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|Explore Surrey: Elstead Common|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 24 Feb 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 7 km (4.5 mile) easy access walk around Elstead Common, enjoying sections of woodland, open areas of heath and several ponds and streams. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk is generally flat with only a few gentle gradients and can be lengthened or shortened to meet your own requirements. All the paths are wide tracks and there are no stiles, gates or steps on route. The first mile stretch is on a tarmac track and the next 0.75 miles follows a compacted stone track (which can have some shallow surface mud). By following these paths there and back (a total of 3.5 miles) this version would be suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and disability buggies for most of the year. The remainder of the route follows unmade dirt and sand tracks that are all wide but can be very soft underfoot so wellies are a must in the winter. Dogs are welcome on the common, in fact it is a popular dog walking spot. The common is an MOD training area so visitors are asked to comply with all instructions and byelaws on noticeboards. Allow 2 hours.
There are no toilets or other facilities on the walk itself. If you are looking for refreshments before or after your walk, there is a choice of three pubs in Elstead village (The Woolpack, The Golden Fleece and The Mill) just a mile from the start of the walk. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford and Farnham. 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.
Elstead village is located on the B3001, about half way between Farnham and the A3 junction at Milford. The walk starts and finishes from the Royal Common parking area on the B3001, about one mile east of the village. It is large stone parking lay-by with space for about 12 cars and has no height restriction barrier. The post code GU8 6LA will take you to the eastern end of Elstead village. From here, continue east on the B3001, keep right at the fork (signed A3) and 0.2 miles later you will find the parking area on the right (by a sign for a public bridleway). If you are coming by bus, the nearest stop is in Elstead village itself. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info.
|Start to Royal Common Pond|
Start point: 51.181 lat, -0.683 long
From the parking area, pass through the wide gap alongside the gate. Take a moment to read the byelaws on the noticeboard at this point. Follow the obvious wide tarmac track ahead. The track leads you south, with Royal Common to your left.
|Royal Common Pond to Major Crossroads|
Start point: 51.1747 lat, -0.6835 long
Stay with the tarmac track as it bears slightly right and then continues for another long straight section. At the end of the straight stretch, stay with the tarmac track as it bears left, leading you over a pretty shallow stream.
|Major Crossroads to Pipe Bridge|
Start point: 51.1699 lat, -0.692 long
To continue, turn right and follow the wide compacted stone and sand track leading you through the beautiful section of heathland, Ockley Common. The track leads you gently uphill to reach a fork. Take the left-hand branch (staying with the bridleway stone track).
|Pipe Bridge to The Moat|
Start point: 51.1733 lat, -0.7075 long
To continue, cross the pipe bridge and keep ahead on the track. Immediately before you enter the section of pine woodland, turn left onto the narrow path (marked with a blue bridleway arrow). Follow this path ahead, winding through the edge of the trees and then continuing with the woodland on your right and the open common on your left.
|The Moat to Thursley Boardwalks|
Start point: 51.1665 lat, -0.7144 long
When you have finished at The Moat, return back along the path from which you came to reach the crossroads under the powerlines. Go straight ahead and follow this bridleway through the centre of the commons.
|Thursley Boardwalks to Stream Bridge|
Start point: 51.1684 lat, -0.7046 long
For the main route, ignore the boardwalks, simply keep ahead on the wide sandy ride. At the next crossroads of bridleways go straight on, entering a section of trees. (NOTE Spring 2016: There is currently a construction project underway to raise and improve the drainage of this section of path. As a result, the path may be very uneven and soft underfoot, but it should still be passable).
|Stream Bridge to End|
Start point: 51.1718 lat, -0.6884 long
Cross the bridge and stay with the main track. You will pass Royal Common Pond on your left. Bear left to continue on the tarmac track (passing under powerlines) and follow the track which leads you directly back to the car park where the walk began.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
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: 26 Feb 2016
Bobbie enjoyed a dip in The Moat.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 Feb 2016
The boardwalks that are worth a small detour. To my eye they look a little Jurassic Park...
|Image by: dnh1954 |
Uploaded: 17 Jul 2016
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