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The Horseshoe Warlingham and Farleigh Trail

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The Horseshoe Warlingham and Farleigh Trail
Author: Claire, Published: 08 Jun 2014 Walk Rating:star1 The Horseshoe Warlingham and Farleigh Trail Walking Guide star1 The Horseshoe Warlingham and Farleigh Trail Walking Guide star1 The Horseshoe Warlingham and Farleigh Trail Walking Guide star1 The Horseshoe Warlingham and Farleigh Trail Walking Guide star0 The Horseshoe Warlingham and Farleigh Trail Walking Guide
Surrey, Warlingham
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Horseshoe Warlingham and Farleigh Trail
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Horseshoe Warlingham and Farleigh Trail Walking Guide boot The Horseshoe Warlingham and Farleigh Trail Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular pub walk from The Horseshoe in Warlingham, Surrey. The Horseshoe is a delightful pub serving food all day every day and is perfectly positioned for exploring the surrounding Surrey countryside. The walking route follows paths and tracks through the surrounding peaceful fields and ancient woodlands, visiting two pretty churches along the way and with lots of wildlife to enjoy.

The paths and tracks are a mixture of stone and dirt and can get very muddy in places and a little narrow in other parts. Good boots are a must and long trousers are recommended (unless you’re immune to nettles!). There are a couple of short climbs and descents along the way. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus two stiles (both the stiles have wide open wooden fence surrounds which should be easy for most dogs to pass through). Most of the paths are fenced but you will cross two open fields which may be holding horses so take care with dogs. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.

Warlingham is located just a few miles inside the M25 and can be accessed from Junction 6, along the A22. The nearest town is Caterham, just a couple of miles southwest. The walk starts and finishes at The Horseshoe pub on Farleigh Road. Approximate post code CR6 9EG.

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Start to All Saints Church
Start to All Saints Church

Start point: 51.3097 lat, -0.0533 long
End point: 51.3133 lat, -0.0562 long

Standing in the back pub car park, facing the back of the pub, turn left and go down the few steps within the fence line to reach a T-junction with the adjacent lane, Mint Walk. Turn left along this, passing between a number of houses. Just before you reach the vehicle barrier ahead, fork left, crossing the playing field diagonally to reach the far left corner.

Pass through the staggered barrier and you will reach a T-junction with a small alley. Turn right along this, following the line of the fences to the left, with the cricket pitch visible through the hedge on the right. A metal kissing gate leads you out to the end of a residential road. Turn right along this. Ignore the footpath to the right, simply keep ahead and you will reach All Saints Church on the right. All Saints Church is Grade II listed and its present building of flint rubble with stone dressings dates back to about 1250.

All Saints Church to London Loop
All Saints Church to London Loop

Start point: 51.3133 lat, -0.0562 long
End point: 51.3208 lat, -0.0579 long

Keep right along the pavement of Ward Lane, passing the church to the right. Follow the road as it swings left and then, just a few paces later (immediately after house number 32), turn right through the staggered barrier onto the footpath between houses. Cross the next road via a staggered barrier and go ahead to follow the footpath which continues opposite.

You will emerge out to the corner of a sports field, Hamsey Green. Keep straight ahead on the tarmac path along the left-hand edge of this, passing behind the brick pavilion. Pass through the car park and keep ahead on the tarmac footpath which continues along the left-hand edge. The path soon swings right, following the top edge of the field.

In the far corner, follow the path as it swings left between fences, passing more playing fields to the left and horse paddocks to the right. You will emerge to a T-junction with a bridleway. Keep left along this, following the main wide lane past a stable yard on the left. You will emerge out to a T-junction with a quiet residential road. Turn right along this, a section of the footpath known as the London Loop.

London Loop to Elm Farm
London Loop to Elm Farm

Start point: 51.3208 lat, -0.0579 long
End point: 51.3267 lat, -0.0441 long

Keep ahead on this lane which dwindles to a stone bridleway. The London Loop is a waymarked footpath of 150 miles around the edge of Outer London and is often termed as the ‘M25 for walkers’. The track swings left and leads you past Kingswood Lodge and then Elm Cottage on the right. A little further along the track, look out for a stile and signpost on the right (note: this is a little hidden in the bushes so keep your eyes peeled!) Turn right over the stile onto Footpath 14 signed to Farleigh Common, following the right hand edge of this open field.

At the far side, cross the next stile to enter the woodland, Mossyhill Shaw. This woodland is brimming with bird life so keep your eyes peeled and listen for the lovely bird song. As well as lots of native birds, we were lucky enough to see a pair of ringed parakeets. The path heads downhill and then swings right, winding along the edge of the woodland. Soon the path swings left and begins to climb again. Across the valley to the left you will be able to see the red brick mansion of Selsdon Park. Set in 200 acres and once the seat of the Bishops of Rochester, the mansion is today a country hotel and golf club.

