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Explore Surrey: Pirbright Circular

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Explore Surrey: Pirbright Circular
Author: exploresurrey, Published: 09 Feb 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Explore Surrey: Pirbright Circular Walking Guidestar1 Explore Surrey: Pirbright Circular Walking Guidestar1 Explore Surrey: Pirbright Circular Walking Guidestar1 Explore Surrey: Pirbright Circular Walking Guidestar0 Explore Surrey: Pirbright Circular Walking Guide
Surrey, Pirbright
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Explore Surrey: Pirbright Circular
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Explore Surrey: Pirbright Circular Walking Guide boot Explore Surrey: Pirbright Circular Walking Guide
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A 4 mile (6.5km) pleasant walk from Pirbright village passing through fields, woodland and heathland. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.

The walk is mainly flat with just a couple of gentle slopes. Stout shoes/boots are recommended as the route can be muddy in places. You will need to negotiate several gates/kissing gates plus two low stiles (which most dogs should be able to pass under or hop over). A couple of the fields you cross are likely to be holding horses so take care with dogs. The route includes a few stretches along quiet lanes without pavements, so take care of traffic at these points. Allow 2 hours.

If you are looking for refreshments, the White Hart pub is next to the green at the start point, and the Cricketers pub is at the other end of the green, towards the end of the walk. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford and Farnham. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.

Pirbright is located on the A324 between Woking and Aldershot in Surrey. The walk starts from Pirbright Green, the open green area in the centre of the village. There are car parks on Pirbright Green or there is some roadside parking, but please park with respect for the local residents. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. Approximate post code GU24 0LP. Grid ref: SU 945558

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Walk Sections

Start to School Lane
Start to School Lane

Start point: 51.2937 lat, -0.6455 long
End point: 51.2984 lat, -0.6498 long

To begin, make your way to the bus shelter on the southern corner of Pirbright Green, alongside the White Hart pub. Cross the main road and go along the side road (signed as leading to Church Lane) heading away from the green, signed for parish church. At the junction, keep left onto Church Lane and follow this (taking care of any traffic) to reach the parish church on your right.

St Michael and All Angels Church was rebuilt in 1784 and is one of the few examples of a Georgian church to be found in Surrey. Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) is buried in the churchyard. Born a Welshman, John Rowlands, he ran away from a workhouse at the age of 15 and went to America where he was adopted by a New Orleans family whose name he took. In 1869 he went to Africa as a journalist for the New York Herald to look for Livingstone whom he met near Lake Tanganyika and spoke those immortal words “Dr Livingstone I presume?” After many travels Stanley was knighted and he and his wife lived at Furze Hill, Pirbright for the last few years of his life. He had requested that his body be buried beside that of Livingstone in Westminster Abbey but this was refused. Tap the Listen button below (App only) to hear more about the churchyard and Stanley's grave.

Go past the church and turn right onto the footpath over a stream and follow this for some distance to reach the road, School Lane.

School Lane to Church Lane
School Lane to Church Lane

Start point: 51.2984 lat, -0.6498 long
End point: 51.2947 lat, -0.6555 long

At the road, turn left along the pavement. After 160m, turn left opposite Causeway Farm along West Heath. Pass Thompsons Close and continue ahead to reach the road, Church Lane.

Church Lane to Manor House
Church Lane to Manor House

Start point: 51.2947 lat, -0.6555 long
End point: 51.2903 lat, -0.6515 long

Turn left along the road for 110m, passing The Old School House, then turn right along the footpath between fields. Cross a bridge and go through a kissing gate then walk diagonally right across the field (heading back on yourself, at about 2 o’clock) up Hazelacre Hill, passing a clump of trees on your right. Go through a kissing gate, bear slightly right and keep ahead to a kissing gate in the field corner into woods.

Much of the parish lies on poor, sandy soil. By 1911, the War office had acquired three-quarters of the land for military training purposes, and laid out extensive rifle ranges.

Follow the path ahead along an old fence line to reach a track. Bear left at the track and keep left along the road to pass the entrance for Pirbright Lodge on the left. Opposite Pirbright Lodge is Admiral’s Walk. Admiral John Byron (1723-1786), an explorer and the grandfather of the poet, lived at the Lodge and planted an avenue of Scots pines here, which have since been felled.

Continue for 500m, passing the pond by the Manor House on your left. The present mill house on the left dates from the seventeenth century. The mill and adjacent manor house formed the nucleus of the settlement at Pirbright for more than 500 years. The Manor House (private) dates from the sixteenth century and was built on the site of a moated medieval manor. It formed part of the marriage settlement of Katharine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife.

