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|Explore Surrey: Discover Gatton|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 21 Jan 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5km (2 mile) circular easy-access walk around Gatton Park in Surrey, a beautiful area of parkland designed by Lancelot Capability Brown, giving you a glimpse into its diverse history. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
Gatton Park is very popular so arrive early on peak days otherwise you may find the car park full. The walk has several slopes throughout, including a couple of quite steep sections. Most of the route follows stone tracks but the sections of path through woodland can be muddy and slippery in places, particularly in wet weather. There are no stiles, steps or kissing gates on route, but you will need to negotiate some staggered barrier gaps alongside vehicle gates (which are approximately 1 metre wide but have tight corners). According to the National Trust, the wide gates alongside these staggered barriers are normally unlocked Easter to October. As such, it would be probably be possible to take a rugged pushchair or disability buggy around the route Easter to October, assuming you can handle the steep sections. Dogs are welcome in Gatton Park, please keep them on leads for the short sections where advised, as sheep are often grazing in the adjacent parkland. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
There are toilets and a popular cafe kiosk (the Urban Kitchen) in the car park at the start of the walk. 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.
Gatton Park is located to the north of Reigate in Surrey, just south of Junction 8 on the M25. The walk starts and finishes from the free Wray Lane countryside car park. The nearest post code is RH2 0HX, but as the majority of Wray Lane is a one-way street please check your route rather than relying on Sat Nav. From Junction 8 of the M25, take the A217 south towards Reigate. Stay in the left-hand lane (signed to Merstham) and as you approach the junction, ignore the first left (Gatton Bottom) and instead take the next left (Wray Lane). You will find the car park almost immediately on your right. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info.
|Start to Viewpoint|
Start point: 51.2562 lat, -0.1913 long
From the car park, walk back towards the vehicle entrance and join the stone path just to the right of this which leads you to the crossing point on Wray Lane. Cross over and go ahead, passing the National Trust sign that marks the entrance to Gatton Park. This path is also part of the North Downs Way.
|Viewpoint to Stone Circle|
Start point: 51.2568 lat, -0.1879 long
Continue along the path, with the fence still on your right. Where the fence ends, keep ahead as the path continues steadily downhill between trees. Further along, you will pass Black Post 4 on your left, standing beside a lone yew tree. Simply continue on the main carriage drive, still descending steadily. Towards the bottom, the path runs close to a road on your left, so keep children and dogs close.
|Stone Circle to Nut Wood|
Start point: 51.2604 lat, -0.1793 long
Continue along the driveway as it bears left, until you reach a fingerpost just before reaching a set of properties. Turn sharp right here, leaving the North Downs Way to join the signed bridleway and passing Black Post 6 on your left. Follow the bridleway leading you between fences with the Stone Circle now in the field on your right.
|Nut Wood to End|
Start point: 51.2538 lat, -0.1811 long
Pass alongside the next wide gate and then stay ahead on the main track leading you steadily uphill. You will find another bench on your right where you will be rewarded with excellent views (perhaps the best so far) across the park and far beyond. Stay with the woodland path as it swings left and continues to climb.
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Just completed this walk today on my Tramper (after the Colley Hill/Reigate Hill one as the parking at the start of this walk is impossible). All the 3 vehicle gates were fortunately unlocked or open as the narrow chicanes to the side of them would not have been negotiable. Good walk with an all terrain mobility scooter if you are prepared to take a chance with the gates.
|By Jules19 on 11 Aug 2016|
Since my earlier posting, I contacted National Trust to enquire about the vehicle gates. They kindly informed me that they would be locked between October and Easter to prevent horses churning up the footpath in the winter months but other than that they should be left unlocked.
|By Jules19 on 12 Dec 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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