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Guildford

Surrey


Slow Ways linking Guildford and Aldershot, Ash Vale, Brookwood, Cranleigh, East Horsley, Farnham, Godalming, Gomshall, Ripley (Surrey), Woking

England / Surrey / Guildford

Guildford’s ten Slow Ways are 63% checked

Drawn: 10/10
reviewed: 9/10
verified: 5/10
and surveyed: 1/10

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Slow Way Route To do
Aldershot—Guildford
Aldgui one Review me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 197m Descent 145m
Ash Vale—Guildford
Ashgui one

Review me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 159m Descent 124m
Ash Vale—Guildford
Ashgui two Pioneer me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent - Descent -
Ash Vale—Guildford
Ashgui three

Double check Distance 19km/12mi Ascent - Descent -
Ash Vale—Guildford
Ashgui four Pioneer me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent - Descent -
Brookwood—Guildford
Brogui one Pioneer me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 100m Descent 86m
Farnham—Guildford
Fargui one Survey me Distance 20km/12mi Ascent 286m Descent 316m
Farnham—Guildford
Fargui two Pioneer me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent - Descent -
Godalming—Guildford
Godgui one Enjoy me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 47m Descent 39m
Guildford—Cranleigh
Guicra one Verify me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 74m Descent 91m
Guildford—East Horsley
Guieas one Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 242m Descent 190m
Guildford—Gomshall
Guigom one Verify me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 287m Descent 243m
Guildford—Gomshall
Guigom two Survey me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent - Descent -
Guildford—Ripley (Surrey)
Guirip one Survey me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 43m Descent 55m
Guildford—Woking
Guiwok one Survey me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 47m Descent 43m

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Collective progress

55% of Guildford’s ten route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

15/15

drawn

11/15

reviewed

2/15

surveyed

5/15

verified

22 people have contributed to Guildford’s Slow Ways

4 people have pledged to walk and review a route

3 people have surveyed a route in Guildford

160km out of 228km have been walked and reviewed

437km of reviews have been shared in Guildford

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Guildford—Gomshall

Berkshire Walker pledged to walk Guigom one

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This route is a great walk to Cranleigh and beyond if wished, along the Downs Link, which is what the route is from Bramley onwards, all the way to Shoreham if you wish, passing to the west of Horsham, Slinfold, Southwater, Christ’s Hospital, West Grinstead, Partridge Green, Henfield, Steyning, Bamber. The DL is well-signposted. The surface is good, predominantly hard earth, although can get a bit muddy in parts in the colder wetter months as horseriders and cyclists use it....

94NORM

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A little care needed crossing the A25, and then back into a pleasant woodland stroll until the Alpine descent to Gomshall (or Silent Pool if you duck out a little early). The walk up to St Martha’s is moderate but the reward of the views to the south is worth it....

94NORM

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Sandeep Pudota took this photo on Guigom two

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Also I recommend to take certain amount of water as you won’t find any store or etc to have water throughout the walk. This route doesn’t show in google maps I would recommend to use os maps or slow ways maps....

Sandeep Pudota

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There is a bit of an incline to negotiate, since the walk starts and ends at river height (River Wey), but climbs to follow just south of and parallel to the Hogs Back ridge....

V96GLF

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I stopped for lunch at Shere having walked from Horsley through Gomshall....

JohnMyerson

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Calming walk that takes you all along the canal which is fairly accessible and pretty. It very long though and requires commitment and preparation...

Tallulah P

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Very pleasant walk, flat and easy to navigate. Just a shame that the only pub along the route is on the wrong side of the canal!...

V96GLF

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Guigom two

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There were often great view of the North Downs (photo #1, #5, #7). Getting into Guildford is along the Mile Path which is a fairly long ascent (photo #10, #11), but again, has great view from the top (photo #12)....

Derick Rethans

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Hourly-ish bus service from Send to Woking or Guildford (not Sundays or bank holidays). There was one section between Send and Old Woking where the path became muddy and slippery, and there wasn’t much to hang onto for stability - I recommend walking poles and good waterproof boots/wellingtons!...

Jane Taylor

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I started at Horsley Station and joined the route by walking 1 km next to the railway. To avoid walking down Ripley Road (no pavement) I diverted through Hatchlands Park (map)....

JohnMyerson

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** small correction required at Guildford Station for safe access - see map with correct route and photo of ‘no pedestrian’ sign, which is what you will see - for good reason - if you try going the way this is routed**. Would be great to have ‘versioning’, which would allow small tweaks without having to make a new route option. Otherwise - a very good route, follows the Wey navigation between Guildford and Send, then across farmland and woods to Ripley....

Jane Taylor

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I found the approach to the station at Guildford traffic heavy, with some awkward crossing points - there are better low traffic ways to reach the towpath from the station; this could be put into a new version of the route in due course....

Jane Taylor

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Route starts near to the train station and entails walking along a busy road but you soon leave this for quieter roads. Walk follows North Downs Way through beech and oak woods. There is a bunkhouse at Puttenham for accommodation....

Lizbiz70

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The first third or so follows the River Wey and Wey Arun canal and from Bramley it follows the old railway line which ran from Guildford to Horsham....

