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|Epsom Downs and Walton on the Hill|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 04 Feb 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5.5 mile circular walk through Epsom and Walton Downs, the chalk downlands which form part of the North Downs in Surrey. The route starts from Epsom Downs Racecourse, home to The Derby, and heads south through Walton Downs to reach the pretty village of Walton on the Hill. Here, about half way round, there are a couple of pubs and a cafe, the perfect place for lunch and/or a pint. The walk returns back through woodland bridleways and open downland paths. There are great views throughout and on a clear day much of London and Surrey is visible. |
The walk has a few steady climbs and descents throughout and, whilst most of the paths are well made, some of the chalk bridleways can become muddy/slippery after wet weather. There are no stiles and just one single gate. The racecourse is open throughout the year but there are restrictions on race days so it is best to avoid these times. Dogs are welcome as long as they are under control and on leads while horses are being trained (follow the guidance on the signs within the course). Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
The walk starts from the large open car park which is at the roundabout junction between Tattenham Corner Road (B290) and Old London Road, just south of Epsom in Surrey. Approximate post code KT18 5NY. Tattenham Corner rail station is a short walk from the start point.
|Start to Woodland Fork|
Start point: 51.3117 lat, -0.2449 long
Cross over the roundabout towards the racecourse and head down the tarmac lane into the course away from the road (if you look carefully you’ll see a wooden sign marking this as a bridleway to Walton Road). As the tarmac lane bends left, go straight ahead alongside the vehicle barrier and take the stone/dirt track heading straight up over the centre of the course.
|Woodland Fork to Nohome Farm|
Start point: 51.3024 lat, -0.2569 long
Take the left fork here onto the smaller path marked with a blue arrow, and follow this as it bends to the right. At the next junction, go ahead on the wide lane to pass between the white racecourse railings over to the left and some old stone columns to the right. Follow the lane as it swings left and downhill, enjoying the views across the valley.
|Nohome Farm to Fox and Hounds|
Start point: 51.2993 lat, -0.2602 long
Immediately after the gated entrance, follow the path as it swings right and narrows between hedgerows. Keep on this path for some distance, climbing gradually uphill and winding between the coppiced trees. A while later the path passes between horse paddocks (beware the electric fence on the right here). Soon afterwards the path passes between houses to arrive at a junction with the road.
|Fox and Hounds to Bridle Cottage|
Start point: 51.2831 lat, -0.2463 long
Keep ahead on Walton Road passing the primary school on the right and then a number of small shops and a cafe. Keep ahead past the village Mere on the left and immediately after the water, turn left onto the small track by The Bell pub sign.
|Bridle Cottage to End|
Start point: 51.2904 lat, -0.2439 long
Follow the narrow fenced bridleway to the left of Bridle Cottage and follow this path for some distance downhill. At the bottom of the slope you will come to a fork in the path with a copse ahead. Keep left here and a few paces later you will come to a second fork with a notice board. Keep right at this notice board marked with a blue arrow for the bridleway. At the third fork you will see a three-way signpost, take the right fork heading straight on, signed for Epsom Lane North.
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Lovely walk and we had perfect weather for it too. Our one tip tho would be to carry on past the fox and hounds which we had planned to eat in, but on arrival it seemed rather characterless and after spending a good few minutes at the bar within the barman so much as acknowledging he realised we were there, we decided to see if there was anywhere else in the village. We found the grey dove cafe a little further up on rhs just before the mere. We definitely recommend it, warm and toasty, delicious homemade food and friendly staff.
|By deester on 2014-11-29 18:28:34|
Easy to follow directions. The Bell pub is dog friendly. A very nice walk.
|By Covkid on 2015-04-05 13:34:23|
Perfect directions and a thoroughly enjoyable walk.
|By prorig on 2015-04-05 19:11:12|
Enjoyable walk. Directions very good and love the map with interactive gps location spot. Agree with previous comments about Fox & Hounds. The cafe near the pond is lovely. Would do this walk again.
|By RickStock on 2015-05-30 10:46:12|
Enjoyed the walk apart from the 500m or so along Ebisham Lane coming into Walton on the Hill as we had a dog and the road was quite busy with no verge or pavement - very dicey. Also thought it deserves 3 boots for the difficulty level as there are numerous quite steep slopes. Enjoyable but not a favourite.
|By pete747 on 2015-05-30 16:14:38|
A nice walk through some lovely countryside although you do get the constant drone of the nearby M25 Some of the path is quite overgrown in , particularly on the return loop from Walton on the hill but is still passable. All in all an enjoyable afternoons walk
|By Astraman999 on 2016-06-18 17:59:39|
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