Events

Walk through Pirbright Heathland and Brookwood Cemeteries

20th September 2019 - 20th September 2019 , 10:30 - 13:00

 

Friday 20th September 2019
10.30am – 1pm approximately
Walk through Pirbright Heathland and Brookwood Cemeteries

Brookwood Cemetery is a beautiful Grade 1 listed site in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens located in the heart of Surrey, which has been serving the community since 1854. The 220 acre park provides a picturesque, tranquil setting. The grounds are divided into many smaller plots by a multitude of roads and avenues that boast magnificent trees and offer a wealth of flora and fauna as well as local heritage. It is the largest Cemetery in Western Europe and the site is rich in architecture, ecology, horticulture and history.

Following the success of our guided tour earlier in the year when Society Members saw a small part of the cemetery, this walk will explore a far larger area and is being organised as part of Guildford Walkfest in conjunction with Pirbright Parish Council.  We will start at Lord Pirbright’s Village Hall on the Village Green at Pirbright and pass through some of the Pirbright heathland before entering the Cemetery from the far eastern boundary and head across to the western boundary near Brookwood Station before heading south to the Military Cemetery.

With more than 5,000 Commonwealth war graves and almost 800 war graves of other nationalities, Brookwood Military Cemetery is the largest CWGC Cemetery in the UK and is the final resting place for service personnel from Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK and Ireland. The military cemetery was established as the First World War drew to a close and then extended for the burial of Second World War service personnel.

The walk will take about two and a half hours and is mostly flat, although there is some uneven ground and it is not suitable for those with mobility challenges.  This event is not suitable for dogs as they are prohibited by the rules of Brookwood Cemetery.  It is not recommended for pushchairs, but older children able to walk the distance are welcome.

Stout footwear is recommended and weather appropriate clothing and sunscreen lotion if required.

Meet: At Lord Pirbright’s Hall, Pirbright     Postcode for Sat Nav: GU24 0JE

Contact: On the day mobile phone of the leader 07768 953514

The event is free and open to all moderately fit walkers.

For further details and enquiries, contact info@surreyhillssociety.org 

Please note that the Surrey Hills Society and its Event partners accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or personal injury during events. Participants are requested to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and take due care and attention. The Society uses photographs for our social media and on our website.   If you are not happy to have your photo taken during this event, please notify us in writing prior to the event and make the event organiser aware on the day. 



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