Manor House to Rowe Lane
Manor House to Rowe Lane

Start point: 51.2903 lat, -0.6515 long
End point: 51.2886 lat, -0.6378 long

Just past Millcroft on your right, bear right through a kissing gate. Go across the fields (following the fence on the right) and through two kissing gates to join an enclosed path. At the end of this path, cross the main road to the left of the mini-roundabout and turn right along the pavement for Guildford Road (B3032).

Burner’s Heath (on the right) is named after the family who used to live in Burner’s Farmhouse, and is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Pass Burner’s Farm on your left and continue to reach Rowe Lane (on the left).

Rowe Lane to Whites Lane
Rowe Lane to Whites Lane

Start point: 51.2886 lat, -0.6378 long
End point: 51.2916 lat, -0.6327 long

Bear left into Rowe Lane and follow this as it swings right (ignoring the footpath into Whites Lane on the left). After 110m turn left at a kissing gate to go up onto the footpath. Keep ahead to a T junction with a tarmac track. Turn left along the track then keep ahead at the signed crossroads on the tarmac track which becomes a path into woods. Some way in, cross the footbridge (via stiles at each end) then turn immediately left (caution: it can be very wet here).

Keep ahead on the path beside the stream on the left. At the end of the holly bushes, swing right then left to join the path running beside Pirbright Common on the right. At the junction, pass to the left of the house. Keep ahead past Hogley’s Farm and a house on your left, then keep ahead on a woodland path and then an access track for 100m to reach Whites Lane on the left (opposite Sandyburn).

Whites Lane to Pirbright Green
Whites Lane to Pirbright Green

Start point: 51.2916 lat, -0.6327 long
End point: 51.2947 lat, -0.6426 long

Turn left into Whites Lane. Pass between houses then keep ahead on the path to reach a farm access track. Turn left along the track and, after 65m, turn right onto a signed footpath (just before the property, White’s Farm).

Go through a gate and turn left across the field to reach a gate and footbridge near the field corner. Cross the footbridge and bear right through the woods and follow the long path ahead to pass through the woodland. Eventually, the path swings left to join a tarmac drive. Follow the drive, through a gate, and continue to reach the road (with the Cricketers pub on the left and Pirbright Green opposite).

Pirbright Green to End
Pirbright Green to End

Start point: 51.2947 lat, -0.6426 long
End point: 51.2938 lat, -0.6455 long

Cross the road to enter the side road opposite, then turn left onto the tarmac path across the green, passing a pond on the left and Lord Pirbright’s Hall on the right.

The well-tended green is part of Pirbright Common. In 1953 the Parish Council made an island in the pond, planted the willow and introduced the ducks. Baron Henry de Worms lived at Henley Park nearby and was created Lord Pirbright by Queen Victoria. He and his wife presented the hall and recreation ground to the village to commemorate the accession of King Edward VII in 1901.

Alongside the hall you will see the village sign. The wrought iron sign depicting a pear tree was erected by the villagers to commemorate the silver jubilee of Elizabeth II in 1977. The name Pirbright is derived from the Old English pyrige (pear tree) and fryth (wood). Pirbright was part of the Royal hunting forest of Windsor until 1694.

Beyond Lord Pirbright’s Hall, bear left along the main road to reach the bus stop where the walk began.

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2 responses to "Explore Surrey: Pirbright Circular"

A good walk and we enjoyed it.

By bct60 on 2015-08-18 13:31:21

I walked this route today & have the following comments:
If you want a shorter walk: don't turn right after the church over the footbridge, just continue along Church Lane until you see the footpath between the fields.
The enclosed path mentioned in section 3 - 4 is narrow & quite over grown at the beginning. It runs behind some houses and paddocks but then it becomes totally enclosed, between high fences, & as it's narrow and shaded, isn't very pleasant to walk along. At the bottom you come to the road and the roundabout. The instructions tell you to follow the Guildford Road. This is a busy main road & you have to walk along it for quite some distance before coming to Rowe Lane. The distance isn't mentioned in the instructions which is strange because they give quite a lot of distances for other sections of the walk. I didn't enjoy this bit at all as I prefer my walks to go through the countryside.
In section 4 - 5 there was another section of the walk that went along the backs peoples houses, again, narrow with fences or bushes on either side, that I didn't enjoy.
I did enjoy the walk as I hadn't done it before but I won't do it again because of the busy road & the enclosed paths. It would be nice to see a walk on here that took in more of the common.
I thought that the instructions were very good, & very easy to follow, with lots of interesting historical facts to read about on the way round. It was an easy walk, & not too muddy, as we had lovely weather.

By Fleck on 2016-06-05 21:08:37

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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St Michael and All Angels Church. Taken in February 2015
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Grave stone of Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) is buried in the churchyard.
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Pirbright village sign.

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