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|Whitmoor Common and Jordan Hill|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 04 Feb 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular trail around the nature reserves of Whitmoor Common and Jordan Hill in Surrey. The area comprises beautiful expanses of heathland, woodland, grassland, ponds and streams. The heathland is home to a range of animals, birds and insects giving a rare habitat for night jars, dragonflies and water voles to thrive. The common is very popular with dog walkers and makes a great place to meet up with friends, but the expanse of area means that those preferring their own company can also enjoy a peaceful walk. |
The walk follows heath and woodland paths, some of which can get quite muddy in the winter and after wet weather so good waterproof boots are recommended at these times. There are a few steady climbs and descents and no stiles or gates. The common is used to graze rare breed cattle during the summer months so take care with children and dogs around the electric fences. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the Whitmoor Common car park which can be found on Salt Box Road, just north of Guildford between the A320 and the A322. The car park has a 2m height restriction barrier and has parking for around 20 cars. Approximate post code GU3 3LH.
|Start to Bungalow Junction|
Start point: 51.2676 lat, -0.5941 long
The walk starts from the large Whitmoor Common car park on Salt Box Lane. Go through the low wooden barrier at the rear of the car park and turn immediately right, passing a noticeboard on the left and following a path running parallel with the road over to the right.
|Bungalow Junction to Jolly Farmer|
Start point: 51.2704 lat, -0.5861 long
Take the second left here, a path marked with a number of coloured arrow waymarkers for self-guided trails. Pass under the power lines and keep ahead towards the open heath and gorse bushes. (The path passes through the thick gorse bushes but I would suggest a quick detour to avoid getting scratched - turn left just before them and then take the first right). You will reach the far side of the gorse bushes where you will see a bench and the start of a raised boardwalk.
|Jolly Farmer to Goose Rye Road|
Start point: 51.279 lat, -0.5857 long
When you have finished at the pub, return through the car park, but turn right along the access track and then take the first left into a tarmac lane, with the small grass area you crossed earlier now on the left. Follow the tarmac lane passing the entrance to Heather Court on the left. Continue for a little distance and then, immediately after the entrance to Whitmoor Hatch on the right, fork right past a vehicle barrier onto a woodland footpath marked with a purple arrow.
|Goose Rye Road to The Avenue|
Start point: 51.2815 lat, -0.6012 long
Cross over the road with care, turn left for a few paces and then fork right into the woodland passing a signpost and noticeboard. Keep ahead to pass over a tarmac drive and continue on the woodland path. After some distance cross over another tarmac access drive and follow the path between rhododendron and holly bushes.
|The Avenue to End|
Start point: 51.2795 lat, -0.6054 long
Continue in the same direction across the junction, joining the main road branch of Goose Rye Road. After just a few paces, fork right past a wooden vehicle barrier onto a footpath into the common. Keep ahead on the wide grass path heading uphill. Climb the slope of Jordan Hill, passing to the left of the small plantation of pine trees.
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Cool in summer as lots of shade but would be very muddy in wet weather.
|By becks on 2014-05-25 17:04:43|
Thoroughly enjoyed the walk but we did it after some heavy rain and some paths were impassable will do it again when the weather is dryer.
|By esjayem on 2015-02-23 17:57:10|
March 7 2015 Lovely weather; still quite wet in areas but lovely surroundings. Not too busy. Very welcoming pub (Jolly Farmer) to finish with excellent garden
|By kjharrington on 2015-03-07 17:36:09|
A pleasant walk across varied terrain. the path which leads from the gravel drive to the pub is very overgrown, it is really avoidable if you continue down the drive to the tarmac road. for the pub turn right (it looks great) or turn left and continue your walk! some sections are very muddy, not one to do in winter or after rain!
|By StoryTails on 2016-09-04 15:05:33|
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