A picturesque adventure through England's most wooded county with a variety of attractions from historic buildings, picture postcard rural rivers and even a Witches cave. A glorious circular hike from the ancient market town of Farnham steeped in history going back nearly 1000 years on this trail through time. One of the very first Outdooraholics hikes from all those years ago, but still a timeless classic.
• Explore the romantic and enchanting ruins of an abandoned abbey dating back nearly 1000 years
• Visit the famous and picture postcard Tilford village cricket green
• See an 800 year old oak tree
• Visit a cave where supposedly a White Witch lived (Mother Ludlam)
• Explore the Bourne Woods and see where Gladiator and over 20 other films were set
• Idyllic hiking along the banks of the River Wey through woodland paths
Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips
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Starting in the historic and attractive Georgian market town of Farnham, we go on a woodland valley trail via Mother Ludlam's cave (home to the White Witch of Waverley according to the legend), 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 on a lake. Our trail passes 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 then head on to visit an 800 year old oak tree (8 metre girth) before making our way back to Farnham. We 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 its beauty has drawn filmmakers for films such as Gladiator, Robin Hood, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Princess, War Horse and at least 20 others - we'll be hiking through the area where these were filmed.
Transport & Meeting Point
We'll meet at Waterloo station at 8:30am and leave the meeting point at 8:45am for the 9:07am train. Please make sure to arrive on time as the group cannot wait for anyone who is late.
We'll meet under the main clock (in front of the departures board). Please click here for a photo of the clock: http://goo.gl/sqsFwr
Please click here for a map of where the clock is: http://goo.gl/piwT4R
Planned arrival time back into London of 6:40pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then)
We'll stop during the hike for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the hike where we can get refreshments.
Distance, Difficulty and Terrain
Distance: 12 miles (19km)
Grading: Intermediate - click here for details:
Hiking time: About 4.5 to 5 hours of actual hiking
Terrain: Mainly flat, one hill at the end. A mix of mainly gravel and sand tracks
Cost and Payment
The trip is £28 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from the group departure station listed at the top of this event. To join us please RSVP Yes and you will be automatically redirected to PayPal.
Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale to another member. Please follow the instructions in our FAQ page (https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/6368852/FAQ) and email us with your PayPal “invoice ID” immediately after you change your RSVP to “NO”. If you do not email us at the time of changing your RSVP OR if your space does not sell, you will not be eligible for a refund.
What to Bring
• Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots). Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended
• Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)
• Packed lunch/picnic
• Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike
• Due to the early sunsets this hike could finish around sunset, so bringing a torch if you have one is advisable or a charged mobile phone with flashlight just in case
• 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 :-)
This hike is led by a trained hike leader - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (https://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with hiking footwear and suitable hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - for more info please click here: https://www.londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf
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