Walk the Guilford round walk
Very pleasant and varied lanscapes walk starting from the train station. 8 miles or 12 kms. Go to: http://www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_2/walk_12/index.shtml for detailed directions.
This walk starts along the river then goes through fields and woods. Perfect as a warm up for longer walks. Can be muddy in parts if it just rained.
A possible lunch stop is the cafe of the Watts gallery where you can eat nice cakes or toasted sandwiches whil esipping a tea or coffee. Service is rather slow.
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Tom McRae 2003
We first came to Guilfest to see Tom McRae perform here in 2003, needless to say, he was fabulous! There are several stages with various performers/artists from Friday to Sunday so check the website for listings.
WATTS GALLERY AND CHAPEL
In the nearby town of Compton (near Godalming), there's a lovely, fairly secret art gallery and beautiful chapel. It was founded by the famous 19th century artist, Watts and his wife. We came across it just by accident one day while driving around. There's a small and inexpensive tea room attached, plus a gift shop. The gallery has many works of art by Watts and also some by other artists of the late 19th century.. Pre-Raphaelite etc. The chapel is situated alongside a very picturesque and beautiful cemetery with lovely views of the Surrey countryside.
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Lewis Carroll and Alice in Guildford
Reverend Charles Dodgson, a.k.a. Lewis Carroll, the author of children's classic "Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland", died in Guildford on January 14, 1898, and was buried at The Mount Cemetary (his grave is right by the church, very easy to spot). Although he did not spend that much time in Guildford, his family lived in a roomy house, "The Chestnuts", located next to the Guildford Castle grounds.
There are two Alice statues in Guildford: one is located near the river and illustrates an early scene from the novel "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" ("Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank [...] when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her"), while the second statue depicts Alice going through the looking-glass (that one is actually kind of scary looking, especially if you happen to have seen the movie "The Ring"!!). The second one is located on the Castle grounds and is a bit difficult to find: you have to go at the end of the bowling green and go down the few steps on the right that seem to lead nowhere - you'll end up at the statue.
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WEY NAVIGATIONAL SYSTEM
Beginning at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford, one can walk for 19 miles north along the Wey Navigational System. It's a beautiful towpath filled with lovely scenery and ever-moving barges, especially in the warmer months. I've put more photos in a travelogue below. We've walked quite a bit of the path. More information on the wharf and canal barge rides offered are on the National Trust website.
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See who's on the agenda
There's a lot to do a Guilfest... you can eat drink, smoke, buy magic mushrooms and have them cooked in a bacon toastie... get a Thai head massage... blow bubbles... you can queue for 45 mins for the loo... you can shop at the numerous small stalls selling all the usual Festival paraphanalia... from hats to bongs...
But most importantly and the reason you bought your ticket is so that you can watch the great acts appearing throughout the afternoon and evening...there are several stages.. we chose the main stage as Tom Baxter was appearing there... and he was fantastic.
Excellent river side tea break place
Well, if you want to have an excellent river side tea break place, go to the restaurant inside the Debenhams of Guildford. I cost a few pounds to have a tea break and sit beside the river and tree, a romantic spot over there. I really love to sit over there, reading and chat to my friends. There is another tea break spot, read my other tips.
Guildford’s most famous son is without doubt George Abbot (1562-1633). He was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1611 to 1633 and before that he was Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield and Bishop of London. He founded Abbot’s Hospital (almshouse) on High Street just opposite the Holy Trinity. He was buried at The Holy Trinity in Guildford where his tomb can be seen.
The oldest church in Guildford is St. Mary’s, i. e. the oldest part of it, the Saxon tower. A timber church was built on the site in the 600´s AD when the Saxon population converted to Christianity. In about 1050 the church was rebuilt in stone of which the tower survives, undoubtedly a Saxon work. This church is definitely worth a visit.
The Holy Trinity
The church of the Holy Trinity is the only large Georgian church in Surrey. The medieval church was destroyed when the tower and steeple collapsed in 1740, but in 1763 a new church was built. The Holy Trinity had the status of a cathedral from 1927 to 1962 when the new cathedral on Stag Hill was consecrated.
Guildford castle and castle grounds
Guildford castle, now in ruins, was the only Norman Royal castle in Surrey. It was built on the site of older Saxon fortifications and replaced a wooden castle of earlier Norman design. The imposing stone castle keep was built during the reign of king Henry II (r. 1154-1189). It was a favourite residence of Henry III (r. 1216–1272) and he always stayed at the castle when he went hunting in the neighbourhood. After his time it soon went into disrepair, and it was virtually in ruins by the end of the middle Ages. The castle estate passed through several hands, until it was laid it out as a pleasure garden, which was opened to the public in 1888. The ruins of the medieval castle were retained as features of the park. The castle keep, a landmark in Guildford, is not open this year (2003) due to major restoration work.
The town has many of these plaques and they provide a brief but informative history of the many locations around Guildford which are considered important.
AM - or Anthony - Great sound from this singer/songwriter acoustic guitarist from Southern California. Another one who's name we shall be hearing more of!
I saw the Guillemots for the first time and boy did this guy look hot in his suit and hat! I reckon their sound is an acquired taste - not my fave band of the weekend.
Great Irish singer, loved his music. Never heard of him before but will remember his name after the performance he gave on Saturday!
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