Saturday Walkers Club

Haslemere to Farnham Walk

Invall wooded ridge, Temple of the Four Winds, Gibbet Hill, Devil's Punch Bowl, Highcomb Bottom, Thursley & Hankley Commons, Atlantic Wall, River Wey, Waverley Abbey's ruins

Length 24.0 km (15.0 mi) with 407m ascent and 470m descent
Maps OS Explorer OL33 (was 133) Haslemere & Petersfield; Landranger 186 Aldershot & Guildford
Toughness 7 out of 10
Walk Notes

The route leads out of Haslemere in a northerly direction along the quietest and shortest possible route to ascend through Coombswell Copse and along the wooded Invall ridge up to Hurt Hill and the Temple of the Four Winds, the ruin of an early 20th century belvedere, and one of several viewpoints with striking vistas. Turn westerly up to Gibbet Hill (the second highest top in Surrey), with more far reaching views, out to the North Downs and London, as well as back to Black Down and to the South Downs.
Skirt around the Devil’s Punchbowl along the course of the old A3 and descend into the remote Highcomb Bottom, a stunning sandy heathland valley to re-join the Greensand Way to Thursley.
Its common (a NNR) is one of the largest heathlands as well as one of the last lowland peat bogs in southern Britain and an optional extension gives you prolonged exposure to it.
Next up is Hankley Common, another large heathland, and mostly MOD terrain, for an exploration of a D-Day training site with a replica section of The Atlantic Wall and assorted other defensive structures. On to the picturesque village of Tilford with its pub and cricket pitch on the green, followed by quiet woodland paths and lanes along the River Wey’s North Branch into Farnham, with an optional extension to Waverley Abbey’s ruins along the way.

Note: Before embarking on this walk, please read below chapter on Managed Access on Hankley Common.

Managed Access on Hankley Common

The current status of access rights on the MOD land of Hankley Common should be checked at
[under ‘Locations in South East England – Hankley and Elstead Commons’]
At time of writing the rules are as follows:
“The training area is used for logistics and minor infantry manoeuvre exercises.”
“Public access is permitted along public rights of way across both Commons at all times. This includes two walks across the open heathland of Elstead and Royal Commons. In addition open access on foot is available in those areas delineated by the managed access symbol on Ordnance Survey Explorer maps. When walking in the training area you are requested not to interrupt military training and to observe the Byelaws.” The write-up in the pdf walk directions reminds you of these rules whenever the route leaves public rights of way.

Walk Options

An alternative ascent route to Gibbet Hill via Hindhead Common (with an option for a diversion via the Devil’s Punchbowl Café or Hotel for Elenvenses) cuts 450m and 104m ascent/descent.

To shorten the walk:

  • Bus 19 (Haslemere to Aldershot, hourly Mon-Sat) to Hindhead cuts 4.5 km and 150m ascent;
  • The byway on top of the ridge above Highcomb Bottom cuts 660m and 36m ascent;
  • A shortcut on Thursley Common cuts 800m;
  • Bus 46 (Guildford to Farnham, roughly hourly Mon-Sat) from Waverley Abbey cuts the last 4 km.

To lengthen the walk:

  • A slightly longer route within Invall (wood) leads over the (wooded) top of Hurt Hill;
  • An extension in Highcomb Bottom adds 530m and 20m ascent;
  • A loop, with or without an extension within the loop, or just a short out-and-back in Thursley Common heathland add either 750m, 1.7 km or 3.2 km;
  • An out-and-back to the picturesque Waverley Abbey ruins adds 1.5 km.

A Haslemere Circular Walk is possible by following the main walk to Thursley for lunch (or just to Gibbet Hill) and reverse-walking (map-led) the alternative start via Hindhead Common (for a tea stop include the diversion to the Punchbowl Café), or vice versa.


The Devil’s Punch Bowl Café (01428 681 050). The Devil’s Punchbowl Café is located 4.5 km (2.8 mi) into the walk, if following the alternative ascent route.
The Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel (01428 606 565). The Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel is located 4.5 km (2.8 mi) into the walk, if following the alternative ascent route.
The Three Horseshoes (01252 703 268). The Three Horseshoes is located 10.5 km (6.5 mi) into the walk.
The Duke of Cambridge (01252 792 236). The Duke of Cambridge is located 15.9 km (9.9 mi) into the walk.
The Barley Mow (01252 792 205). The Barley Mow is located 17.5 km (10.9 mi) into the walk.


The Barley Mow (as above).
Tilford Village Shop (01252 792 258). The Village Shop is located 6.3 km (3.9 mi) from the end of the walk. It serves hot and cold drinks, cakes, sandwiches and snacks.
The Mulberry (01252 726 673). Open all day every day.
The Lamb (01252 714 133). Open all day every day. A Shepherd Neame pub.
The Waverley Arms (01252 713 140). Open all day every day. Part of the Enterprise Inns group.


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Out: (not a train station)

Back: (not a train station)

By Car

Start: GU27 2PE | Directions at 4pm

Finish: GU9 8AD | [Directions] at 10am

Map Walk This walk requires an OS map and a compass or GPS for navigation. You can print out OS maps using the link above.

Start walking Large print Using GPS data

National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234



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Walk Directions  

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