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The White Hart and Shabden Park

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The White Hart and Shabden Park
Author: pubwalker, Published: 15 Aug 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walkstar1 The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walkstar1 The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walkstar1 The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walkstar0 The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walk
Surrey, Chipstead
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
The White Hart and Shabden Park
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walk boot The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walk boot The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walk
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A 3 mile circular pub walk from the White Hart in Chipstead, Surrey. This classic pub offers a great choice of real ales and wines to accompany tasty meals from fresh and local ingredients. The village lies on the top of the North Downs and provides the perfect access point to explore the surrounding countryside of mature trees, hedgerows, open fields, rolling hills and farmland. The route follows a loop around Shabden Park, a working farm which is famed for its sweeping views of rolling hills, sheep-grazed valleys, wildflowers and butterflies.

The route is fairly strenuous with several climbs and descents throughout and the woodland and field paths, whilst mainly firm, can get a little muddy after periods of rain and in winter. There are no stiles but several kissing gates to negotiate. Most of the park is a working farm and the valley fields are used to graze sheep and cattle so close all gates after you and take particular care with dogs. The long section through Long Plantation is fenced and so dogs can be let off the lead for this stretch. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours.

Chipstead is located in north east Surrey, less than a 10 minute drive from Junction 8 of the M25. The walk starts and finishes at the White Hart pub which can be found on the junction of High Road and Hazelwood Lane. Approximate post code CR5 3QW.

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Walk Sections

Start to Castle Road
Start to Castle Road

Start point: 51.298 lat, -0.1681 long
End point: 51.2981 lat, -0.1743 long

From the pub car park, walk behind the pub building passing down the narrow paved path and through a wooden gate to reach Hazelwood Lane. Cross the road diagonally right (take care as the traffic can be fairly fast moving) to join the signed footpath opposite – a wide grass track – passing by a metal vehicle gate.

Follow the grass track with a tall wall on the left. Behind the wall is the Elmore estate, owned by the family of the Wates Building Group since 1935. The hedgerow on the right here is a great place for blackberries in the late summer.

Keep ahead through a staggered wooden barrier to join a narrow tarmac footpath. Follow this steadily downhill and soon you will be walking through woodland, passing under pretty arches of branches. At the T-junction keep left and at the bottom of the slope you’ll reach a T-junction with Castle Road.

Castle Road to Long Plantation
Castle Road to Long Plantation

Start point: 51.2981 lat, -0.1743 long
End point: 51.2952 lat, -0.1806 long

Cross over with care, and take the footpath opposite passing through a kissing gate to reach a field. (Note: you are likely to come across sheep or cattle grazing from this point on). Cross the field at 10 o’clock and pass through the kissing gate at the far side. Continue through a small belt of trees and then go diagonally right across the next field through the valley bottom, heading for the white houses.

At this point you can really appreciate the chalk grassland valley that is at the heart of Shabden Park. The estate is farmed sensitively to encourage the recovery of the chalk habitats and some areas are managed specifically to support the breeding of chalk downland butterflies such as the Grizzled Skipper.

In the far right corner of the field you’ll see a kissing gate out to the road and a notice board explaining the details of the Shabden Park estate. Do NOT go through the kissing gate, instead turn sharp left along the top edge of the field you just crossed, following the fence on the right.

Follow the field edge path climbing and swinging steadily right and in the top corner you’ll reach a junction of paths and a kissing gate. Go through the kissing gate and keep ahead to join an enclosed path. Follow this turning right then left around the edge of the valley pasture down to your left. Follow the path as it swings right again for a short climb and then swings left to join the path through the woodland known as the Long Plantation.

Long Plantation to Valley Bottom
Long Plantation to Valley Bottom

Start point: 51.2952 lat, -0.1806 long
End point: 51.2873 lat, -0.1799 long

Follow the obvious woodland path, winding and undulating through the Long Plantation. You’ll notice that most of the trees here have multiple stems (or trunks) coming from the base. This is as a result of the woodland management technique known as coppicing. Young tree stems are repeatedly cut down to near ground level, with the multiple stems then harvested for wood. Coppicing is very beneficial for biodiversity and also prolongs the life of trees.

When you reach a fork in the path, keep right signed as a public footpath and the self-guided trail. The path heads downhill through a small clearing – a more open section filled with wild flowers – and a few paces later you’ll come to a small crossroads in the path.

Turn left here signed as a footpath and the self-guided trail. A little further on keep right at the fork and at the bottom of the woodland pass through the kissing gate and keep straight ahead on the footpath passing to the right of a line of coppiced trees. Continue to the very bottom of the valley where you’ll come to a choice of two paths – a kissing gate into woodland ahead, and a permissive path forking left.

Valley Bottom to Poorfield Wood Corner
Valley Bottom to Poorfield Wood Corner

Start point: 51.2873 lat, -0.1799 long
End point: 51.2961 lat, -0.1763 long

Do NOT go through the kissing gate ahead, instead fork left onto the permissive path climbing the opposite side of the valley and sticking close to the right hand fence. You’ll see another kissing gate to the right, do NOT go through it, instead turn left to join the footpath which runs across a level ridge on the valley side.

At the far side of the field pass through the wooden gate to the right and then turn left along the wide stone track, taking you in the same northerly direction with the valley bottom running parallel down to the left. Continue along the track until you reach the point with a wooden gate ahead and the track swinging hard right – marking the corner of Poorfield Wood.

Poorfield Wood Corner to End
Poorfield Wood Corner to End

Start point: 51.2961 lat, -0.1763 long
End point: 51.298 lat, -0.1678 long

Swing right here following the track uphill into an open field. Keep straight ahead up the field following the right hand fence. At the top field corner, swing right (passing alongside a kissing gate to the left) and follow the grass track to enter the next field. Keep left here to follow the left hand hedgeline as you climb this long field.

At the top corner, pass out through the kissing gate on the left, pass through a short section of trees and you’ll emerge to a T-junction with the village road. On your left you will see the village well and pump which sit within a large tiled structure resembling a church lychgate. Cross over the road with care and turn left along the pavement. Keep straight ahead at the crossroads and on the right you’ll pass the large village pond. Just a little further along you’ll come to the White Hart on the left for some well deserved hospitality.

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4 responses to "The White Hart and Shabden Park"

A lovely walk that took us just over an hour. A few hills to get the heart pumping but overall the walk was gentle. Some lovely scenery that was perfect for a sunny day. Good pub stop at the end.

By lucymac16 on 2014-06-08 20:24:11

Perfect walk for a long summer evening, just enough exercise to justify a cheeky pint afterwards

By quin66 on 2015-05-25 19:49:35

Lovely walk for a half term afternoon, great autumn colours and welcoming pub for a drink and shared bowls of chips afterwards. Wish we had spotted the bar snack menu earlier though! Children now call this "the sheep walk". Will do this one again. Thank you

By familyspud on 2015-10-29 20:02:39

We took this walk after lunch at the White Hart. My partner has a bit of a cattle phobia so we took a diversion around one field. I think it was the horns! Of course the cows were only interested in eating grass and we had more risk from the cars on the lane! All of the other fields contained inquisitive sheep.
We soon got back on track thanks to the GPS map. A very enjoyable walk.

By walkingdave on 2016-10-04 21:22:18

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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