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|Explore Surrey: Reigate Mills and Pillboxes|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 02 Mar 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile (6.5km) enjoyable circular walk from Reigate Heath, passing Reigate Heath windmill, Wonham Mill and pillboxes built during the Second World War. There are good views along the walk to the North Downs. 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 paths and tracks are mostly unmade and can be very muddy in part. Walking shoes or boots are required and wellingtons with grips are recommended for the winter months. You will need to negotiate a number of gates/kissing gates plus 6 stiles (all of which have open fencing surrounds which should be suitable for most dogs to pass through). You will be sharing some of the fields with horses and some of the paths have electric fencing alongside so take particular care with children and dogs. The walk crosses a golf course so please show respect for the golfers by allowing them to play their shots before you cross and watch closely for any stray flying golf balls. Allow 2 hours.
If you are looking for refreshments, The Skimmington Castle pub is near waypoint 1, and The Black Horse pub is on the A25 near the bus stop at the start of the walk. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill & 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 from the Reigate Heath bus stop which is on the A25, alongside the junction with Flanchford Road. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, there are car parks either side of Flanchford Road, half a mile south of the A25. From the car park on the south side of Flanchford Road, join the wide sandy track running along behind the car park, and turn right to start the walk. Approximate post code RH2 8AB. Grid ref: TQ 242505.
|Start to Bonnys Road|
Start point: 51.2402 lat, -0.2217 long
The walk starts from the bus stop on the junction between the A25 (Buckland Road) and Flanchford Road. Walk down Flanchford Road, using the left-hand pavement. Where the pavement ends (by the entrance to Heath Church), keep ahead on the narrow grass verge for a further 40m then fork left down the signed public bridleway.
|Bonnys Road to Littleton Manor Junction|
Start point: 51.2345 lat, -0.2286 long
Turn left along the road and then fork immediately right towards The Skimmington Castle pub. After just a few paces, fork left to join the signed bridleway which leads you through the trees, part of the Greensand Way. The path leads you past the pub on the right and then down past horse paddocks on the right.
|Littleton Manor Junction to Littleton Stile|
Start point: 51.2311 lat, -0.227 long
Take the path to the right, passing through the white gate (ignoring the minor sharp right turn over the stile). Follow the driveway towards Littleton Manor Farm and, after passing the large barn on the right, fork right onto the track which leads you through a gateway. Continue on this track between the fence on the right and the hedge on the left for 350m, passing the farmhouse on your left.
|Littleton Stile to Trumpet View Crossroads|
Start point: 51.2284 lat, -0.2324 long
Cross the field diagonally left (at about 10 o’clock) to reach the far left corner. Go over the stile and keep ahead on the fenced path which leads you to a crossroads with Flanchford Road. Cross over the road with care and go along the track opposite (signed as a byway), pausing to observe the excellent view of Box Hill and the North Downs on the right.
|Trumpet View Crossroads to Wonham Mill|
Start point: 51.228 lat, -0.2447 long
Follow the main track which swings round to the left, keeping the woods on the left and a field on the right. After 275m you will reach the 16th century Ricebridge Farm. Bear left here to pass the farm on the right. At the end of garden on the right, cross the stile directly ahead (beside a pair of wide gates) to enter a field.
|Wonham Mill to Gate by Stream|
Start point: 51.2326 lat, -0.2486 long
Cross over the road and turn left along the pavement, heading uphill. Immediately after the mill’s parking area, turn right onto the signed footpath. Follow this surfaced footpath ahead and, just before you reach the pond, turn left onto another signed footpath. Pass the pond on the right and you will come to a stile ahead.
|Gate by Stream to Golf Course|
Start point: 51.2369 lat, -0.2423 long
Follow the obvious track through the open field and, at the far end, pass through the right-hand of the two gateways to join a fenced section of track. The track leads you between bollards with the golf course visible on the right. You will emerge to a T-junction at the edge of Reigate Heath golf course, with Ivy Cottage on the left and views of the windmill ahead.
|Golf Course to Viewpoint|
Start point: 51.2349 lat, -0.2368 long
The next sections of path cross the golf course so remember to take particular care, allowing golfers to play their shots before you proceed and keeping your eyes peeled for stray golf balls. Walk straight ahead across the fairway towards the windmill. Climb the hill on the sandy path, with the windmill to your left. (Please keep to the existing paths and avoid trampling the heather). Towards the top of the slope you will find a bench on the left, a perfect spot to pause and enjoy the panoramic views.
|Viewpoint to Crest of Ridge|
Start point: 51.2356 lat, -0.234 long
At the top of the slope you will come to a T-junction with a track. Turn left and walk through the car park, passing the clubhouse on your left. Pass two cottages on your left, ignoring the first path on the right. Where the track swings left, turn right (immediately after the first mirror-topped post). Follow this slightly sunken gravel path swinging left and out to reach the edge of a fairway.
|Crest of Ridge to End|
Start point: 51.2393 lat, -0.2288 long
Turn right to join the wide sandy path which leads you downhill to reach car park on the north side of Flanchford Road. Turn left on the grass path which runs alongside the road and leads you directly back to the bus stop where the walk began.
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fantastic walk loads to see
|By wils on 05 Apr 2015|
Great walk, loads to see, bit muddy in places and we can recommend the Black Horse pub near the start for lunch
|By dveal on 15 Feb 2016|
Great walk and lots to see
|By djetten on 28 Aug 2016|
We started from the Skimmington Castle PH (between points 1 & 2). Large car park behind. Enjoyed the walk!
|By Dave on 04 Sep 2016|
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Uploaded: 04 Sep 2016
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