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|The Hurtwood and Holmbury Hill|
|Author: Claire, Published: 31 Dec 2013||Walk Rating:|
|Surrey, Surrey Hills|
|A 4 mile circular walk around The Hurtwood, a unique and beautiful world of heath and forest in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Hurtwood is a stunning mix of magical pine woods and heaths, ponds and glades, wildlife and wilderness. The walking route climbs to the summit of Holmbury Hill offering stunning views over the Weald to the South Downs, before passing through the pretty village of Holmbury St Mary and returning through the woodland. |
The route follows forest tracks which can be muddy after periods of wet weather. There are several climbs and descents throughout and some of the paths are narrow and uneven with tree roots. There are no stiles or gates on route, just a few staggered barriers. Dogs are welcome in the Hurtwood. You are likely to be sharing some of the paths with horse riders and mountain bikers. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.
The walk starts and finishes from Car Park 1 (managed by Friends of the Hurtwood), the Holmbury Hill Car Park, which is close to the village of Peaslake in Surrey. From the centre of Peaslake take Radnor Road (heading south east). Ignore the car park on the right (Number 11) instead continue for about one mile until you reach Car Park 1 on the left-hand side. The car park is accessed up a fairly steep sandy slope, just before a sharp left-hand bend in the road. Nearest post code RH5 6NU.
|Start to Holmbury Hill|
Start point: 51.1771 lat, -0.4295 long
Start by standing in the car park facing the wooden vehicle barrier (with the large notice board just to your left). Walk ahead (past the vehicle barrier) and immediately turn right onto the stone path (marked as a wheelchair access path). Follow this steadily downhill through the trees for a short distance and at the bottom you will come to a pond ahead. Stay with the stone accessible path as it bears right, leading you up to a circular view point.
|Holmbury Hill to St Mary's Church|
Start point: 51.1751 lat, -0.4222 long
Take some time to appreciate the views from this point, which are best enjoyed from the information board which gives a guide to the visible points. The views from Holmbury Hill, which is 261 metres high, are amongst the finest in Surrey and the area was once known as Little Switzerland. On a clear day you will be able to see the sea at Shoreham and turn around to see the high rise buildings of London.
|St Mary's Church to Pair of Ponds|
Start point: 51.1883 lat, -0.4135 long
St Mary’s Church, within Holmbury St Mary, dates from 1879. If you are lucky enough to be in the village on the quarter hour, you will have chance to hear the bells peel from within the tower. The village of Holmbury St Mary is thought to have been the basis for the fictional village of Summer Street from EM Forster’s novel, A Room with a View.
|Pair of Ponds to End|
Start point: 51.1932 lat, -0.425 long
Immediately after the ponds, turn left onto the bridleway marked with a blue arrow. Keep ahead on this wide sandy path for some distance as it climbs steadily, ignoring any paths off to the left and right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Absolutely lovely walk but agree with previous review about the final stretch up the bridleway - our 2 young children found this a real slog. We're going to try the walk again but in reverse - saving the stunning views for towards the end of the walk.
|By fourlegs on 02 Sep 2017|
First half of the walk is very enjoyable with some lovely views. However the final long stretch via the bridleway is pretty dull.
|By Tobiasofsurr on 30 Sep 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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Uploaded: 05 Sep 2016
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