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|The Hurtwood and Pitch Hill|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 06 Jan 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Surrey, Surrey Hills|
|A 4 mile circular walk around The Hurtwood, a unique and beautiful world of heath and forest in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Hurtwood is a stunning mix of magical pine woods and heaths, ponds and glades, wildlife and wilderness. The walking route heads north to reach the picturesque village of Peaslake, before returning through the woodland and climbing to the summit of Pitch Hill offering stunning views over the South Downs. |
The route follows forest tracks which can be muddy after periods of wet weather. There are several climbs and descents throughout and some of the paths are narrow and uneven with tree roots. There are no stiles or gates on route, just a few staggered barriers. Dogs are welcome in the Hurtwood. You are likely to be sharing some of the paths with horse riders and mountain bikers. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.
The walk starts and finishes from Car Park 3 (managed by the Friends of the Hurtwood), the Pitch Hill Car Park, which is accessed from Ride Way (the road linking the villages of Shere and Ewhurst). Head south out of Shere, on Hound House Road. The car park is about 3 miles along on the left (soon after the road becomes Ride Way and before you reach the Windmill pub/restaurant), through a pair of metal vehicle gates. Nearest post code GU6 7NN.
|Start to Car Park 2|
Start point: 51.1732 lat, -0.4569 long
To begin the walk, walk down the full length of the car park (away from the vehicle entrance) and then keep in the same direction on the bridleway passing by some short wooden posts. Follow this obvious path for some distance, heading steadily downhill.
|Car Park 2 to Peaslake Village|
Start point: 51.189 lat, -0.4508 long
Keep ahead through the length of the car park, towards the vehicle entrance. On the right you’ll pass a donation cairn, should you wish to make a contribution towards the management of the woodland. Pass through the open gateway and keep right at the fork on the short access track heading for the road.
|Peaslake Village to Magalee|
Start point: 51.1918 lat, -0.4467 long
To continue the walk, retrace your steps back along the village road, passing the pub, and turn left opposite Jasmine Cottage. Follow the tarmac track back up past the church. Ignore the paths off left and right, simply stay on the tarmac track winding uphill. Just before you reach the lych gate for the cemetery ahead, fork left onto the public bridleway. Follow this passing the wooden vehicle barrier and keep ahead, with the fenced cemetery to the right.
|Magalee to End|
Start point: 51.1721 lat, -0.4484 long
Keep ahead on the (now tarmac) lane for just 100 yards, where the hedge on the right ends. Fork right here, onto the public bridleway marked with a blue arrow (part of the Greensand Way). Follow this narrow path climbing and winding through the woodland. You will emerge to a staggered T-junction with a wider track. Keep left and follow the path for just a few yards where you’ll come to a bench on the left, an excellent point to stop and enjoy the views to the south.
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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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