Tillingbourne Trails – Gomshall

This heritage trail takes in the scenic village of Gomshall, set in the heart of the Valley. Explore the historic houses, milling sites and tannery buildings within the village as you walk along the Tillingbourne, before absorbing the beautiful open countryside and wooded paths as you walk into the hills.

Technical sheet
No. 7494503
A Shere walk posted on 06/04/21 by Surrey Hills AONB. Update : 06/04/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h20[?]
Distance Distance : 2.72mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 112ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 121ft
Highest point Highest point : 397ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 262ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Surrey Hills
Location Location : Shere
Starting point Starting point : N 51.219574° / W 0.441896°
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Description

(D/A) Start at Gomshall station (GU5 9NX). Follow the road back towards the A25, and turn right at the T junction.
Walk through the village along the pavement, passing such historic buildings as Gomshall Mill, businesses such as Tillings tea rooms, and the Tillingbourne itself. Cross over to the south side of the road at the crossing by the Compass Inn (*note that cars may be parked on the pavement on the north side of the road, and you may need to cross beforehand*) Turn right, continuing through the village and along the road until you reach the petrol station. On the left, look out for Tanyard Hall, which now houses the Parish Council offices and is one of the few remaining buildings from the Tannery, as well as the Victorian cottages fronting the street.

(1) Turn left onto Queen Street. The King John House on the corner was formerly the Old Tannery House and dates from at least the 16th century. Continue down Queen road, following the Tillingbourne on the right (*be careful as the road becomes very narrow for a section, with no footpath*).

(2) At the top of the hill at the T junction, turn left onto High View. Follow the road to the bottom of the hill, and turn right under the railway bridge, onto Towerhill. Follow Towerhill until it bends right. Straight ahead is a narrow footpath (Towerhill Lane), marked Shere Millennium Trail, which you follow. At the T junction at the top of the hill (turn right for a few yards for the view of the North Downs Way at the back of the field, but then go back), turn left and stay on the bridle path. After 100 yards the path turns right, eventually coming out onto the top of a hill. Continue along, looking for two stout wooden posts marking a diagonal path across the field on your left.

(3) Cross the field, and continue on this path through the next field, where the path starts to ascend.
At the top of the field you will meet another path, where you turn left and immediately meet another path on your right (but keep left on the main path). You will pass a large house and garden on your right.

(4) After about 250 yards you will come to a tarmac road on the right. Turn left onto the gravel drive with a house on the left, onto the public footpath. Walk down the hill, as the path widens out and eventually veers to the left around a property called Southbrook Copse, then right at Southbrook House.

(5) At the bottom of the hill you will meet ‘Path 22’, but ignore this and stay on the main track which bends right and passes over the Tillingbourne again to meet the A25. Turn left under the railway bridge and cross the A25, returning back to Gomshall station. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 315ft - Gomshall station
1 : mi 0.44 - alt. 272ft - Queen Street
2 : mi 0.7 - alt. 302ft - High View
3 : mi 1.34 - alt. 390ft - Two stout wooden posts
4 : mi 1.68 - alt. 397ft - Wonham Way
5 : mi 2.4 - alt. 292ft - Path 22
D/A : mi 2.72 - alt. 315ft - Gomshall station

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