Saturday, 14 February 2015

Guildford Watts Gallery and Losesley Park

Circular Walk from Guildford Station

South West Trains have a section on their website giving ideas for walks from their stations. I have done this one several times and have really enjoyed it. The countryside is glorious with the first part taking place next to the River Wey on the towpath, the walk takes in the Watts Gallery and Loseley Park. It must be about six or seven miles there and back and it's probably a good idea to wear walking boots as it can get quite muddy.

Follow the link for detailed instructions. Here are a few photos as a hint of what you might expect.

When you leave the towpath, and find the farm road, the countryside opens up.

Then you take the wooded path.  There are bluebells along here in the Spring.

 Eventually you reach the Watts Gallery.

The Watts Gallery celebrates the work of Victorian Artist George Frederick Watts OM RA and has over 100 paintings in it's recently restored galleries.
Built in Arts and Crafts style, there is also a sculpture gallery and temporary exhibitions, together with an excellent cafe, with the speciality of rarebit which is truly scrummy.

While you are there, don't miss the outstanding Watts Chapel just down the road.  Mary Watts was the driving force for this and ran pottery classes for the locals to create the terracotta tiles.  The inside is magnificent.

Currently fundraising is taking place in order to restore the Watts' house Limnerslease nearby and visitors can take a tour on certain days.  Please see the Watts Gallery website for lots more information.

Time to turn back towards Guildford on a different route.

Passing Loseley Park, if time permits you can pop in and see the house or gardens at certain times of the year.  I haven't been in the house, but the gardens were beautiful in the Autumn.

Have a look here for more details.

I should think your legs will be aching a bit now and maybe you'll have to run for the train back home, but if there's time, why not pop into Guildford Castle.

I hope you enjoy the walk.  Time for a cuppa, let's get the kettle on.

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