Horsell Walks

This page contains descriptions of walks developed by Second Thursday Club for the "Wednesday Walks". They are all designed to take no more than two hours. All the walks are designed as round tours which begin and end in Horsell Village.

There are many variations and possible extensions especially to the walks on Horsell Common.

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Group A - Goldsworth Park and Basingstoke Canal

A1: Goldsworth park - Round the lake

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Walk along quiet footpaths to Goldsworth Park, take a tour round the lake and return via Horsell High Street.

Time Distance
Approx 1 hour 2.5 miles

A2: Goldsworth Park and Basingstoke Canal

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Walk along quiet footpaths to Goldsworth Park. Pass by the lake and continue past Waitrose to the Basingstoke canal. Turn left along the canal tow path in the direction of Woking and return via Broomhall Common footpath, Wilson Way and the High Street.

Time Distance
90 minutes 3.5 miles

A3: Goldsworth Park and Littlewick Common

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Walk along quiet footpaths to Goldsworth Park. Take the perimeter path with Hockey field on your left until it emerges on to Littlewick Road. Cross Littlewick Road and follow intriguing footpaths through Littlewick Common to Deep Pool. Return across Horsell Common to Viggory Lane, Horsell Birch and the High Street.

Note: There are a few styles on this route
Time Distance
90 minutes 3.5 miles

A4: Goldsworth Park, St Johns and Hook Heath

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Walk along quiet footpaths to Goldsworth Park. Pass by the lake and continue past Waitrose to the Basingstoke canal. Turn right along the tow path in the direction of St Johns. Cross St Johns Lye following the path which goes over the railway to Hook Heath Golf Club. A circuit is made using public footpaths that cross the golf course. Lovely views, easy walking and great for buggies.

Time Distance
2 hrs - 2 hrs 15 mins 5 - 6 miles

Group B - Heather Farm and The Meadows

B1: Horsell Birch to The Triangle

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Walk along the High Street to Horsell Birch. Take quiet footpath to Littlewick Road going past Warren Pond. Cross over Littlewick Road to area known as the "The Grasslands" and follow paths which cross Horsell Common Road to area known as "The Triangle". Cross back over Littlewick Road and return via Forge Common, Grobars Avenue and Hammond Road to the High Street.

Time Distance
1 hour 2.5 miles

B2: Horsell Birch to Heather Farm and The Meadows

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Walk along the High Street to Horsell Birch. Take quiet footpath to Littlewick Road going past Warren Pond. Cross over Littlewick Road to area known as the "The Grasslands" and follow paths which cross Horsell Common Road to area known as "The Triangle". From there the walk takes you to Heather Farm, the boardwalks across The Meadows and returns via Horsell Common and Cheapside.

Time Distance
90 minutes 3.5 miles

B3: Horsell Birch to Deep Pool and The Meadows

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Alternative to B2 via Deep Pool
Walk along the High Street to Horsell Birch. Take quiet footpath to Littlewick Road going past Warren Pond. Cross over Littlewick Road to area known as the "The Grasslands" and follow path which takes you across the common, over the River Bourne to Deep Pool. Follow footpath 120 from Deep Pool to Mimbridge where you cross over Chobham Road to The Meadows. A grassy track eventually joins the boardwalks across The Meadows. Return via Horsell Common and Cheapside.

Time Distance
100 minutes 4 miles

B4 Horsell Birch to Seven Acres farm

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Walk along the High Street to Horsell Birch. Take quiet footpath to Littlewick Road going past Warren Pond. Cross over Littlewick Road to area known as the "The Grasslands" and follow paths which cross Horsell Common Road to area known as "The Triangle". From there the walk takes you to Heather Farm, the boardwalks across The Meadows and returns via Seven Acres farm to Heather Farm. From there cross Chobham Road and return via The Triangle, Forge Common, South Road and any convenient route back to the High Street.

Time Distance
100 minutes 4 miles

B5: Horsell Birch to The Wetlands

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Walk along the High Street to Horsell Birch. Take quiet footpath to Littlewick Road going past Warren Pond. Cross over Littlewick Road to area known as the "The Grasslands" and follow paths which cross Horsell Common Road to area known as "The Triangle". From there the walk takes you to Heather Farm and the circuit around The Wetlands. Returning to Heather Farm, cross Chobham Road and return via The Triangle, Forge Common, South Road and any convenient route back to the High Street.

Time Distance
70 minutes 2 miles

Group C - Horsell Common

C2: Cheapside to the Sandpit

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This walk takes you to the Sandpit (aka. Sandpits) , the iconic Woking destination made famous by H.G Wells novel "War of the Worlds". Takes in some lesser known local footpaths in Horsell and takes an interesting diversion from the beaten track on Horsell Common.

Time Distance
90 mins 3 miles

C3: Cheapside to McLaren Park

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This is one of our longer walks but is well worth the effort. McLaren Park is a lovely open grassy area with "naturalistic" landscaping and many picnic sites. In spring-time there is an abundance of wild flowers to be seen. The route across Horsell Common takes you through areas of heather which have been greatly expanded in recent years due to the conservation efforts of Horsell Common Preservation Society. A feast for the senses when the heather blooms in August.

Time Distance
2 hours 4.5 miles

Group D - Wheatsheaf Common

D1: Wheatsheaf Common to Bedser Trail, Canal and Peace Garden

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From the High Street we take the new path alongside Queen Elizabeth Gardens, passing the tennis courts and Pares Woodlands Garden. This is the highest point in Horsell and provides a lovely open view to the south. From there we go down to Wilson Way and at the end use the right hand footpath between the hedges towards Woking. In reaching Broomhall Common we turn left on another path which emerges on the Chobham Road opposite the Wheatsheaf recreation ground. Continuing across and beyond the goal posts we reach Wheatsheaf Common. From there we follow a very old footpath that joins the Chertsey Road (A320) near the entrance to Carlton Road.

Crossing over the Chertsey Road at this point brings us straight on to the start of the Bedser Trail - a clear all weather path. Following the Bedser trail anti-clockwise we pass a bronze age burial mound. From here we take a path of convenience towards the bridge over the Basingstoke Canal at Monument Road. The historic Muslim Burial Ground (aka. Peace Garden) is visible from here across Monument Road. Well worth a 10-mimute detour to make a visit. From here we return along the canal towpath to Woking and return to Horsell via the Lightbox and the path alongside Broomhall Common.

Time Distance
90 minutes 3 miles

D2: Wheatsheaf Common to the Sandpit

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From the High Street we take the new path alongside Queen Elizabeth Gardens, passing the tennis courts and Pares Woodlands Garden. This is the highest point in Horsell and provides a lovely open view to the south. From there we go down to Wilson Way and at the end use the right hand footpath between the hedges towards Woking. In reaching Broomhall Common we turn left on another path which emerges on the Chobham Road opposite the Wheatsheaf recreation ground. Continuing across and beyond the goal posts we reach Wheatsheaf Common.

From there we follow a very old footpath that joins the Chertsey Road (A320) near the entrance to Carlton Road. We turn left up Carlton Road as far as a footpath to the right opposite the Fennies Day Nursery and follow this to Shores Rd Car Park. From there we follow the HG Wells trail to the Sandpit and return via The Gallops, Danewell Pond, Sandy Track and Cheapside.

Time Distance
1 hour 45 minutes 3.5 miles

This page last updated 09/05/2020