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The Red Lion, Horsell Common and Mimbridge Meadows

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The Red Lion, Horsell Common and Mimbridge Meadows
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 08 Mar 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 The Red Lion, Horsell Common and Mimbridge Meadowsstar1 The Red Lion, Horsell Common and Mimbridge Meadowsstar1 The Red Lion, Horsell Common and Mimbridge Meadowsstar0 The Red Lion, Horsell Common and Mimbridge Meadowsstar0 The Red Lion, Horsell Common and Mimbridge Meadows
Surrey, Horsell
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Red Lion, Horsell Common and Mimbridge Meadows
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Red Lion, Horsell Common and Mimbridge Meadows boot The Red Lion, Horsell Common and Mimbridge Meadows
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A 4 mile circular pub walk from The Red Lion in Horsell, Surrey. The Red Lion is a smart community pub where you can enjoy squashy sofas and real fires in the winter or the lovely sunny garden in the summer. The walking route explores the surrounding areas of quiet woodland and heath that make up Horsell Common as well as the pretty riverside fields of Mimbridge Meadows.

The walk is almost entirely flat, with just a couple of gentle gradients. The woodland and meadow paths can get very muddy so good boots are a must (or wellingtons in the winter months). There are no stiles on route but you will need to negotiate several kissing gates, steps and footbridges. Some of the paths are quite narrow and can get a little overgrown in the summer. The route has limited road walking, but there are a few road crossings that need particular care (including the A3046 Chobham Road). Given the large number of small paths within the woodlands, the live GPS map on the iFootpath App will be very helpful in navigating the route. Allow 2 hours.

Horsell village is located less than a mile north-west of Woking town centre. The walk starts and finishes at The Red Lion on the High Street which has its own large car park. Approximate post code GU21 4SS.

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Walk Sections

Start to Woodland
Start to Woodland

Start point: 51.3235 lat, -0.5717 long
End point: 51.329 lat, -0.5754 long

Begin the walk by standing on the pavement in front of the Red Lion, facing the road. Turn right and follow the pavement passing the war memorial on your right. Just a few metres later, turn right into the entrance lane for Horsell village hall.

Pass to the left of the village hall and keep directly ahead on the narrow tarmac footpath. The path swings right and then left, leading you out to the end of a residential road, Hill Close. Join the right-hand pavement and walk ahead to reach the T-junction at the end. Cross over, turn right along the pavement and then take the first left into Hammond Road.

As the road begins to swing left, turn right into Grobars Avenue. At the turning circle at the end of this road, take the tarmac footpath at about 11 o’clock and you will emerge to a junction with South Road. Turn left along the pavement for just five paces then cross over with care to take the narrow path leading you into woodland.

Woodland to Chobham Road
Woodland to Chobham Road

Start point: 51.329 lat, -0.5754 long
End point: 51.3347 lat, -0.5755 long

Follow the path winding between the trees and holly and at a small T-junction turn right. You will reach a crossroads, turn left here heading towards a house and lamppost. As soon as you draw level with this first house, turn right to join the path heading north through the woodland. The woodland paths can get very muddy and, in fact, the name Horsell probably comes from the Saxon term ‘horig scylf’ meaning muddy slope, so you have been warned! Keep left at the fork and follow this path out to a junction with the road, Littlewick Road, alongside Viggory Ditch on your left.

Cross over the road with care, turn left along the far verge and a few paces along turn right onto the woodland path. Pass through a kissing gate to enter Horsell Common and then take the path at 10 o’clock. At a junction with a wider path, turn right and follow this wider path as it swings steadily left. As you reach the belt of conifers, walk directly ahead through these tree to reach a dense hedgerow of holly in front of you.

Turn right and follow the path with the hedge running on your left. At the fork, take the left-hand branch and follow this bridleway (which is often muddy) to reach a double gate. Pass through the two gates and walk ahead along the vehicle access track, crossing Viggory Ditch once again. About 50 metres later, look for a subtle path to your left which follows the line of Viggory Ditch running on your left.

