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|Explore Surrey: Corner of Four Counties|
|Author: exploresurrey, Published: 26 Feb 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5.5 mile (8.5km) tranquil walk through rural Surrey passing close to the neighbouring counties of Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex. The route passes a number of farms, past fields of sheep, cattle and horses and through woodland. There are extensive views to the chalk ridge of the North Downs, and the Weald to the south. Part of the route follows the Vanguard Way, a long distance footpath linking the London suburbs to the south coast. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The route includes several climbs and descents throughout. The tracks and paths through woodland and farmland are mostly firm, but some sections can become very muddy and slippery in winter and after periods of rain so stout boots are recommended all year and wellingtons with grips in winter/after wet periods. You will need to negotiate a few kissing gates, a stream crossing (the stream is narrow but can be deep) plus three stiles (one of which is enclosed with wire fencing so dogs will need a lift over). You will be sharing some of the fields with livestock (sheep, horses and maybe cattle) so take particular care with dogs. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on the conditions underfoot.
If you are looking for refreshments, the Plough Inn at the start of the walk is open all day. There are shops and other pubs in Dormansland village, half a mile from the start of the walk. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 147 Sevenoaks & Tonbridge. This walk follows public rights of way 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.
Dormansland is located on the B2028 Lingfield to Edenbridge road. The walk starts and finishes at the bus stop directly outside the Plough Inn, close to the junction of Plough Road, the B2028 and Ford Manor Road. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, there is limited parking in Ford Manor Road but please park with respect for the local residents. Approximate post code RH7 6PS. Grid ref: TQ406428.
|Start to Barn|
Start point: 51.1671 lat, 0.0096 long
The walk starts from the bus stop directly outside the Plough Inn. Standing with your back to the Plough Inn, turn right and then right again into Ford Manor Road. Follow this residential lane passing a number of pretty cottages. Some way along you will come to a fork in the lane. Take the right-hand branch towards Greathed Manor.
|Barn to Spring Wood|
Start point: 51.1633 lat, 0.0259 long
At this fork bear left, passing the barn on the right. Follow the track as it swings first hard left and then right around the edge of a paddock. Pass the workshops on the left and follow the track ahead which leads you into a section of woodland.
|Spring Wood to Entering Fort|
Start point: 51.1637 lat, 0.0391 long
Follow the path ahead through Spring Wood. The path swings right and then left, becoming a sunken rocky trench with fenced fields on the right. Stay on the path as it zigzags uphill and you will emerge to a signed T-junction (alongside houses on the right).
|Entering Fort to Leaving Fort|
Start point: 51.1562 lat, 0.0449 long
The track swings immediately right with a fenced field on the left and running parallel to the ramparts on the right.
|Leaving Fort to Beeches Farm Yard|
Start point: 51.1551 lat, 0.0475 long
Follow the fenced track downhill between fields, noting the views to the Weald of West Sussex ahead and of East Sussex away to the left. Ignore the path signed off to the left, simply keep ahead on the Vanguard Way which leads you towards the buildings of Beeches Farm.
|Beeches Farm Yard to Lower Stonehurst Farm|
Start point: 51.1525 lat, 0.0501 long
At the end of the buildings, pass through a gateway and then turn immediately right, leaving the Vanguard Way and joining the signed public footpath alongside Beeches Cottage. The path leads you between Beeches Cottage on the left and some wooden outbuildings on the right (don’t worry that this looks like a dead end – you are going the right way!).
|Lower Stonehurst Farm to Upper Stonehurst Farm|
Start point: 51.1472 lat, 0.0448 long
Bear right along the drive passing a bungalow and stables on the right. At the end of the driveway, go through the metal field gate into the paddock. Walk straight ahead along the grass track, following the hedge line on the right. Go over the sleeper bridge and keep straight on the obvious path which leads you through the centre of this wider section of paddock.
|Upper Stonehurst Farm to Moon's Lane|
Start point: 51.1514 lat, 0.036 long
Walk ahead, passing between the farm buildings on the left and the house on the right. Turn left along the concrete drive, passing a newer property on the left and converted stables on the right. In 90m, at the bottom of the dip, turn right over a stile into a field. Walk straight ahead, following the fence line on the right.
|Moon's Lane to End|
Start point: 51.1569 lat, 0.0307 long
Turn left along the quiet road, taking care of any traffic. The chalk ridge of the North Downs can be seen to the right, and the Sussex Weald to the left.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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