This is the main focus of our efforts. To encourage you to visit Farnham and "Stay a Little Longer."How many of (us) arrive at a starting town on a walk and head straight off from the train station, without seeing where we landed? How many of us finish a long-distance walk and get on the train immediately with exploring the local delights? I know I'm guilty. I probably walked to Dorking half-a-dozen times before I ventured from Dorking Deepdene Station and added the short stroll into the town to see what was there. How much had I missed out on?
Our plea is whether you arrive having finished the St Swithun's Way, about to start the North Downs Way or are part of the way along the Pilgrim's Way - LINGER. For those arriving, at least have an afternoon tea in one of the excellent cafes or tea rooms. Visit Farnham Castle, built by Henry de Blois who consecrated Thomas Becket. A few miles away is Waverley Abbey, the very first monastery founded in Britain by the reforming Cistercian religious order in 1128. Waverley soon became the springboard for Cistercian settlement in southern England.
Why stay here?
To quote from the 'VisitFarnham.today' website, "Farnham in Surrey is a jewel in the region's crown. A historic town with a wealth of Georgian buildings, it offers relaxing shopping, arts, museums, and picturesque countryside within easy reach of London and the South Coast."
'Easy reach', we hear you exclaim! You've just walked a marathon and a half to get here. Well, while you're here - chill and enjoy!
To read about attractions, places to visit, places to eat or drink, or even places to stay, try this site www.visitfarnham.today which shows some of the best things available in the town. You will also see a two-day agenda, as experienced by George and Ann - first-time Farnham visitors. They had use of a car, but I'm sure you can improvise if interested.
St Andrew's Church
For centuries the Parish Church in Farnham has been central to the life of the town. A busy programme includes weekly services and activities for all ages, baptisms, weddings, funerals, concerts and exhibitions.
Worship and prayer is still the regular heartbeat of the St Andrew’s community. The Church building is open each weekday. Guests and visitors can enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful space and can use it for quiet reflection.
We are always delighted to welcome pilgrims who often find us a safe stopping place on their journey.
For further details of our regular programme and special events, please see our website: www.standrewsfarnham.org
The team offers two weekly events that might be of interest to people with a little time to spare. On Wednesdays at 11 am, they have a programme called Breathe. This offers a chance to refresh mind, body and spirit for a couple of hours. They also have a special Holy Communion on Tuesdays at 11.30 am in the Lady Chapel.
On the second Tuesday of every month, guests are treated to an organ recital by professional and local organists, beginning at 1:10pm and lasting 40mins approximately.
To find out all about the work they do and what they can offer a pilgrim, have a look at their website here - https://www.standrewsfarnham.org
A Pilgrim's Prayer from the Revd. David Uffindell from St Andrew's Farnham
Creator God, you are the source of all life and motivation.
May we journey in faith and love, rejoicing and eager to serve you.
Grant us a glimpse of your glory as we seek to follow you –
the Way, the Truth and the Life. Amen
May God the Father who created you, guide your footsteps,
May God the Son who redeemed you, share your journey,
May God the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you, lead you on life’s pilgrimage,
and the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be with you wherever you may go. Amen.
If one is intending to stay overnight, then Farnham has a variety of accommodation. Several large hotels cater to travellers. We can recommend the Bishop's Table and the Mercure Bush Hotel for those looking for an above-average level of comfort. We have a hostel at The Mulberry Pub. But be warned, the pub can be noisy and the hostel only offers dormitory-style sleeping. Those hoping for a private B&B would do no better than to look at Autumn Tints, where Margaret Hooker, herself a Rambler, will make you welcome. Margaret can be contacted on 01252 713752 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org. A longer list can be found on https://www.farnham.gov.uk/filter/accommodation
Walking in Farnham
Finally, you might just be interested in walking in the area. If that's the case, then check out our friends at FarnhamWalker. Use their contact form for information on anything walking-related or visitor-related that might interest you. https://www.farnhamwalker.com/
Welcome to Farnham.