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Guildford to Gomshall

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting and finishing in Surrey, England, about 13.90km (8.64 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 191m (626ft)
Descent 151m (495ft)
Max. Elevation 220m (721ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 342m (1121ft)
Distance 13.90km
Duration ~4:30h
3Created by John Walker on 03 Nov 2014
The walk is the third section of the North Downs Way National Trail, starting from Guildford train station. After a section along the River Wey the route heads up onto the Downs on alternately sandy and chalky paths. You see almost no signs of human habitation looking down on the Tillingbourne valley until you reach Newlands Corner, with its choice of cafes! The remainder of the walk is mainly in woodland before a steep descent to the village of Gomshall (more cafes and pubs) and a bus service back to Guildford or to Reigate.

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Walk Map

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Leave the station, taking the subway under a main road, then the steps up the other side to pass between buildings to a path heading down-hill to the River Wey.
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Turn right (going south) and follow the towpath to Dapdune lock.
About 0.69 km (~0.43 miles) from
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Stay on the same bank of the river, crossing a water meadow, heading towards the right hand corner.
About 1.27 km (~0.79 miles) from
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Continue on the towpath until you reach a footbridge. Cross the river here and turn left and then right in around 20 m (there are no NDW signs here) to cross through an alder wood, out onto a playing field.
About 0.81 km (~0.5 miles) from
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Head diagonally left towards some low buildings (sports pavilions with public toilets). Cross the main road beyond, going left to the side road Pilgrims’ Way.
About 0.26 km (~0.16 miles) from
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Turn left up this quiet suburban street and in about 400m take a right turn onto a sandy track rising into woodland beyond Chantry Cottage. There are many outcrops of soft sand overlaying the chalk in this neighbourhood, no longer commercially exploited in this part of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
About 0.23 km (~0.14 miles) from
OS Grid TQ016483
Descend a little to cross another road then climb steeply to the church on top of St. Martha’s Hill. There are long views beyond the neighbouring parallel Greensand Ridge to the hazy South Downs, the whole misty scene rendered in full colour by masses of purple heather.
About 1.72 km (~1.07 miles) from
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Descending the hill there are many parallel paths which end up at a minor road. Turn left uphill. There is a sometimes muddy path beyond the hedge paralleling the road.
About 1.51 km (~0.94 miles) from
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After around 500m take a right turn off road, up through trees, to open ground on Albury Common, throughout the summer covered with masses of wild flowers and more open views. The heavily wooded Tillingbourne valley below shows few signs of human habitation, just isolated farms and a single, almost camouflaged, church steeple.
About 0.66 km (~0.41 miles) from
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This path suddenly converges on a large car park at Newlands Corner. There are two cafes to choose from, the famous biker meeting point or Tillings Corner House, an eco-establishment with compostable cutlery and LED lights, so a simple choice!
About 0.94 km (~0.58 miles) from
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From here the remaining section is in woodland, past various local nature reserves.
About 0.37 km (~0.23 miles) from
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Follow the NDW signs to turn right down to Hollister Farm. A left turn takes you through more nature reserves.
About 2.36 km (~1.47 miles) from
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Watch out for a right turn signed ‘Bridle Way’ through a muddy section (blame horses and bikes) but when the slope gets steeper and the path narrower the horse and bike tracks disappear and the well-drained soil takes over.
About 1.05 km (~0.65 miles) from
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Descend past an open field with horses on the left then some houses with enormous gardens on the right.
About 0.45 km (~0.28 miles) from
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Emerging next to the gates of a big house, turn left then where the path joins a minor road turn right down a steep ‘hollow-way’.
About 0.38 km (~0.24 miles) from
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The road levels out, road noise from the A25 assaults you then there is Gomshall, with a pub, cafe and PO, another pub with cream teas and a mill as well as a tea shop.
About 0.28 km (~0.17 miles) from
OS Grid TQ085478
From here there are infrequent trains to Guildford or Dorking or an hourly bus service to the same destinations.
About 0.19 km (~0.12 miles) from

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