London Waterloo Railway Station
Join us for this long but pretty walk with gentle hills via a nice mixture of river valley, forest tracks and many beautiful country houses! We will pass the ruins of Waverley Abbey and go through the woods, visit the parklands of the Peper Harrow estate which has its own church and cricket pitch, and walk along beside the River Wey to the Godalming’s ancient centre.
Length: 20.6 km (12.8 miles), 6 hours. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 10 hours.
Toughness: 6 out of 10.
Lunch: We will stop for lunch at The Donkey pub approximately at 1pm, after 9 km of walk.
What’s included: guided hike, train tickets, admin fee.
What’s not included: food, drinks.
The town of Farnham (the name derives from the Saxon for ‘ferny water meadows’) prospered through trade in corn, wheat and hops. Its Norman castle was built by Henri de Blois, a grandson of William the Conqueror.
Moor Park House is the site of the 1897 Moor Park Riot where a crowd successfully forced open the gates to maintain the right of way against the intention of the owner, Sir William Rose. During World War II Moor Park was part of the General Headquarters Line of defence built against an expected German invasion; remains such as pillboxes and gun emplacements can still be seen in the Park and surrounding area.
The twelfth-century Waverley Abbey – now in ruins – was the first Cistercian monastery to be built in England.
The Peper Harrow Church of St Nicholas is a Norman building restored by Pugin, the Victorian architect. It contains a memorial to Vice Admiral Thomas Brodrick; he helped to court-martial Admiral Byng, who in 1757 was shot on the quarterdeck of his own ship as a scapegoat for the navy’s failure to save a besieged garrison on Minorca or, as Voltaire put it, ‘pour encourager les autres’.
Godalming is thought to mean ‘field (-ing) of Godhelm’ (the putative first Saxon to claim the land). It was a coaching town between London and Portsmouth, and a centre of trade in wool, stone-quarrying, timber, leather, paper, corn and brewing. The High Street has many half-timbered buildings.
Meeting point and time:
We will meet at 08:40 am at London Waterloo station near the information point (see the map below).
We will make our way to the platform at 08:50 a.m. If you are late I’m afraid we will not be able to wait and you will be missing the trip. Of course if you want, you can try to catch up with us at the platform, but the host will be making sure the group gets on the right train, so you will have to figure out the way. Also, you will have to find another way of getting in as I will have your train ticket.
Train*: We will aim to take the 09:00 am train from London Waterloo, arriving in Farnham at 09:55 am.
*Please note that as the rail network is very unreliable, those details might change depending on the train delays and we may take an earlier or later train. The decision might need to be taken by the leader on the spot to suit the group’s needs. If you do not arrive at the meeting time, we can not guarantee that you will be able to catch up with the group as the leader may not be able to update you about any changes – even if you call or message them, as sometimes the phone network might not be available and often they might be busy taking care of the group. Leader’s priority will always have to be the customers that arrived on time. We add the train details in order to help you out if you have problems getting to the meeting point on time, but take no responsibility for any changes – so the only way to ensure you do not miss out on the event is to arrive on time at the meeting point.
Please make sure that you are dressed appropriately to the weather. We will not cancel the trip unless the conditions make it dangerous for us to make the walk. If the trip was cancelled you would of course be refunded.
It is very difficult to predict exact return time as it depends on the walking speed of the particular group and the choices we make along the way (lunch, route etc). If you decide to join, please consider yourself committed for the day.
Clothing and Equipment list:
Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure: http://katsadventures.com/#plx_progress_faq_section
DISCLAIMER and T&Cs:
You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance, so please make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and the activities that you will be participating in. In addition to your own Personal Civil liability insurance, you will need an individual insurance for multi-risk and multi-activity holidays (expenses of cancellation, research – help, repatriation, medical expenses, theft of luggage, etc.) appropriate for the activities to be undertaken as part of the holiday. The general travel insurance is often minimal and rarely adapted to the active holidays. Please check the details with your insurance provider.