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The White Hart and Mill Bourne

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The White Hart and Mill Bourne
Author: Pub Walker, Published: 05 Aug 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 The White Hart and Mill Bourne Walking Guidestar1 The White Hart and Mill Bourne Walking Guidestar1 The White Hart and Mill Bourne Walking Guidestar1 The White Hart and Mill Bourne Walking Guidestar0 The White Hart and Mill Bourne Walking Guide
Surrey, Chobham
Walk Type: River or lakeside
The White Hart and Mill Bourne
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot The White Hart and Mill Bourne Walking Guide boot The White Hart and Mill Bourne Walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile circular pub walk from the White Hart in Chobham. The White Hart is believed to date from the 1500s, and is one of the oldest properties in the village. During the recent renovation, great pains were taken to preserve the character of such a venerable old hostelry, which is now revived and refreshed. The walking route follows the southern bank of the Mill Bourne through pleasant water meadows giving open views and a chance to see lots of meadow flowers and perhaps even a kingfisher. The return leg crosses horse paddocks and grazing pastures to join an ancient lane back to the village.

The walk is almost entirely flat and the paths cross a mixture of grass meadows, paddocks, pastures and woodland and so can be very muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There are several gates plus six stiles (two of these are entirely enclosed by wire fencing so dogs may need a lift over). There is one section of road walking along a quiet lane so take care with children and beware of any traffic. Two of the fields you cross are likely to be holding grazing sheep and cattle so take care with dogs. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.

Chobham is situated in the north west corner of Surrey, a few miles north of Woking. The walk starts and finishes from the White Hart pub on the High Street. There is a car park directly alongside the pub which is accessed via a narrow alleyway between tall buildings. Approximate post code GU24 8AA. Alternatively there is a pay and display village car park, just off the High Street to the north of the village (close to the junction with the A319). Post code for car park GU24 8LZ).

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Walk Sections

Start to Mill Bourne
Start to Mill Bourne

Start point: 51.3473 lat, -0.6029 long
End point: 51.3487 lat, -0.6009 long

Leave the car park and turn right along the High Street. At the mini roundabout keep right and after just a few paces you’ll see a cannon and stone cross war memorial set on a small green ahead of you. The cannon commemorates Queen Victoria’s visit to the area in 1853 when she reviewed the troops on Chobham Common before their departure to the Crimean War.

Immediately before the cannon, turn right down the gravel drive passing an antiques centre on the right. Keep straight ahead on the gravel drive which becomes a grassy ride between the cricket pitch on the right and a car park on the left. (The car park has a public toilet should you need to use this).

As the car park on the left ends, take the first path on the left following the bottom edge of the car park. As you approach the trees you’ll reach a fork, keep left and after just a few paces you’ll reach a waymark post with the Mill Bourne stream directly ahead.

Mill Bourne to Willow Farm
Mill Bourne to Willow Farm

Start point: 51.3487 lat, -0.6009 long
End point: 51.3479 lat, -0.5854 long

Turn right and follow the footpath with the Mill Bourne running on the left.

The beginning of this waterway rises in Lightwater and is joined by another tributary in west Chobham to become the Mill Bourne. From here it flows on to reach the southern branch of the River Bourne near Woking. In 2006 much of the Chobham area was flooded when heavy rain led to the Mill Bourne bursting its banks. Keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers which are occasionally seen along this stretch.

Follow the riverside path for some distance, keeping left at any forks to stay on the path closest to the water. Soon you will be following the left hand edge of several open grass water meadows. Keep ahead through a small section of scrub with fenced horse paddocks to the right. Cross a green metal stile (marked VE 1995) to reach a crossroads with the tarmac access lane for Willow Farm.

Willow Farm to Fairbourne Manor
Willow Farm to Fairbourne Manor

Start point: 51.3479 lat, -0.5854 long
End point: 51.3465 lat, -0.5737 long

Cross over the access lane and go straight ahead signed to Emmett’s Mill. Follow this wide track winding along, with the Mill Bourne still immediately on the left. Cross another green metal stile and follow the river edge path passing more fenced rough horse paddocks.

Pass through a make-shift staggered barrier and follow the path through a pretty section of trees. If you look through the trees to the right you’ll see a white neo-classical style residence behind a large ornamental lake with a fountain. If you look ahead, further downstream, you’ll see Emmett’s Mill.

