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|Explore Surrey: Chessington Countryside Walk|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 25 Mar 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5.5 mile (8.5km) circular walk taking in the countryside around Chessington. As you walk this route it may come as a surprise to you how much attractive countryside there is close to the London-Surrey border. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk has a few gentle slopes throughout with just one short, steeper climb. The woodland and field paths can become very muddy so stout boots are required and wellingtons are recommended in the wet winter months. You will need to negotiate some steps and kissing gates plus one stile. The stile is low and has wide open fence surrounds, suitable for all dogs to pass through or hop over. Whilst most of the paths are enclosed, the route crosses the public open space of Winey Hill where horses graze freely, so please take care with dogs at this point. The route crosses a couple of busy roads so please take your time to ensure you can cross safely. Allow 3 hours.
There are public toilets and a picnic site alongside the car park at the start of the walk and there is a brick seat at the top of Winey Hill. There are no other places for refreshments directly on the route itself. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 161 London South. 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 and finishes at the car park for Horton Country Park which is accessed off Horton Lane, south of Chessington (marked with brown tourism signs). The car park is free, has a 1.9m height restriction barrier and closes at dusk each day (9pm in the summer). If you are coming by public transport, you can adjust the walk to start and finish at Chessington South rail station (Waypoint 2) which is served by both trains and buses. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. Post code for car park KT19 8PL.
|Start to Bonesgate Stream|
Start point: 51.3432 lat, -0.2915 long
The walk starts from the car park of Horton Country Park. To begin the walk, make your walk to the square brick toilet block by the vehicle entrance for the car park. Stand with your back to the vehicle entrance with the toilet block on the right (and some information boards just ahead to the right). Walk ahead along the tarmac lane and, where this bears right, keep straight ahead to join the footpath between trees, signed for the Thames Down Link and the Chessington Countryside Walk. You will be following the waymarks for the Chessington Countryside Walk for the full length of this route.
|Bonesgate Stream to Chessington South Station|
Start point: 51.3554 lat, -0.2971 long
Cross the footbridge and follow the path steadily uphill with a fence on the left. At the top of the slope you will emerge to a T-junction with a residential lane, Green Lane. Cross over and turn left along the pavement. When the pavement ends, keep ahead (with extreme care) along the road edge for a few more metres. Just a few paces beyond the 30mph signs, turn right up the steps to join the footpath signed to Garrison Lane.
|Chessington South Station to Viewpoint|
Start point: 51.3563 lat, -0.3077 long
(NOTE: If you are starting the walk from Chessington South Station, leave the station onto Garrison Lane and turn right along the pavement).
|Viewpoint to Chessington Wood|
Start point: 51.3523 lat, -0.3203 long
When you are ready to continue, stand with your back to the plinth, facing the fenced pond. Skirt to the left of the pond and then walk straight ahead on the (subtle!) path with leads you steadily downhill. At the bottom, pass through the kissing gate and join the fenced path with open fields and great views to the right. Through the fence on the left is Chessington World of Adventures, an adventure park and zoo; you will probably be able to hear some of the rides (and screaming!) in operation.
|Chessington Wood to Ashtead Common|
Start point: 51.3452 lat, -0.3158 long
Follow the main path which swings steadily right (this can get quite muddy). The path leads you across a footbridge, back over Bonesgate Stream, and on between lines of trees/hedgerows. This green track follows the line of a route that has been in use since at least 1495. Not so long ago, horses and carts would have regularly used this track. Much of the surrounding land has been in the ownership of Merton College, Oxford since the 1200s. It was an important link between Kingston and Leatherhead.
|Ashtead Common to Stew Ponds|
Start point: 51.3327 lat, -0.3104 long
It is worth taking a moment here to understand the importance of Ashtead Common, a National Nature Reserve, owned by the City of London. Ashtead Common was once the wasteland of the Manor of Ashtead and is steeped in history. There are many oak pollards, one example of which can be seen ahead, remnants of a medieval management system known as pasture woodland. This type of woodland had the dual purpose of providing grazing and shelter for domestic animals, whilst providing wood from the branches which were cut on a rotational basis about the browse line. Ashtead Common holds National Nature Reserve status for the pollards and the rare beetles associated with them.
|Stew Ponds to End|
Start point: 51.3355 lat, -0.3032 long
Keep straight ahead along the bridleway (ignoring the first path on the left which only leads to a car park). Further along you will come to a signed junction with a vehicle barrier on the left. Fork left here (Bridleway 29), signed as the Thames Down Link. The path leads you to a crossing over Rushett Lane. Cross with care and continue on the bridleway ahead (signed to Horton Lane).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
Did this lovely walk today. Really enjoyable but it was very, very muddy!! Very slippery in parts but am now looking forward to doing it again in summer! Great directions. Didn't get lost or confused once! Thanks
|By lisa68 on 12 Jan 2016|
Ditto previous review.....very muddy and wet underfoot. First walk using the app, clear and accurate instructions, thank you! It was a walk of two halve, some lovely countryside, and some interesting history but some less panoramic parts through housing estates. Local to home, so would probably do again at a drier time of year 😀
|By WimbledonWan on 05 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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At the viewpoint
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