Tuesday 12th May
leaving from Farnham Hospital at 10 am
Farnham Walking Festival is offering a lovely family stroll from Farnham Hospital to Waverley Abbey House and back. Why? The Florence Nightingale Walk has been commissioned by the Friends of Farnham Hospital and Centre for Health to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Florence's birth on 12 May, 1820. The founder of modern nursing has strong connections with Farnham. Her uncle, George Nicholson, was at one time the owner of Waverley Abbey House. Brightwell House, latterly the Redgrave Theatre was owned by the Paget family who were visited by Florence. Finally, she donated a travelling communion set to Farnham Hospital. We are hoping it will be possible to see this gift either before or after our walk.
Join us in the footsteps of Florence Nightingale as we walk from Farnham Hospital to Waverley Abbey House and back. On the way, we visit a battle site, a witches cave, several WW2 reminders, a mistress's cottage, the former home of Farnham's narrow gauge railway and the site of one of the earliest Saxon settlement in the area.
The 6.5 mile route makes easy walking and will be undertaken at a gentle pace. It starts from the front of Farnham Hospital (Hale Rd, Farnham GU9 9QL) at 10 am and winds along the Greensand Way past Moor Park. At Waverley Abbey, we will pause for lunch, returning along the North Downs Way, aiming to be back well before 3 pm.
No booking is required for this walk.