Explore Pirbright and Brookwood Cemetery
Join the Chairman of Surrey Hills Society, Gordon Jackson, for a moderately easy walk of about 4 miles from Pirbright Village through some of the neighbouring heathland and exploring the beautiful Brookwood Cemetery. We will also visit the Brookwood Military Cemetery maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Date: Thursday 7th September
Time: 11.00 am start. Anticipated finish about 1.00pm
Meet: Avenue de Cagny carpark, Pirbright GU24 0JE
Any travel advice: The 28 bus service is hourly: alight at The White Hart and walk across the green.
Grid Reference: SU946560
Description of walk: Brookwood Cemetery is a beautiful Grade 1 listed site in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens located in the heart of Surrey, which has been serving the community since 1854. The 220 Acre park provides a picturesque, tranquil setting. The grounds are divided into many smaller plots by a multitude of roads and avenues that boast magnificent trees and offer a wealth of flora and fauna as well as local heritage. It is the largest Cemetery in Western Europe and the site is rich in architecture, ecology, horticulture and history.
We will start on the Village Green at Pirbright and pass through some of the Pirbright heathland before entering the Cemetery from the far eastern boundary and head across to the western boundary near Brookwood Station before heading South to the Military Cemetery.
With more than 5,000 Commonwealth war graves and almost 800 war graves of other nationalities, Brookwood Military Cemetery is the largest CWGC Cemetery in the UK and is the final resting place for service personnel from Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK and Ireland. The military cemetery was established as the First World War drew to a close and then extended for the burial of Second World War service personnel.
Any specific walk conditions / issues: This walk is not recommended for pushchairs, but older children able to walk the distance are welcome. The event is not accessible for people with mobility challenges
Dogs allowed / not allowed? Sorry, dogs not permitted in Cemetery
Length of Walk: 4 miles (6.5 km)
Contact: Surrey Hills Society Co-ordinator 07530 949302
Led by: Gordon Jackson – Chairman, Surrey Hills Society