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|Explore Surrey: Banstead Woods Nature Trail|
|Author: exploresurrey, Published: 28 Mar 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile (5km) circular walk discovering the hidden secrets and natural wonders of Banstead Woods, 250 acres of ancient woodland. Banstead Woods’ recorded history stretches back for nearly a thousand years, to the time of the Domesday Book in 1086. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
Most of the paths are firm and in good condition, however some sections can be muddy in the winter or after rainfall so stout shoes, boots or wellingtons are recommended. The route includes several slopes and there are kissing gates at the start and end of the walk. Dogs are welcome in the woodland, in fact it is a very popular dog walking spot, but please clear up after your dog and put the waste in the dog bins provided. The final stretch of 400m crosses a flower meadow where cattle are used for conservation grazing. The cattle seemed very relaxed in the company of dogs as we walked, but do take the usual care if you have a dog with you. (Alternatively, you can easily avoid this section by returning to the car park on the path through the woodland edge). There is plenty to see along the way so allow 2 hours.
There are no toilets or places for refreshments along the actual route, however there are many benches along the way should you wish to bring a picnic. The area is covered by Ordnance Survey Map Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill and Reigate. This walk follows permissive footpaths which cross public and private 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 from Holly Lane car park (which is free of charge and has a 1.9m height restriction barrier), near Chipstead in Surrey. The start of the trail can be reached by public transport. Chipstead railway station is around 500m from Holly Lane car park. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. Approximate post code CR5 3NR. Grid Ref TQ 273583.
|Start to First Post|
Start point: 51.3097 lat, -0.1754 long
From the car park, take the path which heads directly away from the road, going through a kissing gate and passing a large information board on the right. You will pass a fenced circular area on the left which contains benches and interpretation boards. It is worth spending some time in this area, learning about the local wildlife, woodland management and local history before you begin your walk.
|First Post to Orchard|
Start point: 51.3089 lat, -0.1759 long
Take the middle of three paths ahead, which passes immediately to the left of a strange looking old oak tree. This is a pedunculate oak (or English oak) and its odd appearance (with a bulging trunk) may be because it was damaged when it was young.
|Orchard to Elizabeth Drive|
Start point: 51.3101 lat, -0.1856 long
Directly ahead is the fenced old orchard that has now been restored by protecting the old trees and planting additional young apple and pear trees. The fruit trees are all traditional varieties that are an important part of our heritage. The old trees themselves provide lots of texture for insects, including ladybirds that spend the winter under the loose bark. Tap the Listen button below (available via App only) to learn more.
|Elizabeth Drive to Owl Nest Box|
Start point: 51.3109 lat, -0.1905 long
Cross the drive with care and go through the staggered barrier ahead to continue on the woodland path, winding steadily uphill. The bare ground beneath the large beech trees is caused because the beech canopy casts dense shade. Much of the thickly grown evergreen scrub in this area is holly, which is shade tolerant. It is of great value to birds and invertebrates that feed on the fruit and disperse the seed.
|Owl Nest Box to Pond|
Start point: 51.3077 lat, -0.1936 long
Keep ahead on the winding woodland path and you will come to a T-junction at Post 11. Bear right here. There is an ash tree to the left of the path. Ash is commonly found on chalk soils, so this tree indicates that there is an outcrop of chalk here.
|Pond to Viewpoint|
Start point: 51.3023 lat, -0.1891 long
Turn left, passing the pond on the left. The path winds ahead to reach a junction with a waymarker post. Turn sharp right here onto the smaller path, heading south once again. At the crossroads with a track, keep straight ahead on the narrow path. After just a few paces you will emerge to a T-junction with another track. Turn left along this for just a few metres and you will come to a fork at the edge of a more open grass section.
|Viewpoint to Flower Meadow|
Start point: 51.302 lat, -0.1811 long
When you’ve finished admiring the views, retrace your steps back to the fork at Post 15. Ignore the left-hand branch (the path from which you emerged), instead take the right-hand branch to continue your journey.
|Flower Meadow to End|
Start point: 51.3093 lat, -0.1796 long
Go through the gate and turn right. Follow the path through the flower-rich meadow.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
Lovely walk with excellent narrative on this app. Really enjoyed the smells and sights as we meandered around the route. Clear directions and easy to follow.
|By dishes on 2015-04-13 21:52:05|
Banstead Woods are particularly beautiful at bluebell time.
|By petegg on 2016-03-08 11:53:56|
new to site and this is the first (of many more) today even though raining... great woodlands and views... haven't been here for 30+ years and will definitely return.. thx x
|By kimpeggi on 2016-09-10 20:10:17|
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: 01 Jan 1970
These are the cows we saw at the end of the walk as we passed through the meadow. They were very happily and ignored us and our dog.
|Image by: dishes |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
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