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|Explore Surrey: Discover Downside|
|Author: exploresurrey, Published: 25 Mar 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 6 mile (10km) circular walk from Cobham, taking you through the beautiful countryside around Downside and discovering the local history and wildlife. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk has a few climbs and descents throughout. The woodland and field paths can get very muddy so good boots are required (or wellingtons with grips in the winter). You will need to negotiate kissing gates and steps plus 22 stiles. A few of the stiles are very tall and awkward to cross and so would be difficult for less agile people. Some of the stiles have dog gates, but a couple of the tall stiles towards the end of the walk have tight fence surrounds so dogs may need a lift over. You will be sharing some of the fields with horses and sheep and sometimes cattle so take particular care with dogs. There are a few long stretches of road walking along quiet country lanes so please take care of traffic at these points. Allow 3 hours.
Refreshments are only available at the start or end of the walk, in Cobham. There is a picnic site at the Semaphore Tower (Waypoint 3) if you wish to take refreshments with you. Ordnance Survey Maps: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill and Reigate and Explorer 145 Guildford and Farnham. 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.
Cobham is located just south of the A3, on the A245. The walk starts and finishes at the Hollyhedge Road pay and display car park (just off Downside Bridge Road). Fees are £2.60 for 3 hours or £3.60 for 4 hours (correct April 2015). There are regular bus services to Cobham from Kingston, Esher, Epsom and Weybridge. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. Approximate post code KT11 3DQ.
|Start to Downside Bridge|
Start point: 51.3277 lat, -0.4132 long
Leave the car park via the vehicle exit to Downside Bridge Road (the longest side of the car park). Turn left along the pavement, passing playing fields and allotments to the right. Follow the pavement for some distance crossing over side roads and passing St Andrew’s Church on the left. Beyond the church, take particular care where the pavement narrows.
|Downside Bridge to Pointers Road|
Start point: 51.324 lat, -0.4131 long
Cross the river bridge and, before you reach the first house on the right, cross over the road to turn right over a stile (signed as a public footpath). NOTE: You may come across cattle in some of the fields in this section. Walk straight ahead across the centre of the field, passing just to the right of the large tree in the field centre.
|Pointers Road to Semaphore Tower|
Start point: 51.3157 lat, -0.4247 long
Turn right along the road, taking care of any occasional traffic. After a quarter of a mile you will pass the ornate gateway for The Lodge on the left. Continue for a further 150 yards, then turn left onto a tarmac track signed as a public bridleway entering Chatley Heath. Follow the track ahead which leads you over the M25 and, immediately afterwards, turn right onto the signed public bridleway to Old Lane.
|Semaphore Tower to Ockham Lane|
Start point: 51.3152 lat, -0.4383 long
When you have finished enjoying the tower, return back the way you came along the tarmac lane. Just before the lane bends left, turn right onto the bridleway (signed with a blue arrow). Follow this bridleway winding ahead for some distance. Across to the right is Chatley Heath, worth exploring if you have the time.
|Ockham Lane to Old Oak Common|
Start point: 51.3077 lat, -0.4354 long
Turn left along Ockham Lane for just 100 yards, passing the entrance drive for Hatchford House on the right. Just before the entrance drive for Hatchford Cottage, turn right up the small flight of steps and go through the kissing gate. Follow the narrow path between property fences and you will emerge to a quiet access lane. Keep straight ahead along this, passing several horse paddocks. Take time to enjoy the expansive views ahead.
|Old Oak Common to Pondtail Farm|
Start point: 51.3026 lat, -0.4233 long
Cross the sleeper bridge and follow the narrow path winding through the woodland (which can get very muddy). Some way along, cross the stile ahead and continue on the woodland path. You will emerge from the woodland to the edge of a large open field. Do NOT go ahead as directed by the misleading signpost, instead turn left following the woodland edge. This will lead you to another stile.
|Pondtail Farm to End|
Start point: 51.3113 lat, -0.4167 long
Turn right and follow the surfaced access track passing a small pond on the right. At the end of the drive, pass through the small wooden gate to reach a T-junction with Chilbrook Road. Turn left along the road, taking care of any traffic and passing a row of cottages on the left. Follow the road for just 300 yards where you will reach a chevron sign marking a left-hand bend. Leave the road here and keep straight ahead on the gravel drive for Chilbrook Farm. Just before you reach the first farm building, turn right through a kissing gate (signed as a public footpath).
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Lovely walk - varied and peaceful. Easy access from London
|By davidkennedy on 2015-04-12 15:26:48|
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