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The Wheatsheaf and Esher Commons

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The Wheatsheaf and Esher Commons
Author: Claire, Published: 03 Jan 2017 Walk Rating:star1 The Wheatsheaf and Esher Commons Walking Guide star1 The Wheatsheaf and Esher Commons Walking Guide star1 The Wheatsheaf and Esher Commons Walking Guide star1 The Wheatsheaf and Esher Commons Walking Guide star0 The Wheatsheaf and Esher Commons Walking Guide
Surrey, Elmbridge
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Wheatsheaf and Esher Commons
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Wheatsheaf and Esher Commons Walking Guide boot The Wheatsheaf and Esher Commons Walking Guide boot The Wheatsheaf and Esher Commons Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular pub walk from The Wheatsheaf on Esher Green in Esher, Surrey. The Wheatsheaf is a 200-year-old inn which has been lovingly restored into a smart community pub, the perfect place for refreshments before or after your walk. The walking route heads down Esher High Street before crossing the golf course into West End to reach Esher Commons. The paths through West End Common, Esher Common and Arbrook Common provide a beautifully peaceful journey with plenty of wildlife to enjoy.

The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, but there are only a couple of steep sections. Several of the paths in the commons are surfaced with stone, but the unmade stretches can become muddy in the winter and after periods of rain. It is easy to get lost in the commons, so we recommend using the live GPS map within the iFootpath App to help with navigation. You will need to negotiate several gates, a shallow set of steps plus one narrow sleeper bridge (just two planks wide). There are a couple of road crossings that need care, although visibility is good. There is no livestock on the route and dogs are welcome on the commons, in fact they are a popular dog walking area. Allow 2.5 hours.

Esher is located about 5 miles south-west of Kingston-upon-Thames and is easily accessed from the A3. The walk starts and finishes from The Wheatsheaf pub which is located on Esher Green and has its own car park. Approximate post code KT10 8AG. Alternatively, if you prefer, you could adjust the walk to start on the commons and visit the pub part way round by starting at the West End Common car park (waypoint 2 and approximate post code KT10 8LZ).

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Walk Sections

Start to Golf Course
Start to Golf Course

Start point: 51.3717 lat, -0.3668 long
End point: 51.3655 lat, -0.3703 long

Leave the pub car park via the vehicle entrance, cross over to the far pavement and turn left along this. You will pass the pub on your left and Esher Green on your right. At the road junction turn right, following the pavement as it swings right (past the war memorial on your right) and then using the pelican crossing to swap to the left-hand pavement. Continue along the road, with Christ Church on your left. Immediately after the church, turn left into the side road called Park Road. Follow this to the T-junction at the end.

Turn right along Esher High Street and follow the pavement heading out of the centre of Esher. After passing the last retail store on your right, ignore the footpath signed to the right but notice the piece of old machinery mounted for display here. This was the book lift used by Surrey Library Services, which was in operation in the adjacent building until 1980.

Continue ahead on the right-hand pavement, passing the bus shelter alongside Moore Place. Beyond Moore Place, keep ahead to cross an access drive and walk ahead towards the gates of the white mansion called Hill House. Just before you reach the gates, fork right and then turn right onto the signed public footpath which will lead you into the golf course.

Golf Course to West End Common Car Park
Golf Course to West End Common Car Park

Start point: 51.3655 lat, -0.3703 long
End point: 51.357 lat, -0.3838 long

Follow this enclosed footpath, first between garden fences and then with the golf course visible both sides. Stay with the obvious path winding ahead and take particular care to watch out for any stray flying golf balls. At the far side of the golf course, you will come to a fork in the path with the corner of a garden fence ahead. Take the right-hand branch which leads you steeply downhill. At the end of this stretch of path you will reach a T-junction with a residential road.

Cross over to the far pavement and turn left along this. Follow the road as it swings right, cross over to join the left-hand pavement and then follow the road as it bends left, passing a large duck pond on your right. Simply continue ahead on this quiet road, with houses running on your left and the pond and playing field across to your right. Pass West End Village Hall on your left and then St George’s Church also on your left. Notice the beautiful, arched stained-glass window of St George sitting below the bell tower.

From this point the pavement ends, so cross the road and go over the small sleeper bridge to enter the recreation ground and then turn immediately left to join the grass path running along the right-hand side of the road. The path leads you past a woodland pond on your right and immediately afterwards you will come to a fork in the path. Take the right-hand branch which leads you into West End Common, away from the road.

The path leads you to a crossroads with a raised, stone pathway which is lined with timber boards. Turn left along this and follow it straight ahead through the woodland. West End Common is one of the collection of Esher Commons, a mixture of woodland and heath. The sandy, acidic soils are not suitable for growing crops and so, from 6,000 years ago, they were used for livestock grazing. This allowed typical heathland plants such as heathers and grasses to grow. The commons were used by local people to gather firewood, bedding and fodder.

Further along, stay with the path as it swings left, leading you up a flight of shallow wooden steps and through a wooden staggered barrier. A few paces later you will reach a fork. Take the left-hand branch and this will lead you directly into West End Common car park.

West End Common Car Park to The Homewood Crossing
West End Common Car Park to The Homewood Crossing

Start point: 51.357 lat, -0.3838 long
End point: 51.3495 lat, -0.3865 long

With your back to the vehicle entrance, take the path straight ahead, passing alongside the large information board. Follow the main stone path directly ahead into the heart of the common. The commons are rich with birdlife so watch out for woodpeckers and birds of prey such as kestrels and sparrowhawks.

