Tillingbourne Trails - Chilworth

Moderate level of difficulty (steep climb to hilltop).

Technical sheet
No. 6529502
A St. Martha walk posted on 19/03/21 by Surrey Hills AONB. Update : 19/03/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h40[?]
Distance Distance : 5.12km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 85m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 84m
Highest point Highest point : 133m
Lowest point Lowest point : 51m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Surrey Hills
Location Location : St. Martha
Starting point Starting point : N 51.215359° / W 0.528014°
Download : -

Description

Start at top of Vera's Path on the left side of Chilworth Church of England Infant School (GU4 8NP), which is next to the Percy Arms pub. Parking on road (A248).

(D/A) Cross over the bridge into the Chilworth Gunpowder Works and picnic area, and follow the path to the right, which follows the old tramway, before veering to the right and running along the edge of the New Cut stream. As you follow the path, you will pass the incorporating mills on your left, which you can go down into and explore. Continue on this path until it reaches the gate (and eastern entrance to the Middle Works).

(1) Turn right onto the road, and almost immediately cross the stile on the opposite side, over into the field. Take the small path diagonally across the fields, crossing the stile at the other end. Then cross the second field, following the left side of the ditch. *Be aware that horses roam this field* As you look left (in the second field), you will see a row of triangular roofs amongst the trees, which are part of Admiralty cordite works. Cross the small stream at the stile and footbridge, following the path between the fences to Postford Pond. Looking left, you can see a small pond with the remains of more of the works on the far shore.

Note : This path can become very muddy and impassable in winter. If so, a detour can be made by doubling back to the road by the Middle Works entrance and going south to Lockner Farm and the A248. Follow the A248 west and take the next path north to rejoin the route at Postford Pond

(2) At the road junction at Postford Pond's corner, turn left and follow around its left side. Note the mill channel on the left as you cross over the water, which belonged to the mill which closed in 1997. Carry on with the pond to your right. As the road continues to Waterloo Pond (bending to the left), take the right path (with the pond on the left and the Tillingbourne on the right).

At the road junction (A248), turn left onto the drive signed footpath, past the houses, with the pond on your left. Then take the paved path into a front garden, which is a right of way. Follow the slab path through the garden and past the greenhouse to the back of the garden. Carry on following the path into the woods, over the stile.

(3) At the road end, turn right onto the plank path, passing a house on your left. Follow the path through the woods, with the Tillingboure meandering below. This is the site where charcoal was produced. As the path begins to climb up, you will be able to look down to your left onto the Works, through the trees below. Continue as the path climbs steeply up the hill, eventually turning into a sandy track, which will end at a junction at the top.

(4) Turn left, and follow the sandy path, passing the WW2 pillbox (part of the North Downs defense line of invasion) on your right. As you continue along this path, you will come to the junction of the Downs Link. Turn left to follow the Downs Link downhill. Follow the bending track down through the woods and between the fields to the track junction at the bottom. Turn right and follow the path along the edge of the vineyard to its corner, which meets the small path near Chilworth Manor, opposite the one descending from St Martha’s Hill (note the WW2 defensive pillbox across the field near the barn).

(5) Turn left down this path and carry on down the hill, taking the permissive path between the fields (the vineyard will be on your left as you continue to descend between the two fences). Go through the gate back into the Gunpowder Works and follow the path over the wooden pack horse bridge.

(6) Fork left on the path to the track junction, and then left again, arriving back at the picnic area. As you reach the picnic area, take the right path back to the bridge, crossing over it to return up Vera’s path and the A248.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 57m - Top of Vera's Path
1 : km 0.62 - alt. 52m - Road
2 : km 1.31 - alt. 53m - Postford Pond
3 : km 2.15 - alt. 67m - Road end
4 : km 3.05 - alt. 118m - Sandy path
5 : km 3.78 - alt. 82m - Path going down
6 : km 4.61 - alt. 52m - Fork
D/A : km 5.12 - alt. 57m - Top of Vera's Path

Useful Information

Note the leaflets for the Gunpowder Mills Heritage Trail, available at each entrance, which will provide more detail on the remains and structures themselves.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Other walks in the area

distance 8.29km Vertical gain +134m Vertical drop -139m Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in St. Martha - Surrey

This walk takes you up to the historic St Martha’s Church where you will enjoy a fantastic vista of the Surrey Hills.

distance 12.11km Vertical gain +159m Vertical drop -164m Durée 3h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in St. Martha - Surrey

An undulating walk in the Surrey Hills, starting from Chilworth Station and passing through farmland, woodland and parkland. The route crosses the Tillingbourne stream, which used to power a number of powder, paper and corn mills in the area. Part of the walk follows the Pilgrims Way, running from Winchester to Canterbury. There is also a shorter variation of this trail that can be taken. This walk is published through a collaboration with the Surrey County Council.

distance 6.96km Vertical gain +73m Vertical drop -80m Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in St. Martha - Surrey

An undulating walk in the Surrey Hills, starting from Chilworth Station and passing through farmland, woodland and parkland. The route crosses the Tillingbourne stream, which used to power a number of powder, paper and corn mills in the area. There is also a longer version of this walk available. This walk is published through a collaboration with the Surrey County Council.

distance 6.51km Vertical gain +101m Vertical drop -93m Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Albury - Surrey

This heritage trail takes in the distinctive Tillingbourne village of Albury, famous for its relocation a mile to the west in the 18th century. Explore its unique village architecture before meandering through Albury Park itself, a scenic parkland which combines medieval churches, landscaped gardens and woodland, all on the edge of the beautiful Albury Heath.

distance 4.73km Vertical gain +78m Vertical drop -77m Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Albury - Surrey

This heritage trail takes in the distinctive Tillingbourne village of Albury, famous for its relocation a mile to the west in the 18th century. Explore its unique village architecture before meandering through Albury Park itself, a scenic parkland which combines medieval churches, landscaped gardens and woodland, all on the edge of the beautiful Albury Heath.

distance 9.25km Vertical gain +194m Vertical drop -201m Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Albury - Surrey

A circular walk in the Surrey Hills, visiting a number of popular attractions including Silent Pool, a stretch of the North Downs Way, Newlands Corner and St Martha's Hill and offering superb views. This walk is published through a collaboration with the Surrey County Council. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a steep climb up to the top of the North Downs.

distance 3.54km Vertical gain +24m Vertical drop -24m Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Surrey

This walk shows how easily the hustle and bustle of the town centre can be left behind. A few minutes walking are all that is required to reach the beautiful and tranquil riverside environment of the River Wey Valley. Allow 30 mins to an hour depending on walking speed. Parts of the route, especially the towpath, may be uneven in places and muddy in winter.

distance 5.38km Vertical gain +61m Vertical drop -63m Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Shere - Surrey

This heritage trail takes in the beautiful and popular village of Shere, one of the valley’s best preserved historic communities. Explore not only the many intricacies of the village itself, but also the gentle walk through the fields to Albury Park and back, following the course of the Tillingbourne and taking in the historic churches, houses and river features (both natural and manmade) along the way.

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.