Best for Autumn Colours & Auboretum

Milford to Godalming

Near Guildford, Surrey 8 miles/ 12.8km

HIGHLIGHTS

Winkworth Arboretum  l Busbridge Lakes l Juniper Valley l  Godalming Navigation l Philips Memorial Park & Cloister

Introduction

This is a lovely linear walk with plenty of variety and great for autumn colours. Starting out from Milford station, you’ll be out in the countryside in no time, heading through the pretty little village of Tuesley and into Winkworth Arboretum. There’s a public footpath through the middle or you can pay admission to have a good look around. From Winkworth, there are more country lanes, wooded areas and grand houses before you emerge in Godalming, following the Wey Navigation into Phillips Memorial Park and on to the station. Autumn is a great time to visit because the trees put on such a spectacular show – but it’s also pretty in spring when the daffodils and crocuses are blooming. 

Directions Overview

The route is signposted well and mainly on fairly level bridleways or unsurfaced roads. Please note the new estate at Tuesley has been built over the footpath, so you can walk through the estate to the road but there is no footpath signage on this section.

Route details

Start Milford Station South Western Railway
End Godalming Station South Western Railway
OS Route  WALKING POST Milford to Godalming
Difficulty Moderate
Length 8 miles /12.8km
Average time 3.5-4.5 hours
Total ascent 728ft

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WHY NOT TRY

LONGER WALK 9 miles
Walk up Hydon’s Ball to see the Octavia Hill Memorial, admire the views and loop back to carry on the walk to the Arboretum, this adds 1 mile (approx) to this route.

BY CAR 2 miles
National Trust Winkworth Arboretum. Hascombe Rd, Godalming GU8 4AD
Park in the car park and go straight in. Minimal walking, café and toilet near the entrance. The walking distance around the whole arboretum is 2 miles. There is also a car park at at Hydon Heath to walk up to the memorial.  Salt Ln, Godalming GU8 4BB

FOOD AND DRINK

Winkworth Arboretum tea room
This café is just in entrance of the Artoretum and accessible from the footpath. It offers hot drinks, sandwiches and snacks. Mainly outdoor seating but there is a small inside space. 

Godalming
Many pubs, cafés and restaurants available in this lovely historic market town.

Rose and Crown Bar
A welcoming place with quirky seating areas with great cocktails along with snacks and pizzas.

The Star
Another nice pub with good outdoor seating.

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ALONG THE WAY

Hydon’s ball 
Also known as Cup Hill, Hydon’s Ball offers beautiful panoramic views towards the South Downs and features a memorial to Octavia Hill, one of the three founders of the National Trust.

Winkworth Arboretum
Created by Dr Wilfrid Fox in the early 20th century, Winkworth is now owned by the National Trust and boasts a collection of over 1,000 different species of trees and shrubs – many of them rare.

Wey and Godalming Navigations
20 miles of navigable waterways owned by the National Trust and connecting the River Thames with Weybridge. The Wey is one of the first rivers in England to be made navigable and opened in 1653. 

TRANSPORT

Milford and Godalming are both on the same South Western train line London to Portsmouth. You can buy a return to Milford and return from Godalming on the same ticket.

Trains take approximately 50 minutes to Milford from London and 1 hour from Portsmouth.

TOILET OPPORTUNITIES

Milford & Godalming station have toilets. Winkworth Arboretum toilets are just to the left-hand side of the footpath as you walk past the ticket kiosk.

Juniper Valley

View Towards Shalford

Catteshall Lock