Guildford’s Lesser Known History

Join local historian and writer David Rose on a walk to see some of Guildford’s lesser known history including an ancient footpath to The Mount and Guildford’s medieval deer park

Date: Friday 30th September

Time: arrive at 10.15am for 10.30am start, finish around 1pm.

Meet: Slip road parallel to Southway, Westborough, Guildford, near the junction with the A323 Aldershot Road. The slip road is opposite Westborough United Reformed Church in Southway, whose postcode is GU2 8DA.

Any travel advice: There is on-street parking on the slip road. Plenty of buses serve the area, Safeguard routes 4 and 5 and Stagecoach’s Kite

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Grid reference for start point: SU980510

Description of walk: With plenty of stops along the way to look at the history of the area, the walk starts with what may well be a very ancient path. We will see an old cast-in footpath sign saying: ‘To Farnham Road’. Existing parts of this public footpath lead to Farnham Road and The Mount. Leaving the path, we walk towards Royal Surrey County Hospital, cross the playing fields of the University of Surrey’s Manor Farm campus to the scheduled ancient monument site of what was a medieval royal hunting lodge within Guildford’s enclosed deer park. We then head south across a footbridge above the A3 towards Manor Way in Onslow Village. So many road names hereabouts relate to the ancient deer park!


Then an uphill climb via a footpath, across the A31 Farnham Road to the fields west of The Mount. We walk across the fields (superb views that include the London skyline), taking a path back down and across the A31, past another old cast-iron footpath sign, and pick up the previously mentioned ‘ancient path’. It’s then mostly downhill beside Onslow Village, back past Guildford Cathedral and the entrance to the University of Surrey’s Stag Hill campus, under the A3 beside the railway line and along Southway to where the walk started.

Any specific walk / conditions issues:  One fairly steep climb. Care to be taken on the busy road crossings. Single-file walking along the ‘ancient path’ through Onslow Village.

Dogs allowed / not allowed?: Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome

Length of Walk: About 4.5 miles

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Contact: Surrey Hills Society Co-ordinator 07530 949302


Led by: David Rose