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The Dog and Duck Outwood Common Trail

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The Dog and Duck Outwood Common Trail
Author: Claire, Published: 05 May 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 The Dog and Duck Outwood Common Trailstar1 The Dog and Duck Outwood Common Trailstar1 The Dog and Duck Outwood Common Trailstar1 The Dog and Duck Outwood Common Trailstar1 The Dog and Duck Outwood Common Trail
Surrey, Outwood
Walk Type: Woodland
The Dog and Duck Outwood Common Trail
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Dog and Duck Outwood Common Trail boot The Dog and Duck Outwood Common Trail
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A 3 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 crosses meadows and fields to reach Outwood Common, an area of ancient woodland that forms part of the National Trust’s Harewoods Estate. Enjoy lovely views of the North Downs, pretty streams, ancient oak trees and an abundance of wildlife.

The walk is fairly flat with just a couple of gentle slopes. 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, steps and footbridges but there are no stiles on route. Most of the fields are empty meadows and there was no livestock present when we walked but you may be sharing one of the fields with horses so take care with dogs. There are many paths through the woodland common and so navigation on this stretch needs care, the live map on the iFootpath App will be particularly helpful here. Allow 1.5 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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Brickfield Road
Start to Brickfield Road

Start point: 51.199 lat, -0.1222 long
End point: 51.1986 lat, -0.1151 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.

At the end of this field you will come to a T-junction marked with a fingerpost. Turn left and follow the line of trees on your right. In the field corner, continue ahead on the obvious path which leads you over a small stream and becomes a stone path leading you out to a junction with the road, Brickfield Road.

Brickfield Road to Sleeper Bridge
Brickfield Road to Sleeper Bridge

Start point: 51.1986 lat, -0.1151 long
End point: 51.2026 lat, -0.1096 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 and the beautiful yellow lilies.

When you are finished at the pond, continue along the main bridleway which leads you to a T-junction. Turn left and after 90 metres (where the bridleway track bears left) fork right through the kissing gate to enter a large open meadow.

Turn right, following the path along the boundary with the hedgerow and trees on your right and the open meadow on your left. Take time to enjoy the expansive views to the left, which stretch for miles on a clear day across the valley and on to the slopes of the North Downs. Stay with the field edge path which begins to lead you steadily downhill and, in the bottom corner of the field, bears right to lead you past an old stile and across a sleeper bridge over a stream.

Sleeper Bridge to Estate Office
Sleeper Bridge to Estate Office

Start point: 51.2026 lat, -0.1096 long
End point: 51.1977 lat, -0.1044 long

Beyond the bridge, keep straight ahead and you will emerge from the trees to reach the corner of a crop field. Continue ahead on the grass margin, with the tree line on your right and crop field on your left. After 100 metres (and before you reach the end of the crop field) you will come to a fingerpost marking a crossroads of paths. The small bench which sits between two large oak trees at this point is actually the remains of an old stile.

Turn right here and follow the path along the edge of the meadow, staying close to the line of hedgerows and beautiful oak trees running on your left. Outwood Common and the surrounding area is renowned for its majestic ancient oaks, some of which are more than 200 years old.

At the end of this long meadow, dog-leg left and then right to continue on the 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.

Estate Office to Wooden Footbridge
Estate Office to Wooden Footbridge

Start point: 51.1977 lat, -0.1044 long
End point: 51.1974 lat, -0.1056 long

NOTE: This next section of navigation through the common needs concentration. Just 20 metres after the estate office, fork right to leave the tarmac drive and join an unmade path which leads you between two redwood trees and then bears right to run through the centre of the woodland. Keep ahead only until you reach a subtle T-junction with a clump of brambles ahead. Turn left here, pass between the holly bushes and then bear right heading down the slope to reach a small flat concrete and stone bridge over a sunken stream.

Cross this bridge and then keep ahead up the slope (on the left-hand of the two paths) and follow this path which leads you directly to the back of the cricket pavilion. The Outwood Cricket Club was formed in 1889. During World War II, Canadian forces camped in Outwood Common and used the pavilion as their mess and played baseball on the cricket ground.

Turn right for just a few metres and you will emerge out to a circular area of multiple paths with a handful of fallen trees. Turn right here to join the path at about 3 o’clock. This path leads you gently downhill. NOTE: This section can be very muddy – hence the number of small paths running parallel to the main track. At the bottom of the slope the path leads you over another small flat bridge across the gully bottom.

Keep straight up the slope at the far side and bear left on the path which follows the line of the stream and gully down to your left. The path swings left, down some woodland steps to reach a larger wooden footbridge within the gully.

Wooden Footbridge to Church
Wooden Footbridge to Church

Start point: 51.1974 lat, -0.1056 long
End point: 51.1983 lat, -0.1121 long

Cross this footbridge, climb the steps at the far side and at the top of the slope turn immediately right along the path. Stay with this path (which has had many large trees felled recently), still following the line of the stream and gully which is now running on your right. You will come to a T-junction with a waymarker, at the woodland edge with a hedgerow and open fields ahead.

Turn left here and follow the path which initially follows the line of open fields on your right. NOTE: This is another particularly muddy section, but you will find a firmer path running parallel to the left should you need it. Either path leads you to a junction with an unmade vehicle track. Turn right along this, passing a wooden vehicle barrier. The grass track bears right to reach a stone vehicle track alongside Slate Cottage. Bear left along this stone vehicle track and then turn left at the crossroads. The track leads you past the 1869 St John the Baptist Church on your right.

Church to End
Church to End

Start point: 51.1983 lat, -0.1121 long
End point: 51.1994 lat, -0.1222 long

Keep ahead to reach a junction with the road. Cross over with care and walk ahead into the side road, Wasp Green Lane, taking care of any traffic. Immediately after House 2, turn right into the access drive for The Standard. Immediately before the entrance gates, turn left onto the grass path which leads you behind another property on your left.

Follow this path meandering ahead with a hedgerow running on your left to reach a metal kissing gate. Pass through this to enter a paddock (which may be holding horses) and walk directly ahead following the field boundary on your left. In the corner go through the gate ahead and continue in the same direction across the second field. In the corner of this second field you will reach a crossroads of paths. Do NOT go through the gates ahead or left, instead turn right to walk the length of this second field, following the hedge on your left.

In the bottom corner pass through the kissing gate ahead and turn immediately right (with the hedge running on your right). You will come to a fingerpost (just before you reach a line of hedgerow ahead), turn left here and follow the line of hedgerow on your right. You should recognise this path from the outward leg. Walk straight ahead, through the gap in the tree line and then out through a kissing gate to reach the road. Turn right along the grass verge and you will come to the Dog and Duck on your right for some well-earned hospitality.

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1 comments for "The Dog and Duck Outwood Common Trail"

Great walk, especially if you have dogs as no livestock at all.

By robinsn1 on 27 May 2016

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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