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Albury to St. Martha's Church

St. Martha's stands on the Pilgrims' Way and its tower can be seen from several places around Albury. It is a pre-Conquest church but had to be considerably restored in Victorian times. Every Christmas it is floodlit and, perched high up, calls to mind the words of the psalm: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help."

The final approach to St. Martha's can only be made on foot, but it is possible to go part of the way by car.

On leaving the village going west towards Chilworth, take the second turning to the right (Guildford Lane). About a mile up the road, past an attractive row of cottages on the right, there is a car park on the left from where one can walk up to the church.

To walk the whole way from Albury, proceed along the A248 towards Chilworth for about three quarters of a mile to Waterloo Ponds, a large expanse of water just past "Vale End". Take the narrow path between the pond (on your right) and the Tillingbourne.

At the end of the pond, turn right and then left. The path climbs through an area thick with wild flowers in the Spring with on your left a forest of beautiful beech trees. Through the trees you may see the river in a meander; it was there that a canal was dug to feed the Gunpowder Mills in nearby Chilworth.

The path continues uphill to the edge of a field where it turns sharp right and zig-zags up to a broad sandy track. Turn left onto the track and follow the post-and-rail fence up to the church on the top of the hill.

The ascent is quite steep but it affords splendid views of the surrounding countryside.

To return by a different route, take the path below the gate on the south side of the churchyard. The first part of the descent is steep and quite difficult underfoot because of roots spreading over the path. Towards the foot of the hill, you will see Chilworth Manor on the right.

At a T-junction, turn left and follow the path which leads past the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills, described by William Cobbett as "A Damnable Invention". Just across the Tillingbourne go over the stiles and into watermeadows follow the path, leaving the ponds on your right and back to the starting point on the Chilworth Road.

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Walk Information

Distance: Approximately 3 miles