Hydon's Ball to Winkworth Arboretum circuit

Walking trail

Enjoy this lovely tranquil walk along old paths through woods and fields with views over the south Surrey hills. You can stop off at Winkworth Arboretum to strolls through the glades, wander around the lake and enjoy the cafe before continuing back to Hydon's Ball through woods with stunning views.

Map

Start:

NT car park, Salt Lane, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4BB.

1

Start in the car park at Hydon’s Ball and Heath and take the track that is at the back of the information board which leads to the road. Cross over the road, take the track turning down the hard core path - this is a footpath. You’ll be walking through tall conifers and birches. At the point where the path bends round to the left, bear right leaving the track and taking the straight bridlepath on your right up through the trees along Juniper Valley. The path bends to the right and then left and you descend to reach a secret valley in the wood.

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Path along side sun-filled Juniper Bottom valley

2

Cross the valley and follow the sandy path up the hill. This is a holloway with steep banks and hazel trees on either side, which open out to fields as you approach South Munstead Farm. At the farm you come out onto a track. Go straight ahead and in about 30 yards you'll come to a T junction by some houses. Turn right, follow the short road to meet the main road opposite Winkworth Arboretum.

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Sunken roads remind us of journeys in the past

3

If you wish to explore Winkworth Arboretum then follow the paths through the car park to the visitor centre. Alternatively continue along a public footpath from the car park south beside a panelled fence, along the edge of the arboretum. There are views to your left through the trees to the landscape beyond. The path ends at a T junction with the road. Cross the road to the right and walk to the bend. Here turn left and take the bridle path immediately to your left along a straight tarmac track.

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Enjoy the sights of Winkworth Arboretum

4

Follow the road all the way along, ignoring a bridle path to your left. The houses give way to countryside and you will get some lovely views to your right. At the house Deer’s Leap the tarmac becomes an earthy footpath which descends to a road. Cross over the lane and follow the bridle way up to your left alongside fields to your right and woodland to your left. From here you can see the towering conifers planted on the top of Hydon’s Ball to your right. The path will go into managed woodland. Ignore tracks until you reach a broad track with footpath markers and open gates indicating the Greensand Way. Take a minute to admire the views to the North Downs. Turn right

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The tall conifers of Hydon's Ball stand out across the fields

5

At a clearing the path bears towards the left and becomes a narrow gully, with firm rock underfoot. Continue through the woodland until you come out at a road. Turn left along the road and then right at the finger post to continue the Greensand Way. The path follows the edge of the hill bending round to the right and ascending. Listen out for the birds - buzzard, woodpeckers, blackbirds, song thrush. At the top you come out near a path and you can again see the conifer tops of Hydon’s Ball across the fields. Continue along the narrow sandy path following the ridge and then dropping down to a sunken road. Turn right and walk for 30 yards to a clearing where paths cross.

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Follow the markers along the Greensand Way

6

Cross the Greensand Way to follow a sandy bridleway through hazel trees. There are lovely views over the farm fields to you left and you gradually descend down to a wood. Go past the Thames Water pumping station and come to a crossroads of paths. You have reached Hydon’s Ball and Heath. Go straight ahead and up the small hill through the woods and you will come to the Robertson memorial on your left. From here turn sharp right and follow the small up the steep hill bending to your left, coming out at the top.

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The Robertson memorial commemorates deaths in World War I

7

Stop here awhile to enjoy the views and maybe have a snack and a drink. When you’re ready take the path behind the seat to the left and go straight down the slopes though the woodland. You will come to the T-junction with a broad bridlepath. Turn left and walk back to the car park.

The top of Hydon's Ball in winter sunshine

End:

NT car park, Salt Lane, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4BB.

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Hydon's Ball to Winkworth Arboretum circuit

Terrain

Mostly along firm paths and sandy soils which are marked as footpaths or bridlepaths. Some paths are quite narrow. Can be muddy in parts after rain. Walk has some gentle ascents and descents.  

Hydon's Ball to Winkworth Arboretum circuit

Contact us

Phone: 01428681050

Email: hindhead@nationaltrust.org.uk

Hydon's Ball to Winkworth Arboretum circuit

How to get here

Address
NT car park, Salt Lane, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4BB. Grid reference SU978402
By train

Godalming station, then Stagecoach 503 bus

By road

Take B2130 (Brighton Road) from Godalming and head south; at Busbridge turn right onto the Hambledon Road and then right down Clock Barn Lane and onto Salt Lane.

By bicycle

Take B2130 (Brighton Road) from Godalming and head south; at Busbridge turn right onto the Hambledon Road and then right down Clock Barn Lane and onto Salt Lane. View local cycle routes on the Sustrans website

Hydon's Ball to Winkworth Arboretum circuit

Facilities and access

  • Car park at Hydon's Ball and Heath
  • Cafe and toilets at Winkworth Arboretum
  • Car parking at Winkworth Arboretum