Ignore the smaller paths right and left, instead stay with the main path which leads you ahead into woodland. Follow the widest of the paths which bends right and, as you approach a large mound ahead, skirt to the right of this. Continue 30 metres further to reach a fork with a section of scrub at its centre, take the left-hand branch and you will come to a T-junction with another woodland path at Markerpost 37.

Turn left and follow the woodland path winding uphill through the trees. At the brow of the climb (just after Markerpost 36) you will come to a T-junction. Take the right-hand path and continue on this path until you come to a fork. Stay with the main path (the right-hand branch) to reach a crossroads at Markerpost 40. Go straight ahead and this becomes a sunken path leading you downhill.

At the bottom of the slope you will come to a path junction directly beneath powerlines, alongside Markerpost 31. Go straight ahead on the woodland path and you will emerge to the road, with the entrance for The Homewood on your right.

The Homewood Crossing to Five Ways
The Homewood Crossing to Five Ways

Start point: 51.3495 lat, -0.3865 long
End point: 51.3484 lat, -0.3772 long

Cross over the road with care and take the footpath ahead, between two white wooden fences. A few metres in, you will come to a T-junction. Turn left for a few paces to reach a fingerpost. Bear right on the permissive horse ride and, just a few metres along, fork left through the staggered barrier to join the footpath (which was signed to Black Pond on the fingerpost behind you).

At the far end of this path, pass alongside the next wooden barrier to reach the next junction. Take the path at about 1 o’clock and follow this sandy heathland track continuing through the common. In the winter months (when the foliage is at its lightest) you may be able to see the glint of Black Pond through the trees across to the right.

Pass through the next barrier and a few metres later you will come to another fingerpost. Bear right (an unsigned track) for 30 metres to reach an information board on your right and a fingerpost called Five Ways.

Five Ways to Arbrook Common
Five Ways to Arbrook Common

Start point: 51.3484 lat, -0.3772 long
End point: 51.3527 lat, -0.3628 long

Turn sharp left to take the horse ride signed to Longy Down and Arbrook Common. Stay with the main horse ride, ignoring any smaller paths behind wooden barriers to the sides. Along the way, you will pass several white arrows that mark this as a cycle route. Eventually you will emerge from the woodland to reach a path junction alongside power lines.

Continue in the same direction on the sandy path, which runs directly under the power lines. Pass through the bridle gate (or the gap alongside) and a few metres later you will come to the white railings that mark the crossing point with the road, Copsem Lane. Cross over with care and take the path ahead into Arbrook Common.

Arbrook Common to Catholic Church
Arbrook Common to Catholic Church

Start point: 51.3527 lat, -0.3628 long
End point: 51.3615 lat, -0.3565 long

Pass through the bridle gate (or the gap alongside) and follow the main surfaced path which veers left. A few metres along, at the first junction, follow the main path as it bends right and then continues ahead (with the power lines running across to your right). You will come to a junction with a tarmac access drive, with a small brick bridge to your right and a white cast iron post (with the City of London red and white coat of arms).

This is an old Coal and Wine Tax Post and they can be found in a ring around the edge of London, marking the old boundary of Greater London. After the Great Fire of London in 1666, a tax was introduced to raise money for rebuilding. The tax was levied on wine and coal sold within the city boundaries and the posts marked the point at which duty became payable.

Turn right along the access drive for just a few paces and then turn left between the wooden bollards to join a woodland path. Follow this as it bends left and then winds ahead. You will come to a fingerpost and a fork in the path. Turn left here, signed as the horse ride and cycle route to Arbrook Lane. Stay with the main horse ride, ignoring smaller paths off to the sides. The path winds through a section with a pretty stream on the left, ideal for a doggy paddle or drink, and then continues directly ahead.

At the end of the path you will come to a junction, bear left, heading towards the houses at the end of a residential road. Cross over the stream (a final chance for a doggie paddle!) and keep straight ahead to follow the residential road, Arbrook Lane. You will pass Milbourne Lodge School on your right and the Catholic Church of the Holy Name on your left.

Catholic Church to End
Catholic Church to End

Start point: 51.3615 lat, -0.3565 long
End point: 51.3719 lat, -0.3667 long

Continue ahead to reach the crossroads at the end of Arbrook Lane, with the Arbrook Lane bus stop on your left. Cross over to the far pavement with care and turn left along this. Cross over the side road, Esher Park Avenue, and immediately afterwards fork right to join the public footpath between tall fences. Further along, the path leads you past school grounds on your left before emerging to a T-junction with the A244.

Turn right along the pavement, heading back into the centre of Esher. At the large road junction, use the pedestrian crossings to continue straight ahead on the A244. At the next smaller junction (with the war memorial ahead), go straight ahead once again. You will come to The Wheatsheaf on your right for some well-earned hospitality.

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5 comments for "The Wheatsheaf and Esher Commons"

This is a delightful walk especially because of the precise instructions and directions. Thanks you so much!

By swapchak on 10 Jan 2017

A nice walk with good variety. If you are not thinking of having a drink in the Wheatsheaf there are very few parking options in Esher, you would be better starting at the West End Common car park which is free.

By sautermeiste on 14 Mar 2017

Very pleasant walk with clear directions. Loads of refreshment options in Esher.

ADMIN RESPONSE: As the The Wheatsheaf pub has kindly funded this walking guide, we strongly recommend this great pub.

By mamil54 on 09 Jul 2017

Nice easy terrain. Very peaceful. Ideal for dogs.

By Pearson on 24 Aug 2017

Beautiful walk in the autumn!!

By Lisaknight12 on 10 Nov 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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