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|Explore Surrey: Dormans Park|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 02 Mar 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4.5 mile (7km) enjoyable walk from Dormans Station. The walk crosses Lingfield Park racecourse and golf course, passes through the Dormans Park estate and past the Cook’s Pond Viaduct. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk has a few steady gradients. The paths are firm for the most part but the unmade sections through woodland and the golf course can get very muddy so good stout boots are recommended. You will need to negotiate some kissing gates and steps, but there are no stiles or livestock on route. The walk crosses a golf course so please show respect for the golfers by allowing them to play their shots before you cross and watch closely for any stray flying golf balls. Allow 2 hours.
There are no pubs or shops along the route, but you can take an optional 10 minute detour to the village of Dormansland where there are public toilets, a shop and two pubs (The Royal Oak pub on the High Street and The Old House at Home pub on West Street). Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate (note: Dormansland village is covered on Explorer 147 Sevenoaks & Tonbridge). This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.
The walk starts from Dormans Rail Station. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. The station does not have a car park and there is only limited parking along Dormans Station Road with restrictions Mon-Fri. For this reason, if you are coming by bus or car, you will need to adjust the walk to start and finish at St John’s Church on the High Street in Dormansland village. There is a bus stop directly outside the church and there is street parking available on the side roads (New Farthingdale, The Platt and Clinton Hill). Please park with respect for residents. Approximate post code for St John’s Church is RH7 6RA. Grid reference for the station: TQ 397415.
|Start to Mill Lane|
Start point: 51.1555 lat, -0.0037 long
The walk starts and finishes at Dormans Rail Station. (If you are starting the walk from the village of Dormansland, begin the walk by following the instructions written in brackets within Walk Section 2: Mill Lane to Golf Course Bridge.)
|Mill Lane to Golf Course Bridge|
Start point: 51.1568 lat, -0.0017 long
(Follow these directions if you are starting the walk at St John’s Church in Dormansland, otherwise skip to the next paragraph below. Standing facing the church, take the side road, The Platt, which runs to the left of the church. As you come to the Parish Room ahead, fork left and then keep straight ahead along this lane to pass Cherry Tree Cottage on the right. Bear left and then keep ahead to join the tarmac path between hedgerows. Follow this tarmac path between fields and then past Nobles Barn on the right. Immediately after this you will reach a crossroads with a stone track, Mill Lane. Alongside the bench at this crossroads you will see a stone marking this as a point on the Greenwich Meridian, zero degrees longitude. Turn right along Mill Lane and then follow the instructions below).
|Golf Course Bridge to Racecourse Crossing|
Start point: 51.1636 lat, -0.0055 long
Keep ahead for just a few metres and then, immediately before the metal barn on the right, turn left onto the path with a hedge on the left. The path becomes a raised embankment path running alongside a golf fairway on the left. Continue until you reach a T-junction with a tarmac track at the side of Lingfield Park racecourse.
|Racecourse Crossing to Blackberry Road Footpath|
Start point: 51.1609 lat, -0.0073 long
Turn right here to cross the racecourse track. Immediately after the crossing, fork left across the grass, pass through the gap in the hedgerow and then keep left around the edge of the fairway. The path swings right and then forks left through a section of trees. You will see a bridge on the left. Do NOT cross this, instead, continue around the edge of the fairway with the stream running on the left.
|Blackberry Road Footpath to Woodland Kissing Gate|
Start point: 51.1589 lat, -0.0147 long
Walk into the entrance driveway for The Stables and then fork immediately left through the side gate. Follow the stone footpath ahead and then, when the fence on the right ends, turn right along the grass bank (passing the property on the right). Go through the metal kissing gate and turn left then right along the tarmac lane.
|Woodland Kissing Gate to Swissland Hill|
Start point: 51.1543 lat, -0.0139 long
Go through the gate and follow the fenced path ahead. You will notice that the surface of the path is made up of logs. This is known as a Cordouroy Road, where logs are pinned across the path. Cordouroy Roads are used across swampy land, forming a sort of floating path, and are able to take the weight of a horse and cart. The name is taken from the fabric which has a similarly ridged effect surface. Tap the Listen button below (available via App only) to learn more.
|Swissland Hill to The Clock House|
Start point: 51.154 lat, -0.0104 long
Turn right along Swissland Hill. You are now in Dormans Park which was built following the arrival of the railway. In 1887 the Bellagio Estate Company bought 218 acres of farmland and coppiced woodland for housing development. The names of at least two of the old woods have survived in the road names: Swissland and Furzefield. Potential house owners were tempted by the offer of membership to a large and well-equipped Club House on the estate. The Bellagio company failed after about 10 years and the name was changed to Dormans Park. Only about 20 residences had been built by then, apart from the Club House and church, but most of these remain today amongst the newer properties.
|The Clock House to Woodland Crossroads|
Start point: 51.1487 lat, -0.0143 long
Continue straight ahead down the path which soon becomes a grass track. Cross the stream via the footbridge and keep ahead on the woodland path. The path leads you past a property on the left and the green wire gates for a former school on the right.
|Woodland Crossroads to Cook's Pond Viaduct|
Start point: 51.1453 lat, -0.0109 long
Go straight ahead, crossing a small ford. The path swings right and leads you over a concrete bridge. Continue on the path for 0.6km, ignoring a path off to the right and then one off to the left. A few metres later, turn left onto the fenced path signed as part of the Greenwich Meridian Trail.
|Cook's Pond Viaduct to Railway Bridge|
Start point: 51.1441 lat, -0.0037 long
Keep ahead on the path which leads you over a couple of lake overflows. At the junction with the road, cross over and take the path which continues opposite. Keep straight ahead, climbing steadily, to emerge to a junction with a road alongside the railway bridge.
|Railway Bridge to End|
Start point: 51.1474 lat, -0.0026 long
When you’ve finished with the view, return back to the path from which you emerged. Cross over the road and continue along the stone path ahead with the railway still on the right (still part of the Greenwich Meridian Trail). Continue over the brow of the hill and the path begins to descend steadily. Ignore the path off to the left, simply keep ahead alongside the railway. You will emerge, via a flight of steps, to reach the road opposite Dormans Station where the walk began.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
Very enjoyable walk.
|By HG on 04 Dec 2016|
|By skateakboard on 05 Mar 2017|
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