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Tillingbourne at Work is a 7.6 mile loop trail located near Chilworth, Hampshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Length 7.6 mi Elevation gain 1,190 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Lake Partially paved River Views Muddy
Description
Waypoints (14)
Getting There

An undulating walk in the Surrey Hills, starting from Chilworth Station and passing through farmland, woodland and parkland. The route crosses the Tillingbourne stream, which used to power a number of powder, paper and corn mills in the area. Part of the walk follows the Pilgrims Way, running from Winchester to Canterbury. There is also a shorter variation of this trail that can be taken. This walk is published through a collaboration with the Surrey County Council. The walk has several steady slopes plus a couple of steeper sections. The paths across woodland and farmland can get quite muddy so stout shoes or boots are required and wellingtons are recommended in the winter months. You will need to negotiate a number of kissing gates plus 9 stiles (all of which have open fence surrounds which will be suitable for most dogs to pass through). You will be sharing a few of the fields with horses and at least one field may be holding cattle so take particular care with dogs. You will need to cross the railway at an unsignalled footpath crossing so take extreme care and listen carefully for trains before you cross. There is one short stretch of road walking. Allow 4 hours. If you are looking for refreshments there are several options. The Percy Arms pub is at the start of the walk, opposite Chilworth Station, and the William IV pub is in Little London, 5 minutes walk south of Waypoint 4. There are a number of pubs, cafes and shops in the village of Shere, a short walk from Waypoint 5. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford and Farnham. This walk follows public rights of way which cross private and public land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people's privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.

The walk starts from Chilworth Rail Station in Surrey. There is a bus stop directly outside the station on the A248, or one just to the east of this at Longfrey Farm. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. There is no car parking available at the station. If you are travelling by car, park in the Martha's Hill car park on Guildford Lane and start the walk from Waypoint 8, in the section '€˜St Martha's Hill Car Park to Waterloo Pond'. Approximate post code for car park GU5 9BG. Grid ref for station: TQ031472.

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Alberto Bazzoni
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HikingGreat!

Excellent trail with very nice views of the beautiful surrey and a good mix of diversified landscapes. Beware the Williams IV pub, which is very nice, is not 5 minutes from waypoint 4 as stated in the description, but indeed from waypoint 5. This caused indeed some troubles to our plans.

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Sam Bennetts
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Carlos Ro
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Irie Y
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Murtaza Mithu
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Walking

Pretty and peaceful trail with a lot of different things to see. A little bit of wildlife as well on the way. We saw horses, rabbits, pigs, peasants, and a herd of cows which blocked our way for a bit. Beautiful ponds and streams also on the way. We started at St Martha's hill car park but regretted it a bit as no toilet facilities until you are near the station.

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Tonia page
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Walking

Loved the trail. A mixture of ponds, river, woods, fields and heather. Couple of crossings of quiet roads. One crossing of railway. Fields do have livestock so well behaved dog. One small road walk for about 5 mins. At the beginning. I would definitely do this walk again. The views were gorgeous and my dog loved her walk too. Not too busy which was nice. Would highly recommend

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Malin VK
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with varied landscapes from green pastures with horses to woods with babbling brooks! Some up/downhill but mostly flat. Lovely pub at the end of the trail with huge beer garden :)

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Matt Lynch
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Hiking

Nice walk through forests and fields. Go past a river section in the valley which is very idyllic. A few sections along the road but majority of the walk is via peaceful country paths. Pretty flat and only a couple steep incline/declines. Parked at St Martha’s Hill car park instead - worked well!

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Charlie Jones
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Very picturesque walk. We started at Chilworth where we parked on the road easily. We had planned on parking at St Martha's Hill but beware there is a height restricter there so no roof boxes! Stopped in Shere for a pint. Wonderful village well worth the short detour. Great variety of animals and scenery. We'll definitely be back.

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Jacq Alford
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Hiking

This is a great walk with wonderful views. Started at St Martha’s Hill car park and stopped at The Percy Arms for lunch. We also detoured to Shere Village for an ice cream stop. It’s a nice varied route with some shaded parts which was great for us considering it was 30c today! Highly recommend this route!

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Diane Clarke
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We started the walk at St Martha’s Hill car park. Directions were perfect, the stunning scenery and wild life was great. Woodlands, fields and the detour to Shere a must. Definitely recommend this trail

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Lucy Harley
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gorgeous walk with stunning views and lovely woodland

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Burhan Noman
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Frances Preston
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Hiking

awesome, lovely waking, lots of different terrain and hardly any roads

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Helen Dorkings
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Hiking

Really lovely trail - not too challenging but enough to get a good stomp on.. some gradual climbs along the way and interesting landscape and viewpoints.

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Michele Dodd
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Hiking

Really lovely trail with open fields, woodland and picturesque rivers and houses. Trail closed for building works by the Gunpowder area but easy diversion. Fantastic views of a very green and pleasant land at the moment. Short walk through Chilworth - shame the Percy Arms not open. Recommended for dog walkers - just keep an eye out for livestock so dogs on leads.

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Luke Chapman
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A beautiful and rewarding early summer walk. Although i agree with other comments about Chilworth. Unless one is a caravanning enthusiast it is best avoided.

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Joshua Jackson
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Generally a lovely walk with varied landscapes and terrain. Started in Shere. The part of the walk through/ around Chilworth felt very “urban”, if I do this route again I will try to avoid Chilworth.

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Carlos Ro
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Jamie Culverwell
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Lovely long walk with lots of great views and points of interest. We parked at the Percy Arms which was closed due to the pandemic. Part of the path at the beginning of section 13 was closed due to works on the buildings alongside. There was a parallel path a few yards further on after the bridge.

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AllTrails User
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Hiking

Did this walk with grandson (12) loved it lots of variety from open fields to woodland yes it can be quite steep in places but just take your time and enjoy the walk. From Martha’s Hill to the gunpowder mills was slightly overgrown but the shade was welcomed

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John Vinten
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Hiking

Just beautiful, we are so luck to have theses kind of walks one our door step, This was a very easy walk at 13k taking me just over 2.5 hours Lots of rolling fields with some very friendly cows, Nice paths through the woods with lots of bluebells still to come out. a little bit was on the road. No muddy paths it’s all dry now. I would do this again.

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Bryony Ashcroft
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Started at Martha's Hill carpark. Steps 11 and 12 were pretty muddy but the rest was surprisingly dry. Nice walk with varied landscapes.

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AllTrails User
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Started from St Marthas Hill car park waypoint 9 then went onto waypoint 10, easy to park in the free car park. Waypoint 11 to 14 were extremely muddy so make sure you have the right footwear. Remainder of walk was fairly dry. Grandson and I enjoyed the walk although he was tired at the end of it :)

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Sally Croft
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careful of the field of cows! very muddy in parts but a great walk

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Ben Clark
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Helen Dorkings
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Carlos Ro
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Mike Page
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Amna Alazawi
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