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The White Hart and Shabden Park

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The White Hart and Shabden Park
Author: Pub Walker, Published: 15 Aug 2013 Walk Rating:star1 The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walkstar1 The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walkstar1 The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walkstar1 The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walkstar0 The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walk
Surrey, Chipstead
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
The White Hart and Shabden Park
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walk boot The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walk boot The White Hart and Shabden Park Pub Walk
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A 3 mile circular pub walk from the White Hart in Chipstead, Surrey. This classic pub offers a great choice of real ales and wines to accompany tasty meals from fresh and local ingredients. The village lies on the top of the North Downs and provides the perfect access point to explore the surrounding countryside of mature trees, hedgerows, open fields, rolling hills and farmland. The route follows a loop around Shabden Park, a working farm which is famed for its sweeping views of rolling hills, sheep-grazed valleys, wildflowers and butterflies.

The route is fairly strenuous with several climbs and descents throughout and the woodland and field paths, whilst mainly firm, can get a little muddy after periods of rain and in winter. There are no stiles but several kissing gates to negotiate. Most of the park is a working farm and the valley fields are used to graze sheep and cattle so close all gates after you and take particular care with dogs. The long section through Long Plantation is fenced and so dogs can be let off the lead for this stretch. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours.

Chipstead is located in north east Surrey, less than a 10 minute drive from Junction 8 of the M25. The walk starts and finishes at the White Hart pub which can be found on the junction of High Road and Hazelwood Lane. Approximate post code CR5 3QW.

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Walk Sections

Start to Castle Road
Start to Castle Road

Start point: 51.298 lat, -0.1681 long
End point: 51.2981 lat, -0.1743 long

From the pub car park, walk behind the pub building passing down the narrow paved path and through a wooden gate to reach Hazelwood Lane. Cross the road diagonally right (take care as the traffic can be fairly fast moving) to join the signed footpath opposite – a wide grass track – passing by a metal vehicle gate.

Follow the grass track with a tall wall on the left. Behind the wall is the Elmore estate, owned by the family of the Wates Building Group since 1935. The hedgerow on the right here is a great place for blackberries in the late summer.

Keep ahead through a staggered wooden barrier to join a narrow tarmac footpath. Follow this steadily downhill and soon you will be walking through woodland, passing under pretty arches of branches. At the T-junction keep left and at the bottom of the slope you’ll reach a T-junction with Castle Road.

Castle Road to Long Plantation
Castle Road to Long Plantation

Start point: 51.2981 lat, -0.1743 long
End point: 51.2952 lat, -0.1806 long

Cross over with care, and take the footpath opposite passing through a kissing gate to reach a field. (Note: you are likely to come across sheep or cattle grazing from this point on). Cross the field at 10 o’clock and pass through the kissing gate at the far side. Continue through a small belt of trees and then go diagonally right across the next field through the valley bottom, heading for the white houses.

At this point you can really appreciate the chalk grassland valley that is at the heart of Shabden Park. The estate is farmed sensitively to encourage the recovery of the chalk habitats and some areas are managed specifically to support the breeding of chalk downland butterflies such as the Grizzled Skipper.

In the far right corner of the field you’ll see a kissing gate out to the road and a notice board explaining the details of the Shabden Park estate. Do NOT go through the kissing gate, instead turn sharp left along the top edge of the field you just crossed, following the fence on the right.

Follow the field edge path climbing and swinging steadily right and in the top corner you’ll reach a junction of paths and a kissing gate. Go through the kissing gate and keep ahead to join an enclosed path. Follow this turning right then left around the edge of the valley pasture down to your left. Follow the path as it swings right again for a short climb and then swings left to join the path through the woodland known as the Long Plantation.

