Alice Holt Forest Hike (30km)

13/09/2014

From Bentley station we join a footpath which takes us parallel with the railway before joining a trackway which takes us in to the Alice Holts Ancient Forest a forest, which used to provide oak to build ships for the Royal Navy, the trail winds through the forest to tiny settlement of Bucks Corner.

Leaving the forest we cross heather covered heathland to reach Frensham Great Pond which along with the little pond was originally created by the Bishop of Winchester to provide fish to his court and now an important wetland habitat managed by the National Trust.

We cross Frensham Common with its mosaic of colourful heathers gorse and oaks to climb up the Devil's Jumps a series of three jumps (hills) where according to local folklore the Devil used to amuse himself by jumping from one to another. From the jumps we will have panoramic views over the Surrey Hills.

Descending from the jumps the path crosses heathland to pass Frensham little pond and join the River Wey, the trail now passes through woodland and pastures to join the Greensand Way which leads us into Farnham for our train home.