# £22 including train tickets from London Waterloo #
A picturesque adventure through rural Surrey with a variety of attractions. An area I know incredibly well and can show you the best parts of, having grown up here exploring the area for 18 years! Indeed my love of hiking started here. A glorious circular walk from Farnham steeped in history going back over 1000 years and my personal pick of our rural walks.
• Explore a derelict abbey dating back nearly 1000 years
• Visit the famous and picture postcard Tilford village green
• See an 800 year old oak tree
• Visit a cave supposedly lived in by a White Witch Mother Ludlam
• Explore Tilford Woods and see where Gladiator and many other films were set
• Idyllic hiking along the banks of the River Wey through woodland paths
Starting in the historic and attractive Georgian town of Farnham we'll go on a woodland valley trail via Mother Ludlam's cave (according to legend, home to the White Witch of Waverley), past Moor Park House, and then on to explore the site of Waverley Abbey ruins (founded 1128) and to see the grand Waverley Abbey House set in front of a lake. Our trail will then pass the famous cricket Green at Tilford set in the delightful landscape of the River Wey and flanked by two medieval stone bridges and then onto the Bourne Woods. Tilford Green is a superb example of a traditional village green from a long gone era - with a cricket pitch, pub and two medieval stone bridges. We'll then head on to visit an 800 year old oak tree (26 foot - 8 metre girth) before making our way back to Farnham. We'll also pass a farm where we see pigs (and often baby piglets). The Bourne woods has an interesting mix of heathland and coniferous trees and it's beauty has drawn filmmakers for films such as Gladiator, Robin Hood (2010), Harry Potter and the Half Blood Princess, War Horse and at least 15 others - we'll be walking through the area where these were filmed!
Transport & Meeting Point
We'll meet at 9:00 am at Waterloo Station under the main clock (in front of the departures board) and leave the meeting point at 9:15 for the 9:23am train
Click here for a photo of the clock: http://goo.gl/ycaqM
Click here for a map of where the clock is: http://goo.gl/WvZYF
Anticipated return to London of 6:00pm. Please consider yourself committed for the day until then.
We'll stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshments.
Distance, Difficulty and Terrain
Distance: 12 miles (18 km)
Grading: Intermediate >click here for details<
Terrain: Mainly flat, one hill at the end. A mix of mainly gravel and sand tracks
Pace: Medium/brisk (not fast, not an amble)
Walking time: About 4.5 to 5 hours of actual walking
Elevation plot of actual hike: (>click here for larger version<):
The walk will be £22.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Waterloo. If you sign up before 14th April you qualify for an early bird price of £20
What to Bring
• Appropriate walking clothes and footwear (ideally hiking boots) >click here< Waterproof jacket, trousers and shoes strongly advisable in case of rain
• Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)
• Packed lunch/picnic
• Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk
• That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day :-)
Your safety is very important to us and this walk is led by a trained Walk Group Leader (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider with extensive hike leading experience. A First Aid kit is carried and the walk is well known to the walk leader.
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