St Martha’s Hill

St Martha’s Hill is well worth the climb, once you reach the summit you’ll discover St Martha’s Church a listed grade II Historic building. The North Downs Way National Trail goes past the Church and you’ll discover, tremendous views of the Surrey Hills and Newlands Corner.

Getting there…

It’s easy to get here too.

Trains: Simply catch the Great Western Railway service to Chilworth (2.8km walk from the station).

Buses: Hop on Compass Travel route 32 to Chilworth.

What to do when you’re there…

The views from the summit of St Martha’s Hill are spectacular as you look down towards the village of Chilworth and across towards Newlands Corner and Guildford.

It is well worth visiting St Martha’s Church. It is the only church in Surrey to be on the Pilgrims’ Way and featured briefly in the 1944 film A Canterbury Tale. A 12th-century church existed here before falling into ruin by the 18th century. The church was rebuilt in 1848–50 to the designs of Henry Woodyer who incorporated many of the original 12th-century architectural features including Norman arches to the main entrance as well as zig zag moulded lancet windows on the tower. The church believes it may have been built as a landmark or beacon to assist travellers or encourage pilgrimage to Canterbury or Winchester Cathedrals.

The graveyard of the church includes a memorial to actress and singer Yvonne Arnaud, whose ashes were scattered there.

Fancy a walk…

There are lots of options for walks in this area we’d recommend….

  • Chilworth Heritage Trail, a 5km walk taking in the extensive site of the Gunpowder Works at Chilworth, which boasts possibly the most prominent (and famous) remains of the Tillingbourne mills.
  • Gomshall Heritage Trail, this 4km walk takes in the scenic village of Gomshall where you can explore the historic houses, milling sites and tannery buildings within the village as you walk along the Tillingbourne river.
Something to eat…

There is an excellent pub in Chilworth called The Percy Arms or take a look at our Surrey Hills Enterprises directory of local food and drink businesses for some other ideas.