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Drive and Walk – Waggoners Wells , Ludshott Common and Grayshott Walks

Walk A.  Drive and short walk.  This walk is not brilliant for pushchairs but is great for children and dogs.

Take the A3 North and take the exit to Hindhead and Grayshott, A333.  At the first roundabout take the second exit and at the second roundabout take the first exit.  Drive through the village of Grayshott for 1.4 miles past St Josephs Catholic Church until the road bears right. Turn left on this bend into the narrow Waggoners Wells Lane.  At the bottom of the lane cross the ford and follow the lane to the car park on the right.  There is a footpath at the far end of the car park leading to the lakes.  There are land bridges between and after the three lakes so you can cross any one of these, turn right and return on the opposite side.  This will bring you back to Waggoners Wells Lane; turn right to cross the ford back to the car park.

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Walk B. Drive and walk, starting at the same point as Walk C, this is a slightly longer walk than Walk A and will take you through the woods, then around the lakes and back to your car.  Follow the driving directions for Walk C and park in the same car park at the end of Rectory Lane

a. Leave the car park by the low metal rail and follow the footpath as it goes gradually downhill and up again ignoring a wide track on the right.  Continue downhill until you see 2 information boards and a stream on your left, turn left and cross the bridge.

b. Turn right here and with the stream and then the lakes on your right, follow the path all the way on this side until you reach the Waggoners Wells Lane, turn right, using the foot bridge to cross the ford.

c. Before reaching the car park, take the footpath on your right, you will quickly reach a post in the middle of this path. Follow the path and walk alongside the first lake heading for but not crossing the small wooden bridge.  Keeping to the left of the bridge walk past the next two lakes.  At the end of the last lake keep going forwards, ignoring the path leading to a wooden bridge on your right.  When the path eventually splits take the right hand path.  Continue following this path passing two information boards on your right (seen at the beginning of your walk), go forward over the cross paths and retrace your steps until you reach the car park. 

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Walk C. Drive and walk across Ludshott Common, around Grayshott and back to Waggoners Wells. 6.5 miles

Driving – Starting at the Royal Anchor, drive up the Headley Road, over the A3 and take the next turning right into Tunbridge Lane.   After the road bears left at the bottom of the hill, take the first right and drive up towards the Church, turn left at the Church into Rectory Lane and follow this road going along the sunken lane until you reach a T junction, turn left, still in Rectory Lane and follow this road into the car park at the end.

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1. Leave the car park by the low metal rail and follow the footpath as it goes gradually downhill and up again ignoring a wide track on the right.  Continue downhill until you see 2 information boards and a stream on your left, turn left and cross the bridge.   

2. Turn left and keep to the path ahead.   Eventually the path will run alongside a fence on your left, keep going forward, ignoring the footpath on the left going through the fence.  Continue uphill and when the path divides take the left hand turn keeping the fence on your left.  Reaching a track turn left onto it, still following the fence.  After passing Fir Tree Cottage and Priors the track turns into a footpath, follow this and soon take the bridleway on the right (no finger post).  Go straight over the wide cross paths that has a finger post and telegraph wires overhead and continue until you reach an open space on your right.  Bearing left join the wide track, keeping the open space on your right.

3. Follow this path ignoring any side turnings until you reach a cross paths with a wooden seat on the right hand path.   Do not turn right but continue straight ahead following the path downhill through trees.  After a short distance the path divides, take the right hand path.  Continue downhill until you reach a T junction at the bottom.  Turn right and immediately left (there is a triangle of green grass by this turning), the path starts going uphill.  Eventually, after some distance, reach another T Junction with a bench on the left hand side dedicated to Marian Poppy.  Turn right.

4.  Continue until you reach a cross paths  with a car park visible through the trees on the left, a bench on the left and a notice board on the right, then walk  straight over. The path winds uphill and then down, at the bottom at a junction of paths, turn left at the Way sign with a blue arrow, that is somewhat hidden under a tree.

5. Keep on this path through trees until it splits into two.  Take the right hand path that has a Way sign in the middle of the path.  Follow the picket fence to a road.

6. Cross this busy road and reach the pavement then turn right.  Take the first turning left into Hammer Lane opposite Grayshott Medical Spa.  As the road bears left take the road on the right which has a panelled fence and a line of tree stumps.  Continue past the gated entrance to Boscobel, ignore the path on the left, then after going under telegraph wires, take the first right hand path (finger posted) which has a view of new houses.  Follow the path behind the houses.  At a small cross paths continue ahead behind older houses, initially following a panelled fence on your right.  Ignore the wide tarmac path on your right.  Continue past allotments and after these end, keep left, ignoring the track on your right. Continue until you reach a house and garden immediately in front of you, turn right and quickly turn left into Beech Lane (name at further end of lane). 

7. At the end of Beech Lane turn left into School Road.  On your right you will pass Grayshott Primary School and Grayshott Pottery, which has a cafe.  At the end of this road turn right (no pavement for a short distance) until you reach the main road in Grayshott, the Church will be on your right.  (If you turn left now taking a short walk along the main road and passing the bus stop, you will find toilets at the back of the car park and refreshments in shops or the Fox and Pelican. Then return to the Church).

8. Cross the road and head down Hill Road.  As Hill Road bears left take the right hand rough road to Stoney Bottom.  Continue down this rough road until you reach on your left a white house called Old Yew Tree Cottage, take the partially hidden path opposite the house and follow it down to another rough road. 

9.  Turn right and continue down the rough road passing houses on your right until you reach an electricity substation on your right.  Take the left hand path.  When the path divides by a Bridleway signpost take the left hand path uphill. Ignoring any side paths follow this path until it reaches a T junction.  Turn left.  Pass a small green pond visible on your right and continue gradually going downhill on this path until it meets another path at a T Junction.  Turn right onto this path and continue downhill until you reach Waggoners Wells Lane. 

10.  Turn left onto the lane and before it reaches a car park turn right onto a footpath.  You will quickly reach a post in the middle of this path.  Follow the path and walk alongside the first lake heading for but not crossing the small wooden bridge.  Keeping to the left of the bridge, walk past the next two lakes.  At the end of the last lake keep going forwards, ignoring the path leading to a wooden bridge on your right.  When the path eventually splits take the right hand path.  Continue following this path passing two information boards on your right (seen at the beginning of your walk), go forward over the cross paths and retrace your steps until you reach the car park. 

Fay and Terry Boyett, with many thanks for the considerable help received from the Countryside Companions Walking Group.