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|Ducks and Hens: The Shere and Shamley Green Cafe Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 04 Nov 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Surrey, Surrey Hills|
|A 5.5 mile linear walk from the Dabbling Duck Cafe in Shere to the Speckledy Hen Cafe in Shamley Green, Surrey. At these two sister cafes the welcome is warm and the food is a treat. If you time your walk correctly you’ll be able to have breakfast in Shere and then lunch in Shamley Green – a perfect day out. The walking route follows a lovely journey through the Albury Park Estate and Blackheath Forest, a large area of lowland heath and pine forest which is home to a wide range of wildlife. |
NOTE: As this is a linear walk you will need to use two cars or arrange to travel by public transport – see the Getting There section for details. Whilst the Dabbling Duck is open seven days a week, the Speckledy Hen cafe is open Monday to Saturdays so you will need to make separate lunch arrangements on Sundays.
The route has several climbs and descents throughout. The paths through the heath, whilst firm for the most part, can get very muddy in the lower/shaded paths and bridleways so good boots are a must. There are several kissing gates to negotiate but no stiles. You are likely to come across several horse riders using the bridleways so take care with dogs. The paths within the heath/forest can be confusing so pay particular attention to the instructions (and we recommend using the live map via the App where possible). Allow 2.5 to 3 hours (plus extra time for the transport connections).
The walk starts from the Dabbling Duck cafe on Middle Street, Shere, GU5 9HF and finishes at the Speckledy Hen Cafe in Shamley Green, GU5 0UB. You will need to use two cars (leaving one car in Shamley Green, and then driving the other car to Shere to start the walk – use the village car park on Upper Street) or alternatively you can travel by public transport.
|Start to Park Road|
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.
|Park Road to Albury Cricket Field|
Start point: 51.2123 lat, -0.4757 long
Cross over with care and turn right along the wide grass verge. Soon you’ll be able to join a pavement/path passing in front of a handful of properties. Just after the wooden bus shelter, turn left into Heath Lane.
|Albury Cricket Field to Blackheath Forest|
Start point: 51.2123 lat, -0.4845 long
Go straight ahead, heading directly for the brick pavilion. Pass just to the left of the pavilion and behind it you’ll come to a crossroads with a wider made-up track. Turn left along this. Follow this track heading steadily downhill and it soon leads you through a section of steep banks and beautiful old gnarled oak trees.
|Blackheath Forest to Forest Car Park|
Start point: 51.2058 lat, -0.4966 long
Keep right at the fork (on the path marked with the blue arrow) and then a few paces later keep right again on the path climbing more steeply (with the main sunken bridleway now down to your left).
|Forest Car Park to Woodhill Lane|
Start point: 51.1932 lat, -0.4972 long
As you enter the car park, follow the right hand edge passing an old wooden notice board. Immediately after this, turn right onto a path heading back into the forest. After just a few hundred yards you’ll come to a junction of paths (with a gate visible a little way ahead).
|Woodhill Lane to End|
Start point: 51.1829 lat, -0.514 long
Turn left for just a few yards (taking care of any traffic) and then turn right through the entrance gates for Reel Hall (marked as a public footpath). Keep straight ahead on the tarmac drive passing the hall to the right and some old stables to the left.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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