Guildford to Gomshall - a walk in the English countryside

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sometimes a gal just needs to get out of London and into the wilderness.

A few weeks ago it was time to breathe in some fresh air and swap London's endless concrete and brick for some nature, so I joined friends on a leisurely day walk from Guildford to Gomshall.

Never heard of these places? Neither had I - but I was amazed at how far I felt from London, when in reality we had only travelled by train for forty minutes to find ourselves in the beautiful English countryside...

Strolling through the North Downs - Guildford, England
strolling through the North Downs - Guildford

We strolled along dirt paths, spirits high even if there wasn't much sunshine - for we were in the countryside.  And it was just us, no other people to be seen or heard...

Strolling through the North Downs - Guildford, England

The signs along this walk were few and far between, and yes us city folk did get lost a few times. Thank goodness for GPS. When signs along our route did appear they were beautifully illustrated.

Walking signs - Guildford to Gomshall, England

We munched on wild blackberries...

Wild blackberries - Guildford to Gomshall, England

... and came across some history too. This is an old WWII pillbox situated a few moments walk from St Martha-on-the-hill, one of the most remote churches I've come across.

WWII pillbox - Guildford to Gomshall, England

As we got closer to our pub lunch in Shere we stared longingly into some of the local vege gardens, and grew excited by a giant yellow pumpkin and neighbouring scarecrow. 

Shere garden - Guildford to Gomshall, England

Don't you just love the look of English country homes?

Shere village, England

At last it was lunch time and we treated ourselves to local fish and chips, and ale.

Fish & Chips - Shere village, England

Now, I would like to be able to say that we continued on our way after lunch. But the truth is we were enjoying ourselves far too much at the pub so decided to trade a "few" more beers for the rest of our walk. It was a Saturday you know! 

One day soon, next year, some stage we'll go back and finish the adventure.

Have you ever walked from Guildford to Gomshall? Or do you have another favourite day walk from London? If you are after some fresh air my favourite day walk is Deal to Dover.

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12 comments

  1. Hiya I loved this post it reminds me of the days I use to venture out into the countryside need to do it more, the food looks good and sounds like you had a nice day :)

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    1. Thanks Laura. It was a lovely day out - not quite as active as we planned since we stopped at lunch, but you can't plan everything right? ;)

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  2. I've never done that walk but it looks like a great thing to do!

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    1. I would recommend any walk that gets you out of the city and into nature.

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  3. The English countryside has something special you can't find anywhere else in the world...
    Must have been a lovely walk !!!

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    1. It was very nice thank you, and lunch/pub was amazing too!

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  4. Yes, I love the English country homes!! Looks like something out of a movie.. :)

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    1. I know right. Reminds me of all the English TV shows that were on TV in NZ when I was a kid.

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  5. This looks lovely :) it's so nice sometimes to get away from the bustle of your city or town and go somewhere quiet!

    Charli | Charlotte Rose

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  6. I'm scribbling so many notes based on your blog for my England visit next year. I'm as excited as a toddler! :)

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    1. Oh yay!!! Glad you are finding it useful. Drop me a line if you want any specific tips.

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