This mill was established by Chertsey Abbey and its name originates from 1572 when Richard Emmett was in control. The existing three storey mill building was erected in 1701. Milling ceased in the 1890s and the machinery was removed when it was converted into a private residence. The frame of the 10 feet wide waterwheel still survives.

Before you reach Emmett’s Mill the path swings right. Follow it over two footbridges (ahead then left) to reach a wide grass verge alongside the main gated entrance to Fairbourne Manor.

Fairbourne Manor to Sandpit Hall Road
Fairbourne Manor to Sandpit Hall Road

Start point: 51.3465 lat, -0.5737 long
End point: 51.3424 lat, -0.5834 long

Turn right along the grass verge passing in front of Fairbourne Manor (the white property you saw from the back earlier). As the green metal boundary fence of the property ends, fork right through a kissing gate (slightly hidden under trees) signed as a footpath.

Walk ahead keeping close to the paddock fence on the right. Pass through the small wooden gate ahead and then cross the stile directly opposite. Keep ahead passing the stables and horse menage to the left, still keeping close to the right hand fence. Cross the stile over a double fence and then further along pass through a metal kissing gate to join a narrow footpath alongside tall conifers.

The path finally emerges through a metal kissing gate to a pasture (likely to be holding sheep and cattle). Keep ahead close to the hedge on the right and cross over the stile at the far side. Keep ahead again following the right hand hedge and cross the next stile to reach a T-junction with a road with a pretty thatched cottage opposite.

Sandpit Hall Road to Broadford Lane
Sandpit Hall Road to Broadford Lane

Start point: 51.3424 lat, -0.5834 long
End point: 51.3415 lat, -0.6 long

Turn right along the main road, passing the 17th century Sandpit Hall on the right and more pretty thatched cottages on the left. Follow the road for some distance taking care of any traffic. Ignore any paths off left and right and at the end of the road you’ll reach a T-junction with Station Road.

Move on to the grass triangle and then cross Station Road with care to take the gravel drive opposite signed as a public bridleway to St Nicholas and The Sidings. Pass between a few properties and keep ahead onto the narrow path through trees. Cross a large wooden footbridge and you’ll emerge to a T-junction with Broadford Lane, with water treatment works over to the left.

Broadford Lane to End
Broadford Lane to End

Start point: 51.3415 lat, -0.6 long
End point: 51.3475 lat, -0.6035 long

Turn right along Broadford Lane, a concrete track, and follow this for some distance. You’ll pass Broadford Farm on the right and then emerge to a T-junction with Castle Grove Road.

Turn right along the pavement heading back towards Chobham. Cross a footbridge and, before you reach the mini roundabout, cross over to the left hand side of the road. Keep straight ahead past the mini roundabout onto Chobham High Street. Chobham has a remarkably long history with evidence of human occupation from pre-historic times. One of its many claims to fame is that it is the birth place of singer and songwriter Peter Gabriel.

Cross over the zebra crossing and you will see St Lawrence Church in front of you (dating from about 1080). The present tower was added about 1400 and the clock, which has four faces, was added in 1900.

Continue further up the High Street for just a few yards to reach the White Hart for some well deserved hospitality.

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3 comments for "The White Hart and Mill Bourne"

Fairbourne Manor to Sandpit Hall Road-
As you cross the stables there is a double-depth stile, if you are with a dog you will have to carry it over.

One of my faves as it passes my house! Zing!

By injuryian on 03 Oct 2013

A lovely walk with beautiful scenery. Comprises a mixture of off and on lead sections for dogs.

By caseyj83 on 07 Jun 2015

Doesn't really take as long as mentioned even if you don't rush. It's quite nice though, and not *too* muddy even in April.

By dlkhain on 08 Apr 2016

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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4 gallery images for "The White Hart and Mill Bourne"

2385_0Richard1380724750 The White Hart and Mill Bourne Walking Guide Image by: RichardJ
Uploaded: 02 Oct 2013
The White Hart is a lovely looking building and is in the centre of Chobham next to the church as you can see.
2385_1Richard1380724750 The White Hart and Mill Bourne Walking Guide Image by: RichardJ
Uploaded: 02 Oct 2013
Interesting view on what I guess is the village green at the beginning of the walk.
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Uploaded: 19 May 2014
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