Chilworth Gunpowder Mills and St Martha’s as part of Guildford’s Walkfest

25th September 2020, 10:30 - 12:30

Date: 25 September 2020

Time: Arrive 10.15am for 10.30am start finish around 12.00 – 12.30pm

Meet: Percy Arms 75 Dorking Road Chilworth GU4 8NP

Park at Percy Arms or along the road.  Bus service (route 32) may also be available but is subject to temporary timetable

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Chilworth Gunpowder Works are a fascinating reminder of the importance of the Tillingbourne Valley’s industrial heritage.  Everything that you see onsite from the intricate maze of waterways to the raised central track has been created over almost 300 years of gunpowder manufacture. The mills were most extensive and productive in the 17th century and from the 1880’s to the end of World War I.

The beautiful St Martha’s Church is a listed grade II Historic building. Perched on the top of the hill on the North Downs Way National Trail, the building is accessible only by foot. It is the only church in Surrey to be on the Pilgrims’ Way and featured briefly in the 1944 film A Canterbury Tale.

Please note:   The walk around the gunpowder mills is fairly flat, but can be muddy and slippery if wet.  The climb up to St Martha’s is very steep and should only be attempted by fit walkers.  There are a few gates on this walk.  Most of the walk will be off-road. Stout foot wear is recommended and weather appropriate clothing plus sunscreen lotion if required.

Well behaved dogs welcome on leads. Not suitable for children.

We will finish the walk with an optional drink in the Percy Arms pub.

Length of Walk: 3 miles

This event must be booked in advance so we can limit numbers for everyone’s safety and to comply with Government guidelines.  You should not attend this event if you are feeling unwell or show any COVID-19 symptoms.  You may want to bring your own alcohol-based hand sanitiser, gloves and first aid supplies.  Face masks are optional.

We ask all attendees to follow the prevailing advice on social distancing during this event. If government advice alters prior to the event, we may implement changes or cancellation at short notice.

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