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|Explore Surrey: Chiddingfold and Sandhills|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 02 Feb 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 9.5km (6 mile) circular walk from the beautiful village of Chiddingfold, taking in the surrounding woodland and rolling fields with chance to visit a donkey sanctuary if you time it right. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, some of which are fairly steep in part. The paths across fields and through woodland can get very muddy and slippery so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and steps plus 18 stiles. Some of the stiles are very tall (so humans will need to be fairly agile) and, whilst many have open fence surrounds, at least 5 stiles are fully enclosed and so dogs would need a lift over these. You will be sharing many of the fields with livestock (horses, sheep and sometimes cattle). Some of the paths are narrow and so could be overgrown at times. The walk crosses a railway line at an unsignalled crossing so take great care at this point. There are a couple of sections walking along quiet country lanes so be careful of traffic on these stretches. If you wish to visit the Donkey Sanctuary, this is open April to October on Wednesdays and Sundays, between 11.30am and 4pm. Approximate time 3 hours, plus extra if visiting the sanctuary.
There are toilets at Witley rail station, about half way round. If you are looking for refreshments, you will find The Crown Inn pub and Treacles Tea Shop on Chiddingfold Green at the start or end of the walk. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer OL33 Haslemere and Petersfield. 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.
Chiddingfold is located on the main A283, about 5 miles south of Milford. The walk starts and finishes from The Green at the centre of Chiddingfold village. There is plenty of free roadside parking on the side road called The Green. Approximate post code GU8 4TX. There is a bus stop directly alongside The Green. Alternatively, if you wish to travel by train, you can adjust the walk to start and finish at Witley rail station (waypoint 4). For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info.
|Start to Pook Hill|
Start point: 51.11 lat, -0.6289 long
To begin your walk, make your way to the southern end of the village green, by The Crown Inn. Cross over the main A283 road with care to reach the church directly opposite. Turn right along the pavement and follow this as it swings left into the side road, Coxcombe Lane (signed to Grayswood and the Village Hall). Follow the lane passing the village pond on your right and then swinging left. Just before the road bends right, turn left onto the stone track signed as a public footpath.
|Pook Hill to River Bridge|
Start point: 51.1123 lat, -0.6512 long
NOTE: The next stretch follows quiet country lanes so take care of any traffic. Turn right, following the lane uphill, passing Langhurst Manor on the left. Soon afterwards, ignore the footpath on the left, simply follow the lane steadily downhill, passing the impressive Langhurst House on your left. Turn right at the T-junction and follow this lane into a small hamlet of houses, including a beautiful example of a tile-hung property on the right.
|River Bridge to Donkey Sanctuary|
Start point: 51.1212 lat, -0.6592 long
Cross the bridge and keep ahead as the public footpath leads you back up the hill (take care again if it is muddy). As you emerge from the trees, cross the stile in front of you and keep ahead passing fenced horse paddocks on your left. Cross the next two stiles ahead to reach the railway crossing. NOTE: This is an official footpath rail crossing point but is unsignalled so please take time to look and listen carefully for trains before you cross.
|Donkey Sanctuary to Witley Station|
Start point: 51.1315 lat, -0.6603 long
Beyond the sanctuary, keep directly ahead on the stone lane, passing between houses. At the top of the lane you will come to a crossroads within Sandhills. Turn right along the road (taking care of traffic) passing Nut Tree Cottage on your left (with its perfectly trimmed globe-shape yew tree). Just after passing Redlands on your right, fork right onto the stone vehicle track and stay with this as it dwindles to a woodland path, part of the Greensand Way.
|Witley Station to Combe Lane|
Start point: 51.1331 lat, -0.6456 long
Leave the station via the exit on Platform 2 and turn right passing through the car park with the train line running on your right. Pass the industrial unit on your left and then turn left to join the footpath (signed with a yellow arrow) alongside the gate for Lilac Cottage. Pass Lilac Cottage on your left and keep straight ahead on the footpath which leads you through a section of coppiced woodland and then passes a small housing development on your left.
|Combe Lane to Riverside Stile|
Start point: 51.1278 lat, -0.644 long
NOTE: You may come across livestock in any of the fields from this point so take particular care with dogs. Cross the road with care and take the stile ahead into the first pasture. Walk ahead, following the left-hand fence and cross the next stile to enter a belt of woodland. Follow the woodland path ahead and at the far side a stile leads you into the second pasture. Cross this field at about 11 o’clock and a combination of two stiles and a footbridge lead you into the third pasture.
|Riverside Stile to End|
Start point: 51.1225 lat, -0.6371 long
Follow the path ahead and keep ahead at the crossroads with a vehicle track, following the narrow path which leads you over a stream. The path bears left, with holly bushes on your left, before becoming a sunken track leading you under arches of holly. At the top of the hill, a kissing gate leads you into the corner of a field, the sixth pasture.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 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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