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|Explore Surrey: Brentmoor Heath and Donkey Town|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 06 Feb 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Surrey, West End|
|A 5.5km (3.5 mile) circular easy access walk around Brentmoor Heath near West End in Surrey, taking in the beautiful sections of heath and woodland and with chance to visit the local pub. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk has just a few gentle slopes throughout. The bridleways are unmade but generally very firm although some of the sections near Sapper Pond and in the heath basin can get very muddy in the wetter months so wellingtons are recommended at these times. This easy access route has been deliberately designed to avoid all obstacles on the heath paths (staggered barriers, narrow bridges and steps) making it suitable for rugged all-terrain pushchairs and disability buggies during the drier months. If you are not limited by avoiding these obstacles, you could explore other paths within the heath (using the GPS-powered map on the App will help you to keep your bearings!). Dogs are welcome on the heath and dog waste bins are provided around the site. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
There are no toilets or other facilities within the heath. If you are looking for refreshments, the walk includes a visit to the Hare and Hounds pub in Donkey Town. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford and Farnham. 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.
Brentmoor Heath is located just to the north of West End village, on the A322 (about 2 miles south of the M3). The walk starts and finishes from the Brentmoor Heath free car park (with 1.9m height restriction barrier) which is accessed up a tarmac slope directly off the roundabout between the A322 and the B311 Red Road. There is parking for 10 cars here. Approximate post code GU24 9PZ. If this car park is full, there is a second car park for the heath (holding 6 cars and with no height barrier) accessed off Red Road (simply adjust the walk by starting at Waypoint 1). Approximate post code GU24 9PY. If both car parks are full, there is also roadside parking on Brentmoor Road (simply adjust the walk by starting at the pub, Waypoint 4). Approximate post code GU24 9QG. By bus, alight at West End and make your way to the Hare and Hounds on Brentmoor Road to begin the walk. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info.
|Start to Red Road Car Park|
Start point: 51.3434 lat, -0.6503 long
Leave the car park via the main bridleway, passing between the two large signs for Bridleway and Resident Access Only. Follow the main track leading you into the heath, between gorse bushes, ignoring any smaller paths to the sides. At the fork in the track (with a waymarker post) bear right. As the track swings right, look out for a small path on the left. If is worth taking a short detour along this narrow path to reach the bench at the viewpoint ahead. Take a moment at this bench to enjoy the views across Brentmoor Heath.
|Red Road Car Park to Sapper Pond|
Start point: 51.3435 lat, -0.6544 long
Standing within this parking area, facing the exit to the road, turn left and take the path which passes between the dog waste bin on your left and the information board on your right. Continue to a T-junction and turn right to join a wider path leading you through the trees.
|Sapper Pond to Donkey Town Corner|
Start point: 51.3443 lat, -0.6657 long
Follow the narrow path back to the main track and turn right to continue your journey along this. You will emerge to a T-junction with a stone vehicle track (and the fences of the military firing range ahead). Turn left, following the line of the military fence on your right. Pirbright Ranges have been used by the army since 1879 and are still in use today for training, indeed you have probably been hearing the gun fire for most of your walk. A number of red deer were released into the ranges in 2010 and help with conservation grazing.
|Donkey Town Corner to Hare and Hounds|
Start point: 51.3394 lat, -0.6581 long
Go straight ahead with the houses of Donkey Town across to your right. At the junction, turn right (over the wide bridge) and then immediately left to follow a path with a ditch running on the left. You will emerge to the vehicle access track for some of the properties. Keep straight ahead, ignoring the paths signed into the heath on your left. When you draw level with property number 51 on your right, you will see a bridleway signed to the left. This is the direction the route will eventually take back into the heath, but first the route takes a worthwhile detour to the local pub.
|Hare and Hounds to End|
Start point: 51.3401 lat, -0.6475 long
When you are ready to continue stand outside the Hare and Hounds with your back to the pub. If you wish to explore for yourself, it is possible to re-enter the heath via the old village green opposite. However, this easy access route avoids the tight staggered barriers on the green, so turn left along the pavement. Follow this past Martin’s Tyres on your left and later you are forced to swap to the right-hand pavement.
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Nice enough walk, easy route. Car park entrance is steep so if you have a lowish car you may scrape on entry/exit. There is another car park on Red Road which route takes you through this car park.
|By markwoolway on 04 Sep 2016|
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