The Christmas Pie Trail

This charming 13 mile walk follows quiet country lanes, public footpaths and the highways and byways from Farnham to Guildford.

There is only one ‘short sharp’ cardio workout near the start of the walk but after that, the rest of the walk is generally flat.

The plan is to meet at the entrance to the large car park (£2.00 parking all day) next to Farnham Railway Station at 10.30am.

From Farnham we will follow the North Downs Way (NDW) until we meet the Christmas Pie Trail at Runfold. From there, we will pass through the village hamlet of Tongham, with its converted oast house (illustrated in the picture).

Brewing is still an industry in Tongham - only a couple of hundred yards south of these kilns is the fine Hog's Back Brewery.

Then the village hamlet of Christmas Pie (The curious name of Christmas Pie, which has excited much comment, owes its name to property owned by a prominent local family named Christmas rather than the seasonal activities. There are many references to this family in the Court records which date back to 1513 in the reign of King Henry VIII. Christmas's are often noted as serving as members of the Homage which was the Jury of the Court. The "Pie" part of the name comes from the Saxon term "pightel" or "pightle" meaning a small piece of arable land. Until the area was built up during the 1920s there was a small field called "Pie Field" near the Christmas Pie crossroads) and finally Flexford.

After 9 miles we will stop for a picnic lunch on the edge of the cricket pitch near Wood Street Village before heading towards Guildford Railway Station (still following the Christmas Pie Trail) to catch the train back to Farnham. Hopefully we will be a large enough group to qualify for the ‘Group Saver’ rate (50% reduction on fares)

You will need:

1. Food, including drink for the walk and a picnic.

2. Suitable walking boots and clothing for the weather.

3. WiSy Fee - £3.00 per person

The meeting/start point (Grid Ref SU[masked]) will be entrance to the large car park next to the railway station. The car park is just off Station Hill at the railway station

The nearest postcode is GU9 8AD

This walk is accessible by car or train. There is £2.00 parking fee (all day) for the use of the car park.

En-route there numerous pubs all of which are 'dog friendly'

If you have any queries or questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

Weather: BBC Weather

Walking Safety: Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. A small torch may also be useful.

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  • Mike

    Thanks Phil for another great walk!

    August 18, 2013

  • Katie

    Thank you. A very enjoyable day

    August 18, 2013

  • J

    Thanks Phil, sorry I couldn't manage the whole walk,but look forward to meeting up again soon.

    August 17, 2013

  • Garry

    Thanks Phil
    Again a very successful and enjoyable walk!!!
    Look forward to the next one

    August 17, 2013

  • Steve M

    Great route, very well organised - thanks Phil! Many enjoyable chats with all sorts of interesting and likeable people.

    August 17, 2013

  • Peter B.

    Excellent day out in really good company!

    August 17, 2013

  • Rosanne J.

    Lovely to meet new people - thank you for a great day.

    August 17, 2013

  • Claire

    Thanks, Phil, for another lovely walk with great company. Justifies a glass of wine tonight I think!

    August 17, 2013

  • Paul M.

    very interesting alternative route to the North Downs Way from Guildford to Farnham . Very enjoyable with great company

    August 17, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Great company, good exercise , very enjoyable day and weather better than expected. I am looking forward to my next outing.

    August 17, 2013

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