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|Explore Surrey: Mole Gap Trail|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 21 Mar 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Take the train for a wonderful day out in some of the most beautiful countryside in the south east. The Mole Gap Trail offers the opportunity to visit two historic market towns and the outstanding countryside of the Mole Gap, including England’s largest vineyard. You will discover a river that has carved a route through the chalk of the North Downs, some of the best ancient yew and box woodlands in Europe and historic parkland that has inspired famous writers and artists through the centuries. Step off the train at Leatherhead Station and you will soon pick up the silver metal arrows that will guide you along this 6 mile (10km) walk to Dorking. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk has a few gentle gradients throughout plus one short steep climb. The paths through parkland and woodland can get muddy so stout footwear is required. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and some steps but there are no stiles on route. Whilst most of the paths are fenced, a couple of sections cross fields/parkland where you might come across livestock (although all livestock was behind temporary electric fencing when we walked), so take particular care with dogs. On rare occasions the riverside paths can flood, so avoid this walk after prolonged heavy periods of rain. Allow 3 hours.
If you are looking for refreshments there are several options. You could stock up on supplies in Leatherhead for a picnic along the way on one of the benches or at Swanworth Picnic Site (Waypoint 4). If you’d rather sit down for a full meal, The Running Horse pub is in Leatherhead just by the Town Bridge (Waypoint 1), The Stepping Stones pub is in Westhumble (just a 2 minute walk along Chapel Lane from Waypoint 5) and Denbies Wine Estate has a restaurant/cafe (just before Waypoint 6). You have an option towards the end of the walk to detour into Dorking High Street, where you will find The White Horse Hotel.
Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate. 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 Leatherhead rail station and finishes at Dorking rail station. The return journey can be completed with a single 5 minute train ride. For help planning your journey by train, visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. If you are coming by car, both stations have large car parks but a more cost effective solution would be to use the Randalls Road long-stay pay and display car park (just opposite Leatherhead Station) which costs £3 for 5 hours (correct March 2015). Approximate post code KT22 7SQ.
|Start to Town Bridge|
Start point: 51.299 lat, -0.3328 long
To begin the walk, make your way to Platform 2 of Leatherhead Station. Leave the station via the exit on Platform 2 (the back exit which leads to the station car park) and follow the access road down the hill. At the junction with the main road, cross over using the pelican crossing and take the tarmac path ahead into the park (passing the long-stay car park on the left).
|Town Bridge to Young Street|
Start point: 51.2941 lat, -0.3325 long
Immediately after the bridge, turn left onto the surfaced footpath signed to Norbury Park. Follow this path alongside the River Mole on the left. Stay ahead on the main riverside surfaced path which leads you past the football ground and leisure centre across to the right. Soon afterwards, across to the left, you will pass the shell bridge which has a large shell covering its keystone. Through the fence to the right are the grounds of Thorncroft Manor.
|Young Street to Railway Bridge|
Start point: 51.2839 lat, -0.333 long
Follow the riverside path and soon you will come to a metal kissing gate ahead. Pass through this to enter Norbury Park. Follow the path across the centre of the field with the River Mole across to the left and the railway embankment across to the right. Soon, the river swings right to run directly alongside your path once again. The path swings left to become a stone track.
|Railway Bridge to Swanworth Picnic Site|
Start point: 51.2757 lat, -0.3326 long
A few paces after the bridge, ignore the wooden steps on the left. Instead, continue for a further 50m to reach a crossroads of paths. Turn left here, passing between sections of old box hedge, and follow the path winding fairly steeply uphill (including one flight of concrete steps). You will emerge out to a T-junction with a tarmac access lane. Turn left along this.
|Swanworth Picnic Site to Chapel Lane|
Start point: 51.2683 lat, -0.3368 long
Leave the picnic site via the kissing gate on the far side and keep straight ahead along the track with fields each side (ignoring the path signed left to Mickleham). Pass the buildings of Lodge Farm on the left then follow the track as it swings left then right and leads you across the bridge over the River Mole. At this point there are great views behind towards Norbury Park House.
|Chapel Lane to Copse Fingerpost|
Start point: 51.2546 lat, -0.3291 long
If you wish to visit The Stepping Stones pub for refreshments, turn left here for just a short distance. Otherwise, to continue the main walk, cross over Chapel Lane and turn right along the pavement. Where the pavement ends, bear left to join the raised embankment walkway running alongside the road.
|Copse Fingerpost to End|
Start point: 51.2403 lat, -0.3354 long
Here you have two choices.
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One of my favourite Surrey walks. Plenty to see along this ever changing path. After taking a number of hours to walk this route and only about 5 minutes to get back by train I can see why the railway caught on!
|By Richard on 21 Mar 2015|
It is worth noting that there is now a Café and Cycle shop - Pilgrims Cycles - at Westhumble Station which is on Chapel Lane just over the railway bridge at the end of the Swanworth Picnic Site to Chaplel Lane section..
|By Almond on 17 Jan 2016|
Lovely walk, enjoyed with my wife and six year old daughter. The train journey at the end made it all the more of a mini-adventure.
|By McNutty on 10 Apr 2016|
A lovely walk, don't forget to stop off in Dorking at the end, it has some beautiful independent shops!
|By georginab on 17 Jul 2016|
We stopped at the Penny Black pub in Leatherhead for a pint at the start and picked up a picnic in the town. An enjoyable walk. We saw parts of Leatherhead & Dorking that we weren't familiar with even though we know the towns well. Rounded off with an early dinner in Dorking before taking the train home. Nice to take a linear route for a change.
|By Dave on 03 Oct 2016|
Lovely walk with stunning views. Directions/instructions are spot on.
|By sharing on 09 Apr 2017|
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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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 21 Mar 2015
Picture of the Shell Bridge on the River Mole near Leatherhead. You can see the large shell over the keystone.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 21 Mar 2015
Bobbie looking down on us as we climbed the path shortly after the railway bridge waypoint. (She has four feet drive - perfect for steep mud slopes)
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