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|Explore Surrey: East Horley Circular|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 26 Mar 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 6 mile (9.5km) circular walk taking you on a journey through time where new meets old and built up areas merge with farmland, streams and woodland. Your route passes through the newest housing developments and goes back in time to encounter World War II pillboxes, hints of the tanning industry and further still to Saxon times with the mysterious site of Thunderfield Castle. 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. The ground is however very rough and after wet periods some of the clay soils on the route can become waterlogged and deep with mud. Stout boots are essential and wellingtons recommended in the wetter months. You will need to negotiate several steps and gates plus 15 stiles (all of which have open fence surrounds which should be suitable for most dogs to pass through). There are a number of grazing pastures to cross on this walk, sometimes holding cattle, so please take particular care with dogs. Allow 3 hours.
There are no toilets or picnic spots on the route itself. Refreshments are only available at the start and end of the walk, at The Farmhouse pub. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill and 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 and finishes outside The Farmhouse pub on Ladbroke Road in Langshott, Horley. If you are coming by public transport, several buses serve Horley and the nearest bus stop is on the A23 at Chestnut Road, just a five minute walk from the pub. By train, Horley Station is about a 1km walk from the start of the walk; walk along Station Approach for 300m to reach the T-junction, turn left along Balcombe Road for 400m and turn right along Ladbroke Road for 200m to reach the pub. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, there is a little roadside parking directly outside the pub or, if you continue past the pub on your left, you will reach a small parking lay-by on the right. Approximate post code RH6 8PB. Grid Ref: TQ 290 441.
|Start to Great Lake Farm|
Start point: 51.1809 lat, -0.155 long
Standing on Ladbroke Road facing the pub, turn right along the lane (passing the parking lay-by on the right and houses on the left). Ignore the first footpath signed on the right and you will come to a crossroads. Turn left into Lake Lane, signed as a cycleway to Greenwich and Redhill.
|Great Lake Farm to Narrow Copse|
Start point: 51.1852 lat, -0.1521 long
Keep ahead along the lane which crosses Burstow Stream and then leads you under power lines, with a pylon on the left. Shortly after the pylon, where the lane swings right, turn right through a kissing gate to join the signed public footpath.
|Narrow Copse to Treatment Works|
Start point: 51.1857 lat, -0.1451 long
Cross the stile and footbridge, pass through the copse (which is filled with bluebells in the spring) and another stile-footbridge combination leads you into the next field.
|Treatment Works to Smallfield Road|
Start point: 51.1792 lat, -0.1357 long
Follow the path with the treatment works on the left and Burstow Stream on the right. (This section can also be very muddy). The path swings right to cross another footbridge with stiles and leads you out to the corner of an open area of heath. Turn immediately left, following the line of dense hedgerow on the left. Pass through the gap to the left of a small tree and line of old wooden fencing and then continue ahead, staying close to the hedgerow on the left (passing the old wooden fencing and a pylon to the right).
|Smallfield Road to Haroldslea Drive|
Start point: 51.1755 lat, -0.1318 long
Cross over the road with care and take the signed public byway directly ahead. Follow this long straight path between trees and hedgerows for some distance. The byway emerges out to a corner of a small road, Peeks Brook Lane. Go straight ahead along this lane, taking care of any occasional traffic.
|Haroldslea Drive to Langshott Lane|
Start point: 51.1663 lat, -0.1476 long
At this point, stop a moment and consider that this may have been the very path taken by King Harold on his way to the Battle of Hastings in 1066, walking to rest for the night at Thunderfield Castle which was situated across to the right.
|Langshott Lane to End|
Start point: 51.174 lat, -0.1428 long
Cross the concrete bridge and keep ahead on the tarmac track which is lined by oak, hazel, holly and rhododendrons with big houses either side. Take care here as some local traffic uses this route. After passing the last property on the right, Keeper’s Cottage, keep ahead as the bridleway becomes a byway and you will pass Brook Wood on the right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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