7th April 2019 - 7th April 2019 , 11:00 - 13:30
Join the Vice-President of Surrey Hills Society, Chris Howard on this 5 mile (8.1km) circular walk around Frensham Little Pond and the Devil’s Jumps. The walk is relatively dry and flat with sandy paths. Explore this fascinating reserve in the far west of our County – that feels more like a walk in the Scottish Highlands than the Home Counties.
Frensham Little Pond covers an area of 55 hectares and has been used for grazing animals since the Bronze Age. It is now managed by the National Trust. The pond itself is man-made and was created when a dam was built in 1246, to provide fish for the Bishop of Winchester’s estate. The dam was built of ironstone from the Farnham area. The pond and adjacent heathland are home to a rich variety of native and migratory birds.
Mesolithic camps or living sites have been discovered around Frensham, along with hundreds of Bronze Age arrowheads. There are also several tumuli (burial sites) in the area. The Devil’s Jumps are a series of three small hills near the village of Churt. Several folklore tales exist about the Devil’s Jumps. One states that the Devil used to amuse himself by leaping from the top of each hill to the next. This annoyed the god Thor who picked up a boulder and threw it at the Devil, causing him to flee and leaving the boulder at the top of the Devil’s Jumps.
Join us afterwards at The Tern Café at Frensham Little Pond. This is an outdoor café, run by the National Trust, where you can enjoy looking at wildlife on the pond. Very popular with dog walkers.
Bring plenty of water. Appropriate footwear and weatherproof clothing essential. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on the walk, as it is bird breeding season. Children under 18 years must be supervised.
Meet us at Frensham Little Pond car park, GU10 3BT (Postcode for Sat Nav: GU6 7PB) at 10.30am for 11.00 am prompt start and an approx. finish around 1.30pm.
The car park is free, accessed via Priory Lane off the A287. If it is full, there is a bigger National Trust car park available further along the road but there is a charge if you are not a National Trust member. Nearest Railway station is Farnham – 5 miles away.
The event is free and recommended to all moderately fit walkers. It is fairly flat, except for one steep hill (which can be avoided). If you wish to join us, please book your place at the bottom of this page.
For further details and enquiries, contact Chris Howard on 07879-841000.
Frensham Little Pond car park Farnham GU10 3BT