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Self-Guided Walking in the Surrey Hills from Guildford

Stunning landscapes & villages on London’s doorstep

No of Nights: 1-3

Stay: Hotel or B&B

Grade: Easy to Moderate

Why not combine with 2 or 3 nights walking from nearby Dorking for more walking.


When walking in the Surrey Hills from Guildford you'll discover not only varied, beautiful countryside but many features of interest. There are high chalk ridges with breathtaking views to the skyline of London in one direction and to the English Channel in the other. Historic villages tucked in the folds of the downs abound, each with its own old inn. There's easy walking too, along the towpath of the Wey & Godalming Navigation with its locks, boats and bridges. The routes are punctuated with ancient churches, flower meadows as well as an art gallery, a Norman castle. Tread in the footsteps of pilgrims along these hills and valleys, still relatively unknown and yet enjoying the status of an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'.

A few days of self-guided walking in the Surrey Hills, following our carefully-crafted routes, will provide you with fresh air and exercise, tranquility and beauty. You'll return home refreshed, relaxed and restored.


  • Two to three days of scenic walking in and around the county town of Guildford, noted for its cobbled high street and medieval castle
  • Expertly-crafted self-guided walks in some of the South of England’s most beautiful countryside, providing a variety of scenery.
  • Accurate and easy to follow route note, so you can be sure you will not have problems finding your way!
  • Routes through beautiful scenery, accompanied by printed commentaries highlighting features of special interest (it's like having your own personal guide)
  • Freedom to walk at your own pace, linger over lunch, admire a flower, take a photograph
  • Country pubs for lunch
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Day One: Arrival Day & Self-guided Walk around Guildford

Having settled into your accommodation, explore the fascinating historical heart of Guildford. Our included town tour will help you to discover the various delights of this medieval town. (Grade easy: 2 miles/3 km)

Day Two: St Martha's Hill – 8 miles/13.5 km

Setting off along the historic Wey & Godalming Navigation, with its colourful boats and bridges, the towpath joins the North Downs Way. Today's trail includes numerous highlights: in the attractive village of Shalford you can on certain days visit a restored, timber-framed corn mill. Then you'll discover the fascinating remains of Surrey's gunpowder industry, in use from Tudor times until World War I.

A climb up St Martha's Hill is well rewarded with breathtaking views over the beautiful Tillingbourne Valley. You can visit the little chapel itself (normally on Wednesdays and Sundays)  and read about its history and the numerous pilgrims who would have stopped off at this religious site. Finally further panoramas await you as far as the eye can see as you reach the lovely grasslands of Pewley Down with yet more stunning views.

Finally, descend to Guildford, and perhaps finish with a visit to the Norman Castle and its beautiful gardens. Take a picnic to enjoy from the hilltops or visit the Percy Arms at Chilworth for a pub lunch.

(Grade moderate: 8 miles/13.5 km)

Day Three: Compton & Loseley Park – 8 miles/13.5 k 

Today’s walk is a favourite, featuring a variety of scenic delights.  From the towpath, full of interest at any time of year, you'll visit Chaucer’s Spring, before picking up the famous Pilgrims’ Way. A delightful woodland trail takes you to the ancient village of Compton. We highly recommend lunch at the 16th C Withies Inn, famed for its fine food and lovely garden setting.

Then it’s on to visit the unique Watts Chapel and Art Gallery before returning to Guildford via Loseley, the best Elizabethan house in the country. The house has been the home of the More-Molyneux family for 5oo years. Here you can enjoy the colourful gardens and wild flower meadows, sanctuaries of peace and beauty. Finally, perhaps indulge in a cream tea before returning along hidden footpaths to Guildford! 

(Grade easy: 6 miles/9.6 km)


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Enjoy a luxury bedroom at a four-star hotel in the heart of Guildford, one minutes' walk from the cobbled high street and within easy walking distance of the station with trains to London. Facilities include parking, excellent restaurant and coffee shop, spa and wellness centre, indoor pool, fitness centre, free high-speed wifi.


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Grade of the walks

Grading of Walks: these routes are suitable for anyone of average fitness, able to walk around 8 miles on varied hilly terrain. Allow 4-5 hours with a break for a pub lunch. As this is hilly country some ascents and descents are to be expected.

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Tour price and costs

Price per person:  from £299 for 2 people sharing a twin or double room for 2 nights

Price includes:

  • En-suite luxury accommodation with full English breakfasts
  • Two full-day self-guided walks
  • Self-guided tour of Guildford
  • Comprehensive walks pack containing detailed route directions in A5 booklets
  • Commentaries to accompany the route directions
  • Marked-up Ordnance Survey map and map case
  • Recommended old inns for lunch
  • Pocket guide to flora and fauna
  • Travel information
  • Personalised itinerary
  • Telephone support
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Rail Travel

By rail:

trains twice an hour from London Victoria or Waterloo with a journey time of 45 minutes.

20 minutes by train from Guildford.

(Easy access from Gatwick Airport).

Road Travel

By road:

total mileage from central London: 30 miles (1.5 hours). Ample car parking available.


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