It is not very often that we get snow around this part of the country (Hampshire/West Sussex), so when we do get it I am going to shout about it. Sunday morning, I woke up to heavily falling snow and a good 50-75mm already on the ground. Time for a change of plan and reroute as the car could not be used (steep hill to my house).
What I chose was a short but pleasant walk around the edge of my village taking in some urban landscape as well as the rural countryside. I have started and finished the walk at the railway station for those that may wish to use public transport.
Start: Liss Railway Station SU 77681 276864
Finish: Liss Railway Station SU 77681 27686
Distance: 3 miles
Ascent: 122 feet
Duration: 1hr 05min
OS Map Required: OL33 Haslemere & Petersfield
There is plenty of car parking at Liss Railway Station or in the village itself. Though ideally, you could travel to Liss by train, enjoy this short walk then explore this beautiful rural location further.
From Liss Railway Station head into the village centre and take a left at the roundabout followed by a right fork at the Triangle Centre. This takes you along Rake Road for 3/4 mile and out of East Liss into the countryside.
Taking a left turn down Wyld Green Lane then right along Mill Road brings us to the level crossing over the South Western Railway Waterloo to Portsmouth line. Please cross the line with care then immediately take the footpath on the left side of the road heading across country.
Follow the path across the field then trough a kissing gate up on to a small triangular green with a footpath running left to right. This path is the line of the former Bordon Military Railway and is now part of the Shipwrights Way. In the centre of the Green is a plinth with some carved trout on top. This is part of the sculpture trail that runs along the Shipwrights Way.
Cross this footpath, over a wooden bridge and through a tall kissing gate into open countryside. Follow the path for just over 1/2 mile until you reach the main road passing through West Liss. Cross the road and head up to the church. The paths leads around the west side of the church and heads towards a footbridge over the A3 dual carriageway.
Immediately before turning right for the bridge, take the footpath on the left following this through Upper Green and across the road heading towards the second church. Here the footpath leads through the churchyard and on to the main road back down the hill to the Railway Station and the end of the walk.
This walk is not very strenuous though it is not accessible due to 3 kissing gates. Liss has a couple of pubs, a cafe and 2 Indian restaurants though these are currently closed due to C-19 restrictions. If it is takeaway food you are after then we have a chippy and pizza shop.