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|Author: Claire, Published: 04 May 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular walk around Chobham Common, a beautiful nature reserve in Surrey. The walk follows the paths through the length of the common, giving you chance to enjoy views across the lowland heath and surrounding woodlands. A real favourite with dogs, with plenty of areas to run, paddle, play and explore. |
The walk follows heath paths which will be very muddy after heavy rain. There are no stiles or gates and the climbs and descents are very gradual and long. The final section of the walk follows a narrow path through thick gorse (shorts are not advised!) and over a narrow low sleeper bridge. At certain times of the year temporary electric fence/gates are installed to allow cattle to graze so take care with dogs within any of these enclosures. The common is fairly remote so there are no refreshment or toilet facilities anywhere on the route. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The walk starts from the free Staple Hill car park on the edge of Chobham Common. The car park is accessed from Staple Hill, just off the B386. The car park has a 2m height restriction barrier. Approximate post code GU24 8TP.
|Staple Hill Car Park to Horse Ride|
Start point: 51.3746 lat, -0.603 long
To start the walk come out of the car park, cross the road with care and then go straight ahead into the entrance for Chobham Common. After just a short distance, turn right onto a sandy footpath marked with a purple arrow for the self-guided trail.
|Horse Ride to Gracious Pond Road|
Start point: 51.3728 lat, -0.6043 long
Turn sharp left here to join the Horse Ride. This long straight path takes you straight across the centre of the common.
|Gracious Pond Road to Brook|
Start point: 51.3637 lat, -0.5856 long
Turn left onto the road and follow the road edge with the common on the left. As the road bends sharp right, go straight on onto the wide track (signed as a footpath) immediately to the left of White Cottage. As this track bends right, fork left to go past a vehicle barrier onto the track into the woods. After just a few paces, fork left.
|Brook to Railway Sleepers|
Start point: 51.3718 lat, -0.5799 long
A few paces after crossing the brook, turn right onto a footpath marked with a blue arrow. Follow this path for nearly a mile, climbing gradually.
|Railway Sleepers to Staple Hill Car Park|
Start point: 51.3755 lat, -0.5949 long
A few paces later, turn sharp left and follow the path bending to the left. The path then straightens out, continue for about 200 yards. Take the first turning on the right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
A lovely place to explore. I did this walk as a different dog walk in the local area and loved it. I've been back three times in as many weeks, taking friends along too. If there has been a lot of constant rain, areas can be a little wet but as the water drains off quicly into the marshes, it's generally very good under foot.
|By DebbieK on 20 Jun 2012|
Just finished this lovely walk across the common. Very wet but we all enjoyed it.
|By Richard on 22 Aug 2013|
Lovely walk. Varied landscape. Easy instructions. Enjoyed it.
|By Skm23435 on 15 Jun 2015|
Very nice, good grounds, very quiet and easy to get to the start (and to park). Will definitely do again.
|By dlkhain on 08 Apr 2016|
Great walk and lots to see
|By henryhewitt on 29 Oct 2016|
Lovely walk, will definitely do it again. Only 1 update needed. The green arrow mentioned in the first instruction has now changed and is purple.
|By clare247 on 28 Dec 2016|
Recently logging has been carried out in the wooded section and the paths are a real mess. Otherwise a lovely walk.
|By Plshep on 19 Feb 2017|
Excellent walk with scenery not expected in deepest Surrey. Beautiful day with blue sky and 20 C. Pairs of butterflies pirouetting in the breeze. Good link with Surrey WWT which gives a detailed description of the history of the Common including much about the use of it by the armed forces. https://chobhamcommon.wordpress.com/
|By peterwilkins on 08 Apr 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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