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|The Dog and Duck Harewoods Estate Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 05 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 6 mile circular pub walk from the Dog and Duck in Outwood, Surrey. The Dog and Duck is a delightful pub where everyone is made welcome. From walkers to cyclists and children to dogs, you are guaranteed a warm welcome before or after your walk. The walking route explores the surrounding land, part of the National Trust’s Harewoods Estate, taking in a mixture of beautiful woodlands and tranquil open fields and meadows. You will be rewarded with lovely views of the North Downs, an abundance of wildlife, a visit to a windmill and carpets of bluebells in the late spring. |
The walk has several gentle climbs and descents throughout. Some sections, particularly the woodland bridleways, can get very muddy so good boots are a must or wellingtons with grips in the wetter months. You will need to negotiate some kissing gates, footbridges and 3 stiles (all of which have gaps alongside suitable for most dogs to pass through). Whilst most of the fields are arable, you may be sharing a couple of fields with cattle and one with horses so take particular care with dogs. There is one stretch of road walking on a quiet country lane so take care of traffic at this point. Allow 3 hours.
Outwood is a village in the Surrey weald, about 3 miles south of Nutfield and Bletchingley. The walk starts and finishes at The Dog and Duck which has its own large car park. Approximate post code RH1 5QU.
|Start to Brickfield Road|
Start point: 51.1989 lat, -0.1221 long
Leave the Dog and Duck car park via the vehicle exit and turn left along the grass verge, passing the pub on your left. Immediately after the pub, turn left onto the signed public footpath, crossing a sleeper bridge and passing through a kissing gate to reach the corner of a large meadow. Walk straight ahead (with the pub to your left), keep ahead through the gap in the trees and then continue in the same direction, with a hedgerow on your left and an open field to your right.
|Brickfield Road to Burstow Park Farm|
Start point: 51.1986 lat, -0.115 long
Cross over the road with care and walk straight ahead to join the public bridleway leading you into Outwood Common. Continue on this main bridleway, ignoring any smaller side paths. Pass a waymarker post with an NT yellow arrow and about 20 metres later you will come to a beautiful secluded pond on your right. There is a bench here should you wish to enjoy the wildlife, look out for the darting dragonflies and damselflies in the summer.
|Burstow Park Farm to Temple Wood|
Start point: 51.2102 lat, -0.1114 long
Pass through the next gate ahead and then take the metal kissing gate at about 11 o’clock. Follow the obvious path (at about 11 o’clock) across the pasture to reach a kissing gate at the far side. Go through this, walk ahead for a few paces and then turn left passing a small sunken pond on your left. Go through the gap in the hedgerow and turn immediately right to follow the grass path with a hedgerow and small stream running on your right.
|Temple Wood to Bransland Car Park|
Start point: 51.2168 lat, -0.1129 long
Cross the stile and follow the obvious path winding through this pretty belt of woodland, with tall elegant oak trees and a carpet of bluebells in the late spring. This is a permissive path which has been created through a partnership between the landowner and Defra. Towards the end of the woodland, the path swings left and then right leading you to a gate. Go through this to enter a large meadow.
|Bransland Car Park to Salfords Stream|
Start point: 51.2199 lat, -0.0997 long
From the Bransland Car Park, take the main stone path (which starts immediately to the left of the noticeboard) leading you alongside a line of large redwood trees on your left. At the edge of the woodland a gate leads you into the corner of a crop field. Bear slightly right, following the grass track around the right-hand edge of this field. About 50 metres before the far right-hand field corner, stay with the grass track which forks left to cut across the field corner. Stay with this path which leads you through a gap in the tree belt and over Salford Stream.
|Salfords Stream to Field Crossroads|
Start point: 51.2157 lat, -0.1049 long
Keep straight ahead on the obvious bridleway which leads you through the centre of a small section of meadow and then across three crop fields (heading for the brick buildings of Burstow Park). You will notice that each of these fields has generous grass margins, designed for nature conservation. In the spring, listen out for the distinctive song of skylarks as they hover above the fields sharing their beautiful vocal displays.
|Field Crossroads to Outwood Windmill|
Start point: 51.2035 lat, -0.1084 long
Go straight on, following the line of hedgerow and oak trees running on your left. At the end of this long meadow, dog-leg left and then right to follow a path across the centre of this next meadow with the line of oak trees now running on your right. At the far side a metal kissing gate leads you back into Outwood Common. Keep ahead and join the tarmac access drive, passing a pair of cottages and then the National Trust Estate Office, on your right.
|Outwood Windmill to End|
Start point: 51.1939 lat, -0.1023 long
At this point you will have a good view across to your left of Outwood Windmill, the shape of which is depicted on the village sign. Outwood Windmill dates from 1665 and, since it is still in working order, counts as the oldest working windmill in England.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Fantastic walk through the farms and woodland trails. Getting to see the harvest first hand. Found our way very easily!
|By DanFrancisco on 2016-08-18 20:51:09|
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