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The Cricketers Horsell Common and Mill Bourne Trail

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The Cricketers Horsell Common and Mill Bourne Trail
Author: Claire, Published: 19 May 2014 Walk Rating:star1 The Cricketers Horsell Common and Mill Bourne Trailstar1 The Cricketers Horsell Common and Mill Bourne Trailstar1 The Cricketers Horsell Common and Mill Bourne Trailstar0 The Cricketers Horsell Common and Mill Bourne Trailstar0 The Cricketers Horsell Common and Mill Bourne Trail
Surrey, Woking
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Cricketers Horsell Common and Mill Bourne Trail
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Cricketers Horsell Common and Mill Bourne Trail boot The Cricketers Horsell Common and Mill Bourne Trail
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A 5.5 mile circular pub walk from The Cricketers in Horsell, near Woking in Surrey. The Cricketers prides itself on delivering fantastic food with great friendly service. The walking route is an ideal morning ramble to build up an appetite for lunch. You’ll enjoy a lovely variety of landscapes including the heathland paths across Horsell Common, the riverside paths along the Mill Bourne as well as horse paddocks, meadows and woodland.

The route is generally flat. The paths are all unmade and can be fairly muddy (especially where the bridleways are churned by the horses) so good boots are a must. The paths are also narrow in part and can get a little overgrown in the summer so long trousers are recommended (unless you’re immune to nettles!). There are several gates/kissing gates to negotiate as well as some footbridges and two stiles (both stiles have gaps alongside which should be suitable for most dogs). You will need to cross one paddock which is likely to be holding horses and Horsell Common is also grazed for conservation by cattle at some times so take care with dogs at these points. The route crosses a number of roads and there are a couple of short sections of road walking so take care of traffic at these points. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.

Horsell village is located less than a mile north-west of Woking in Surrey. The walk starts and finishes at The Cricketers on Horsell Birch, close to its junction with the High Street. There is parking available both in front of and behind the pub. Approximate post code GU21 4XB.

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Start to Littlewick Road
Start to Littlewick Road

Start point: 51.3264 lat, -0.5823 long
End point: 51.33 lat, -0.5817 long

Standing with your back to The Cricketers, turn right along the access lane heading back to the High Street. As you reach the road, cross over and take Horsell Birch directly opposite, passing a row of houses on the right.

Continue all the way to the end of the stone track where you’ll reach a fork. Bear left here and then follow the main track as it swings round to the right. You will emerge to a T-junction with a road, Littlewick Road.

Littlewick Road to Heathermount Cottage
Littlewick Road to Heathermount Cottage

Start point: 51.33 lat, -0.5817 long
End point: 51.3392 lat, -0.5864 long

Cross over with care and take the footpath directly opposite, passing through a pair of bridle gates to enter Horsell Common. (Note: cattle are used here for conservation grazing at certain times so take care with dogs). After the gates, keep ahead for a few paces and you’ll see a choice of four paths ahead. Take the second one from the left (at about 11 o’clock). At the next junction, where a number of paths merge back together, keep straight ahead. The path will lead you to another pair of bridle gates at the far side of the common.

Pass through these (using the paths around the bushes to the side to avoid the mud if necessary) and then keep ahead on the pretty tree lined track. You’ll emerge to a T-junction with a farm track. Turn left and follow the track as it swings right. Continue on this fenced stone track with open fields across to the left.

The track leads you over a wooden sleeper bridge that crosses the Bourne River and, further along, a track merges in from the left. Keep ahead passing a row of large cottages on the left. Beyond these, at the next signed junction, keep straight ahead on the main track passing alongside a wooden vehicle gate. Ignore the footpath off to the right, simply keep straight ahead on the main track. As you approach the road, keep to the left branch of the fork and you’ll emerge to the road opposite Heathermount Cottage.

Heathermount Cottage to Mill Bourne
Heathermount Cottage to Mill Bourne

Start point: 51.3392 lat, -0.5864 long
End point: 51.3482 lat, -0.5906 long

Turn left along the pavement and continue passing a care home on the left (ignoring the first footpath signed on the left). Continue until the next signed footpath (alongside the entrance for Milford Grange, although there may not be a sign for this). Cross over the road here (with extreme care) to take the footpath to the right into woodland.

Follow the path through Milford Green with power lines running directly overhead. You’ll emerge out to a T-junction with a quiet residential lane. Turn left along the lane, taking care of any occasional traffic. Immediately after passing a section of woodland on the right, turn right onto the signed public footpath (using the handy gap at the side of stile/wooden gate) passing Willow Tree House on the left.

