A hike on Surrey Hills: Winterfold, Holmbury & Leith Hill

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Oct 22
2022

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Long distance 27km (17miles) walked at pace

A long circular walk to get us out and about and which draws from a much loved railway ramble and my own family connections, taking in some of the most beautiful and pleasant of Surrey countrysides. Starting from Gomshall, taking in Shere, the woodlands of Winterfold Hill, Ewhurst Windmill and Holmbury Hill, Pitch Hill, Leith Hill, Friday Street and the Abingers in Surrey. 

Starting from Gomshall railway station - free parking at the weekend at the moment, we wander across Gomshall Marches and turn towards the Surrey village of Shere, with its streamside village centre and boutique shops, down to Shere Common before following Ponds Lane up to Dick's Hill (behave!) and into Winterfold Wood. 

Winterfold Wood, apart from supplying several water courses locally, is a large and beautiful forest, giving us ample supply of sun dappled paths to follow as we make our way towards Ewhurst Windmill and on to Pitch Hill.

Descending towards the east, we turn towards the slope up to Holmbury Hill and the iron age fort at the look out. Then we make our way, by byways and paths through the wood towards Holmbury St Mary and up the Greensand Trail to Leith Hill, the folly and the views.

 Turning south, we head through the woods of Wooton Common towards Abinger Bottom and Broadmoor, turning towards Friday Street. From the mill ponds of this tiny hamlet we continue towards the Abinger Hatch and St James Church in Abinger Common, crossing fields towards The Volunteer and onwards towards Abinger Hammer, Gomshall Marshes and the end of the walk

**This is a longer walk, at around 27km (16.5 miles) and we will maintain a pace so do please consider if you are up for this distance.** The route is here in OS Maps so have a look before signing up.

 

Images: All pictures taken by SimonH

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