This heritage trail takes in the idyllic village of Abinger Hammer, situated in the heart of the Tillingbourne Valley. Explore the sites of the former mills and historic houses in and around the village, taking in the scenic fields and country roads which run through what was once a booming and thriving industrial landscape.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Start in the centre of Abinger Hammer village (RH5 6RX). There is a small village car park on the B2126 (Felday Road), but otherwise parking is very limited (if no parking is available in Abinger, it may be best to park at Gomshall station and start the walk opposite Old Hatch Farm, adding 1km to the walk).
(D/A) If starting from the centre of the village and Felday Road (facing the Post Office and Tea Room), turn left and walk along the A25, with the Tillingbourne on your left. Continue through the village, passing the Abinger clock on your right and ponds on your left.
(1) Opposite Old Hatch Farm, turn left onto the marked bridleway N°22. As you continue on the bridleway, you will pass two semi-detached houses on your right. Crossing the Tillingbourne you will come to a path junction just before a house gateway. Take the right-hand path, following the garden fence on your right. As the path goes up the hill past Southbrook Farm, continue along it to the top of the rise.
(2) A small path then doubles back on your left and traverses across a field, which you should follow. Cross the field and enter the woods on the other side. Turn immediately right and continue on the path. After 50 yards you will see a stile on your left. As you cross over, you will come out of the woods and arrive in another field. Turn right and continue alongside the side of the field, running parallel to the woods. In about 100yds, take the unmarked path on the left, towards a large oak tree in the middle of the field. At the other end of the field, cross the stile and turn right. Continue on this path as it veers right, past the side of a house, and then left, carrying on until you reach Felday Road (*note the road is very busy*).
(3) Cross directly over the road and climb the stile to the footpath opposite. Continue along the path, crossing over the stream via the bridge, and then as it ascends upwards past Oxmoor Copse on your right. At the fence, corner is another stile which you need to cross. In the next field, there is a clump of trees and hedge at the far right corner, at the field’s top end. Follow the path towards it (this path may not be visible all year) and the gap between the fields and marker.
(4) Turn immediately left by the stile over the low fence into a triangular-shaped field. Follow the path alongside the fence on your right until you reach the field’s corner and T-junction with public bridleway signs. Turn left to go down the hill, enjoying the fabulous views of the North Downs. At the bottom of the hill you will come to Paddington Farm. Go left and then right through the farmyard between the barns until you come to a tarmac road. As you carry on down to the road towards the A25, you will pass Paddington Mill on your left and millpond on your right. When you reach the A25, turn right at the village sign, and take the footpath verge next to the road and following the river (*be careful along this path*). You will pass Kingfisher Farm on the left and its watercress beds, before eventually returning to Felday Road and the centre of the village (refreshments suggested at Tea Rooms by Post Office).(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 308ft - Centre of Abinger Hammer village
1 : mi 0.2 - alt. 299ft - Old Hatch Farm
2 : mi 0.48 - alt. 308ft - Southbrook Farm
3 : mi 1.07 - alt. 328ft - Felday Road
4 : mi 1.51 - alt. 459ft - Triangular-shaped field
D/A : mi 2.35 - alt. 308ft - Centre of Abinger Hammer village
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