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|The Wheatsheaf and Esher Commons|
|Author: Claire, Published: 03 Jan 2017||Walk Rating:|
|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).
|Start to Golf Course|
Start point: 51.3717 lat, -0.3668 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.
|Golf Course to West End Common Car Park|
Start point: 51.3655 lat, -0.3703 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.
|West End Common Car Park to The Homewood Crossing|
Start point: 51.357 lat, -0.3838 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.
|The Homewood Crossing to Five Ways|
Start point: 51.3495 lat, -0.3865 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).
|Five Ways to Arbrook Common|
Start point: 51.3484 lat, -0.3772 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.
|Arbrook Common to Catholic Church|
Start point: 51.3527 lat, -0.3628 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).
|Catholic Church to End|
Start point: 51.3615 lat, -0.3565 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.
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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.
|By mamil54 on 09 Jul 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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Uploaded: 04 Jan 2017
The book lift
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The pond in the first half of the walk
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Uploaded: 04 Jan 2017
St George's Church
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