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Tilford Birds and Bridges Circular is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Farnham, Surrey, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 1,079 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Lake Partially paved River Views Bridge out
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Waypoints (9)
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As of June 01, 2020, users have reported that one of the bridges is closed, but it’s easy to cross. A picturesque walk taking in the Frensham Great and Little Ponds and the River Wey, discovering the medieval bridges at Tilford and enjoying an abundance of birds and wildlife. This walk is published through a collaboration with Surrey County Council. The walk has several steady climbs and descents throughout. The paths through the woodlands can get quite muddy after wet weather so good boots are recommended. Some of the paths are fairly narrow, there are no stiles on route but you will need to negotiate a few single gates, some footbridges and one kissing gate. There is one short section of road walking and a few road crossings that require care. All the paths are enclosed from adjacent fields so you will not be sharing the paths with any livestock. Allow 4 hours. There are public toilets at the Frensham Ponds Visitor Centre at the start of the walk. If you are looking for refreshments, the visitor centre has a snack bar, the Rural Life Centre (about 600m from waypoint 3) has a cafe and Tilford Village (4.5 miles into the walk at waypoint 5) has a village stores and The Barley Mow pub. 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 main car park at Frensham Ponds Visitor Centre (by Frensham Great Pond), situated between Farnham and Hindhead just to the west of the A287. Parking is free during the week, however, parking charges of £4 per day apply on Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays from Easter to the end of September (correct March 2016). The car park address is Bacon Lane, Churt, Surrey. The nearest postcode is GU10 3DS, which will take you to St Mary's School on the A287. From this point turn onto the side road, Bacon Lane, and follow this south-west for 0.6 miles to reach the car park on the left-hand side. The car park is often full by lunchtime in the summer, so arrive early to avoid disappointment, or adjust the walk by parking in Tilford village. If you are coming by public transport you can adjust the walk to start and finish at bus stops along the route. There is a bus stop by St Mary's School on the A287 (start the walk from the section called A287 to Wey Footbridge) or there is a bus stop on the village green in Tilford (start the walk from section called Tilford Village Green to Meadow End Farm). For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info.

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Paula Pardoe
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Walking

Pretty much my favourite Surrey Walk so far. We started at Tilford Village Green, so section 6. Plenty of parking and gives the opportunity to visit the Barley Mow as an end of walk treat should you wish. Every part of this walk is an absolute joy. Woodland, heath and water. The hills aren’t taxing either. 10/10.

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William Buchan
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Lovely walk with some stunning views and plenty of wildlife

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Pickled Tiger
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Mark Haller
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Hiking

Lovely walk. It’s classed as moderate but there’s only one later uphill stretch which is a little tiring but the rest is flat and easy. Nice change to other walks in the area. Gorse, Heather, bracken, loads of sand everywhere. Loads of mushrooms. And plenty buzzards! Thoroughly recommend. Ours worked out over 13km but we also have two bags full of fungi now! :-)

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Jez Francis
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Walking

We started in Tilford; easier to park but do check the road is open as one of the bridges in the village has been undergoing reconstruction for many months now (as of Sept 2020). A mixture of riverside, woods and heathland plus a few roads to cross. Very enjoyable and well worth a go!

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Darren Busby
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a good trail with various views, a couple of hills and a couple of lovely lakes

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Leanne Farmer
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Michela Pike
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We picked a glorious hot sunny day and this route did not disappoint - this area is one of my favourite places to go to - it’s absolutely gorgeous you start at the great Frensham pond and at the end before you get back there you hit little Frensham pond. It is an absolutely lovely walk xx so much to see and fantastic views - it’s extremely beautiful highly recommend this route ... just to let you know we slightly changed the route from the little pond as we wanted to walk alongside the lake and boy the views from the sand pitted areas were fantastic and when you get to the top you can see the great Frensham pond and sit on a bench to soak it all up fantastic day out .. it did make the route 13.5km though but worth it !! -final note - the Bridge has been replaced so all good to cross now**

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phoebe Gaydon
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HikingBridge out

Great trail but the bridge is still out and the water is getting deeper. I took my shoes and socks off and it went up to just under my knees.

