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|Explore Surrey: Effingham Circular|
|Author: exploresurrey, Published: 20 Feb 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4.5 mile (7km) gently undulating walk starting from Effingham Junction rail station. The route passes through woodland, farmland and over several commons. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk includes a few gentle gradients. The route crosses heavy clay fields and wet low-lying meadows so good walking boots are required all year and wellingtons are recommended in the winter months (when some sections can be very muddy or have standing water). You will need to negotiate some gates plus 11 stiles (all of which have gaps alongside which should be suitable for most dogs to pass through). Several of the fields that you cross will be holding horses so take care with dogs. Allow 2 to 2.5hrs, depending on the conditions underfoot.
There are no pubs or shops along the main route. There is the choice of an optional detour into Effingham village where you will find The Plough pub and the Sir Douglas Haig Hotel near the junction between Lower Road and The Street. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Boxhill & Reigate. 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 walk starts and finishes from Effingham Junction train station (note: this is 1.5 miles from the village of Effingham itself). If you are coming by bus, there is a bus stop alongside the station or you can alight at Effingham village and adjust the walk to start at Waypoint 5. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, the station has a pay and display car park (2.1m height restriction) which is free on Sundays, costs £2 per day off-peak (Saturdays and after 10.30am weekdays) and £6 per day peak (Bank Holidays and before 10.30am weekdays) – prices correct February 2015. Approximate post code KT24 5HX. Grid ref: TQ 103559.
|Start to Woodland Edge Stile|
Start point: 51.2908 lat, -0.4201 long
The walk starts from Effingham Junction train station. The London and South Western Railway Company built the line through Cobham to Effingham in1880 and this was extended to Guildford five years later. The station is 1½ miles away from the village and only limited development has taken place around it.
|Woodland Edge Stile to Banks Common|
Start point: 51.2895 lat, -0.4136 long
Cross this stile and keep ahead on the fenced track with the pretty Norwood Farm visible through the fence on your right. Cross the stile ahead to enter a wider grass section with a hedge to the left and a stream to the right. Follow the path staying close to the stream on the right and this leads you alongside a disused stile and through the brick arch under the railway line
|Banks Common to Whitewashed Cottages|
Start point: 51.2948 lat, -0.4037 long
Banks Common is an ancient common which was presented to the National Trust in 1925 by Mr R. Calburn, the Lord of the Manor. It is thought to be named after the family of Thomas Bankes who lived in one of the cottages on the common during the eighteenth century. The National Trust also manages adjacent Little Bookham Common and Great Bookham Common, which consist of wet, low-lying meadows, scrub, woodland and twelve ponds. Tap the Listen button below (available via App only) to learn more.
|Whitewashed Cottages to Rickleden|
Start point: 51.2957 lat, -0.3955 long
A little further along you will come to a signed staggered crossroads of paths within the track. Take the right branch to join the public footpath signed to Little Bookham. Pass alongside the cattle grid and you will pass the edge of Little Bookham Common on the left. Continue along the track and you will pass the thatched property Oaktree Cottage (including a thatched well) on the left.
|Rickleden to Second T-junction|
Start point: 51.286 lat, -0.3882 long
Cross over the residential road, Burnhams Road, and then keep ahead down the private road opposite (don’t worry, this is a public right of way) signed to Wildwood, Woodside and Hazelwood. In 100m, just before the entrance gates to Wildwood ahead, turn left through the gate to join the footpath between tall hedges.
|Second T-junction to Lake Gate|
Start point: 51.282 lat, -0.3942 long
To continue the main walk, turn right.
|Lake Gate to Lower Farm Road|
Start point: 51.2837 lat, -0.3994 long
The lakes here were created around 1980, and are an important breeding area for many species of wildfowl as well as a large flock of Canada Geese.
|Lower Farm Road to Cricket Field|
Start point: 51.2875 lat, -0.4055 long
Continue down to the end of Lower Farm Road where you will reach a T-junction with Effingham Common Road. Turn right along the pavement and after just 35m cross over the road to turn left down the driveway for Tyrrells and Squirrels. Just before reaching the houses ahead, fork right across a grassy area where you will pick up a waymarker post marking the public footpath.
|Cricket Field to End|
Start point: 51.2857 lat, -0.4159 long
Go straight ahead across the cricket field, passing close to the cricket pavilion on the left and continuing to pass the practice nets on the right. In the corner you will find a stile which leads you onto the edge of Effingham Common.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
nice walk, little confusing near the lake but otherwise good.
|By suzym362 on 2016-01-24 18:31:08|
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