A circular, full-day countryside walk in England starting at Gomshall, Surrey, about 19km (roughly 12 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. Stroll around this beautiful part of South East England, with views across the Weald to the South Downs beyond, and some fine country pubs en route. Start: Gomshall, OS Grid: TQ088478 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres) Start: Gomshall, OS Grid: TQ088478 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 373m (1225ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 716m (2348ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 342m (1123ft)
Max. Elevation: 300m (984ft)
Start of the walk
Leave the road behind and head out into the hills.
Head straight over.
Worth a detour for its Real Ales
Another hostelry of note!
With the Stephen Langton Pub little more than a stone's thros away.
If the clock allows, then take the path South Easterly and head for the top of Leith Hill. Otherwise, turn west and onwards to Holmbury Hill.
The highest point in SE England, and over 1000ft thanks to the Victorian viewing tower on top. Climb the stairs for a small fee or be distracted by the fine selection of home made cake in the kiosk at the bottom (seasonal opening times apply). Stunning panorama, with both London and the sea in view.
The name of which escapes me but I'm sure it's something to do with the name of the village of Holmbury St Mary. There's another up the road to, by the church and with a name related to the Royals.
The Iron Age folk beat the Victorians to this one and built a fort on top. Wonderful views from 270 degrees and a little less busy than it's taller neighbour. Without cake buying facilities though . . .
A mountain bikers mecca at weekends. Great for some food for the train journey home.
Choose your route depending on energy and then back from whence you came.