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|The Dabbling Duck Shere and Albury Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 30 Oct 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 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 explores large sections of the adjacent Albury Estate taking in pastures, woodland, Albury village, heathland and the formal park with chance to enjoy great views across the rolling hills. |
The route includes several climbs and descents throughout. Whilst most of the paths are generally firm, some sections can get quite muddy after periods of rain and in winter. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus two stiles (both of which have gaps in the fencing alongside, which should be suitable for most dogs to squeeze through). Two of the pastures you cross are likely to be holding cattle so take care with dogs. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 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 Chantry Lane|
Start point: 51.22 lat, -0.4645 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.
|Chantry Lane to Water Lane|
Start point: 51.2198 lat, -0.4708 long
Go straight ahead onto the public footpath opposite (marked with a yellow arrow) heading into trees. After just a few yards, go ahead through a metal kissing gate which leads you into a cattle pasture. Keep ahead following the left-hand field boundary. Half way along the field you’ll cross a tarmac drive with a cattle grid to the left – this is one of the private entrances to Albury Park Mansion, the centre of the Albury Estate.
|Water Lane to Warren Lane|
Start point: 51.2258 lat, -0.5023 long
Turn left down Water Lane and stay on the main lane, ignoring the footpath off to the right. You will emerge to a T-junction with the main road. Cross over with care and turn left along the raised pavement which runs alongside the road. Continue as the road swings hard left passing the entrance to Weston Farm, still part of the Albury Estate.
|Warren Lane to Albury Cricket Field|
Start point: 51.2189 lat, -0.4948 long
The bridleway soon leads you into a sunken path through woodland. Follow the main path as it swings right, ignoring the two smaller paths off to the left. Follow this path as it climbs and, some way up, you’ll come to a pair of gates each side of the path. Take a moment here to catch your breath and to enjoy the views over to the right, taking in a vast expanse of the rolling Surrey Hills.
|Albury Cricket Field to End|
Start point: 51.2127 lat, -0.4857 long
Cross the parking area at about 10 o’clock and pass immediately to the right of the group of bushes which sit on the left-hand side of the cricket pitch. As you reach a bench, turn hard left onto a short section of path which leads you out to the road, with Park Road directly opposite.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
We did this walk one evening starting about 5pm - it was so lovely and great views seeing all sorts of places we didn't know existed. We finished as the sun was setting and the light in the wooded trails and views over the downs were spectacular at this time of day. Highly recommended.
|By DJsmix on 2016-08-21 09:35:47|
great walk for a family of four including a 9 and 6 year old. favorite moments were enjoying the views, feeding the horses and the kids swinging across the river on a rope swing.
|By AndrewR on 2016-08-27 18:39:38|
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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