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|The Horseshoe Warlingham and Farleigh Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 08 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular pub walk from The Horseshoe in Warlingham, Surrey. The Horseshoe is a delightful pub serving food all day every day and is perfectly positioned for exploring the surrounding Surrey countryside. The walking route follows paths and tracks through the surrounding peaceful fields and ancient woodlands, visiting two pretty churches along the way and with lots of wildlife to enjoy. |
The paths and tracks are a mixture of stone and dirt and can get very muddy in places and a little narrow in other parts. Good boots are a must and long trousers are recommended (unless you’re immune to nettles!). There are a couple of short climbs and descents along the way. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus two stiles (both the stiles have wide open wooden fence surrounds which should be easy for most dogs to pass through). Most of the paths are fenced but you will cross two open fields which may be holding horses so take care with dogs. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
Warlingham is located just a few miles inside the M25 and can be accessed from Junction 6, along the A22. The nearest town is Caterham, just a couple of miles southwest. The walk starts and finishes at The Horseshoe pub on Farleigh Road. Approximate post code CR6 9EG.
|Start to All Saints Church|
Start point: 51.3097 lat, -0.0533 long
Standing in the back pub car park, facing the back of the pub, turn left and go down the few steps within the fence line to reach a T-junction with the adjacent lane, Mint Walk. Turn left along this, passing between a number of houses. Just before you reach the vehicle barrier ahead, fork left, crossing the playing field diagonally to reach the far left corner.
|All Saints Church to London Loop|
Start point: 51.3133 lat, -0.0562 long
Keep right along the pavement of Ward Lane, passing the church to the right. Follow the road as it swings left and then, just a few paces later (immediately after house number 32), turn right through the staggered barrier onto the footpath between houses. Cross the next road via a staggered barrier and go ahead to follow the footpath which continues opposite.
|London Loop to Elm Farm|
Start point: 51.3208 lat, -0.0579 long
Keep ahead on this lane which dwindles to a stone bridleway. The London Loop is a waymarked footpath of 150 miles around the edge of Outer London and is often termed as the ‘M25 for walkers’. The track swings left and leads you past Kingswood Lodge and then Elm Cottage on the right. A little further along the track, look out for a stile and signpost on the right (note: this is a little hidden in the bushes so keep your eyes peeled!) Turn right over the stile onto Footpath 14 signed to Farleigh Common, following the right hand edge of this open field.
|Elm Farm to Church Lane|
Start point: 51.3267 lat, -0.0441 long
Cross over the road with care and turn left along the grass verge which soon becomes a fenced path running parallel with the road on the left. Follow this fenced stone path, with a large open crop field to the right, and you will emerge out alongside the entrance for Farleigh’s Golf Course. Turn right immediately before the gates, onto the signed public footpath.
|Church Lane to Harrow Road|
Start point: 51.3248 lat, -0.0321 long
The road leads you past an equestrian centre and you may also see a pair of goats in one of the paddocks on the left. At the end of the lane you will enter a small parking area. To the left, take a moment to look at St Mary’s Church, a pretty white-washed building dating from around 1083.
|Harrow Road to End|
Start point: 51.3176 lat, -0.039 long
Turn right along the pavement of Harrow Road. At the T-junction at the end, turn left along Farleigh Road, following the left-hand pavement. Follow this residential road for some distance, until you reach house number 212 on the left. At this point cross over with care into Crewes Lane, a signed public bridleway.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Perfectly described and just what we were looking for today. Thank you
|By Jupiter on 21 Feb 2015|
lovely walk for our first in this area. beautiful scenery and some nice points of interest. Wasn't too difficult, took 2.5hours at a gentle pace
|By GirlGarfield on 06 Apr 2015|
Lovely walk, nice to eat in the pub at the end
|By amanda560 on 03 Dec 2016|
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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