Audio tour

Audio tourWitley Camp in the First World War

Only in English

2 sights

  1. Audio tour Summary
  2. Audio tour Summary

    In 2019, Godalming Museum was awarded just under £65,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to carry out an exciting new community archaeology project at Witley Camp. Once a bustling military camp home to 20,000 British and Canadian soldiers and a veterinary hospital in the First World War, the area today has returned to woodland with little trace of any remains.

    Created by Surrey County Archaeological Unit, Godalming Museum and the National Trust, this short walk will guide you round some of the key First World War areas of the camp using original photographs, sounds and recordings, providing an insight to the life of the people based here over 100 years ago.

    Things to know about this walk:

    We advise that you download this walk before visiting Witley Common as there is limited phone signal at the site.

    The walk begins at the Webb Road National Trust Car Park. The address of this car park is Webb Road, Witley, Godalming, GU8 5QJ. Parking is free for National Trust members.

    We advise you use headphones for this walk to improve the sound quality.

    This walk is just over 1 mile long and lasts around 1 hour.

    The walk is over some sandy and uneven ground with roots and other trip hazards. Please take care. You are responsible for you own safety throughout this walk.

    Don't forget to turn your phone volume up when you start the walk!

  3. 1 1. Ticket Machine
  4. 2 Fork in the path
  5. 3 British and Canadian Troops
  6. 4 Veterinary Area
  7. 5 Stable block crossroads
  8. 6 The clearing
  9. 7 Horse grooming and water troughs
  10. 8 Turn Left at the clearing
  11. 9 Engineers Road
  12. 10 Pass the Oak Tree on your right
  13. 11 Inside the huts
  14. 12 4,000 soldiers
  1. Audio tour Summary

    In 2019, Godalming Museum was awarded just under £65,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to carry out an exciting new community archaeology project at Witley Camp. Once a bustling military camp home to 20,000 British and Canadian soldiers and a veterinary hospital in the First World War, the area today has returned to woodland with little trace of any remains.

    Created by Surrey County Archaeological Unit, Godalming Museum and the National Trust, this short walk will guide you round some of the key First World War areas of the camp using original photographs, sounds and recordings, providing an insight to the life of the people based here over 100 years ago.

    Things to know about this walk:

    We advise that you download this walk before visiting Witley Common as there is limited phone signal at the site.

    The walk begins at the Webb Road National Trust Car Park. The address of this car park is Webb Road, Witley, Godalming, GU8 5QJ. Parking is free for National Trust members.

    We advise you use headphones for this walk to improve the sound quality.

    This walk is just over 1 mile long and lasts around 1 hour.

    The walk is over some sandy and uneven ground with roots and other trip hazards. Please take care. You are responsible for you own safety throughout this walk.

    Don't forget to turn your phone volume up when you start the walk!

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  • Traveler

    5 out of 5 rating 11-10-2022

    Great learnt so much about ww1 and 2

  • Andrew Barnes

    5 out of 5 rating 06-09-2022

    My thanks to those who investigated, explored and prepared a fascinating and instructive tour of this local historic FWW site. I found it most enjoyable.

  • Shane Peterson

    4 out of 5 rating 03-18-2022

    I found this audio tour very interesting, however, it could be more satisfying if it was possible to overlay the street / hut map so you could see exactly where you were in relation to the original camp.

  • Frank

    3 out of 5 rating 11-12-2021

    Not the best choice of narrator - and could have benefited from a professional approach to recording, and the excerpts, music and sound effects. The content was interesting - I would have hoped for more.

  • Sylvia

    5 out of 5 rating 03-18-2021

    Interesting facts and simple to follow directions. Thank you 😊