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

Also published in book form ISBN: 978-1-873855-51-5; Published 2016

General map of the walks in this book – see list below

Ordnance Survey maps OL33 (south of Frensham Great Pond) and 145 (north) recommended.

List of Walks

Walk 1 – Romans, Rogues & Royals – Access as PDF
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 Access as PDF
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. [The Robin Hood at Standford is no longer open – sorry]

Walk 3 – Pots & Oaks Access as PDF
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 Access as PDF
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 Access as PDF
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 Access as PDF
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 Access as PDF
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 Access as PDF
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 Access as PDF
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 Access as PDF
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 Access as PDF
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 Access as PDF
– 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:—