Long Plantation to Valley Bottom
Long Plantation to Valley Bottom

Start point: 51.2952 lat, -0.1806 long
End point: 51.2873 lat, -0.1799 long

Follow the obvious woodland path, winding and undulating through the Long Plantation. You’ll notice that most of the trees here have multiple stems (or trunks) coming from the base. This is as a result of the woodland management technique known as coppicing. Young tree stems are repeatedly cut down to near ground level, with the multiple stems then harvested for wood. Coppicing is very beneficial for biodiversity and also prolongs the life of trees.

When you reach a fork in the path, keep right signed as a public footpath and the self-guided trail. The path heads downhill through a small clearing – a more open section filled with wild flowers – and a few paces later you’ll come to a small crossroads in the path.

Turn left here signed as a footpath and the self-guided trail. A little further on keep right at the fork and at the bottom of the woodland pass through the kissing gate and keep straight ahead on the footpath passing to the right of a line of coppiced trees. Continue to the very bottom of the valley where you’ll come to a choice of two paths – a kissing gate into woodland ahead, and a permissive path forking left.

Valley Bottom to Poorfield Wood Corner
Valley Bottom to Poorfield Wood Corner

Start point: 51.2873 lat, -0.1799 long
End point: 51.2961 lat, -0.1763 long

Do NOT go through the kissing gate ahead, instead fork left onto the permissive path climbing the opposite side of the valley and sticking close to the right hand fence. You’ll see another kissing gate to the right, do NOT go through it, instead turn left to join the footpath which runs across a level ridge on the valley side.

At the far side of the field pass through the wooden gate to the right and then turn left along the wide stone track, taking you in the same northerly direction with the valley bottom running parallel down to the left. Continue along the track until you reach the point with a wooden gate ahead and the track swinging hard right – marking the corner of Poorfield Wood.

Poorfield Wood Corner to End
Poorfield Wood Corner to End

Start point: 51.2961 lat, -0.1763 long
End point: 51.298 lat, -0.1678 long

Swing right here following the track uphill into an open field. Keep straight ahead up the field following the right hand fence. At the top field corner, swing right (passing alongside a kissing gate to the left) and follow the grass track to enter the next field. Keep left here to follow the left hand hedgeline as you climb this long field.

At the top corner, pass out through the kissing gate on the left, pass through a short section of trees and you’ll emerge to a T-junction with the village road. On your left you will see the village well and pump which sit within a large tiled structure resembling a church lychgate. Cross over the road with care and turn left along the pavement. Keep straight ahead at the crossroads and on the right you’ll pass the large village pond. Just a little further along you’ll come to the White Hart on the left for some well deserved hospitality.

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6 comments for "The White Hart and Shabden Park"

Useful bonus: if you decide to eat inside then dogs are allowed too in most of the pub.

By Paul on 12 Jul 2017

A favourite walk for us at the moment, especially with the baby lambs. At one point we took a wrong turn and ended up on the road- if this happens to you turn back and rejoin the footpath! its a good idea to book a table at the pub beforehand as it gets busy.

By mymate28 on 06 Apr 2017

We took this walk after lunch at the White Hart. My partner has a bit of a cattle phobia so we took a diversion around one field. I think it was the horns! Of course the cows were only interested in eating grass and we had more risk from the cars on the lane! All of the other fields contained inquisitive sheep.
We soon got back on track thanks to the GPS map. A very enjoyable walk.

By Dave on 04 Oct 2016

Lovely walk for a half term afternoon, great autumn colours and welcoming pub for a drink and shared bowls of chips afterwards. Wish we had spotted the bar snack menu earlier though! Children now call this "the sheep walk". Will do this one again. Thank you

By familyspud on 29 Oct 2015

Perfect walk for a long summer evening, just enough exercise to justify a cheeky pint afterwards

By quin66 on 25 May 2015

A lovely walk that took us just over an hour. A few hills to get the heart pumping but overall the walk was gentle. Some lovely scenery that was perfect for a sunny day. Good pub stop at the end.

By lucymac16 on 08 Jun 2014

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Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

Pdf file

Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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