4.5 of 5 (2 votes)

Farnham to Puttenham

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting and finishing in Surrey, England, about 10.50km (6.52 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:00h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 57m (187ft)
Loss 27m (88ft)
Max. Elevation 130m (426ft)
Elevation (total) 84m (275ft)
Start
Farnham
Distance 10.50km
(6.52mi)
Duration ~3:00
Difficulty  
Moderate
3Created by John Walker on 03 Aug 2014
This is the first stage of the North Downs Way which runs from Farnham to Folkestone. It takes about an hour by train from Clapham Junction to Farnham, with a half hourly service. The end point of this stage is the village of Puttenham. The North Downs Way continues through the village to a road junction where it turns right but to return to Guildford or Clapham head up a steep climb towards the A31. Go under this major road then immediately find a sloping path up to the road and a lay-by with a bus stop. The #65 bus takes only 10 minutes to reach Guildford railway station, with frequent trains to Clapham Junction or many other destinations.

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Waypoints

OS Grid SU843464
Leave the station going north to the major junction with the A31 and turn right to pass the carved wooden signpost which is the start of the path.
OS Grid SU845468
After a few hundred yards a track heads off to the right and the A31 heads up along the Hogs Back. Along the North Downs Way the bird song begins to drown out the noise of the road, following beside a fast flowing stream (actually the River Wey).
About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
OS Grid SU852470
The path passes Snailslynch Farm, a listed sixteenth century house, then 100m further leaves the river, heading south to cross under a railway line. It continues along the edge of a large water meadow beside the Wey, entering a small wood where there is a strange elaborately carved ‘Orchid Seat’ which appears to be an earlier start marker for the Trail.
About 0.70 km (~0.43 miles) from
OS Grid SU856469
The path takes a right turn and follows another water meadow, turning left where it joins a small road.
About 0.46 km (~0.29 miles) from
OS Grid SU858466
After 150m turn left at a T-junction and cross the Wey and continue up a steep slope past the grounds of Moor Park House. The old house is not very visible, only a large new development of country apartments, apparently week-end retreats for the affluent. The Greensand Way, another trail, starts here.
About 0.32 km (~0.2 miles) from
OS Grid SU862466
Continue ahead on a track where the road veers right. The path passes a fairly well hidden landfill site then enters Runfold Wood, a nature reserve, going right then left then right again to join a metalled road.
About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
OS Grid SU873470
At a T-junction cross over to take a short-cut through trees to reach another pavement-less road where you turn right, past several large and pretentious houses before you come to Farnham golf course. Surely it can only be in Surrey that woodlands are ‘protected’ by CCTV?
About 1.09 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid SU879467
Just after the club house complex take a left turn down a road between greens, turning right onto a track after 250m.
About 0.64 km (~0.4 miles) from
OS Grid SU881471
Turn right onto a track. Go straight ahead along the edge of several large arable fields (planted with what looked like maize when we were there). The chalk ridge of the Hogs Back is now visible to the north, and traffic noise intrudes again. Fortunately the notes of a few skylarks are enough to drown it out.
About 0.46 km (~0.29 miles) from
OS Grid SU885473
At another road junction turn right then almost immediately cross over to a path beside a fence. Here is the famous Tree House a small ‘doorway’ in the bark of a tree, decorated with door fittings and other features. The path skirts a large estate then a pleasant woodland stretch follows,
About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid SU896475
A descent to a narrow road is followed by a gentle climb on sandy soil across more open heathland.
About 1.06 km (~0.66 miles) from
OS Grid SU917473
From the summit the path descends again, joining a narrow road by some houses then descending more steeply into the village of Puttenham. This is a pretty collection of brick and tile hung cottages along The Street, with a pub and a church adding to the general air of timelessness.
About 2.19 km (~1.36 miles) from
OS Grid SU934479
The North Downs Way continues through the village to a road junction where it turns right but we headed up a steep climb towards the A31. Go under this major road then immediately find a sloping path up to the road and a lay-by with a bus stop. The #65 bus takes only 10 minutes to reach Guildford railway station, with frequent trains to Clapham Junction or many other destinations. Check the bus timetable before starting this walk!
About 1.74 km (~1.08 miles) from

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