The path soon climbs more steeply and swings right. Continue a little further between hedgerows and you will emerge out to the end of a stone track. Turn left along the track which swings right and then narrows back to a small path. Continue out to a T-junction with the main road, with Elm Farm on the left.

Elm Farm to Church Lane
Elm Farm to Church Lane

Start point: 51.3267 lat, -0.0441 long
End point: 51.3248 lat, -0.0321 long

Cross over the road with care and turn left along the grass verge which soon becomes a fenced path running parallel with the road on the left. Follow this fenced stone path, with a large open crop field to the right, and you will emerge out alongside the entrance for Farleigh’s Golf Course. Turn right immediately before the gates, onto the signed public footpath.

Follow this fenced path with the crop field to the right and Farleigh Golf Course and its entrance drive on the left. This path is also a permissive bridleway and can get a bit muddy – you can swap to use the grass verge on the left to avoid the worst of the mud if you prefer. As you reach the tree line ahead you will see a fork in the path. Take the right-hand branch, signed as the Vanguard Way.

Follow the obvious path through the belt of woodland. You will emerge from the trees alongside a road junction within the golf course. Keep right along the footpath, still signed as the Vanguard Way. You will emerge out to a T-junction with a quiet lane. Turn left along this, taking care of any occasional traffic. After just a short distance, take the first road on the right, Church Lane.

Church Lane to Harrow Road
Church Lane to Harrow Road

Start point: 51.3248 lat, -0.0321 long
End point: 51.3176 lat, -0.039 long

The road leads you past an equestrian centre and you may also see a pair of goats in one of the paddocks on the left. At the end of the lane you will enter a small parking area. To the left, take a moment to look at St Mary’s Church, a pretty white-washed building dating from around 1083.

Standing in the car park (with the church on the left), take the bridleway at about 1 o’clock. Follow this path between fences with open fields each side. Ignore the kissing gate on the right, simply keep ahead on the main stone bridleway with a beautiful old woodland, Greatpark Wood, on the left. Stay on the path close to the fence on the right and you will reach a signpost marking a junction of five paths.

Take the right-hand bridleway, at about 2 o’clock, a wide stone track. You will emerge to another junction of paths, with houses opposite. On the right you will see a small cast iron white post (topped with the City of London red and white coat of arms). This is a preserved Coal and Wine Tax Post, one of many that can be found in a ring around the edge of London, marking the old boundary of Greater London. After the Great Fire of London in 1666, a tax was introduced to raise money for rebuilding. The tax was levied on wine and coal sold within the city boundaries and the posts marked the point at which duty became payable.

Keep left at this junction onto the wide stone lane, passing the row of properties on the right. At the end of this lane, Daniel’s Lane, you will come to a T-junction with Harrow Road.

Harrow Road to End
Harrow Road to End

Start point: 51.3176 lat, -0.039 long
End point: 51.3099 lat, -0.0532 long

Turn right along the pavement of Harrow Road. At the T-junction at the end, turn left along Farleigh Road, following the left-hand pavement. Follow this residential road for some distance, until you reach house number 212 on the left. At this point cross over with care into Crewes Lane, a signed public bridleway.

Follow the stone lane winding ahead then, as you pass Crewes Cottage on the right, the lane narrows and heads downhill. At the bottom of the slope you may find some standing water, but you should be able to avoid getting wet feet by using the small bank on the right. Follow the lane heading back uphill and you will emerge out to a track alongside the entrance to Lincoln Stud. Keep left along the track and follow it round two bends, right then left. You will reach a T-junction in the track with two gates ahead.

Pass through the wooden kissing gate in front of you and then go ahead following the left-hand fence line (passing through a chain gate and then another wooden kissing gate). Continue on the path which leads you through a belt of trees and then past a playground and playing field on the right (the one you crossed on your outward leg). Pass through the next kissing gate ahead and continue along the residential road. Before you reach the junction with the main road, turn right up the steps into The Horseshoe for some well-earned hospitality.

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6 comments for "The Horseshoe Warlingham and Farleigh Trail"

It was a little too urban! Too close to roads and busy playing fields for our liking - only a few sections of good scenery and after completing seven superb walks using this app - this walk was a disappointment compared to the others.

By jemjemuk on 22 Oct 2017

A pleasant walk, but too much of it is urban or within earshot of cars for my liking.

By alvarodemira on 01 Jun 2017

Great walk. Even our 8 year old managed it. We all deserved our lunch in the pub afterwards.

By orlaithrich on 29 May 2017

Lovely walk, nice to eat in the pub at the end

By amanda560 on 03 Dec 2016

lovely walk for our first in this area. beautiful scenery and some nice points of interest. Wasn't too difficult, took 2.5hours at a gentle pace

By GirlGarfield on 06 Apr 2015

Perfectly described and just what we were looking for today. Thank you

By Jupiter on 21 Feb 2015

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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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