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|The Old Plough and Oxshott Heath|
|Author: Claire, Published: 30 Dec 2015||Walk Rating:|
|A 4 mile pub walk from The Old Plough in Stoke D’Abernon, near Cobham in Surrey. The Old Plough is a 300 year old building, once a court house, which today is home to a smart community pub where eaters and drinkers alike (along with their canine companions) are looked after with friendly and professional service. The walking route heads out on the footpaths alongside Knowle Hill Park and Littleheath Common Ponds to explore the nearby Oxshott Heath, a beautiful woodland, heath and common which is popular with families, dog walkers and horse riders. |
The walk has a few gentle slopes, with just one short steeper section within Oxshott Heath. The paths are unmade and can be muddy and slippery in winter and after periods of rain, so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate a few kissing gates, some steps plus two stiles (both of which have very large gaps alongside for dogs to pass through). The majority of the paths are enclosed, but you may be sharing one field with horses. You will need to cross the railway at an unsignalled crossing so take particular care at this point. Approximate time 2 hours.
The Old Plough is located on the corner of Station Road and Stoke Road (the A245) in Stoke D’Abernon, just south of Cobham in Surrey. If you are coming by train, the pub is just a short stroll from Cobham and Stoke D’Abernon rail station on the Waterloo line. If you are coming by car, Stoke D’Abernon is easily accessed via the M25 and A3. The pub has its own small car park at the rear (accessed via Station Road) and there is also roadside parking available on Station Road after 9.30am. Approximate post code KT11 3BN.
|Start to Littleheath Common Ponds|
Start point: 51.3207 lat, -0.3865 long
The walk begins on Station Road, directly outside The Old Plough. The Old Plough is a 300 year old listed building which at one time was a court house. It once achieved literary fame, accommodating Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band’. Standing with your back to the pub, turn left for a few paces to reach the T-junction with Stoke Road (the A245). Turn left along the pavement and, when you reach the pedestrian crossing with traffic lights, swap to the right-hand pavement to continue along Stoke Road.
|Littleheath Common Ponds to Oxshott Heath Parking Area|
Start point: 51.3268 lat, -0.3762 long
Continue ahead on the main path (with the wire fence still running on your right) and the path will lead you to the gate alongside the railway. NOTE: This is an official railway footpath crossing point, but there are no signals so please take good care to look and listen for trains before you proceed. Cross the railway via the two swing gates and then keep left on the footpath signed to Blundel Lane.
|Oxshott Heath Parking Area to War Memorial|
Start point: 51.3326 lat, -0.3704 long
Standing with your back to the bench and information board, take the footpath at about 4 o’clock (this footpath runs parallel to the public bridleway signed with the blue arrow – if you are on the correct footpath the bridleway should be running parallel on your left).
|War Memorial to Level Crossing|
Start point: 51.338 lat, -0.3643 long
Standing with your back to the war memorial, facing the grass clearing below, take the level path at about 2 o’clock. A few metres along, keep left at the fork by a bench. Follow this path along the edge of the hillside ridge. There are several more benches along this stretch should you wish to pause and enjoy the surroundings.
|Level Crossing to End|
Start point: 51.3314 lat, -0.3707 long
From this point you will be retracing your steps back to The Old Plough. To do this, keep ahead along Blundel Lane. Just before the road swings left towards the T-junction, keep straight ahead on the tarmac footpath and, a few paces along, turn right onto the signed public footpath. Follow the path between fences, take the railway crossing with care and then keep straight ahead on the woodland footpath (with the wire fence running on your left).
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Lovely walk - will no doubt visit again.
|By Richard on 02 Jan 2016|
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: 30 Dec 2015
The ornate concrete rail bridge that can be found at Oxshott Heath.
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