A 23km tour of the hills to the south of Haslemere, with woodland, views and Shulbrede Priory, taking in elements of the Serpent Trail, Sussex Border Path and LipChis Way.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Start on Marley Common heading south to the path by St Magnus heading east and downhill to Kingsley Green. Cross the Midhurst Road. Head into Hatch Wood and south from Fernden Heights to the path heading east up to the Ridge.
(1) Take in the views along the top of the Ridge Hill looking west to Hampshire and southwest to the Midhurst hills. Skirt along the top of Reeth Farm and Lower Farm before reaching Blackdown Ridge vineyard. Head straight up the hill to the Temple of the Winds.
(2) Circle back northwest around the farms at the base of Blackdown and veer southwest to head through the woods to the Red Lion pub in Fernhurst. Head northwest along the road to the Midhurst Road and cross.
(3) Head west on the footpaths until there is a northward fork into the woods. Follow the path north until a westward loop around Shulbrede Priory. Go south on the road until a path emerges south of the farm on the west side. Follow the path west through the pines, over the road by the cottages and back into the woods heading uphill.
(4) Go west through the woods heading uphill to Stanley Farm and the view back to the east. Go through the farm to the LipChis Way.
(5) Head north through the woods to Danley Farm. Loop around the farm and find the path off the approach road back to Stanley Common. Cross the road and head north to the crossing on the Liphook Road.
(6) Head north and downhill to the railway, turn west and walk to the bridleway tunnel. Walk north uphill to Heyshott Lane and past the trout ponds heading east to the uphill entry to the woods. Follow up to Bramshott Common and the Canadian memorial.
(7) From there, head back south and break to the southeast to head down to Hammer Moor, the Prince of Wales and the foot crossing of the railway.
(8) Head uphill and cross Hammer Moor to the Wey. From there head south along the road, crossing the Liphook Road and go uphill into the forest. Back over Linchmere Common to Marley.(D/A)
D : km 0 - alt. 170m - Marley Common
1 : km 3.95 - alt. 222m - Ridge Hill
2 : km 5.74 - alt. 276m - Temple of the Winds
3 : km 9.05 - alt. 113m - Footpath
4 : km 12.25 - alt. 90m - Woods
5 : km 14.24 - alt. 176m - LipChis Way
6 : km 16.14 - alt. 143m - Liphook Road
7 : km 18.71 - alt. 161m - Canadian memorial
8 : km 20.03 - alt. 115m - Railway
A : km 22.96 - alt. 158m - Marley Common
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