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Whitmoor Common and Jordan Hill

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Whitmoor Common and Jordan Hill
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 04 Feb 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Whitmoor Common and Jordan Hill Walking Guidestar1 Whitmoor Common and Jordan Hill Walking Guidestar1 Whitmoor Common and Jordan Hill Walking Guidestar1 Whitmoor Common and Jordan Hill Walking Guidestar0 Whitmoor Common and Jordan Hill Walking Guide
Surrey, Guildford
Walk Type: Woodland
Whitmoor Common and Jordan Hill
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Whitmoor Common and Jordan Hill Walking Guide boot Whitmoor Common and Jordan Hill Walking Guide
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Bungalow Junction
Start to Bungalow Junction

Start point: 51.2676 lat, -0.5941 long
End point: 51.2704 lat, -0.5861 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.

Follow the main path ahead into the trees, passing a bench on the left. Soon over to the right you’ll notice the start of a fenced grass paddock. Soon afterwards, keep left at the fork and follow this path passing through a long section of young silver birch trees. You will emerge out to a junction of paths with a white bungalow across to the right.

Bungalow Junction to Jolly Farmer
Bungalow Junction to Jolly Farmer

Start point: 51.2704 lat, -0.5861 long
End point: 51.279 lat, -0.5857 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.

Join the boardwalk, a long section of raised sleepers which pass over this area of wet heath. Follow the boardwalk ahead and then swinging to the right, looking out for dragonflies as you go. At the end of the sleepers, cross a bridge over a stream to reach a multi-way junction. Take the right fork, signed with the purple and green arrows.

Pass through a staggered wooden barrier and keep ahead on the path with a fence to a property on the right. Keep ahead to join the circular gravel driveway in front of Heather Court, a house once owned by former Prime Minister Lloyd George. At the far end of the circle, fork right off the driveway onto a woodland footpath marked with a yellow arrow. The woodland path emerges out into a small grass paddock. Cross diagonally right (towards the red dog bin), cross the small access lane and into the car park opposite. On the right is the Jolly Farmer pub, a perfect place to stop for refreshments.

Jolly Farmer to Goose Rye Road
Jolly Farmer to Goose Rye Road

Start point: 51.279 lat, -0.5857 long
End point: 51.2815 lat, -0.6012 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.

Follow this mud track keeping close to the fence on the right. You will emerge alongside the entrance to Gooserye Cottage on the right, turn left on the drive for a few paces and then fork right to join the narrow waymarked public bridleway.

The path emerges out onto another tarmac drive, turn right along this drive. Pass Gosling Cottage and then Gooserye on the right and soon afterwards you will reach a T-junction with Goose Rye Road.

Goose Rye Road to The Avenue
Goose Rye Road to The Avenue

Start point: 51.2815 lat, -0.6012 long
End point: 51.2795 lat, -0.6054 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.

When you reach the next tarmac access drive (for Cawood and Little Rickford), turn left for a few paces to reach the main road. Cross over with care, turn right for a few paces and then turn left over a small sleeper footbridge to join a footpath climbing into the woods. At the top of the hill, keep ahead passing the house called Perry on the left.

As you approach the next property ahead, turn sharp left (opposite a noticeboard on the right) and then as you approach the wooden gates, keep right to join a narrow woodland path. Pass by a bungalow on the right and follow the path as it swings left between holly bushes. The path soon emerges to the road junction between Goose Rye Road and The Avenue.

The Avenue to End
The Avenue to End

Start point: 51.2795 lat, -0.6054 long
End point: 51.2681 lat, -0.5942 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.

At the brow of the hill you’ll reach a junction of paths with a wooden post. Go straight on, heading for another wooden post at the edge of the silver birch plantation on the right. At this next post, go ahead, heading downhill past a bench on the right. As you enter the belt of trees at the bottom of the hill, you’ll reach a T-junction with a waymarked track. Turn right here.

Go through the staggered wooden barrier and pass Jordan Hill barn on the left. At the crossroads with the main tarmac track, turn right for a few paces and then turn left onto the footpath signed for Salt Box Road. Follow this long straight path all the way to its end where you will reach a bridge.

Cross the bridge (look out for water voles!) and then bear right to join the path with the stream on the right. Keep ahead on the straight path as the stream veers away to the right. At the end of the coppiced trees on the left, look out for a left fork to join a path which passes a metal drinking trough. Follow this path as it bends left and then right and emerges out onto a wide sandy track. Turn left and keep left at the fork to stay on the main wide track through the trees. Turn right at the next minor crossroads (you’ll be able to see cars through the trees) and follow this path for a short distance back to the car park.

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4 responses to "Whitmoor Common and Jordan Hill"

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

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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