North Downs Way
Farnham to Guildford
The North Downs Way National Trail opened in 1978 and runs from Farnham, Surrey to Dover, Kent, via Guildford, Dorking, Rochester, along the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Kent Downs AONB. Planning began in 1950 and after an extensive survey, it was agreed that a route on "a line which offers the best scenic qualities for the walker" along the ridge of the North Downs, rather than the Pilgrim's Way (the historical route supposed to have been taken by pilgrims from Winchester, Hampshire to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury, Kent).
The eastern section of the trail splits in two with the northern path running via Canterbury and the southern via Wye, both ending at Dover.
Today's walk kicked off the North Downs Way starting at Farnham and finishing at Guildford - both stations are easily reached by train from London.
In this walk you'll pass through:
Farnham is the largest town in Waverley and one of the five largest conurbations in Surrey. There are many old building, including Georgian houses, and the 12th century Farnham Castle overlooks the town. Worth a look around before heading off on the trail.
Puttenham Common is a site of special scientific interest and is managed by English Nature. It lies on greensand, sand or sandstone which has a greenish colour, and is covered with heathland. There is a hill fort at Hillbury, not on the trail, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, probably dating back to the Iron Age.
Puttenham which lies in the 'Vale of Holmesdale' between the chalky North Downs and the Greensand Ridge. It is referred to in the Domesday Book and was called Reddesolham or Rodsall with the Bishop of Bayeux owning its assets. There is a nice pub in the village which makes a lovely stop off point for a half-pint and a bite to eat.
istance: around 12 miles (including links to the stations).