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The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail

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The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail
Author: Claire, Published: 20 Jul 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star1 The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail Pub Walkstar1 The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail Pub Walkstar1 The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail Pub Walkstar1 The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail Pub Walkstar0 The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail Pub Walk
Surrey, Thorpe
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail Pub Walk boot The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail Pub Walk
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A circular pub walk of just more than 4 miles from The Rose and Crown in Thorpe, Surrey. The Rose and Crown is a chocolate box pub with beautifully kept gardens, ideal for al-fresco dining in the summer months. The walking route heads out along bridleways to reach the old lane up to Whitehall Farm, where you will have magnificent views across the peaceful countryside. The return leg crosses fields, woodlands and follows part of an ancient sunken lane on the way back to Thorpe.

The walk is fairly flat for the most part, with just a couple of slopes. The track through the derelict Whitehall Farm and the field immediately after this are heavy clay and can be sitting in a few inches of water in the winter, so the route is best reserved for the dry summer months (if you do walk after wet weather or in winter you will need wellingtons with grips). A couple of short sections can be overgrown in summer so shorts are not recommended (unless you are immune to nettles!). You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and one stile (which has an open fence surround for dogs to pass through). One of the fields you cross is likely to be holding cattle so take care with dogs. The walk also crosses a couple of roads plus a railway at an unsignalled crossing point so look and listen for trains carefully before you cross. Approximate time 2 hours.

The walk starts and finishes from The Rose and Crown pub on the B389 Green Road in Thorpe, Surrey. The pub has its own car park and there is also a small car park for the village green alongside. Approximate post code TW20 8QL.

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Walk Sections

Start to Tudor House
Start to Tudor House

Start point: 51.4015 lat, -0.5484 long
End point: 51.4064 lat, -0.5493 long

Standing with your back to the pub within the front parking area, walk straight ahead down the tarmac access drive to reach the junction with the small side road. Turn left along this, signed as a public footpath. Follow this quiet access lane taking care of occasional vehicles, passing Thorpe’s village green to the right.

At the first fork, keep right and at the second one, keep right again, staying on the lane with the green on your right. The lane swings right and passes the very pretty white thatched cottage, Oak Cottage on the left. After passing a small parking area alongside some old tennis courts on the right, turn left onto the path signed as a public footpath and Surrey Cycleway Link.

This path leads you over a stream and becomes a wider track between trees. Continue just as far as Tudor House on the left, opposite a wide metal gate on the right.

Tudor House to Whitehall Farm Lane
Tudor House to Whitehall Farm Lane

Start point: 51.4064 lat, -0.5493 long
End point: 51.4101 lat, -0.5575 long

Turn left immediately after Tudor House onto the access track and then keep right at the fork, signed as a bridleway. The track swings left past a riding stables and leads you to a footbridge over a stream. Cross this and continue along the bridleway. You will emerge out to the end of a residential road.

Keep straight ahead along this and you will come to a T-junction with Stroude Road. Turn right along the pavement passing several pretty cottages. Ignore the first bridleway off to the left (alongside the phone box and post box). Continue just a little further to reach the right-hand bend in the road. Cross over with care here, to take the footpath into Whitehall Farm Lane.

Whitehall Farm Lane to Railway Underpass
Whitehall Farm Lane to Railway Underpass

Start point: 51.4101 lat, -0.5575 long
End point: 51.4161 lat, -0.5594 long

Follow the lane past a few properties and then pass through the kissing gate (alongside the vehicle gate) to join the woodland track. Follow this track which soon leads you past horse paddocks on the right. Pass through the metal gate ahead (NOTE: you may come across cattle from this point) where you will see two arrows on the gatepost marking a choice of paths ahead. Take the left-hand of the two paths, leaving the main track and forking left across the grass to reach the kissing gate within the derelict farm buildings.

Pass through this gate (NOTE: if it is overgrown you are likely to find an open wide gateway just to the left) and walk ahead with the old farmhouse (dating from 1855) on the left and barns on the right. Pass through the next kissing gate and follow the right-hand edge of this pasture. In the far corner, swing left (NOTE: try to persevere if this looks overgrown as it is a very short stretch) and follow the path through the underpass beneath the rail line.

Railway Underpass to Callow Hill
Railway Underpass to Callow Hill

Start point: 51.4161 lat, -0.5594 long
End point: 51.4128 lat, -0.5735 long

Pass through the tall metal kissing gate and a few paces later you will see a waymarker post. Bear right here, following the grass path along the edge of the rough meadow with a shallow stream down on the right. The rough meadow is home to a wide array of insects so keep your eyes peeled for butterflies and damselflies and listen for the sound of crickets. The path swings steadily left and leads you over a small sleeper bridge (take care as this can be a little overgrown, so watch your footing along it).

In the field corner, the path swings right crossing a boardwalk through the hedgerow to reach the adjacent meadow. Standing with your back to the boardwalk, walk between 10 and 11 o’clock, heading for the clock tower just visible above the trees at the far side. The clock tower is part of Royal Holloway College, part of the University of London. The college was opened in 1886 by Queen Victoria as an all-women college and became co-educational in 1965. The main red brick building, Founder’s Building, was modelled on Chateau de Chambard in the Loire Valley, France.

