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|Explore Surrey: Beare Green Circular|
|Author: exploresurrey, Published: 19 Feb 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Surrey, Beare Green|
|A 3.5 mile (5.25km) undulating walk through farmland and woodland starting from Holmwood Station in Beare Green village. On a clear day there are good views to the Greensand Ridge and the North Downs. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk has several gentle gradients throughout. The paths cross a number of heavy clay soil pastures and fields and at times these can be very muddy (or with standing water) so waterproof boots or wellingtons are recommended. You will need to negotiate some steps, gates and 10 stiles (a couple of which are set into narrow fencing so larger dogs may need a lift over). Some of the fields you cross are likely to be holding horses and sheep so take particular care with dogs. Allow 2 hours.
If you would like refreshments there are a few options. There is a café and newsagent in Beare Green Court parade of shops, which you pass towards the end of the walk. The Clubhouse at Henfold Lake Fisheries is open seasonally for refreshments and has toilets (Waypoint 5). The Duke’s Head pub & restaurant is 300m south of Waypoint 9 on the A24. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate. 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.
The walk starts and finishes from Holmwood Rail Station in Beare Green. If you are coming by car, the station is signed from the A24 south of Dorking and there is street parking alongside the station on Old Horsham Road and Hawksmoore Drive (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 RH5 4QY. Grid ref: TQ 175438.
|Start to Bregsells Stile|
Start point: 51.1813 lat, -0.3206 long
The walk starts from Holmwood Rail Station. Until the railway was built, the only means of transport around Holmwood had been pack horse and stage coach. The London, Brighton & South Coast Railway Company opened the Dorking to Horsham line, including Holmwood station, on 1 May 1867. There was a goods yard here, where Hawksmoore Drive is now, and two goods trains used to stop daily to deliver coal into the coal bays or wharfs.
|Bregsells Stile to Dog Leg|
Start point: 51.185 lat, -0.3114 long
Walk across this next large field between 11 and 12 o’clock to reach a stile on the far side (which is some way to the right of the telegraph pole within the boundary). Cross this stile and turn left through the gateway. Bear slightly right (at about 1 o’clock) across the field to reach the gateway opening in the corner of the hedge line opposite.
|Dog Leg to Keepers Cottage|
Start point: 51.1834 lat, -0.3052 long
Stay close to the hedge on the right and, in the field corner, a stile leads you out to reach a T-junction with the road. Turn left and walk along the grass verge (taking care of traffic) for 80m to reach Keepers Cottage on the left. Here, cross the road with care to turn right through the gateway opposite (signed as a public footpath).
|Keepers Cottage to Brook Copse|
Start point: 51.1842 lat, -0.3035 long
Walk along the grass track which follows the edge of this large field for 400m, keeping the hedge on your left. You will pass two old field boundaries on your right, marked by lines of trees/hedgerow. At the end of the field (where the grass track swings right), keep ahead through the gap in the hedgerow to enter a belt of woodland, Brook Copse.
|Brook Copse to Footbridge|
Start point: 51.1841 lat, -0.2952 long
Turn right (passing a diused stile) and keep ahead along the woodland edge (with the open field visible through the hedge on the right). After 100m, turn right to cross a footbridge (with stile) back into the field. Turn left along the field-edge track and keep ahead to reach a stile in the corner. Cross this stile and turn immediately right along the path with a fence on the right and lakes on the left.
|Footbridge to Path Fork|
Start point: 51.1816 lat, -0.297 long
To continue the walk, cross the footbridge (taking time to admire the pretty weirs within the brook) and keep straight ahead on the path with a small fishing pond on the left and a caravan site beyond the hedge on your right. Cross the tarmac entrance drive and continue ahead, following the path along the edge of the woodland as it swings right. Continue to a point where the path forks, marked by a waist-high waymarker post (devoid of arrows when we walked).
|Path Fork to Henfold House|
Start point: 51.1798 lat, -0.2985 long
Take the left-hand fork and follow the path uphill through the woodland. This path is awash with bluebells in the spring.
|Henfold House to Clump of Trees|
Start point: 51.1779 lat, -0.3023 long
Cross the road carefully and continue ahead up the driveway towards Henfold House. (Don’t worry about the ‘Private’ signs, this is part of a public footpath). Pass the pond on the left and the pair of cottages (The Old Kennels and Henfold House Cottage) on the right. Immediately, turn right along the driveway with the cottages on the right and barns on the left.
|Clump of Trees to Roadside Verge|
Start point: 51.1794 lat, -0.3067 long
Continue down the field (at about 11 o’clock) heading for a point to the right of the furthest corner. Here you will find a stile. Cross the stile, go over the stream footbridge and step over the v-shape stile into the corner of the next pasture.
|Roadside Verge to End|
Start point: 51.1784 lat, -0.3156 long
Turn left (take extreme care of cars turning here) along the pavement for the main road, passing the service station on the left. Immediately afterwards, turn left down the tarmac slope to pass under the A24 via the subway. At the far side, keep ahead (parallel with the A24) along the pavement to pass a garage forecourt on the left.
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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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