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|The Dog and Duck Outwood Common Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 05 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular pub walk from the Dog and Duck in Outwood, Surrey. The Dog and Duck is a delightful pub where everyone is made welcome. From walkers to cyclists and children to dogs, you are guaranteed a warm welcome before or after your walk. The walking route crosses meadows and fields to reach Outwood Common, an area of ancient woodland that forms part of the National Trust’s Harewoods Estate. Enjoy lovely views of the North Downs, pretty streams, ancient oak trees and an abundance of wildlife. |
The walk is fairly flat with just a couple of gentle slopes. Some sections, particularly the woodland bridleways, can get very muddy so good boots are a must or wellingtons with grips in the wetter months. You will need to negotiate some kissing gates, steps and footbridges but there are no stiles on route. Most of the fields are empty meadows and there was no livestock present when we walked but you may be sharing one of the fields with horses so take care with dogs. There are many paths through the woodland common and so navigation on this stretch needs care, the live map on the iFootpath App will be particularly helpful here. Allow 1.5 hours.
Outwood is a village in the Surrey weald, about 3 miles south of Nutfield and Bletchingley. The walk starts and finishes at The Dog and Duck which has its own large car park. Approximate post code RH1 5QU.
|Start to Brickfield Road|
Start point: 51.199 lat, -0.1222 long
Leave the Dog and Duck car park via the vehicle exit and turn left along the grass verge, passing the pub on your left. Immediately after the pub, turn left onto the signed public footpath, crossing a sleeper bridge and passing through a kissing gate to reach the corner of a large meadow. Walk straight ahead (with the pub to your left), keep ahead through the gap in the trees and then continue in the same direction, with a hedgerow on your left and an open field to your right.
|Brickfield Road to Sleeper Bridge|
Start point: 51.1986 lat, -0.1151 long
Cross over the road with care and walk straight ahead to join the public bridleway leading you into Outwood Common. Continue on this main bridleway, ignoring any smaller side paths. Pass a waymarker post with an NT yellow arrow and about 20 metres later you will come to a beautiful secluded pond on your right. There is a bench here should you wish to enjoy the wildlife, look out for the darting dragonflies and damselflies in the summer and the beautiful yellow lilies.
|Sleeper Bridge to Estate Office|
Start point: 51.2026 lat, -0.1096 long
Beyond the bridge, keep straight ahead and you will emerge from the trees to reach the corner of a crop field. Continue ahead on the grass margin, with the tree line on your right and crop field on your left. After 100 metres (and before you reach the end of the crop field) you will come to a fingerpost marking a crossroads of paths. The small bench which sits between two large oak trees at this point is actually the remains of an old stile.
|Estate Office to Wooden Footbridge|
Start point: 51.1977 lat, -0.1044 long
NOTE: This next section of navigation through the common needs concentration. Just 20 metres after the estate office, fork right to leave the tarmac drive and join an unmade path which leads you between two redwood trees and then bears right to run through the centre of the woodland. Keep ahead only until you reach a subtle T-junction with a clump of brambles ahead. Turn left here, pass between the holly bushes and then bear right heading down the slope to reach a small flat concrete and stone bridge over a sunken stream.
|Wooden Footbridge to Church|
Start point: 51.1974 lat, -0.1056 long
Cross this footbridge, climb the steps at the far side and at the top of the slope turn immediately right along the path. Stay with this path (which has had many large trees felled recently), still following the line of the stream and gully which is now running on your right. You will come to a T-junction with a waymarker, at the woodland edge with a hedgerow and open fields ahead.
|Church to End|
Start point: 51.1983 lat, -0.1121 long
Keep ahead to reach a junction with the road. Cross over with care and walk ahead into the side road, Wasp Green Lane, taking care of any traffic. Immediately after House 2, turn right into the access drive for The Standard. Immediately before the entrance gates, turn left onto the grass path which leads you behind another property on your left.
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Great walk, especially if you have dogs as no livestock at all.
|By robinsn1 on 27 May 2016|
Enjoyable walk. Ideal Sunday morning stroll followed by lunch at the really good Dog and Duck pub
|By Stonewall on 17 Mar 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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