Walks in Albury
Albury to Little London and back
Starting from the Post Office, go up Church Lane - the road goes left past the Bowls Club, one of Albury's thriving activities with a green to be proud of. On your right is the Parish Church; continue straight on as far as possible, the last part being a sandy track.
Turn right up a steep sunken lane (known as The Warren) or if you prefer a view, cross a stile which takes you alongside but above The Warren. Pause as you approach the top and look back for splendid views of the Downs.
At the top, bear left and follow a wide track on to Albury Heath with the old school house (now privately owned) on your right.
Bear half right down into a dip and up the other side and you should emerge on the Cricket Field. Walk along the left hand side boundary, passing a cairn and plaque erected by the Albury Trust to commemorate Field Marshall Montgomery's visit to address Canadian troops just before D-Day in 1944.
Turn left onto the unmade road which forms the far boundary, crosses a metalled road and continues as a path across heathland with extensive views of Winterfold to the South East. Ahead of you is a ribbon of houses and cottages of different periods and design.
Follow the path across the heath, past a bench, bear slightly left and take the next right hand fork which crosses another unmade road and continues as a tree lined lane leading down between two paddocks. This lane narrows to a path and brings you to a stile on your right, leading to a footpath which diagonally crosses a field to another stile into the William IV's car park, with the opportunity for refreshment in this Free House.
Distance so far, about 1 1/2 miles.
To return to Albury by another route, turn right on leaving the pub, walk through the hamlet of Little London, under a high railway bridge which is a superb example of Victorian structural engineering.
Once past the bridge you are in the hamlet of Brook. Follow the road till you reach a T-junction. Turn left. Brook Pond is on your right - this is privately owned but was restored and re-landscaped with the help of the Albury Trust in I986.
Leaving the pond on your right, turn immediately right onto a track leading to a footpath uphill across a large field. At the top there is a stile and gate leading into a fir plantation, but before crossing it look back over the hamlet and, if you are lucky, see a train snaking its way through the glorious countryside.
Once in the fir plantation keep straight on, ignoring intersecting paths until you reach an open space with seven converging tracks.
Take the main track half right which goes downhill to the first of three cottages at the head of a lane.
This is Blackheath Lane and will take you right back to Albury.