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|Explore Surrey: Leatherhead Common Walk|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 20 Mar 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile (5km) circular walk to the north of Leatherhead. This route has been specially devised and signposted by the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project and Mole Valley District Council to provide an easy-to-navigate route into the countryside. The majority of the walk is in woodland but there are contrasting open areas too. Its character will vary with the seasons, so it is worth repeating at different times of the year. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk is almost entirely flat and there are no stiles, gates or steps to negotiate. Conditions underfoot on the woodland paths will vary according to weather and season so stout boots are required and wellingtons are recommended in the winter months. The route is waymarked via a series of timber finger posts with distinctive green arrows. There are several busy roads in the area and special care is needed when crossing them. The route 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 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the conditions underfoot.
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 Tesco supermarket on the B2430 Kingston Road, just north of Leatherhead (close to Junction 9 of the M25). There is a car park at Tesco. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. Approximate post code KT22 0EF.
|Start to Rowhurst Forge|
Start point: 51.3115 lat, -0.3351 long
The walk starts on the entrance road for the Tesco supermarket. Take the footpath along the left-hand edge of the access road leading into Tesco. Tesco’s petrol station is ahead on your right and the Rye Brook is running on your left. Follow the path ahead through a wide staggered barrier and over a timber footbridge into woodland, Teazle Wood.
|Rowhurst Forge to Oaklawn Road|
Start point: 51.314 lat, -0.3393 long
Continue on the main woodland path which winds its way between mature oak trees before reaching the M25. Here, stay on the path which turns left to follow the edge of the motorway cutting.
|Oaklawn Road to Pachesham Park|
Start point: 51.3148 lat, -0.3464 long
Turn right along the pavement to cross the bridge over the motorway. At the end of the bridge, continue along the narrow grass verge (taking extreme care of traffic) for just 50m. Note: you can swap to the left-hand pavement instead if you wish, but you will need to cross back again in a moment. Where the right-hand metal crash barrier ends, you will see a footpath sign.
|Pachesham Park to Ashtead Common|
Start point: 51.3179 lat, -0.3375 long
Follow the road through the stone entrance gateway and, soon afterwards, the road crosses the first fairway of the golf course. Take particular care here, allowing golfers to play their shots before you proceed and keeping your eyes peeled for stray golf balls. Follow the road past some houses on the right then go through the pair of gates ahead. Keep ahead on the path which leads you across the next fairway.
|Ashtead Common to Underpass|
Start point: 51.3203 lat, -0.3297 long
Turn right here, to join the footpath heading directly into Ashtead Common. Keep straight ahead at the first crossroads and then follow the LCW waymarks and green arrows to guide you along the paths through several more junctions.
|Underpass to End|
Start point: 51.3157 lat, -0.3297 long
Keep ahead on this tarmac path which leads you through a second underpass and then along a footbridge across the M25. You will emerge to the end of a residential road. Follow this heading downhill, passing houses on the left and the back entrance for B&Q on the right. As you reach the roundabout, go straight ahead into the entrance drive for Tesco, where the walk began.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
The first half of walk is not very relaxing as roaring of M25 drowned out conversation. Crossing roads and traversing golf course !!! 2nd half on Ashtead Common much better.
|By nickyhamilto on 02 Oct 2016|
Agree with previous reviews about the noise from the roads, but think the walk deserves 3 stars for being very well sign-posted and easy to follow. Can also imagine that in the springtime, the bluebells are vry beautiful. It did only take us just over an hour in quite sticky mud, so the estimate given of 1.5-2 hrs is genrous.
|By howes62 on 09 Jan 2017|
Agree with previous post regarding noise from M25,
|By lazyman on 17 Feb 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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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 20 Mar 2015
We walked past the forge on a weekday and could see people hard at work shaping metal.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 20 Mar 2015
This is a picture of one of the pollarded oak trees mentioned on the walk. There were several all together.
|Image by: howes62 |
Uploaded: 09 Jan 2017
General view of rather wet undergrowth
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