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|Explore Surrey: Horsley Woodland Trail|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 08 Mar 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Surrey, East Horsley|
|A 12km (7.5 mile) circular walk exploring the woodlands and open spaces of East and West Horsley and Effingham, including Great Ridings Wood, Oldlands Wood and the Sheepleas. The route also takes you past a number of the beautiful flint bridges built by Lord Lovelace in the 1800s. 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. The paths through the woodlands can get very muddy and slippery after wet weather so good boots are essential (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). Some of the paths are fairly narrow, there are no stiles on route but you will need to negotiate a number of gates, staggered barriers and two kissing gates. There is minimal road walking, but there are a few road crossings that require care. All the paths are enclosed from adjacent fields so you will not be sharing the paths with any livestock. Allow 4 hours.
If you are looking for refreshments, the Stockyard Coffee Bar (open weekdays only) is next to the rail station at the start of the walk and the parade of shops in East Horsley is just a short walk from the station. The Barley Mow pub is located about 7 miles into the walk, at waypoint 8. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford and Farnham and 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.
The walk starts and finishes from Horsley rail station in East Horsley. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, the rail station has its own car park which costs £2 per day Mon-Fri off-peak (after 10.30am), £6 on Bank Holidays and is free on Sat and Sun (correct March 2016). Approximate post code KT24 6QX.
|Start to Old London Road|
Start point: 51.2792 lat, -0.4351 long
Leave Horsley Station via the main exit on Platform 2. Turn right along the pavement which leads you down the station’s access road, passing the Stockyard Coffee Bar on your right. Just after the first stretch of terraced houses on your left, turn left onto the tarmac public footpath (just by a sign for Thornleas Place). Follow this tarmac path between houses, climbing steadily and you will emerge out to a residential road, alongside a large green.
|Old London Road to Orestan Lane|
Start point: 51.2788 lat, -0.4236 long
Turn right along this woodland track. The Old London Road is an ancient packhorse route from the Tillingbourne Valley to London. The earth banks that run to the sides, known as hundred banks, once served as parish and manor boundaries.
|Orestan Lane to Guildford Road|
Start point: 51.2711 lat, -0.4145 long
Turn left for just a few paces and then turn right through the fence gap to enter the next section of woodland, known as Parrot’s Copse. Follow the narrow path winding ahead through the woodland until you reach a crossroads with a waymarker post. Go straight ahead (do NOT be fooled into turning left by the slightly misleading yellow arrow here). The path leads you across a bridge and then back out to a T-junction with the main track, Old London Road.
|Guildford Road to Crocknorth Farm|
Start point: 51.2613 lat, -0.4178 long
Turn right along the pavement for just a few metres and then cross the road (taking extreme care) to turn left onto the signed public bridleway. A short distance in, keep left at the fork and, a little further along, keep left again at the second fork. Stay with this path for about half a mile. As you reach a subtle crossroads, go straight ahead (on a slightly sunken path) to reach a crossroads with a waymarker post.
|Crocknorth Farm to Green Dene|
Start point: 51.2467 lat, -0.4214 long
Turn right along the access drive, passing the Old Barn on your left and Crocknorth Farm on your right. Crocknorth Farm is another Lovelace building, inside the newer Lovelace encasing is a house dating back from about 1600. At the end of the drive, cross over Crocknorth Road with care and take the public bridleway ahead, leading you into woodland.
|Green Dene to Millenium Viewpoint|
Start point: 51.2488 lat, -0.4325 long
Walk diagonally right to cross the main road and join the signed public bridleway which leads you into the next section of woodland, Sheepleas. Stay with the main bridleway climbing steeply.
|Millenium Viewpoint to St Mary's Church|
Start point: 51.2531 lat, -0.4434 long
Stay with the path which passes immediately to the left of the viewpoint and then leads you steadily downhill through a section of grassland. Continue down to the valley bottom and then turn left to join the wide grass track. A short distance along keep right at the fork, joining a path which climbs gently.
|St Mary's Church to The Street|
Start point: 51.2626 lat, -0.4411 long
Cross over the main road taking extreme care. Turn left along the pavement for just a few paces and then turn right through a wooden kissing gate. About 10 metres along, you will come to a fork giving you a choice of two grass paths. Take the right-hand path which soon leads you between two large fenced grass fields.
|The Street to End|
Start point: 51.2711 lat, -0.4529 long
Cross over the road and turn right along the pavement. Just before you reach the rail bridge, cross back over the road with extreme care. Pass through the staggered barrier to join the tarmac footpath with the rail line running up to your left. Simply keep ahead on this rail side path for about half a mile and you will emerge to the end of a residential road alongside the village hall.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
Excellent walk, more old (ancient) woodland than rolling hills, a different take on the Surrey countryside. Well worth doing.
|By drummand on 29 May 2016|
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|By chelley on 29 Dec 2016|
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|By bugsy9 on 15 Jan 2017|
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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