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|Puttenham Common and the North Downs Way|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 30 Sep 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular walk around Puttenham Common in Surrey. The common comprises mixed woodland, grassland and heathland and is home to lots of birds, butterflies, reptiles and dragonflies which reside in the ponds, heather, grasses, silver birch, oaks and pines. The area is a popular spot with families and dog walkers but you will still be able to enjoy the peace within the expansive common and your climbs will be rewarded with fabulous views. |
The walk has several long but very steady climbs and descents. There are no gates or stiles on route, just a short flight of steps to negotiate. The woodland paths can be very muddy after rain and the heath paths become very narrow in part. You will be sharing some of the bridleways with horse riders so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The village of Puttenham is located just south of the A31, between Guildford and Farnham in Surrey. The walk starts and finishes from Puttenham’s Common Middle Car Park (NOT the Top Car Park) on Suffield Lane. Leave the village heading south-west along Suffield Lane. You will pass the top car park on the right first and then, further along, you will come to the middle car park, also on the right. There is a 2m height barrier at the entrance. Approximate post code GU3 1BG.
|Start to General's Pond|
Start point: 51.2041 lat, -0.6958 long
Standing in the car park with your back to the vehicle entrance, walk diagonally left across the car park to reach the far left-hand corner. Here you will find a Surrey Wildlife Trust information board explaining the flora and fauna of the area. You will also see a waymarker post with white, green and purple arrows for the common’s self-guided trails. We will be following the purple trail for the first half of this walk.
|General's Pond to North Downs Way|
Start point: 51.2079 lat, -0.6985 long
Bear left, passing the pond on the right. Keep ahead along the obvious path through the woodland (still marked with the purple arrows), ignoring any smaller paths off left and right. Across to the left (beyond sight) are a series of ponds that have been created from the local stream. The ponds are very popular with wildfowl and you may be able to hear the call of geese through the trees.
|North Downs Way to Murtmoor|
Start point: 51.2179 lat, -0.6967 long
Turn right along the North Downs Way. Follow the rocky path as it climbs steadily. The North Downs Way long distance path was opened in 1978 and runs from Farnham (just to the west) all the way to Dover.
|Murtmoor to End|
Start point: 51.2131 lat, -0.6855 long
Stay on the stone track for some distance. Some way along, through a gap in the trees on the right, you will see the common’s other car park, Top Car Park. Beyond this there are great panoramic views to the south. You will emerge, alongside the car park entrance, to a T-junction with Suffield Lane.
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Loved this walk and we will probably do it again. I am sure that it will look and feel different in each season.
|By Richard on 2014-10-07 18:35:56|
This was the first walk we tried using the app, it was great! superb directions. despite it being a damp dreary day it was a really lovely walk. Looking forward to repeating it in the spring
|By beckygoodger on 2015-01-01 16:21:34|
This was a lovely walk and the first one we took. Very impressed with the accurate directions. No need for a maps. We did this in early spring. Look forward to doing again when the leaves are on the trees.
|By Dees on 2015-04-11 19:33:29|
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