Paul Jeorrett

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This part is quite a large ascent up Pewley hill but otherwise it's a fair easy walk, the path near Albury can get very narrow and overgrown....

Ryan

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A few short sections on some very quiet country roads and a small number of busy road crossings. We walked it in June 2022 and the last section into Guildford was closed part way along the river wey. However you could cross a bridge to the main road and follow that the last few 100 metres into town...

Dannyash

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As someone mentioned, the footpath to join the River is closed (this is March 2022), so I went on the A281 southwards and took the next footbridge to join the path. It is a very peaceful walk that should be suitable for most people, but there are a few muddy parts and one section that is not suitable for wheelchair users....

Ingrina

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You climb a bit to Guildford, but you are rewarded with a fantastic view of the Surrey Hills before the descent into Guildford central, quite long and steep....

Ingrina

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The route was mostly flat running along side the River Wey....

Philipj8

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Blackheath surveyed Godgui one

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There is a delightful bistro at the start of the walk and a pub/restaurant half way along with a children's playground in the garden. The scenery is stunning and there is much of interest along the way including narrow boats, locks, a pill box and lots of wildlife. Part of the route runs along the old railway line and much of the path is National Trust land....

Blackheath

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Pleasant walk along the Wey Navigations - looking out over lots of green - and then through farmland, woodland and along a lake....

Syazi

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It can't be helped but the final mile or so into Woking isn't as pretty but I'm not sure there's a pretty way into Woking. There is a temporary issue which is right at the start you can't get to the river from the station at the moment because of works on a new bridge, however if you turn left from the station down Walnut Tree Close there is a little alley down to the river not far along....

misschappo

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Catherine B surveyed Aldgui one

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The path to the south with views of the North Downs and open countryside starts a bit closer to Guildford with paths leading across to it from around the pylons....

Catherine B

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Catherine B surveyed Godgui one

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A generally flat route following much of the River Wey/Wey Navigation towpath from Guildford Station to Woking Station....

Walker1

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Farnham—Guildford

mark added Fargui two, a new walk from Farnham to Guildford

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Another issue, around Wood Street village, it appears to go along the train line for a bit..... fixable, the path loops south of the train line....

mark

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Ash Vale—Guildford

mark added Ashgui two, a new walk from Ash Vale to Guildford

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Ash Vale—Guildford

mark added Ashgui three, a new walk from Ash Vale to Guildford

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I do not expect this route to survive, it is here to give options for anyone wanting to go Ash Vale through to Guildford who arrives when ranges are closed.......

mark

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Ash Vale—Guildford

mark added Ashgui four, a new walk from Ash Vale to Guildford

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A short section of the route crosses a firing range which is permanently closed off and not accessible to non military personnel at any time. Therefore, the route doesn't really work. Would be a lovely route if not for that!...

Mary S

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It's a very flat and direct walk and one could easily access it by following the North Down signs....

ykexplores

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From Godalming into Guildford cross the bridge over a small weir and continue straight ahead in front of the Guildford Rowing Club to a tall bridge. Rather than continuing left as marked, cross the bridge to the A281 Millbrook. Take footpath to left of the theatre, cross the bridge at the lock and continue back to the route. Once the Millbrook bridge reopens, some wheeled users may still find the route has challenges....

Catherine B

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Guildford

Downsize surveyed Guildford

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The proposed route seems to run straight through the army’s major training ground and shooting ranges....

Downsize

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This is an attractive route on major paths, with excellent views over Surrey and West Sussex. from St Martha’s Hill and Newlands Corner. Surfaces should be fine for walkers when dry, though the parts on the North Downs can become muddy in winter and very wet periods...

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Guildford—Gomshall

Downsize added Guigom two, a new walk from Guildford to Gomshall

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If the flags are up, you can walk along the edge of the military land just outside the Fence from east of the Basingstoke canal at Ash Vale then north east near Wyke common until you pick up the slow way again....

mark

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Guildford

Jamiew surveyed Guildford

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Guildford

Downsize surveyed Guildford

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Guildford—Gomshall

Hevver added Guigom one, a new walk from Guildford to Gomshall

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Aldershot—Guildford

Slow Ways added Aldgui one, a new walk from Aldershot to Guildford

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Ash Vale—Guildford

Slow Ways added Ashgui one, a new walk from Ash Vale to Guildford

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Brookwood—Guildford

Slow Ways added Brogui one, a new walk from Brookwood to Guildford

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Farnham—Guildford

Slow Ways added Fargui one, a new walk from Farnham to Guildford

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Godalming—Guildford

Slow Ways added Godgui one, a new walk from Godalming to Guildford

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Guildford—Cranleigh

Slow Ways added Guicra one, a new walk from Guildford to Cranleigh

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Guildford—East Horsley

Slow Ways added Guieas one, a new walk from Guildford to East Horsley

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Guildford—Ripley (Surrey)

Slow Ways added Guirip one, a new walk from Guildford to Ripley (Surrey)

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Guildford—Woking

Slow Ways added Guiwok one, a new walk from Guildford to Woking

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Guildford, Wed 21 February

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Guildford’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SU9921949568

Lat / Lon

51.23667° / -0.58014°

Easting / Northing

499,219E / 149,568N

Fancy stretching your legs a bit more?

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Guildford's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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