BOAT: Smugglers Way (North)

Location: Smugglers Way, Tilford, Surrey GU10 1, UK
  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Location: The Sands, Hampshire.
  • OS Explorer Map 145, 'Guildford & Farnham, Godalming & Farnborough'.
  • Starting OS Grid Reference: SU881458
  • Starting GPS Co-ordinates: N51 20' 40" W000 74' 10"
  • Finishing OS Grid Reference: SU878454
  • Finishing GPS Co-ordinates: N51 20' 10" W000 74' 40"
  • To see: Waverley Abbey and Crooksbury Hill.
  • ALWAYS follow the Greenlane Code!
The ruins of Waverley Abbey, the first Cistercian Abbey to be established in England, in 1128, lie just to the west of this short greenlane and are well worth checking out, even more so since they are free to access!

The lane itself begins on Crooksbury Hill, which is a Surrey Wildlife Trust nature reserve. It is home to some ancient earthworks, one of which is called Soldiers Ring and is worth seeing. Leaving the country road of the same name, the BOAT itself departs steeply downhill for a few yards before beginning a more gentle descent which it maintains throughout. Passing through lovely woodland on a sandy/muddy mixture for a surface, the lane occasionally has slight issues with encroaching foliage but nothing dramatic by anyone's estimations. Most of it is unfortunately the evil Rhodedendron, which looks most out of place, but it is at least easily brushed aside with only the slightest protesting of paintwork.

Twisting and turning gently through the woods, the lane eventually ends back on the tarmac of Crooksbury Road which it meets at a very obtuse angle. A great lane, if it were longer it would score a five.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ran 27/12/2013, great little connecting route with some gentle working out of the axle articulation.

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