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|Explore Surrey: Ripley Ramble|
|Author: exploresurrey, Published: 14 Feb 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 7.5km (5 mile) circular walk from the village of Ripley, taking in Papercourt Reservoir, open fields and a short stretch of the River Wey Navigation. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk is almost entirely flat. The paths are all unmade, following the edge of waterways and fields, and can get very muddy at times so good boots are required, or wellingtons with grips in the winter months. You will need to negotiate a number of footbridges, some kissing gates plus three stiles (all of which have gaps within the adjacent fencing for dogs to pass through). Whilst the majority of the fields are arable, you will need to cross one field which is likely to be holding Dexter cattle. The field is very large (and the crossing relatively short) and the cattle seemed very relaxed when we crossed with our dog, but do take the usual care with dogs in this field. Allow 2.5 hours.
There are public toilets in the car park at the start of the walk and plenty of options for refreshments in Ripley High Street before or after your walk. 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.
Ripley village is located just off the main A3 road, about 6 miles north-east of Guildford. The walk starts and finishes at the Ripley Green free car park, accessed from the High Street, just by the village sign. Approximate post code GU23 6AN. Once on the Green’s access road, you will come to the car park (with toilets) almost immediately on your right. If this first area is full, there is a second car park further to the right or a third one further ahead on the access road. If you are coming by bus, alight in Ripley High Street and enter the Green via the access road by the village sign. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info.
|Start to Reservoir North|
Start point: 51.3015 lat, -0.4906 long
Standing in the Ripley Green car park with the toilets to your left, walk ahead to reach the access lane (with the High Street junction across to your left). Cross over the access lane and take the vehicle track ahead. Keep right at the fork, passing a row of houses on your left and a section of Ripley Green on your right.
|Reservoir North to Polesden Lane|
Start point: 51.3003 lat, -0.5031 long
Turn left along the waterside path, following the path in a clockwise direction with the reservoir on your right. The reservoir is a popular spot for rowing, fishing and dinghy sailing so there will be plenty for you to enjoy on the water. The reservoir edge is lined with beautiful coppiced trees and soon a pretty stream will begin on your left.
|Polesden Lane to Tannery Lane|
Start point: 51.2921 lat, -0.5132 long
Cross over the road with care, turn right along the pavement, cross over the side road Danesfield and, immediately afterwards, turn left through the wide wooden gate (passing under a height barrier). Follow the line of the fence on your left to join a narrow path which leads you past a section of allotments and then a large crop field, both on your right.
|Tannery Lane to Papercourt Lock|
Start point: 51.2925 lat, -0.5269 long
Turn right to join the footpath which runs along the right-hand edge of the lane. Further along this path leads you through a beautiful hedgerow tunnel. You will emerge to the edge of Send Business Park. Stay with the signed footpath, bearing right and passing the business park buildings (including Tannery House) across to your left.
|Papercourt Lock to Reservoir West|
Start point: 51.3014 lat, -0.5183 long
Continue past the lock keeper’s cottage on your left and follow the main path as it swings right over the canal bridge. At the far side, follow the vehicle track which swings right, leading you to a stile alongside a wide gate. NOTE: This field is likely to be holding cattle. Cross the stile and follow the obvious vehicle track, swinging left and then right to reach the wide metal gate at the far side. Cross the stile to the left of the gate and walk ahead along the vehicle access lane.
|Reservoir West to End|
Start point: 51.2971 lat, -0.5092 long
Turn left and follow the path into the stone parking area for the angling club. Pass to the right of the Scout and Brownie Hut to join the path alongside the reservoir. Follow this path with the reservoir on your right, passing a number of properties on your left. Stay with the path as it swings right, leading you across the northern edge of the reservoir and passing a large pylon on your right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
This is a splendid walk. The written directions are more helpful than the map. You can miss the Ripley village section if you are driving and park near the entrance to the reservoir. I never would have found this walk without this app.
|By Markthespark on 2016-04-24 19:46:41|
I enjoyed the first part of this walk very much. I would have preferred to have the instructions in a PDF, as I find the paper easier to read in the daylight than the mobile phone. At Papercourt Farm, I first walked a long way past the height barrier looking for the wooden fence, which is now almost completely obscured by the hedge. The height barrier is only about 15 metres from the exit from the farm. Thankfully, I had the app on my phone and the GPS map got me back on track. However, that path from the height barrier was completely overgrown with brambles and stinging nettles. I had no machete, so I turned back and failed to complete the walk.
|By cdyer26 on 2016-07-18 12:03:39|
I downloaded the PDF and it forces the document to be printed in landscape mode, whereas the document looks as if it were designed to be in portrait mode, which is much more preferable. Note that the other walks I have printed are all in portrait mode.
|By cdyer26 on 2016-07-18 12:30:29|
A lovely walk which we extended by about a mile along the canal to take in the pub at Cartbrdge where we had lunch. We also found the path opposite Papercourt Farm completely overgrown with brambles and stinging nettles so we used a map to find a detour along the road. So no real problem.
|By JillMay on 2016-07-26 14:27:18|
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