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|Great Bookham Common Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 19 Dec 2016||Walk Rating:|
|Surrey, Great Bookham|
|A 2.5 mile easy-access circular trail around Great Bookham Common in Surrey. The common is managed by the National Trust, was mentioned in the Domesday Book and comprises grassland plains, mighty oak woods and serene ponds. There is plenty of wildlife to enjoy throughout the year, including nightingales in the spring and a large population of butterflies in the summer. There is even chance to spot the beautiful, but elusive, purple emperor butterfly. |
The walk is relatively flat, with just some very gentle slopes. About 80 percent of the route follows a compacted stone path, with the remaining section along a grass track (which can be very muddy in winter). If you would prefer to stay on the surfaced path, you can turn around and retrace your steps once you reach the grass bridleway, resulting in a there-and-back route of 2 miles. The grass track has tall staggered horse-barriers at each end – these are about 1.4 metres high so most pushchairs and disability buggies should be able to pass under them quite easily. There are no other obstacles on route (no gates, stiles or steps). In the dry summer months, it would be possible to take a pushchair or disability buggy around the entire route, and the in the wetter months, the there-and-back option can be used instead. Dogs are welcome on the common (in fact, it’s a popular dog walking spot) and dog waste bins are provided. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours.
Great Bookham is located between Guildford and Leatherhead in Surrey. The walk starts and finishes from the Bookham Commons Tunnel car park which is managed by the National Trust. The car park is free for National Trust members or £4 per car for non-members (payable via mobile phone and debit or credit card). The car park is located on Church Road, just 150 metres east of Bookham rail station (ideal if you are coming by train).Turn left out of the station and you will find the car park on your left. Approximate post code KT23 3JG.
|Start to Lakes|
Start point: 51.2894 lat, -0.3807 long
Standing in the car park with your back to the vehicle entrance, walk ahead to reach the fork at the far end of the car park. Take the left-hand branch, the wide stone track passing immediately to the right of the National Trust covered information board. A few metres later, you will come to another fork. Take the left-hand branch again and follow this stone track marked with a blue arrow.
|Lakes to Top of Broadway|
Start point: 51.2947 lat, -0.3848 long
Continue on the bridleway ahead, passing a second lake on your right (Upper Eastern Pond). Just beyond this you will see a path on your right signed to the Upper Eastern Pond Bird Hide, which you can visit should you wish. 50 metres after passing the access path for the bird hide, you will come to a T-junction. If you need to stay on the surfaced paths, now is the time to turn around and re-trace your steps back to the car park.
|Top of Broadway to End|
Start point: 51.2988 lat, -0.3758 long
Turn left to join this surfaced track (known as High Point Path) and follow this for some distance. At the junction marked with blue arrows, stay with the main surfaced track ahead and then swinging left. The track winds ahead and you will emerge to a junction with the Fetcham Bridleway (which you should recognise from your outward leg).
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Wonderful walk. Only comment is that walk is listed as 3 miles and then 2.5 miles within the first paragraph.
|By Heloby on 07 Jan 2018|
Beautiful. One steady hill climb, but the rest of the walk flat. Pass by a series of ponds with lots of bird life (saw three herons sitting on the same tree) and if you veer off the main paths, again plenty of nature to enjoy. A few more benches along the main paths wouldn't go amiss.
|By PRJ1975 on 01 Jun 2017|
Would help if directions said 'with station on left car park is 100 yards on the left'
|By henryhewitt on 01 Jan 2017|
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