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|Author: clairesharpuk, 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 green 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.
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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 2012-06-20 22:26:44|
Just finished this lovely walk across the common. Very wet but we all enjoyed it.
|By Richard on 2013-08-22 11:17:02|
Lovely walk. Varied landscape. Easy instructions. Enjoyed it.
|By Skm23435 on 2015-06-15 15:34:11|
Very nice, good grounds, very quiet and easy to get to the start (and to park). Will definitely do again.
|By dlkhain on 2016-04-08 16:14:44|
Great walk and lots to see
|By henryhewitt on 2016-10-29 16:51:09|
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