Haslemere - Hook
A287 westbound before Odiham Junction
It begins in an area of large detached houses off the A286
south of Haslemere. There are two separate forks leaving/joining the A286 about half a mile apart. Travelling Northwest there is a turning on the left for a branch of the B2131
. Under the main South West Trains line to Portsmouth/Southampton etc. and the Wey Hill area of Haslemere is entered. There is a light-controlled crossroads with the main route for the B2131
and shortly thereafter a t-junction and TOTSO
is reached. Right turn is an unclassified link to the B2131 towards the older part of Haslemere so a left turn is necessary.
The road then follows the verdant Nutcombe valley before leaving the valley floor and climbing up towards Hindhead. At this point the road is over 800 feet above sea level. It used to cross the A3 at the notorious Hindhead traffic lights but the A3 was diverted thorugh the Hindhead Tunnels from July 2011. The right turn now only leads to the National Trust car park and the left turn is the old A3 renumbered as A333. However as of October 2011 there is a four-way temporary traffic light for roadworks to change the layout and for the moment delays on the A287 remain here.
Once the temporary traffic lights are negotiated and Hindhead left behind, the roads descends slowly and the woods resume on the left in the form of the National Trust owned Golden Valley. On the right is the leafy settlement of Beacon Hill. This village ends and gives way to Hindhead Golf Course. The road reaches the village of Churt which will not delay any driver much. Further woods are passed and then it crosses Frensham Heath. Frensham Pond which is a large sailing and watersports venue is on the left.
Presently the suburbs of Farnham are reached. There is a traffic light controlled crossroads and the B3384 leaves on the left. The A31 is crossed on a high and sloping bridge without a junction and then the road reaches central Farnham, which would be lovely were it not for the traffic. A one way system is here so turn left at Downing Street and then bear right. Right turn at a signal into West Street onto a brief multiplex with the A325. Then turn left and strike off to the North, skirting Farnham Castle on the right. A t-junction is reached at a traffic light in Upper Hale and a left turn is necessary to continue. Right is the A3016.
The remainder of the road provides a relatively fast route to the M3 and beyond. Traffic tends to keep to the NSL. There are a few junctions. First is a roundabout with the right turn being the B3013. After this the road starts to descend gently and there is a good vista over the Hampshire countryside. There is a short D2 section suitable to overtake perhaps one car and presently another roundabout for a left turn to the village of Odiham. Along the Odiham bypass and there is another short dual carriageway where the right lane is marked for a right turn onto the B3016. Back to single carriageway and then there is another roundabout junction with the road back from Odiham. Bear right and another dual carriageway takes us to the M3 at Junction 5 which is a signalised roundabout junction. The other side of the M3 is also dual carriageway which stops just before the end of the road which is at a t-junction on the A30 to the West of Hook.
Between 1926 and 1935, the westernmost section of the A287 (from the then A32 to the A30) was numbered the A3062.