(NOTE: You may need to pick your way through the first section of undergrowth to pick up the start of this path. If you cannot find it, or would prefer to avoid it, simply stay on the access track to the end, turn left along Horsell Common Road – taking care of traffic – to reach Chobham Road and then pick up the directions in the next section). If you have picked up the woodland path, follow it with the ditch running on your left. At a junction with a grass track, either go straight ahead (still following the ditch) to reach Chobham Road or turn right and follow the track out to reach the junction between Horsell Common Road and Chobham Road.

Chobham Road to Bourne Fields
Chobham Road to Bourne Fields

Start point: 51.3347 lat, -0.5755 long
End point: 51.3412 lat, -0.5734 long

Turn left along the grass verge path with Chobham Road running on your right. A pavement begins just as you reach the river crossing. At this point, cross over Chobham Road with extreme care and then take the kissing gate on your right, immediately after the bridge. This gate leads you into Mimbridge Meadows.

Walk straight ahead following the line of the river, The Bourne, on your right. Ignore the first footbridge on your right, instead continue ahead on the grass path with the river still on your right. Eventually you will come to a second bridge across the river. Turn right to cross this and then turn immediately left to continue with the river now running on your left. Some way along, you are forced to turn left over a boardwalk across the river to enter Bourne Fields.

Bourne Fields to Seven Acres
Bourne Fields to Seven Acres

Start point: 51.3412 lat, -0.5734 long
End point: 51.3386 lat, -0.5696 long

Walk directly ahead, following the line of the ditch running directly on your right (and the river running over to your left). The path bears right, leading you through a pinch point between the ditch and river. Go ahead across the earth bridge over the stream and then keep to the left-hand side of this next stretch of meadow.

Continue just until you reach a tree line across this meadow (in a line to your right). Immediately after this tree line turn sharp right, with the trees running on your right. Join the boardwalks across this boggy section of water meadow and keep ahead along these (ignoring the smaller branch to the right). The path bears right to reach the end of a track between horse paddocks.

Go directly ahead on the grass track, with horse paddocks each side. As you draw level with a stable block on your right, you are forced to swing left to join the vehicle access track. Follow this track swinging round to meet a T-junction. Turn right and you will reach a second T-junction with the house called Seven Acres directly ahead.

Seven Acres to South Road
Seven Acres to South Road

Start point: 51.3386 lat, -0.5696 long
End point: 51.3323 lat, -0.5698 long

Turn left and follow the vehicle track between hedgerows and then through woodland to reach a junction with the A3046, Chobham Road. Cross over, again taking particular care on this busy road, and walk directly ahead onto the path into woodland.

This path soon narrows, leading you between a section of gorse bushes. Just after passing a handful of silver birch trees on your left (and before the path enters a very tall section of gorse) turn left on a narrow path leading you through the heather. You will come to a junction with Littlewick Road.

Cross over the road and take the sleeper bridge directly ahead (marked with a yellow arrow). Follow the footpath that cuts through this section of common, Forge Common. You will come to a junction with South Road, with a vehicle access drive directly opposite.

South Road to End
South Road to End

Start point: 51.3323 lat, -0.5698 long
End point: 51.3237 lat, -0.5716 long

Cross over South Road and walk into the vehicle track ahead for just five paces. Turn right to join a narrow woodland path, which begins by running parallel with South Road to your right. At the small crossroads go straight on and then turn right at the small T-junction. The path bears left, leading you out of the woodland, heading for a row of white houses.

Turn right along the stone vehicle lane, passing alongside a vehicle barrier with the row of white houses on your left. At the end of the lane, keep ahead onto the tarmac path signed as a public footpath. Continue to the end of the path to reach a T-junction with a residential road. Turn left along the pavement and follow this past Woking High School on your left.

Just beyond the school, go straight ahead into the private road, Ridgeway. Follow this steadily uphill. After passing the gates for St Andrew’s School on your right (and just before the road bends left), go straight ahead onto the tarmac public footpath. At the crossroads in the path turn right. As you emerge to the road, keep ahead, passing a churchyard on your left. Just beyond the churchyard swap to the right-hand pavement. At the T-junction, turn right and you will come to the Red Lion on your right for some well-earned hospitality.

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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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