Winkworth to Oakhurst wonder walk

Walking trail

A beautiful wooded walk connecting three very special and unique National Trust properties hidden away in the sunny West Weald. Please note if you're following this walk and parking at Winkworth Arboretum, you'll need to pre-book a ticket to Winkworth via the homepage.

See a unique snapshot of a now largely forgotten way of life

The splendour of Winkworth Arboretum is linked through woodland to the spectacular views from the top of Hydon's Ball, then down to the charming village of Hambledon where you will discover Oakhurst Cottage, a delightful 16th-century labourer's home which has remained largely unchanged for the past hundred years or more. Please note that Oakhurst Cottage is currently closed. (click here for further details).

Oakhurst Cottage in Hambledon, Surrey


Map route for Winkworth to Oakhurst wonder walk


Winkworth Arboretum, grid ref: SU990412


Leave Winkworth Arboretum car park by the National Trust omega sign and cross Hascombe Road into South Munstead Lane, following the bridleway sign. After you pass South Munstead Farm Cottage, bear left following the bridleway onto the gravel track at the end of the tarmac drive, before descending into a sunken lane.


As you emerge from the sunken lane, bear half right and gently climb into the Scots pine woodland of Busbridge Woods. Like Winkworth, this wood is a carpet of bluebells during the season. Keep to the main track as it starts to curve left and descend to a junction at the bottom of the gentle slope.


Stay on the main track as it curves right, ignoring the bridleway and footpath on the left as you start to gently climb and wind up towards Mark's Lane.


Just before the track reaches Marks Lane, turn left at the yellow footpath waymark, cross the road and continue into Hydon's Ball car park, emerging by a National Trust notice board. Cross the car park to exit past the large stump on the opposite side, turning left through the metal barrier.


Continue up the track past the stone cairn until you reach the top of the slope, then before the track starts to descend turn right and approach the chestnut post towards the rail barrier.


As you pass through the barrier ascend the uneven path to the top of Hydon's Ball, emerging at the top behind the stone memorial bench. The views to the east and south east are superb on a clear day.

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The Octavia Hill memorial at Hydon's Ball


Once you have taken in the view, leave the top of Hydon's Ball to the west with Octavia Hill's bench behind you. The path soon sweeps left, passing several green metal inspection covers for the reservoir below. Continue straight ahead as you descend past the Robertson Memorial on your right, then cross the path next to the pumping station.


Turning right, follow the foot path through the chestnut coppice until you reach a metal kissing gate on your left. Pass through it into an arable field, bearing half right as you cross to reach a solitary oak tree near the next metal kissing gate. Through the gate turn in the direction of the church and cross a second field towards another metal kissing gate.

Solitary tree by fence


Pass through the gate with the lime kiln on the left and continue ahead on to Church Lane, passing St Peter's Church on your right. Descend a short distance then turn left up a bank through a wooden kissing gate into a grass field and join the Greensands Way opposite the entrance to Court Farm.

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Descend into the field then ascend to the far-right-hand corner, passing through a timber kissing gate. Keeping on the same line, gently climb to another kissing gate and go down the steps on the other side onto the road by 'Matterves', heading left for 110yd (100m) towards Woodlands Lane.


Turn left into the lane then immediately right, following the bridleway down past Dora Cottage. Continue ahead as the lane narrows to a path and descend to the road, cross over and bear right along a single drive past Goodbrook Stables. Cross the stream to track and turn left, then head through the bollards and turn immediately right. Oakhurst Cottage is approximately 110yd (100m) on the right-hand side.

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Oakhurst Cottage, grid ref: SU965380

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Winkworth to Oakhurst wonder walk


Woodland walk over undulating tracks and paths, with some moderate climbs.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept under close control, and there are no dog bins so please make sure to take dog litter home.

Winkworth to Oakhurst wonder walk

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Winkworth to Oakhurst wonder walk

How to get here

Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD
By train

Godalming station (2 miles/3.2km walk, or by bus).

By road

Park at the Arboretum, which is near Hascombe, 2 miles (3.2km) south-east of Godalming on the east side of B2130, or at Hydon's Ball. The Arboretum car park is locked at dusk, but Hydon's Ball car park is not time-restricted.

By bus

Arriva 42/44 Guildford to Cranleigh (passing close to Godalming train station).

Winkworth to Oakhurst wonder walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept under close control.