Make your way across the meadow as the path meanders around clumps of spiky rush grasses, a sure sign of the waterlogged nature of this meadow in the wetter months. (Again, if this meadow is overgrown, do persevere if you can – you are heading for open paths at the far side). Just before you reach the field corner, you will come to a junction with a stone track. Turn right along this and, a few paces before the green metal fence ahead, turn left along the grass path (with the tree line on the right) which leads you to a stile.

Cross the stile and follow the path through the woodland with a tall wire fence running on the left. At the top of the slope, the path swings left and continues with fencing each side. Follow the path down the slope, over the sleeper bridge and some distance further you will find a fingerpost marking a junction of paths. Ignore the path to the right, simply keep straight ahead signed as a public footpath to Callow Hill. This long pretty woodland footpath eventually leads you out to a T-junction with the road, Callow Hill.

Callow Hill to Stroude Road
Callow Hill to Stroude Road

Start point: 51.4128 lat, -0.5735 long
End point: 51.4093 lat, -0.5579 long

Cross over the road with care, turn left along the pavement and continue up the slope just to the point where the road bends right. Immediately after the chevron sign, cross back over the road (taking extreme care on this bend, looking and listening for cars). Ignore the vehicle barrier on the left, instead walk straight ahead on the woodland track signed as a public bridleway.

You will emerge to a T-junction with a quiet access lane, turn left along this. The large property over the wall to the right is Merlewood, a large Victorian house set in 23 acres of grounds which has now been converted to a nursing home.

Follow the tarmac access lane passing between another two properties and then fork right onto the narrower tarmac path running between boulders. The path leads you between bollards and continues as a stone woodland track. At the far end you will reach a crossroads with a lane. Go straight ahead to join the bridleway signed to Stroude Road (immediately to the right of Hollow Lane House).

Follow the woodland bridleway, a sunken path between raised banks (and very clearly the inspiration for the name of the adjacent house). The sunken nature of the path is a clear sign of it being an ancient right of way, trodden for many hundreds of years. Much further along the bridleway swings left (probably passing a scary looking rope swing) and then swings right, leading you downhill to reach the railway crossing. NOTE: This is an unsignalled crossing so make sure that you look and listen carefully for trains before you proceed.

Cross the railway (via the two gates) and, at the far side, keep directly ahead along the stone track with horse paddocks on the right. Simply keep ahead and you will emerge out to a T-junction with Stroude Road, alongside the telephone box and post box that you may recognise from your outward leg.

Stroude Road to End
Stroude Road to End

Start point: 51.4093 lat, -0.5579 long
End point: 51.4017 lat, -0.5484 long

Cross over the road and turn right along the pavement. From this point you will be retracing your steps back to the pub.

To do this, take the first road on the left, The Lane, and follow it to the end. Join the stone path ahead and then left. Follow the woodland bridleway all the way back to the T-junction alongside Tudor House. Turn right and you will soon emerge out to the access lane by the village green. Turn right and follow the lane all the way round the edge of the green. At the end you will come to the Rose and Crown on the right for some well-earned hospitality.

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5 comments for "The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail"

Very muddy by derelict farm so wear good footwear

By mcgdj on 02 Apr 2016

My first use of ifootpath. Very accurate directions, I never needed the OS map I had with me.
The comments about the mud were relevant even in a dry spell in May.

By molecule on 09 May 2016

Great walk but beware big cows. Views of holloway college

By henryhewitt on 30 Jul 2016

A great variety of terrain and things to spot on the way. It took us around 3 hours at a leisurely pace. Be warned that Tudor House may not be easy to spot but there's a red panda toy sitting on the house sign and a hello tactical arrow sign by the large metal gate to show you where to turn left.

By flairyyy on 29 Aug 2016

Totally Delightful and varied walk....loved it in Autumn and the Hollow Way sunken path a special section for us. Directions were perfect ...will do this one again

By Richarde21 on 19 Nov 2016

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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4 gallery images for "The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail"

4759_0Richard1437636153 The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail Pub Walk Image by: RichardJ
Uploaded: 23 Jul 2015
The Rose & Crown is a lovely pub. We enjoyed a very good meal in the garden (Dogs are not allowed inside the pub) There was a good atmosphere and plenty of seating.
4759_1Richard1437636153 The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail Pub Walk Image by: RichardJ
Uploaded: 23 Jul 2015
You can see this old derelict farm, that you pass by on this walk, on the Reading to Waterloo line (train in background in this picture). When I have passed by on the train I have often wondered why it is no longer occupied.
4759_2Richard1437636153 The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail Pub Walk Image by: RichardJ
Uploaded: 23 Jul 2015
The building does not look that old - maybe mid 20th Century. But when you get close up you will see a stone plate with 1855. I think that the style of the windows probably gives away the period that this house was built.
4759_3Richard1437636153 The Rose and Crown Stroude Trail Pub Walk Image by: RichardJ
Uploaded: 23 Jul 2015
You can see the initials VR and A - perhaps denoting Queen Victoria, who was on the thrown at the time, and her consort Albert


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