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|Explore Surrey: Puttenham Circular|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 18 Feb 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile (5km) gently undulating circular walk starting from Puttenham Common, passing through farmland and woodland. The walk passes the Palladian mansion Puttenham Priory, and through the village of Puttenham along the foot of the Hog’s Back ridge. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk includes several climbs and descents throughout. The paths can get quite muddy so stout boots are recommended. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, some steps and 9 stiles along the way (all the stiles have adjacent dog gates or gaps in the fencing alongside that should be suitable for most dogs to pass through). You may come across livestock in some of the fields, including at least one field which may hold cattle, so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
If you are looking for refreshments, the Good Intent pub in Puttenham village is about half way round the route. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford and Farnham. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.
The village of Puttenham is located just south of the A31, between Guildford and Farnham. The walk starts and finishes from Puttenham Common Top Car Park on Suffield Lane. Leave the village heading south-west along Suffield Lane and you will come to the top car park on the right, opposite Top Rodsall Cottage. There is a 1.95m height barrier at the entrance. If you are travelling by public transport, there is a bus stop on the A31 at Puttenham Hill. From here, you can walk down to Puttenham village and adjust the walk to start from this point. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. Approximate post code GU3 1BG. Grid ref: SU 919462.
|Start to Puttenham Lane|
Start point: 51.2074 lat, -0.6847 long
It is worth taking time before you start the walk to enjoy the views from the car park. There is an extensive view south to the sandy heights of Hindhead and Blackdown and this is a popular spot for picnicking.
|Puttenham Lane to Suffield Lane|
Start point: 51.2082 lat, -0.6683 long
Turn left along the road, taking care of any traffic, for 150m to reach a kissing gate and field gate on the left. Turn left through the kissing gate and follow the path along the left-hand boundary of the field. The path swings left, right and left again to reach a stile at the top of the rise.
|Suffield Lane to T-junction|
Start point: 51.2213 lat, -0.6676 long
To the right you will see the entrance gates for Puttenham Priory. Cross over and turn right along the road edge (taking extreme care of traffic here) to reach the T-junction. Cross over with care to reach the pavement in front of the Good Intent pub.
|T-junction to Lascombe Lane|
Start point: 51.2219 lat, -0.6675 long
Standing on the pavement facing the pub, turn left along The Street. Soon you will be forced to swap to the left-hand pavement.
|Lascombe Lane to Lower Lascombe|
Start point: 51.2214 lat, -0.6735 long
Lascombe Lane forms part of the North Downs Way. This National Trail crosses the northern edge of Puttenham Common and continues up Lascombe Lane and through Puttenham village. This long distance footpath runs for 153 miles through the Surrey Hills and the Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It starts in Farnham on the Surrey-Hampshire border, and ends at Dover. It is particularly popular with walkers due to the impressive scenery along the route, and Newlands Corner and Box Hill are well-known local viewpoints and picnicking spots.
|Lower Lascombe to Kissing Gate|
Start point: 51.2185 lat, -0.6782 long
Ignore the footpath signed right here, simply keep ahead on the lane for 160m to a point where the lane bears right. Fork left here (at about 11 o’clock) to join the signed footpath across the crop field. Cross the stile and continue in the same direction across the next field (which may be holding cattle).
|Kissing Gate to End|
Start point: 51.2144 lat, -0.6854 long
Go through the kissing gate and turn left along the sandy track. Keep straight ahead at the crossroads of paths to pass a cottage on the left. The path climbs to pass an impressive square brick property, Murtmoor, also on the left. Keep ahead along the main track, ignoring any small paths into Puttenham Common on the right.
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This is a pleasant walk - it will be even better in a week or two (from mid- end of April), when the bluebells will be out. Most of the stiles are now kissing gates.
|By Jojale on 03 Apr 2016|
Lovely walk with a good variety of scenery. The Good Intent pub which is about half way through the walk serves the best chips we have ever had!
|By MrsF on 29 Aug 2016|
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