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|Explore Surrey: Ranmore Circular|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 06 Mar 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 6 mile (9.5km) circular walk from Boxhill and Westhumble Station in the village of Westhumble, passing through part of the Polesden Lacey Estate, Ranmore Common and Denbies Vineyard. The route follows part of the North Downs Way National Trail. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
This is a hilly walk with several long uphill stretches – make sure you stop regularly to appreciate the impressive views! Parts of the route can get muddy so stout boots or shoes are recommended. You will need to negotiate many gates/kissing gates but there are no stiles or steps on route. A couple of the short fields you cross may be holding sheep so take particular care with dogs. There are a few sections of road walking along quiet lanes so take care of any traffic at these points. Allow 3 hours.
If you are looking for refreshments, there are a few options. There is a cycle shop cafe at Boxhill and Westhumble Station and The Stepping Stones pub is 300m from the station (turn right along Westhumble Street to reach this). Denbies Estate vineyard, about two thirds of the way round, has a restaurant and cafe which is open to the public. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Boxhill & Reigate. This walk follows public rights of way that cross private and National Trust land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect National Trust bylaws, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.
The walk starts and finishes from Boxhill and Westhumble rail station in the village of Westhumble. The nearest bus stop is on the junction between Westhumble Street and the A24, just a short walk from the station. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, park at the Norbury Park Crabtree Lane Car Park (Waypoint 1) and start the walk from there. Approximate post code for car park RH5 6BQ. Grid ref: TQ 167519.
|Start to Crabtree Lane Car Park|
Start point: 51.2544 lat, -0.3285 long
The walk starts from Boxhill and Westhumble rail station. (Note: if you are starting the walk at the Crabtree Lane car park, skip to the next section).
|Crabtree Lane Car Park to Woodland Edge Crossroads|
Start point: 51.2594 lat, -0.3415 long
(Note: if you are starting the walk here, exit the car park back onto the lane and turn right).
|Woodland Edge Crossroads to Gate into Woodland|
Start point: 51.2596 lat, -0.3562 long
Turn left on the bridleway which leads you downhill through the woodland. At the staggered crossroads keep straight ahead, continuing downhill. At the bottom of the woodland you will come to a single gate ahead. Pass through this to enter a pasture (which may be holding sheep) and walk at 11 o’clock for just a short distance to reach a gate out to the road.
|Gate into Woodland to Ranmore Road|
Start point: 51.2529 lat, -0.3573 long
Keep ahead along the track for just 50m, then fork left (passing through an old gateway). Stay on this main wide bridleway track which climbs steadily through the woodland. Some way along (700m), keep left to merge with another bridleway coming in from the right. 100m later you will reach a fork, take the right-hand branch.
|Ranmore Road to Cottage Junction|
Start point: 51.2417 lat, -0.3683 long
Cross over the road with care and turn right along the grass verge for just 40m. Turn left onto the signed public footpath, an unmade track between hedgerows. Pass by an old gate and then turn sharp left to join the North Downs Way, a National Trail.
|Cottage Junction to Denbies Lodge|
Start point: 51.2404 lat, -0.3643 long
Go through the kissing gate then walk diagonally right across the verge (at about 2 o’clock). Cross Ranmore Road with care and follow the side road opposite (signed to Bookham, Westhumble and the Parish Church). Follow the quiet road, taking care of any traffic, and it will lead you past the large parish church of St Barnabus on the right.
|Denbies Lodge to Denbies Crossroads|
Start point: 51.2438 lat, -0.3526 long
Keep ahead for just a few paces and then take the first turning on the right (still part of the North Downs Way), a stone track between fields. Turn left at the next junction, still following the North Downs Way. Pass through the gate ahead to enter Denbies Wine Estate. You will now have glorious views ahead and across the vineyard slopes.
|Denbies Crossroads to Bradley Farm|
Start point: 51.2484 lat, -0.3411 long
Turn right, leaving the North Downs Way to join the public bridleway. Follow the track which heads downhill. Bear right to join the concrete track (between vineyards) heading for the complex of farm estate buildings. (NOTE: Denbies is a working farm so please take care and keep dogs on a lead).
|Bradley Farm to Chapel Lane|
Start point: 51.2475 lat, -0.3339 long
Follow the wide grass track and, at the end of the vineyard, pass through the gate. Cross over the stone track and go ahead through a gate into a field. Cross the field at 1 o’clock to reach a kissing gate on the far side. Go through this gate and join the narrow footpath between gardens.
|Chapel Lane to End|
Start point: 51.254 lat, -0.3317 long
Turn right along the road (taking care) then fork right between the white fencing to join the raised pavement running along the right-hand side of the road. Further down, join the pavement immediately alongside the road and you will pass the end of Crabtree Lane on the left.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
Between point 2 and 3, where you enter a large field through the smaller right hand gate, there are two large Oak trees in the field. You should be heading towards the one up the slope on your left, which is closest, rather than the second one further across the field.
|By ells109 on 22 Jan 2017|
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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Uploaded: 21 Mar 2015
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