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|The Bletchingley Arms Greensand Country Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 07 Dec 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular pub walk from the Bletchingley Arms in Bletchingley, Surrey. The Bletchingley Arms is a warm and welcoming place with a chic and quirky style, perfect for a coffee or lunch before or after your walk. The walking route explores the countryside surrounding the village of Bletchingley, taking in the Greensands Ridge, large open pastures and small belts of woodland with glorious views to be enjoyed along the way. |
The route includes a few steady climbs and descents throughout. Most of the paths are unmade, crossing fields and woodland, and can be very muddy at any time of year so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate 8 stiles on route (although you many find the farm gates alongside some of these stiles are unlocked) plus 3 staggered barriers and some steps. The stiles have fenced surrounds that small/medium dogs should be able to negotiate, but larger dogs will need a lift over. The walk crosses through a number of sheep pastures so take particular care with dogs. Approximate time 2 hours.
Bletchingley is located on the A25, between Redhill and Godstone. The walk starts and finishes from the Bletchingley Arms on the main A25 road, which has its own large car park. Approximate post code RH1 4PE.
|Start to Castle Hill|
Start point: 51.2405 lat, -0.0957 long
Leave the Bletchingley Arms car park via the vehicle entrance and turn right along the pavement, passing in front of the pub. Follow the pavement uphill towards the centre of the village. As you reach the staggered crossroads, you need to cross over the A25 to turn left onto the road signed for Outwood. Do this with care as the A25 can get busy, if it is very busy you may prefer to continue a bit further along the road where you will find a designated crossing point with an island in the middle of the road.
|Castle Hill to Barns|
Start point: 51.2394 lat, -0.1052 long
Look to the left and you will see two signed public footpaths. Take the second of these, the fenced path to the right of the tarmac drive, which heads steadily uphill and then swings right. The views now open up on the left, across the rolling slopes of the Surrey countryside. You will be able to make out the lake alongside Castlehill Farm which sits in the valley bottom.
|Barns to Crossroads|
Start point: 51.2349 lat, -0.1113 long
After passing the barns, cross the stile ahead to enter the sheep pasture. Follow the obvious track which winds ahead through the pasture. Cross the next stile ahead and go straight on, following the obvious grass track across the next pasture.
|Crossroads to Outwood Lane|
Start point: 51.2286 lat, -0.1143 long
In the field corner, cross the stile and you will pass back over the stream to enter the next pasture. Walk diagonally left (at about 10’clock) to merge with the left-hand field boundary. Keep ahead with the fence and hedge running on the left.
|Outwood Lane to Sleeper Bridge|
Start point: 51.228 lat, -0.101 long
Cross over and take the signed bridleway directly opposite. Follow this track as it leads you past a handful of properties on the right. The track narrows to a fenced path, with open fields visible through the hedgerows each side.
|Sleeper Bridge to Woodland Track|
Start point: 51.2265 lat, -0.0909 long
You will emerge from the trees into a crop field. Cross this diagonally left (at about 11 o’clock) and you will reach a path through the gap in the hedge line. Pass through this gap and turn immediately right, following the right-hand edge of this second crop field. Follow this long field boundary as it swings steadily left. At the top of the field, go ahead on the narrow path through the hedgerow to emerge to a third crop field.
|Woodland Track to End|
Start point: 51.2348 lat, -0.097 long
Turn left along this track and follow it as it swings right between steep banks. At the first crossroads keep straight ahead (still climbing), with a fenced field to the left and a mast visible to the right. At the next crossroads, go ahead up a short steep bank and pass through the staggered barrier to reach a playing field.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
This is also a test.
|By elanceTester on 2014-12-23 13:47:12|
Parking also available in lay-by near pub if you aren't using the pub and feel uncomfortable about using their facilities.
|By gcluer on 2015-12-21 12:59:47|
My first country walk in very many years. very pleasant
|By gingergodofl on 2016-04-09 19:28:09|
Great walk in April / May - you see the tiny lambs in the fields and amazing bluebell woods.
|By Martynhaywar on 2016-06-10 11:38:09|
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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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The day we walked this lovely trail (December 2014) it was frosty and bright
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The sheep were tucking into some hay as we passed - one seemed to trying to get deep into the middle.
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