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|The Red Lion, Horsell Common and Mimbridge Meadows|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 08 Mar 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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.
|Start to Woodland|
Start point: 51.3235 lat, -0.5717 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.
|Woodland to Chobham Road|
Start point: 51.329 lat, -0.5754 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.
|Chobham Road to Bourne Fields|
Start point: 51.3347 lat, -0.5755 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.
|Bourne Fields to Seven Acres|
Start point: 51.3412 lat, -0.5734 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.
|Seven Acres to South Road|
Start point: 51.3386 lat, -0.5696 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.
|South Road to End|
Start point: 51.3323 lat, -0.5698 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk 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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