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|Explore Surrey: Capel Loops|
|Author: exploresurrey, Published: 05 Mar 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|An enjoyable 6 mile (9.5km) walk in two sections, making it ideal for a lunchtime stop in Capel village. There is an option to shorten the route by completing just the first loop of 3 miles (4.8km). The walk passes through farmland and woodland, with beautiful wildflowers in the spring. There are good views to Leith Hill 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 includes a few steady gradients. The paths through fields and woodland can be quite marshy and muddy so good boots are required and wellingtons are recommended for the winter months. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus 17 stiles (10 within the first loop and 7 within the second). All the stiles in the first loop have open fence surrounds making them suitable for most dogs to pass through, but one stile on the second loop is enclosed by wire mesh and so dogs will need a lift over this. You will be sharing some of the fields with horses and sheep and sometimes cattle so take care with dogs. Allow 3 hours (1.5 hours per loop).
If you are looking for refreshments, The Crown pub is at the start of the walk. There is also a petrol station with shop opposite, and a newsagent further south along The Street. 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.
Capel village is located in Surrey, close to the border with West Sussex, mid way between Dorking and Horsham. The walk starts from the Vicarage Lane bus stop on The Street, directly outside the church and The Crown pub in the centre of Capel village. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, there is some street parking on The Street and Vicarage Lane (please park with respect for local residents). There is also a car park at the village hall, Memorial Hall, just off Mortimer Road (a one minute walk north along The Street). Approximate post code RH5 5JY. Grid ref: TQ 176407.
|Start to Village Edge Stile|
Start point: 51.1538 lat, -0.3198 long
The walk starts from the Vicarage Lane bus stop on The Street, directly outside the church. St. John the Baptist Church was mostly rebuilt in 1865, though parts of the church date from the thirteenth century.
|Village Edge Stile to Misbrooks Green Road|
Start point: 51.1588 lat, -0.3174 long
Cross the stile, and then keep left on the fenced footpath which runs around the left-hand edge of the field. The path leads you to a footbridge with stiles at each end. Cross this and keep ahead on the fenced grass track between fields. Cross the next stile and walk straight ahead for just a few metres to reach a waymarker post indicating a crossroads of paths. Go straight ahead on the path which follows a hedge on the left.
|Misbrooks Green Road to Greens Farm|
Start point: 51.1603 lat, -0.3114 long
Cross the road with care and turn left along the grass verge. Take care of traffic at the point that the verge narrows. Immediately after the entrance drive for Broomells Farm, turn right through the kissing gate to enter a field. Cross straight over the centre of the field to reach the stile on the opposite boundary. Cross this and keep straight ahead over the next field. At the far side, pass through the kissing gate to enter woodland.
|Greens Farm to Gate on Left|
Start point: 51.1637 lat, -0.2995 long
Pass through the gap to the right of the entrance gate and then keep straight ahead for 280m, ignoring any side tracks. As the woodland on the right ends, you will see footpaths marked both left and right. Turn right through the kissing gate to enter the large field. Keep straight ahead, following the right-hand boundary.
|Gate on Left to Footbridge|
Start point: 51.1575 lat, -0.3054 long
Turn left through the gate and then turn immediately right to follow the right-hand boundary of this next field. At the end of the field, cross the stile and keep ahead for a few metres to reach a T-junction with a track. Turn left along this track which leads you out to a T-junction with the road (alongside Mizbrook Farm). Cross over and turn left along the grass verge, taking care of traffic.
|Footbridge to Charlotte Broadwood Flats|
Start point: 51.1548 lat, -0.3143 long
You will emerge to the corner of the recreation ground. Walk diagonally across the centre of the playing field. In the far corner, pass alongside the vehicle barrier to reach the car park for Capel Memorial Hall.
|Charlotte Broadwood Flats to Dairy House Nature Reserve|
Start point: 51.1537 lat, -0.3175 long
Turn right here to cross the stile into a pasture (which is likely to be holding sheep). Walk diagonally left (at about 10 o’clock) passing through a gap in the wire and post fence. Keep ahead to reach a small wooden gate at the far side. Pass through this gate and the metal gate immediately afterwards.
|Dairy House Nature Reserve to Old Oak Tree|
Start point: 51.1512 lat, -0.314 long
Turn left and follow the path through the trees. Cross the stile into a pasture and bear diagonally right (about 2 o’clock) to reach a stile in the corner. Go over the stile and follow the woodland path which leads you over a sleeper bridge. Turn left and then follow the path right to cross a second sleeper bridge. Now keep ahead on the path through the pretty woodland which is awash with flowers in the spring. The path will lead you to an old metal gate with a stile alongside and a very large oak tree ahead.
|Old Oak Tree to Entrance Drive|
Start point: 51.1512 lat, -0.3081 long
Go over the stile and cross the paddock directly ahead (towards the house) to reach a stile set within the hedge opposite. Cross the stile and turn right along the road for 90m. Where the road swings left, turn right along the entrance track for Hatchlands Cottage (signed as a bridleway).
|Entrance Drive to Crop Field Corner|
Start point: 51.151 lat, -0.3064 long
Keep straight ahead along the entrance track, heading for the cottage. Stay on the track which passes to the left of the cottage and then leads you into woodland. Keep straight ahead on the main track and at the far end pass through the gateway to reach the edge of a large crop field.
|Crop Field Corner to Brow of Hill|
Start point: 51.1442 lat, -0.3124 long
Keep straight ahead along the grass track with a large crop field on the left and a fence and ditch on the right. The track leads you past a house on your left, Pleystowe Farm. The farm dates from 1331 and its name means ‘place of play or where sports games were held’.
|Brow of Hill to End|
Start point: 51.1462 lat, -0.3197 long
Turn right here, passing a bench and trig point on the left, and continue downhill with a hedge on the left. There are views to the North Downs ahead and this section is once again part of Dairy House Nature Reserve.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
Great walk. Go in April for the bluebells.
|By rookie18 on 2015-05-24 17:14:04|
Very enjoyable - lovely walk
|By Theoifoot on 2016-11-05 12:04:41|
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Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
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