At the end of the tree-lined path, pass through the metal kissing gate and keep ahead between a pair of horse paddocks. Cross the narrow stone access track and go through the metal gate ahead into the horse paddock (you will be sharing this paddock with horses so take care with dogs). Cross this paddock between 10 and 11 o’clock to reach the metal kissing gate within the tree line at the far side.

Pass though this, cross the sleepers and then walk directly ahead through the centre of the large meadow. You will emerge to a crossroads of paths, with a footbridge over the Mill Bourne river directly ahead. Do NOT cross the bridge, instead turn right along the grass path with the Mill Bourne running behind the trees to the left.

Mill Bourne to Fairbourne Manor
Mill Bourne to Fairbourne Manor

Start point: 51.3482 lat, -0.5906 long
End point: 51.3465 lat, -0.5736 long

Follow the path to the end of the grass meadow, through a section of trees/hedgerow and on to follow a section with fenced horse paddocks to the right. Cross the green metal stile (with a handy dog-sized gap alongside), cross over the tarmac track and take the path directly opposite signed for Emmett’s Mill.

Pass alongside the metal vehicle gate to continue with the Mill Bourne still following to the left. The beginning of this waterway rises in Lightwater and is joined by another tributary in west Chobham to become the Mill Bourne. From here it flows on to reach the southern branch of the River Bourne near Woking. Keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers which are occasionally seen along this stretch.

Follow this riverside path for some distance, crossing another green metal stile along the way (the handy dog gap being to the left this time). A make-shift kissing gate leads you into a section of woodland riverside path. Through the trees to the right you’ll see the lake and impressive facade of the white neo-classical style residence, Fairbourne Manor. Just beyond this, the path swings right away from the river and leads you, via a pair of footbridges, out to the grass verge alongside the entrance to Fairbourne Manor.

Fairbourne Manor to Norwood Farm
Fairbourne Manor to Norwood Farm

Start point: 51.3465 lat, -0.5736 long
End point: 51.3395 lat, -0.5622 long

Turn left along the narrow grass verge alongside Philpot Lane. Take particular care of traffic, especially if you have to step into the road to pass around the bushes. As soon as you can, cross over to the right-hand grass verge. Pass the entrances to Goldbridge and Burnside Nursery on the right.

Stay on the grass verge passing under an ancient oak tree and the path leads you over a footbridge. Follow this path with fenced horse paddocks to the right and the Mill Bourne once again running directly on the left.

Follow the riverside path for some distance. Take time to enjoy the beautiful views across the surrounding fields and, in spring and summer, keep your eyes peeled for butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies which thrive here. Across to the left you’ll see Fairoaks Airport and you may see light aircraft taking off or landing.

Beyond the horse paddocks, a metal kissing gate leads you into an open grass meadow. Keep straight ahead through this and you’ll emerge to a T-junction with a wider bridleway (with a footbridge visible to the left). Turn right along the bridleway and keep ahead along this (don’t worry about the forks in the path as all the path branches merge back together again).

You will reach a large wooden horse bridge across the stream, cross this and follow the track into a belt of trees, predominantly pretty young oaks. Further along the path swings left to cross the stream via a concrete bridge, with a property now ahead. Before the property, turn right to follow the bridleway which runs along the edge of Horsell Common. You’ll emerge to a junction with a dirt access track, with the entrance for Norwood Farm on the right.

Norwood Farm to Chobham Road
Norwood Farm to Chobham Road

Start point: 51.3395 lat, -0.5622 long
End point: 51.3341 lat, -0.5695 long

Keep straight ahead down the stone access lane, with open fenced fields visible through the line of trees on the right. Where the lane begins to swing left, fork right to join the path which stays close to the line of fenced fields on the right.

As you reach a crossroads with a footbridge on the left, turn right to follow the path which runs close to the bottom edges of the fenced fields. Where the fields on the right end, you’ll emerge to a small clearing with a (discreet!) junction of paths. It may be tricky to make out the paths, but you need to take the one at about 10 o’clock.

Follow this through the mixed pine and birch woodland and you’ll emerge to a small access lane. Turn left for a few yards and you’ll come to a T-junction with Chobham Road.

Chobham Road to End
Chobham Road to End

Start point: 51.3341 lat, -0.5695 long
End point: 51.3265 lat, -0.5823 long

Cross over the road (with extreme care) to take the path directly opposite. Follow this sandy path winding through the common, a beautiful mix of heather, gorse with silver birch and pine trees. You’ll emerge to a T-junction with a quiet road, cross over and take the access lane directly opposite.

As you reach the gates for Bourne Place, fork left through the pair of bridle gates to re-enter Horsell Common. Keep straight ahead on the main woodland path (or you could divert through the bushes to the left to avoid the worst of the mud). A little further along you’ll be walking along the edge of open heath to the left with woodland still to the right. A few yards later, take the first major path on the left which leads you through the centre of the heath.

