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|Explore Surrey: Norbury Park Western Loop|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 19 Feb 2015||Walk Rating:|
|A fairly easy walk of just less than 4.5 miles (7km) around Norbury Park, a mix of woodland, chalk grassland and farmed fields. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk includes several long but very gentle gradients. Most of the paths are firm stone tracks, but a few sections in the second half of the walk can get very muddy at times. There are no steps, stiles or gates on route. You will be sharing the bridleways with cyclists and horse riders and you may also come across timber lorries on some of the tracks. There is one section along a quiet public lane so take care of any traffic here. Temporary electric fencing is used to create pastures for conservation grazing at the sides of some of the paths, so take care with children and dogs. After periods of dry weather, the route would be suitable for the more rugged types of off-road pushchairs or disabled buggies. The walk is waymarked by posts with a cycle symbol. Allow 2 hours.
If you are looking for refreshments, there are cafe and toilet facilities at Bocketts Farm near to the start of the trail. Alternatively there are a couple of picnic sites along the route should you wish to bring your own food. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.
Norbury Park is located just to the west of the A24 between Leatherhead and Dorking. The walk starts and finishes at the Fetcham Car Park accessed from the A246 Young Street (NOTE: there are two car parks on Young Street so make sure you go to the correct one). From the A24, turn onto the A246 and follow this over the river and under the rail bridge. At the roundabout, turn left (signed for Bocketts Farm) and then turn immediately right under the 2m height restriction barrier to enter Fetcham Car Park. Nearest post code KT22 9BW.
|Start to Longcut Barn|
Start point: 51.2813 lat, -0.3501 long
Leave the car park via the pedestrian gap between wooden posts and ahead you will see an information board about Norbury Park and its working landscape. Standing facing this board, turn right along the access track (leaving the Bocketts Farm access lane behind you). At the first fork take the left-hand branch (the main public bridleway).
|Longcut Barn to Saw Mill|
Start point: 51.2764 lat, -0.3517 long
Keep straight ahead, keeping to the same main stone track, which climbs and swings steadily left. The woodland to your right is a mixture of softwoods (pine) and hardwoods (beech and oak).
|Saw Mill to Crabtree Lane|
Start point: 51.2718 lat, -0.3424 long
Immediately after the saw mill, turn right to join Back Drive, passing a small picnic area on the left. The sculptures within the picnic area were created at the saw mill. Pass the saw mill entrance gates on the right and keep ahead alongside the vehicle barrier on the track between fences. This route was the tradesmen’s entrance for Norbury House so they were not seen using the front drive.
|Crabtree Lane to Roaringhouse Farm|
Start point: 51.2594 lat, -0.3412 long
Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance and turn right along Crabtree Lane, heading uphill (taking care of any traffic). Continue along the road all the way to the end where you will find a handful of cottages. If you glance to the left here you will be rewarded with superb views across towards Ranmore Church.
|Roaringhouse Farm to End|
Start point: 51.2748 lat, -0.3538 long
Roaringhouse Farm takes its name because of its position in this windy valley. Note the old granary on the right which is set on saddle stones (mushroom-shaped stone pillars). This was done to allow air to circulate and to prevent mice and rats from stealing the grain stored inside.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
Great viewpoint to Boxhill. Will probably be lovely in the summer - all a bit dead and brown in Feb! Good directions. All off road so no traffic issues. Quite a few cyclists but not causing any problems.
|By howes62 on 19 Feb 2017|
Enjoyed the walk and views, lots of cyclists and dog walkers. Neither proved to be as issue ( except the dog owners who fail to pick up) All in all proved a pleasant walk for both myself and grandson
|By lazyman on 12 Apr 2017|
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