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Francis Corner Woodland

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Francis Corner Woodland
Author: Claire, Published: 25 Nov 2011 Walk Rating:star1 Francis Corner Woodland Walking Guide star1 Francis Corner Woodland Walking Guide star1 Francis Corner Woodland Walking Guide star1 Francis Corner Woodland Walking Guide star0 Francis Corner Woodland Walking Guide
Surrey, Shere
Walk Type: Woodland
Francis Corner Woodland
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Francis Corner Woodland Walking Guide boot Francis Corner Woodland Walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile circular woodland walk from the Francis Corner car park near Shere in Surrey. The walk passes through a mixed working woodland and includes a short section of the North Downs Way. At the Little Kings Wood viewing point you will be rewarded with magnificent views across the downs.

The walk follows forest tracks most of which are stone and well made, but there are some parts that can get muddy. There are a few slopes but these are reasonably gentle. There are no stiles or gates but you are likely to be sharing the paths with both cyclists and horse riders. Dogs are welcome off lead as long as they are under control. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

Free parking is available in the small Francis Corner car park which is found on Combe Lane off the A25 near Shere in Surrey. There is a 2 metre height restriction for the car park. There is no exact post code for the car park but GU5 9TD and KT24 6ES are both nearby.

Walk Sections

Francis Corner car park to Netley Plantation
Francis Corner car park to Netley Plantation

Start point: 51.2358 lat, -0.4582 long
End point: 51.2292 lat, -0.4588 long

From the car park go past the vehicle barrier into the woods and then continue straight ahead past a second vehicle barrier. On the left you will see a sign for the Francis Corner easy access route which is the route this walk follows.

You will come to a junction with a number of paths and ahead you will see a raised concrete circular reservoir – the first of many you will come across on this walk. Turn right here signed for the easy access route.

Continue ahead, and after some distance you will pass alongside another vehicle barrier. Shortly afterwards you will come to a cross roads in the path with a second raised concrete circular reservoir and the Netley Plantation ahead.

Netley Plantation to Little Kings Wood View Point
Netley Plantation to Little Kings Wood View Point

Start point: 51.2292 lat, -0.4588 long
End point: 51.2309 lat, -0.4363 long

At this junction turn left past another vehicle barrier – you are now following the North Downs Way.

The North Downs Way is a 141 mile national trail which links Farnham in Surrey with Dover in Kent.

In this section of the walk you will get the opportunity to appreciate the quality of the woodland and trees. Tilhill Economic Forestry, the landowners, manage the trees mainly for commercial soft wood production. The younger trees are used for paper pulp or stakes whilst the birch trees are used for a range of materials including broom handles and paper and the beech trees for furniture.

Continue to follow the main stone track as it winds through the forest, ignoring any smaller tracks to the left and right. When you come to a major junction with the third concrete reservoir on your left, continue straight ahead sign posted to the easy access route view point. Continue until you come to the Little Kings Wood view point on your right.

Little Kings Wood View Point to Netley Heath
Little Kings Wood View Point to Netley Heath

Start point: 51.2309 lat, -0.4363 long
End point: 51.235 lat, -0.4432 long

Take time to stop here to rest on the bench and admire the beautiful views. You can see the hills of the Greensand Ridge running parallel to the North Downs. To the right is St Martha’s Hill and to the left is Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey.

When you have finished admiring the view retrace your steps back to the junction in the path by the previous concrete reservoir. Turn right immediately AFTER the reservoir and follow this path as it bends to the left. (Take care not to take the right hand turn before the reservoir).

Netley Heath to Francis Corner car park
Netley Heath to Francis Corner car park

Start point: 51.235 lat, -0.4432 long
End point: 51.2358 lat, -0.4585 long

Follow the path downhill and you will reach a junction in the path marked with a wooden sign post. Turn left signed as the easy access route. After some distance you will come to the first reservoir you passed at the beginning of your walk. Turn right here to return to the Francis Corner car park.

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8 Comments for: "Francis Corner Woodland"

Good walk for sunny winter day, sun rays glinting through the branches. Fairly dry underfoot after days of rain. However using gps, only came out as 2.85 miles.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Our walk lengths are calculated using GPS tracking which is calibrated to match Ordnance Survey distances. Different GPS Apps may be calibrated differently and the exact length will also depend on exactly how far you detour along the viewpoint track etc.

By Christine Warren on 24 Dec 2018

Great walk especially if you have a dog with you. No roads to worry about & as well as being a lovely walk through forests, it is nice & cool in this hot weather.

By MrsF on 07 Aug 2018

We found this route hard to follow, a lot of the signs have rotted and are no longer visible. The forest tracks are a little monotonous and, finally, the view point has almost disappeared. A plus was the nearby mobile cafe in West Hanger car park, Staple Lane.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Remember to use the App's live GPS map to help follow the walks. It shows your live location (a blue dot) on the route map (a red line) at all times - this is particularly useful in woodlands and when signs are in disrepair.

By jancha on 27 Jul 2018

Good walk on a very hot day despite most of the signs missing, managed to find our way round. Disappointed with the view point as very overgrown & had to stand on the bench to see anything!

By JoMo55 on 15 Jul 2018

Great walk for bad weather as mostly flat and on a pathway so not at all muddy. Nice woodland but obviously enclosed, so it did feel dark on an already grey day.

By lisajguy on 14 Jan 2018

Easy walk, solid underfoot so good for after wet weather. Walked to the viewpoint but this was very overgrown with brambles which obscured the view. (Sept 2017). Thank you for posting this walk.

By nancywalking on 06 Sep 2017

Nice walk! Was really quiet. We have three dogs and they loved every minute of it. Would certainly do it again!

By doug21 on 29 Sep 2014

We did this walk today with my trusted Tramper all terrain mobility scooter. Excellent walk through wood for this heatwave. Bonus of wild raspberries the majority of the way round. The first "Easy Access Route" signpost is missing but, by using the iphone app, it was quite obvious the route we needed to take.

We had a delicious lunch first at the Dabbling Duck tea room in Shere, which is mentioned in other walks. It is dog friendly both inside the tea room and in the pretty rear garden.

By Jules19 on 17 Jul 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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