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Conny C
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a beautiful scenic walk around nature. plenty of wildlife and flowers and birds to see. very calm and peaceful. the bridge at the beginning is out but you can either climb on and over or get your feet wet! just make sure phone is secure in pocket. not a breaking a sweat kind of walk but definitely one to try.

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Tom Ellery
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Amazing walk, stunning paths and trails to enjoy and Craft Brews is a must make stop, picked up a litre of their IPA to take with us for the remainder of the walk, yummy, especially if you stop by the river to enjoy your beer and the scenery.

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Richard Griffiths
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Wonderful walk through the beautiful Surrey countryside. The bridge across the first river is closed so be prepared to get your feet wet! All is not lost as Craft Brews is Covid-open a short walk later, for a swift takeaway cider. Be prepared for sand.

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Fi Go0ow
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Hiking

Lovely walk on a hot summer day, crossing the river on foot was a blessing :)

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Natalia Fatykhova
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HikingBridge out

Really enjoyed the walk. One of the bridges is closed, but it’s easy to cross anyway.

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Emily Hassell
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Bridge is still closed - shallow enough to wade through

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Chris Coe
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HikingBridge out

Great trail, good mix of open space and woodland. Waypoint 3 - the footbridge over the river is currently closed with no alternative route. I would check the council website on the status before setting out.

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Natalie Corbett
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HikingMuddy

Really nice walk with a good mix of scenery, the dog loved it! I parked in Tilford and missed out a little bit of the Great Lake, took 2 hours to complete.

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Caroline Conlon
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Very enjoyable mixed terrain walk on a fresh clear day, with some lovely views and farm animals to see. Very muddy in places, but you can just about scramble around the edges, albeit over a few fallen branches! Started the walk with a freshly made tea and coffee from the starting point cafe. We walked over the closed bridge without any problems. Will definitely do again in the spring to see the bluebells or in the summer to sample the random brewery oasis hidden in the woods. Took us 2 3/4 hours to complete.

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claire claire
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HikingMuddy

Interesting trail in the Surry Hills. I liked the different terrain - starting out in a heathland and the massive ponds and then walking through old farms and a cute brewery - too early for us on the walk but looked good (see link below) - onwards through lovely fields, woods, small not so interesting village and then back through more heathland with what could be fantastic views. Would like to do again in May to see the orchids and bluebells. https://whatpub.com/pubs/SHB/779/craft-brews-frensham-brewery-frensham

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Stewart McQuilken
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HikingMuddy

This is a great Trail, with such a varied route. However I would recommend you take welly boots as even after a few dry days the mud was terrible in places. But so, so enjoyable.

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Bryony Ashcroft
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Braved this walk in late December it wasn't as muddy as we predicted but flooding made some bits difficult. The medieval bridge at Tilford is closed to traffic and pedestrians. However the friendly man in the village shop said you could get past the barriers and walk over the old part, we passed another couple coming in the opposite direction. The ford with small footbridge also required quite a bit of scrambling and clinging to trees. On the whole a nice walk though!

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Grace Logan
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HikingMuddy

Nice walk. Pretty flat after the first little bit. Has some nice views near the begining & then woodland/Riverside later on. Bumped into a tap room/craft brewery about 3/4 of the way round with picnic tables which was a good spot for lunch. Took more like 3 hours (rather than four). Note that parking at the great pond costs £4 (free to national trust - might only be a summer time cost). Also the Barley Mow is in Tilford (it seems to be marked on the wrong place on the map). Finally you don't actually walk past the museum for rural life on the route.

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Joseph Bennett
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Matt Davis
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Lovely walk with a variety of surroundings. Woods, riverside, village, heathland. Not very strenuous except where walking on sand but quite a distance: we parked slightly south of the car park which added a mile total

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Michaela Tremlett
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Lots of variety - woods, sand, it’s all there. Lovely little at Frensham Brewery near mile 3, a unexpected bonus.

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Stephen Unsworth
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Lovely walk in glorious sunshine, the bluebells were stunning.

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vikki carter
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Enjoyable walk, very muddy in places but we expected that. Had a very nice lunch at the Little Pond Tern Cafe.

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sue paterson
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Lovely walk with many points of interest and varied terrain

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