Chiddingfld, visiting Pickhurst, the Wey & Arun Canal and Dunsfold.

Walk 8 – The Tennyson Trail
Blackdown to Lurgashall & return – 7½ miles/12 km
The walk starts at the NT car park near Tennyson's house Aldworth on Blackdown, visiting the 'Temple of the Winds' viewpoint, Cotchet Farm and Lurgashall.

Walk 9 – Iron & Paper
Hammer via Linchmere to Northpark & return – 9¼ miles/15 km – can be done in two sections
The walk starts at Hammer Vale, visiting Linchmere, Northpark, Shulbrede and Shottermill.

Walk 10 – Flora Thompson Trail
Grayshott to Griggs Green & return – 10 miles/16 km – ' figure of 8' – can be done in two sections
The walk starts at Grayshott, visiting Waggoners Wells, Bramshott, Griggs Green, Liphook, Ludshott Common and Superior Camp.

Walk 11 – Around Grayshott
Inner walk 1 mile/1.5km; Outer walk 2 miles/3 km
A short walk around the village centre, and a longer walk taking in Whitmore Vale and Stoney Bottom.

Walk 12 – Around Haslemere - two walks which can be combined
– to Shottermill & return – 4½ miles/7 km
– to Grayswood & return – 5½ miles/9 km


Guided Walks

If you would be interested in having the author join your group to guide and interpret one of these walks, please contact me for details of costs.


About the Author

John Owen Smith was born in 1942 and trained as a Chemical Engineer at London University, but spent most of his working life designing commercial Information Systems for the paper-making industry. Following redundancy, he 'fell' into researching and recording the local history of east Hampshire, where he now lives. His output of historical community plays, lectures, articles and books includes:—


Please feel free to contact me if you would like to share information on the history of Headley. See address details on Home Page