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|The Hurtwood and Winterfold Hill|
|Author: Claire, Published: 09 Jan 2014||Walk Rating:|
|Surrey, Surrey Hills|
|A 4.5 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 begins on Winterfold Hill, with its stunning views to the south, from where it heads north to follow a beautiful old sunken path before cutting back through the heart of Winterfold Wood. |
The route follows forest tracks and paths plus a couple of field paths all of which can be very muddy after periods of wet weather, so good waterproof boots are recommended. There are several climbs and descents throughout. Dogs are welcome in the Hurtwood. You are likely to be sharing some of the paths with horse riders and mountain bikers. You will need to negotiate 3 stiles (all of which have open fence surrounds for dogs to pass through), plus a number of gates and a flight of steps. One field which you pass through may be holding horses. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes from Car Park 5 (managed by the Friends of the Hurtwood), the Winterfold Donkins Car Park, which is accessed from Winterfold Heath Road. (NOTE: This road is incorrectly labled Greensand Lane on Google Maps). Exit the A25 (Dorking to Guildford Road) at Shere village and head south on Hound House Road. After about 2 miles, fork right onto the road signed to Winterfold. Take the next right (Winterfold Heath Road), a narrow lane which contains many of the car parks managed by the Friends of the Hurtwood. You will pass car parks 4, 12 and 13 – keep going until you reach Car Park 5 on the left-hand side. There is no postcode for the car park, the nearest post code is GU5 9EN (which will take you to just a couple of streets away).
|Start to Row Lane|
Start point: 51.1736 lat, -0.4804 long
You might want to take a moment within the car park to enjoy the views across to the south. To begin the walk, leave the car park via the vehicle entrance, cross over the lane and take the footpath directly opposite. A few yards in keep right, then right then left at the three small forks which come in quick succession, following the yellow arrows marking the public footpath.
|Row Lane to Shophouse Lane|
Start point: 51.1787 lat, -0.4817 long
Turn left for just a few yards and then fork right onto the public bridleway heading into the woodland. Follow this obvious path which leads you down into the base of a gully. Bear right here to follow the sunken path along the bottom of the gully with tall banks each side. After a short distance, keep ahead as the path merges with a wider sunken track.
|Shophouse Lane to Dewdney Junction|
Start point: 51.1903 lat, -0.4815 long
Turn left along the lane for just a few yards and then turn right onto the public footpath via a stile. Follow this enclosed path which leads you between sheep pastures. A squeeze gap leads you to a crossroads with a sunken track. Go straight ahead onto the footpath opposite, marked with a yellow arrow.
|Dewdney Junction to Car Park 4|
Start point: 51.181 lat, -0.4656 long
Turn right here and after just 100 yards you’ll pass a large pond on the right and emerge to a crossroads with the main forest road. Cross over and go straight ahead on the bridleway marked with a blue arrow. Keep ahead on the bridleway, ignoring the footpath which crosses your path, and a few paces later, keep left at the fork.
|Car Park 4 to End|
Start point: 51.172 lat, -0.4641 long
Cross over the road into Car Park 4 and then fork right just before the large notice board. Soon you will pick up the yellow and black arrow marking this path as part of the Greensand Way. Continue past the vehicle barrier and follow the waymarked path through the woodland. A little way along, look out for the bench, Lord Justice James’ seat, on the left which is a great place to pause and enjoy the views over the Weald.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Car park 5 is closed for logging at the moment.
|By Flailing1 on 08 Dec 2016|
At the start of number 2, Row Lane, instead of taking the very muddy, dark and rutted byway take the parallel footpath just to the right. This is firm dry level and gives lovely views in all directions. This easily delivers you to the next part of the walk, "the dedicated path through the horse paddock field "
|By Stephen+Kiley on 31 Mar 2016|
Very muddy indeed. Needs updating as both kissing gates have gone and a dedicated path created through the paddocks.
|By iantomes on 26 Jan 2016|
My wife and I enjoyed this work today. Easy to follow from the description alone. Thank you.
|By andyharper on 16 Mar 2014|
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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