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|Headley Heath and Cherkley Wood|
|Author: Claire, Published: 25 Apr 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4.5 mile circular walk through Headley Heath in Surrey. The heath forms part of the North Downs and the route gives a wonderful mixture of heath, chalk downland and woodland with great views over the Surrey Hills. |
The woodland/heath paths can get very muddy so waterproof boots are recommended unless you’re walking after a long period of dry weather. There are several steep climbs and descents on route but in terms of obstacles there are just a few gates and no stiles. Most of the paths are bridleways so you’re likely to be sharing them with horse riders and the heath is also a very popular dog walking area. Cattle are used to graze the heath at certain times. There are no toilet or cafe facilities but a mobile catering van is sometimes open within the car park. Approximate time 2 hours.
Headley Heath sits just south of the village of Headley, a few miles east of the A24 as it runs between Leatherhead and Dorking. The walk starts from the Headley Heath National Trust car park which can be found directly opposite the cricket pitch on Headley Common Road (B2033). The fee to park is £4 per car per day (correct June 2016) and free for National Trust members. Approximate post code KT18 6NN.
|Start to Major Crossroads|
Start point: 51.2709 lat, -0.2739 long
Stand in the car park facing the road. Walk to the front right-hand corner and take the bridleway to the right which runs almost parallel to the road on your left and passes a National Trust Headley Heath emblem sign.
|Major Crossroads to Steps Junction|
Start point: 51.2626 lat, -0.276 long
Turn right here onto the crossing bridleway. A few yards in at the next junction of paths, follow the main bridleway as it swings slightly left heading gradually downhill. Follow the path as it swings right and just a few paces later turn right onto another bridleway heading steadily uphill.
|Steps Junction to Cockshot Cottage|
Start point: 51.2678 lat, -0.2888 long
Turn left here on the main bridleway, ignoring the paths with steps. Follow the path alongside a fenced grass area on the right – as soon as this ends turn right onto a bridleway marked with a blue arrow climbing steeply uphill, with a fence to the right.
|Cockshot Cottage to Mill Way|
Start point: 51.2689 lat, -0.2968 long
Cross over the road and take the steep public bridleway directly opposite. Take care on this steep slope uphill here as it can be quite slippery. Eventually this path emerges to a T-junction with a wide level bridleway – turn right here.
|Mill Way to Crabtree Lane|
Start point: 51.2778 lat, -0.2903 long
Turn right along the bridleway which runs parallel with Mill Way on the left. As the path swings right the views over to the right once again open up with horses grazing the slopes of the valley. A few paces later you are forced to cross Mill Way (do so with care) and then continue on the public byway directly opposite.
|Crabtree Lane to End|
Start point: 51.2752 lat, -0.28 long
Ignore the footpath to the left alongside the Dutch barn, instead stay straight ahead on the main stone bridleway. As you reach the gates to Broom House Cottage ahead, bear right onto the signed Horse Track. Pass through the gate on the bridleway marked with a blue arrow.
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A very enjoyable walk. Two steep uphill sections but they were both brief, overall I think the stated difficulty rating is perhaps a little too high.
|By andrewnorfol on 19 Apr 2015|
A nice walk with two steep uphill sections, Can be quite muddy at points but you can mostly avoid the bad bits by walking near the edge. The car park fee is £4 per day. We think this walk is a 2.5 star in hardness. If you're interested in a walk myself and Kate enjoy, Google for Newlands Corner in Guildford. There's an on-site cafe and FREE parking.
|By MikeKate on 04 Jun 2016|
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