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Silent Pool and Saint Martha's Hill Circular is a 5.8 mile loop trail located near Shere, Surrey, England that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 1,053 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Walking Running Forest Partially paved Views
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Getting There

A circular walk in the Surrey Hills, visiting a number of popular attractions including Silent Pool, a stretch of the North Downs Way, Newlands Corner and St Martha's Hill and offering superb views. This walk is published through a collaboration with the Surrey County Council. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a steep climb up to the top of the North Downs. Several of the paths can be muddy and some of the chalk slopes can be very slippery when wet so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). You will need to negotiate some steps, one kissing gate and two stiles (both of which have open fence surrounds for dogs to pass through). There is just one field, at the end, that may be holding livestock with the rest of the route following paths through heath and woodland. The route crosses two busy roads so take particular care at these points. Allow 3 hours. There are public toilets and refreshment available at Newlands Corner (waypoint 2). Albury Vineyard is located alongside the car park at the start and end of the walk and offers wine tasting on most Saturdays (check the vineyard website for details). Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford and Farnham. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways 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 and finishes from the Silent Pool free car park (which has width restrictions making it suitable for cars only). The car park is about 5 miles south east of Guildford and is accessed from the A25, just opposite the junction with the A248. Approximate post code GU5 9BW. The Silent Pool car park can be very busy at peak times, in which case the walk can be easily adjusted to start at the other car parks on the way round. Newlands Corner car park is also on the A25 (with a fee of 4 per day - correct 2016), and you can start the directions from the section called Newlands Corner to Keepers Cottage. Alternatively, the St Martha's Hill car park on Guildford Lane is free and tends to be a little quieter with nearest post code GU5 9BG. (If you are starting here, start the directions within the section called St Martha's Church to Water Lane).

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Markku St John
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Really enjoyed it!

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Natalia Phillips
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Running

Great route for a casual 10km walk/run.

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Sarah Lally
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Really like this walk, started at silent pools early and had it all to ourselves. Steep start but worth it!

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John Small
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HikingGreat!
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Ben Phillips
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HikingGreat!

Not a bad walk ! Not the best for views... we enjoyed the lower parts in the valley the best..

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Tom St Aubyn
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Excellent

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Sophie Rae Coop
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Mrs Daniela Warren
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Hiking

What a great walk! We started at St Martha’s Hill instead, walked up to Newlands Corner for lunch and then down to Silent Pool and back to the car. Worked really well and I think we definitely got the steep inclines the right way round! Will definitely do it again.

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Karen Pack
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A few steep ascents and descents. Mainly mud and sand paths so I wouldn't attempt after the rain. Some beautiful views and lovely surroundings.

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matt kearsey
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Charlie Kearsey
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Loved it

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Matt Lynch
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Hiking

Surrey Hills is a lovely area but I don’t think this takes in too many of the beat views. A lot of the paths are in the forest or seem to take you away from the best of the views. Still a good walk, particularly around Pilgrims Way and St Martha’s Hill. I went in the morning so avoided the crowds. If you do this walk and do catch a good view, spend some time enjoying it because they’re fleeting!

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Michelle Power
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Amazing views and easy to follow waypoints.

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Ashley Corbett
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Hiking

Nice walk with hilly intervals and a couple of places to extend next time. Enjoyed it.

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Paula Pardoe
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Walking

Fabulous walk, but not 5 stars as it was packed at the start so we couldn’t really enjoy the gorgeous pools. The initial climb wasn’t too steep, but still busy until some people seemed to give up about 2/3 of the way. After that all lovely, and brilliant intermittent views, and lots of forest paths.

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Harriet De Haldevang
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Beautiful scenery and lovely views from the top but too many people on bikes. The climb up was really easy.

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Melissa De Haldevang
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Hiking

The climb at the start really wasn’t very difficult. It is a pleasant walk but very busy with walkers and mountain bikers. Too much if it was in the woods. The views from Newlands and St M’s church were wonderful. We extended the walk by walking on to Pewsey Down which was well worth doing with lovely views and a chance to avoid the crowds. The Pilgrims way was the best stretch. We saw 2 kestrels on the pilgrims way.

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Kirstie Dallas
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Hiking

Nice walk with some decent gradients. Don’t cut the loop off round the church - amazing views

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Michela Pike
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Hiking

This trail was really fun. The first part was a steep hill for what seemed like miles and certainly made you feel puffed out by the time you got to the top (but it depends how quickly you go up it... I went up quite fast to feel the burn lol but if you take it slow you will be able to get it done no probs) The hill was partly rocky and lots of roots so take care as you go up. Obviously we saw the 2 silent pools which were very tranquil and Newman’s corner was beautiful as always with great views. The wayside directions got a bit confusing toward the end of the route but we found our way round xx it was a great route. There is lots of coverage during the trail so you are not constantly in the sun which could be on the chilly side on an average day. It was a hot day today so it was fine and the walk itself kept us warm enough.

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Grainne Ekin
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Hiking

Great trail- really beautiful scenery ! We saw squirrels and rabbits and incredible birds!

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Maggie Newman
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Lovely walk today - the steep hill at the start is really steep !!!!! But apart from that the rest was a really lovely walk with a stop for picnic lunch at ST Martha’s Church Looking forward to walking more of the north downs way !

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Amy Crawford
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Probably one of the best walks I’ve done in a while!! It was a beautiful day so felt like I was abroad, all sorts of terrain and amazing views.

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Sean W49
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We started at Newland’s Corner car park, which has more space. The first part of the route was busy on the North Downs Way & down to Silent Pool. Once we got onto The Pilgrim’s Way it was quieter and is a lovely area for walking. Snacks at St. Martha’s church, with views over the south of England was amazing. Dusty in places, but a fantastic walk.

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Caireen Walter
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Hiking

Lovely trail, didn’t walk along Newlands car park but kept to the left on north downs way with stunning views. Also missed out Martha’s hill and completed walk in 2 hours.

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Sean W49
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Helen Dorkings
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Some fitness required for the hilly elements of this walk, it starts with a good climb at Silent pool, I recommend a good pair walking shoes as could get slippy. Breathtaking views at the top of St Martha’s, well worth the climb, likewise at Newlands corner which can be extremely busy. Handy little Cafe now open for refreshments if required. A good challenging walk.

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Kate Batty
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Hiking

2 hours, amazing view for picnic at start/finish.

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Mark Haller
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Hiking

A lovely walk for us (two adults and 5yo, 9yo). First bit is really steep but once that's done, the rest is plain sailing. I've got an SUV and struggled going into the Silent Pool car park - there are two horrible metal bell weights to stop really large vehicles going in - but I think it was pre-SUVs! Avoid the car park if that's you! A really nice mix of terrain and views and interest throughout - from the steep start, the pine forest trail for the next 1/3, then the stunning views over the Surrey countryside, then onto the church, and then on to some simple trails and woodland and fields beyond that. There's a few points to stop off for a picnic (grass/benches/etc). We saw pheasants, buzzards and kestrels.

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Rene Kuiper
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Wonderfull walk with great views starting a nice spot with great shops

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Hannah Mansfield
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Hiking

Enjoyable walk. The hill at the start was very steep and would be tricky if there had been heavy rainfall.

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