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L'Abri Fellowship
The Manor House
Greatham, Liss
Hants GU33 6HF
United Kingdom


1) By car.
We are in Hampshire six miles north of Petersfield on the A3(M). Coming from the North do not take the exit marked "Greatham", but continue to the roundabout just beyond. Take the 3rd exit marked "Farnham" A325. (Coming from the south take the 1st exit marked Greatham/ Selborne at the same roundabout.) At the first intersection turn right into Greatham village where you will see the Manor House on the right hand side, before the church.


2) By train.
From Waterloo: Try to take direct train to Portsmouth. (easier than getting on and off on less direct trains.) Get off at Liss. Sometimes if you get the less direct train, you may have to change at Haslemere. From Liss you can either walk the two miles to Greatham, take a taxi or catch the 202 bus to Greatham getting off at Tollhouse Corner. Unfortunately the buses are infrequent.

3) By Airport.

From Gatwick Airport Catch the train to Guildford. Change at Guildford for the train to Liss. You may have to change again at Haslemere as above. (Try to get the more direct train).

From Heathrow Airport You do not need to go into central London. Outside each terminal there is a bus stand with a service to Woking railway station. From there catch the train from Liss as above.

4) By Taxi.
For taxis to the Manor House from the Liss train station, call Liss Cars at 01730 892051. If Liss Cars is unavailable, try Forest Cars at 01730 894658 or 14U Cars in Petersfield at 01730 300738. Proper etiquette is to talk to the driver first before getting into the cab. Ask to be taken to "The Manor House in Greatham." Fare will be between £4.00 and £5.00. It would be courteous to round up to £5.00. Note that on bank holidays, fares will be double.

5) By Foot.

You can walk! There are three different paths you can take:

The Direct Way (recommended if you are pulling luggage), The Back Way (more scenic), and The Nature Way (much more scenic). The Direct Way (1.87 miles, 40 minutes): Walk out of the train station to the street, which is Station Way. Turn right (heading northwest). You will almost immediately cross over a small river (this is the River Rother), then walk past homes and businesses to the edge of Liss. (You will pass Madhuban Tandoori, Harvey's Solicitors, a football pitch, and the Liss Business Center, all on your right, as you walk.) After about half a mile you will dead-end into Farnham Road. You will see The Bluebell pub across the street. Turn right onto Farnham Road (heading north). Walk almost a mile, passing The Spread Eagle pub after about one-fifth of a mile. You will arrive at a roundabout where Farnham Road (which is also the B3006 highway) meets the A3 highway. Continue straight through the roundabout and continue walking north on the other side. The easiest way to cross is on the left side of the roundabout, if you follow the sidewalk around until it ends. Continue walking about half a mile past the roundabout and you will reach a sort of three-way intersection. Take the right fork, which is Petersfield Road (you will see a sign pointing this way indicating "Greatham Village.") The Manor House will be the third and biggest driveway on your right, in about 450 feet (the first smaller one is "2 Tom's Acre Cottage,"and the second small one, after the pond, goes to The Stables.)

The Back Way (2.25 miles, 50 minutes):Walk out of the train station to the street, which is Station Way. Turn left (heading east). In about 400 feet you will reach a small roundabout. Continue walking straight past it. After another 200 feet you will come to a fork, with the Triangle Community Center in the middle. Take the left fork, which is Mill Road. Follow Mill Road as it winds through Liss, and after about half a mile you will cross over railroad tracks. Mill Road changes to Forest Road after the railroad tracks. Follow Forest Road for a mile as it passes through the small village of Liss Forest, and by the MOD Training Ground. After a little over one mile you will reach an overcrossing over the A3 highway. Continue on Forest Road for another third of a mile after this and you will dead-end into Petersfield Road, with the ruins of a church on the left corner. Turn left onto Petersfield Road and you will be walking along the Manor grounds. Turn left into the big driveway after about 300 feet.

The Nature Way (1.97 miles, 50 minutes): Walk out of the train station to the street, which is Station Way. Turn right (heading northwest). Almost immediately on your right, before you cross over the river, you will see a footpath leading into the woods called the "Riverwalk Path." The Riverwalk Path cuts through the old Rother Bank Farm lands and follows the path of the old Longmoor Military Rail Line, which was dismantled in the 1970's after reaching its peak of operation during World War II. As you follow this path through the woods for just over one mile you will see remnants of the old railroad. The path dead-ends into Forest Road just past Liss Forest. Turn left onto Forest Road, walk by the MOD Training Ground and continue to The Manor House by following the instructions above.

Contact us if you would like to be met at either airport by a taxi as this is usually cheaper for families.

Special Note: If you are not a citizen of the United Kingdom, please see our travel advisory under reservations.

Some of this information was written by a former student, Matt Jurach, and we thank him for this help. Visit his link to get more details of the local surroundings. Includes walking maps.