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|The Dabbling Duck Shere and Peaslake Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 06 Oct 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 7.5 mile circular walk from the Dabbling Duck cafe in Shere, Surrey. The Dabbling Duck is a great place to meet up for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. The welcome is warm and the food is a treat. The walking route follows long stretches of beautiful ancient lanes which criss-cross this area of the Surrey Hills. You’ll pass through sections of heath and woodland with the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife and enjoy views across the landscape. |
The walk has many fairly gentle climbs and descents throughout plus just a couple of short, more challenging gradients. The vast majority of the route follows ancient lanes which are fairly wide, but are rocky and uneven, and can be muddy in winter. There are no stiles on route, just a handful of gates including one kissing gate. You will need to cross the rail line at one point, using an un-signalled crossing, so take particular care here, especially with children and dogs. Allow 3 to 4 hours.
Shere is located between Guildford and Dorking, just south of the A25. It is easiest to park in the free village car park. Turn off the A25 into Upper Street and follow this as it swings left – look out on the left for the small blue ‘P’ sign which leads you into the village car park. From the car park, you need to make your way to the Dabbling Duck cafe to begin your walk. Exit the car park back to the junction with Upper Street. Turn left along the pavement for just a few paces, and then cross over with care to turn right into Middle Street. You’ll find the Dabbling Duck just a little way along on the right. Approximate post code GU5 9HF.
|Start to Railway Crossing|
Start point: 51.22 lat, -0.4646 long
Standing on Middle Street, facing the Dabbling Duck cafe, turn left down Middle Street and shortly you’ll pass the 1885 fire station on the right, now serving as public toilets. Keep ahead to cross over the River Tillingbourne, where you’ll see plenty more dabbling ducks, this time of the feathered variety.
|Railway Crossing to Lockhurst Hatch Farm|
Start point: 51.2102 lat, -0.4701 long
Cross the railway with care via the pair of gates. Note: This is an un-signalled crossing so take particular care to listen and look for trains before you cross. At the far side, turn right along the quiet lane passing houses to the left. On the right, look out for a small enclosure holding a number of adorable goats.
|Lockhurst Hatch Farm to Hound House Road|
Start point: 51.1939 lat, -0.4765 long
Go straight ahead onto the narrower path, passing under a tunnel of trees. You will emerge to a junction with a wider track, keep left along this. As you reach a fork with a stone cottage visible ahead, keep left.
|Hound House Road to Peaslake|
Start point: 51.1844 lat, -0.4633 long
Cross over the road with care and take the bridleway directly opposite. Keep ahead (ignoring the footpath up the steps to the left) into the woodland. Follow the main bridleway, staying close to the fence on the left.
|Peaslake to Broadfield Road|
Start point: 51.1917 lat, -0.4473 long
Keep right along the village road and you will pass the ornate metalwork fir cone village sign on the left. As you approach the war memorial, pass to the right of it to reach the T-junction with the main road in the centre of the village. The village is a haven for cyclists, and this area is often crowded with mountain bikers using the village stores after long rides within the local hills.
|Broadfield Road to Railway Bridge|
Start point: 51.1993 lat, -0.4425 long
Turn left into this lane and follow it for some distance. Some way in, ignore a footpath off to the right. Soon afterwards fork left onto a narrow footpath (this is immediately before the start of a property’s hedge boundary on the left).
|Railway Bridge to End|
Start point: 51.2166 lat, -0.4488 long
Pass under the railway arch and you’ll emerge to a T-junction with a pretty cottage opposite, with ornate black timber designs set into the white gable end. Turn left along the road. You are now in the village of Gomshall, and you will pass Gomshall Cottage on the right.
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Great walk with plenty to see and excellent lunch afterwards.
|By tuesday on 2014-05-14 15:18:44|
Lovely long walk, lots of woodland and very wet and muddy in places. Superb directions.
|By Ronnie on 2015-02-05 06:04:06|
We walked this in August and just brilliant walk - loads to see and the directions are so easy to follow. The stop at Peaslake was perfect timing for an excellent local pork pie and cup of tea.
|By DJsmix on 2016-08-21 09:32:49|
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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