This linear walk of 21 km between Milford and Haslemere passes through beautiful nature reserves with several stunning views over the area. The route goes through vast open landscapes of gorse and heather, alternated by woodlands. Milford and Haslemere are on the same railway line less than an hour from London, so from London Waterloo you can buy a return ticket to Haslemere. This route is not waymarked.
This route is an adaptation from the walk Milford to Haslemere published in TimeOut Country Walks Volume 1. However, the original route only covers a small section of the Thursley National Nature Reserve, which is one of the most interesting areas of the walk, and the adapted version of the route therefore adds a loop in this area to take in more of the amazing scenery of Thursley National Nature Reserve.
The route out from Milford station is quite boring along a road, but once you cross the A3, as indicated on the map, the route is almost entirely traffic-free. First you will visit Bagmoor Common Nature Reserve, then Thursley National Nature Reserve. An excellent stop for a break is at the Three Horseshoes pub in Thursley. The second part of the walk includes dropping into the Devil’s Punch Bowl and follows part of the long-distance trail the Greensand Way.
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