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|The Cricketers Horsell Common and Mill Bourne Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 19 May 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5.5 mile circular pub walk from The Cricketers in Horsell, near Woking in Surrey. The Cricketers prides itself on delivering fantastic food with great friendly service. The walking route is an ideal morning ramble to build up an appetite for lunch. You’ll enjoy a lovely variety of landscapes including the heathland paths across Horsell Common, the riverside paths along the Mill Bourne as well as horse paddocks, meadows and woodland. |
The route is generally flat. The paths are all unmade and can be fairly muddy (especially where the bridleways are churned by the horses) so good boots are a must. The paths are also narrow in part and can get a little overgrown in the summer so long trousers are recommended (unless you’re immune to nettles!). There are several gates/kissing gates to negotiate as well as some footbridges and two stiles (both stiles have gaps alongside which should be suitable for most dogs). You will need to cross one paddock which is likely to be holding horses and Horsell Common is also grazed for conservation by cattle at some times so take care with dogs at these points. The route crosses a number of roads and there are a couple of short sections of road walking so take care of traffic at these points. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
Horsell village is located less than a mile north-west of Woking in Surrey. The walk starts and finishes at The Cricketers on Horsell Birch, close to its junction with the High Street. There is parking available both in front of and behind the pub. Approximate post code GU21 4XB.
|Start to Littlewick Road|
Start point: 51.3264 lat, -0.5823 long
Standing with your back to The Cricketers, turn right along the access lane heading back to the High Street. As you reach the road, cross over and take Horsell Birch directly opposite, passing a row of houses on the right.
|Littlewick Road to Heathermount Cottage|
Start point: 51.33 lat, -0.5817 long
Cross over with care and take the footpath directly opposite, passing through a pair of bridle gates to enter Horsell Common. (Note: cattle are used here for conservation grazing at certain times so take care with dogs). After the gates, keep ahead for a few paces and you’ll see a choice of four paths ahead. Take the second one from the left (at about 11 o’clock). At the next junction, where a number of paths merge back together, keep straight ahead. The path will lead you to another pair of bridle gates at the far side of the common.
|Heathermount Cottage to Mill Bourne|
Start point: 51.3392 lat, -0.5864 long
Turn left along the pavement and continue passing a care home on the left (ignoring the first footpath signed on the left). Continue until the next signed footpath (alongside the entrance for Milford Grange, although there may not be a sign for this). Cross over the road here (with extreme care) to take the footpath to the right into woodland.
|Mill Bourne to Fairbourne Manor|
Start point: 51.3482 lat, -0.5906 long
Follow the path to the end of the grass meadow, through a section of trees/hedgerow and on to follow a section with fenced horse paddocks to the right. Cross the green metal stile (with a handy dog-sized gap alongside), cross over the tarmac track and take the path directly opposite signed for Emmett’s Mill.
|Fairbourne Manor to Norwood Farm|
Start point: 51.3465 lat, -0.5736 long
Turn left along the narrow grass verge alongside Philpot Lane. Take particular care of traffic, especially if you have to step into the road to pass around the bushes. As soon as you can, cross over to the right-hand grass verge. Pass the entrances to Goldbridge and Burnside Nursery on the right.
|Norwood Farm to Chobham Road|
Start point: 51.3395 lat, -0.5622 long
Keep straight ahead down the stone access lane, with open fenced fields visible through the line of trees on the right. Where the lane begins to swing left, fork right to join the path which stays close to the line of fenced fields on the right.
|Chobham Road to End|
Start point: 51.3341 lat, -0.5695 long
Cross over the road (with extreme care) to take the path directly opposite. Follow this sandy path winding through the common, a beautiful mix of heather, gorse with silver birch and pine trees. You’ll emerge to a T-junction with a quiet road, cross over and take the access lane directly opposite.
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Nice walk but there's quite a bit of traffic noise from surrounding roads and also planes and helicopters from Fairoak aerodrome. There's no sign for Milford Grange but the instructions are otherwise correct
|By Dees on 09 Apr 2015|
Decent walk but as above, a lot of traffic noise, also the section around Fairoaks Airport is very overgrown, almost impassable. And at one point I was knee deep in water for about 100m, heavy rainfall the day before but one to avoid unless you are confident it's been dry for a few days.
|By drummand on 25 Jun 2016|
A lovely walk finished off with a good meal and a pint at the Cricketers. A bit muddy especially at the end but we just took a slight detour. No planes from Fairoaks which is a shame as we like to watch them.
|By lmparsons on 07 Jan 2017|
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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