IMPORTANT NOTE: THE FOOTPATH AT BUSBRIDGE LAKES IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR REPAIR SO THIS WALK IS NOT PASSABLE. WE WILL REMOVE THIS NOTE ONCE THE PATH IS REPAIRED AND THE WALK IS OPEN.
A 14.5km (9 mile) circular walk (which can be shortened to 7 miles) from Godalming Station in Surrey, taking in the woodlands, lakes and old lanes to the south of the town, including a climb to the top of Hydon's Ball where you will be rewarded with magnificent views. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.
The walk has several climbs and descents including a couple of very steep sections. There are no stiles or gates on route but you will need to negotiate several flights of steps. All of the paths are enclosed, so you will not encounter any livestock. The bridleways and paths are very rutted and uneven in many places and can also get very muddy, so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the wet winter months). There are a couple of sections of walking along country lanes so take care of traffic at these points. The route also takes you across a golf course, so please show respect for the golfers by allowing them to take their shots before you cross and watch out for any stray golf balls. If the full 9 mile walk is too long for you, you can shorten the walk to around 7 miles by finishing at Milford Station and then returning to Godalming by train. Allow 4.5 to 5 hours.
Godalming itself has many options for refreshments at the start or end of the walk, but there are no facilities along the rest of the route. You may like to stock up with supplies in Godalming and then enjoy a picnic on the top of Hydon's Ball where there is a stone seat. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford & Farnham. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people's privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.
The walk starts and finishes from Godalming rail station. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, the station does have a pay and display car park which costs £7.50 per day Mon-Fri and £2 Sat (correct January 2016). There are alternative car parks within Godalming if you prefer. Approximate post code GU7 1EU.
The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Explore Surrey: Godalming and Hydon's Ball This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.
To book discount train tickets to this location please visit Train Genius