Originally Horsell Common was part of Windsor Great Park. Like most of the original park, it eventually passed into private ownership and by 1805 that owner was the Earl of Onslow. In 1900 the Earl began seeking a way of transferring the land into public ownership, but it wasn’t until 1966 that the Horsell Common Preservation Society purchased the site at a price of £1 per acre. The Society still owns and manages the site today. The Common extends to 855 acres and is a rich mosaic of heathland habitats, ranging from open heath and acidic grassland to bog, heathland pools, secondary woodland and scrub.

At the fork, keep left onto the wider grass track which will lead you towards the road. Just before you reach the road, turn right then left to pass through the pair of bridle gates back out to the road. You may recognise these gates from the outward leg of the walk, and from this point you’ll be re-tracing your steps back to the pub. Cross over the road and take Viggory Lane opposite. Follow the track as it swings left and then right, passing the row of properties to the left. At the road junction, cross over into Horsell Birch where you’ll find The Cricketers on the left for some well-earned hospitality.

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6 comments for "The Cricketers Horsell Common and Mill Bourne Trail"

Warning: The cricketers pub does NOT allow dogs inside as it’s website clearly says it does

ADMIN RESPONSE: The Cricketers is part of the Barons pub groups - some of which allow dogs inside and some of which don't. If you click on the pub banner within the iFootpath app, this will open a paragraph about the pub, and this does mention that dogs are welcome just in the gardens in the case of the Cricketers.

By bish1964 on 12 Nov 2017

Pleasant leg-stretcher but fairly uninspiring overall and too much of the route is on an overgrown and uneven riverside path. Damp and grey though, so probably feels and looks a good deal better in the sunshine.

By mamil54 on 27 Oct 2017

Nice walk but be sure to wear trousers as some of the route is overgrown with lots of stinging nettles!!

By lockw2s on 04 Jun 2017

A lovely walk finished off with a good meal and a pint at the Cricketers. A bit muddy especially at the end but we just took a slight detour. No planes from Fairoaks which is a shame as we like to watch them.

By lmparsons on 07 Jan 2017

Decent walk but as above, a lot of traffic noise, also the section around Fairoaks Airport is very overgrown, almost impassable. And at one point I was knee deep in water for about 100m, heavy rainfall the day before but one to avoid unless you are confident it's been dry for a few days.

By drummand on 25 Jun 2016

Nice walk but there's quite a bit of traffic noise from surrounding roads and also planes and helicopters from Fairoak aerodrome. There's no sign for Milford Grange but the instructions are otherwise correct

By Dees on 09 Apr 2015

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Published walks are available to all users of iFootpath and are listed in the walk browser to read or print and will be listed in the iPhone/iPod Touch application for download.

Walks in iFootpath

A walk in iFootpath is an introduction to the overall walk, identification of where it is and starts, some overview notes and general commentary.

Title (required)

A walk title should provide a brief indication of where or what the walk is. Walk titles do not have to be unique.

Description (required)

This provides a text area where you can describe the walk. Explain what you love about the walk, what makes it different and what people will see. In addition try to answer all the questions you might ask before going on a route. What sort of paths does the walk use? Any steep accents/descents? Are there any stiles? Are people likely to come across horse/cows/sheep?

County (required)

The county in which the walk starts is essential to help finding the walk in the database. Some walks may straddle more than one county - we suggest you select the county in which the walk starts or is mostly within.

Area (optional)

This field can be used, if you wish, to further identify where the walk is. This is particularly useful for large counties.

Walk Type (required)

To help quickly finding the right type of walk this provides a basic walk classification or type. Some walks may span two of these types - please use the type that fits the majority of the walk.

Length (required)

The length (in miles) of a walk is an approximation of the overall distance walked, not a measure of the distance "as the crow flies". iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the GPX file that has been uploaded.

Grade (required)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult it is to walk. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 walking boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles or other obstacles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. Do be aware that the level of stamina required will vary and you should only walk within your limits - the indication of walk length will help with this. A difficult walk, graded as 5 (and represented by 5 boots) indicates a walk that is strenuous and involves steep ascents and/or descents. It may be technically challenging involving difficult terrain or obstacles.

Please note that the grading for walks is subjective and open to interpretation and should only be used as a guide when selecting a walk.

Map Ref / Start Point (optional)

The walk start point is an Ordnance Survey map reference to pinpoint the start point of the walk. This should be in the format:

AB 123 456

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

Map Link (optional)

This optional field allows you to include a link to a web page containing a map showing the walk start. This is not the place to include any other links and the system will reject links to anything but Streetmap or Google Maps.

Start Point Co-ordinates (optional)

This pair of fields allows you to enter the longitude and latitude for the start point. iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the uploaded GPX file.

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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