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|The Pheasant and Reigate Heath|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 09 Dec 2015||Walk Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular pub walk from the Pheasant at Buckland, near Reigate in Surrey. The Pheasant is a classic old coaching inn, providing relaxed comfortable surroundings for refreshments before or after your walk. The walking route explores the adjoining Reigate Heath, a wonderful section of mixed woodland and heath, taking in a windmill and a stream which is home to a monstrous creature of legend. |
The walking route includes just a few climbs and descents. There are no stiles, steps or gates on route, but the path surfaces can be very sandy, deeply rutted or muddy in parts and they are also very narrow at times. The heath is home to a golf course and the route crosses fairways a few times so please show respect for the golfers by allowing them to play their shots before you cross and also look out for any stray flying golf balls. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.
The Pheasant is located on the main A25 road, between Buckland and Reigate in Surrey. The pub has its own large car park or, if you are coming by bus, there is a bus stop directly outside the pub. For help planning your journey by public transport visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. Approximate post code RH3 7BG.
|Start to Reigate Heath|
Start point: 51.2432 lat, -0.2404 long
Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance and turn right along the A25 pavement, passing in front of The Pheasant. Continue past two further properties and then fork right down the tarmac access lane, signed as a public footpath. Follow the lane past a handful of cottages on your right and, immediately before Windmill View, turn right to join a grass footpath.
|Reigate Heath to Flanchford Road|
Start point: 51.2406 lat, -0.2307 long
Follow the narrow path winding ahead, going straight ahead at the crossroads with the next sandy access track. The path begins to climb and leads you to a hillock topped with two large pine trees. Skirt around the right-hand edge of the hillock and then turn left along the obvious heath path. Follow this path ahead to reach a waymarker post at a junction of paths.
|Flanchford Road to Windmill|
Start point: 51.2391 lat, -0.2234 long
Turn right along the pavement, with the colourful row of cottages running on your left. Where the pavement ends, ignore the track to the church on the left. Instead, keep ahead along the grass verge for 30 yards and then fork left onto the signed public bridleway. This sandy path leads you past a car park on your right and on through this southern section of Reigate Heath.
|Windmill to Shag Brook|
Start point: 51.2357 lat, -0.2334 long
The existing windmill dates from 1765 and is built on Galley Hill, so called because it was the site of a gallows where highwaymen and other convicted criminals were hanged. The mill worked for about 100 years, and in 1880 was converted to a chapel. Services are still held here regularly and it is said to be the only windmill in the world which is a consecrated church.
|Shag Brook to End|
Start point: 51.2369 lat, -0.2423 long
Shag Brook rises from a spring at the foot of the North Downs and usually runs crystal clear. It is also home to a famous legendary horse, the Buckland Shag. The Buckland Shag was a monstrous horse which lived in the stream. Actually, some writers say the Shag was a gorilla, but a horse is the commonly accepted version. This beast would drag travellers from the nearby coaching road and devour them on the Shag Stone, a large boulder in the brook with a vein of blood running through it. The vein was in fact a harmless seam of iron ore – but let’s not spoil the tale! The local parson, Willoughby Bertie, had the Shag Stone removed from the brook in 1757 and it was transported and thrown from a cliff in Devon. The Buckland Shag then disappeared from local folklore. In the 1980s the legend was reborn through the Buckland Shag Morris Men, a troop of Morris dancers that perform locally.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author pubwalker and may not be reproduced without permission.
Attempted this walk today with my trusted Tramper all terrain mobility scooter. There were a couple of places where we couldn't get by. The first was the path leading from the fingerpost mentioned at the beginning of the walk. Unfortunately, this path was rutted in such a way that it forced the tramper into the fence due to the camber. We retraced our steps back to the fingerpost and did the walk in reverse (this is where the app is so brilliant as we were able to see if we were still on the route).
|By Jules19 on 22 Aug 2016|
Alan Parker: We decided to do the Pheasant and Reigate Heath walk yesterday and although it was a bit of a gloomy day, it was otherwise a pleasant walk. The Heath should look awesome in a couple of weeks time as the Heather is starting to flower.
|By Facebook on 19 Sep 2016|
In the directions we are told to turn right before a Yaverland Cottage. This appears to have changed name to Windmill View. The walk is most enjoyable. From Scottie. 24-10-2016
|By Scottie on 24 Oct 2016|
This is my new favorite walk as it has a bit of everything; views, water (for hot dogs) fields, some interesting houses/buildings and a nice pub to finish. Crossing the golf course can be tricky with golfers on the tee left and right at one point but it's worth it. It's pretty level throughout. We did the walk in an hour and 15 minutes and made it just under 3 miles.
|By Clare3000 on 23 Jun 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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Uploaded: 25 Sep 2015
Across the sports field to the detached house.
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Uploaded: 25 Sep 2015
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Uploaded: 11 Jun 2017
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