Surrey Ramblers

Have you walked this Winkworth path?

ALLEGED PUBLIC FOOTPATH (CP 547) at WINKWORTH ARBORETUM

Some ten years ago the National Trust closed the access off the Busbridge – Thorncombe Street footpath into the Arboretum and along the lower lake (now the wetlands), that joined with the still open public right of way running north – south through the arboretum.

This footpath is the subject of an Alleged Footpath Claim (CP 547) lodged in 2011 to re-establish it as a public right of way. If successful, it would re-create a loop out of Busbridge – Catteshall through the Arboretum, Juniper Valley and Hydons Ball, before one returns via Clock Barn Lane or across the fruit farm. At a time when this area has at last been recognized as part of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is most regrettable that such a circuit is no longer open.

We are looking for walkers, joggers, runners who were using this path 10 – 20 – 30 – 40+ years ago, to come forward with witness statements.

Evidence Forms, (including a map), can be downloaded here. The wider area is shown on this link to Streetmap

Should you have already provided a Witness Statement then DO NOT SUBMIT A 2nd FORM, as this will confuse matters and if at variance with your earlier submission could lead to both being disregarded. If you are uncertain as to whether you have already submitted a form, I can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ian Wilks,

Godalming Area Footpath Secretary,

Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers Group

Tuesday, June 27, 2017