Route: Haslemere Circular Walk (United Kingdom)

Submitted by nickarini on Sat, 09/12/2020 - 09:50am
Location
United Kingdom
Distance
34.7 km
Vertical Gain
900 m
Description

Haslemere Circular Walk

Hampshire, Surrey, W Sussex

34 km / 21 miles

A circuit around Haslemere, with a large proportion of the route crossing National Trust woodland and heathland, including Gibbet Hill, Blackdown, Marley Common, Waggoners Wells and the Devil's Punch Bowl. The walk intersects with the Greensand Way. Another link to the Greensand Way is provided by the Four Stations Way (11� miles) from Haslemere to Godalming. 

https://ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?menu_type=S&path_name=Haslemere+Circular+Walk

Stunning views, steep climbs and covering some of the most beautiful trails in the area.

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Comments

I plan to do this route on Thursday 12th August 2021, it looks like a fabulous route!

I had a lot of fun doing this route today but the route description on the LDW link is very different to the GPX file, using a combination of both, I completed the route but managed to add on 4.5 extra miles... so no FKT for me!

Ah thats a shame! Having looked at the routes on here and the ldwa page they look almost identical? Maybe one you could try again though?

Thanks! I'm hoping to try this route again this week. As an example, the ldwa description took me through 2 fields though a wooden gate and into a woodland, upon checking the gpx I had to completely retrace my steps and go onto a road leading up to Barfold Farm, if I'd have continued the ldwa route at that point it would have brought me out level with Barfold farm. So the routes are very similar, but I think lots of corners are cut and also added on with the gpx! The ldwa is 23 miles, the gpx 21 miles.

Hi Lizzie, sorry you had problems with the route. I only had the LDWA GPX to follow when I did it and had some serious issues following it. There were several points where it takes you in an obviously wrong direction and into private property. I had to retrace steps several times to find the right paths. That file was so low fidelity and mapped so poorly to what was on the ground that I thought it was best to clean up my file and submit that as an actually navigable route. The only place it deviates significantly though (from what I remember) is where it crosses the A3 at Bramshott common. The LDWA file just skips over the motorway and I spent about 40 minutes trying to find a safe way across. I eventually decided that the only safe route was to parallel and go under the underpass and rejoin the route from the other side. I felt that it was best to put a safe route up on this site rather than encourage a dangerous crossing of a major highway. I hope this was the right call and that you had fun (safely) doing this one. I am going to come back and give it another try. Best, Nick.