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|The Duke of Wellington and Sheepleas|
|Author: peachwalker, Published: 16 Dec 2017||Walk Rating:|
|Surrey, East Horsley|
|A 3 mile circular pub walk from the Duke of Wellington in East Horsley, Surrey. The Duke of Wellington is an ancient country pub with stunning Lovelace architecture, making it the ideal setting for refreshments before or after your walk. The walking route gives you chance to enjoy the fine architecture of Horsley Towers and West Horsley Place, before climbing onto the lower chalk slopes of the North Downs to enjoy the woodland and grassland of Sheepleas. This historic site has beautiful displays of bluebells and cowslips in the spring and gives stunning far-reaching views to the London skyline. |
The walking route has several steady climbs and descents throughout and follows roadside pavements plus unmade paths through woodland and grassland (which are uneven in part and can get muddy). Sheepleas is criss-crossed by many intersecting paths, so the live GPS-map on the iFootpath App will be the best tool for navigation. There are no stiles, steps, kissing gates or livestock on route, but you will need to negotiate one simple swing gate and one staggered barrier. With this in mind, the route would be suitable for rugged pushchairs after periods of dry weather, assuming you can handle the slopes. You will need to cross the A246 twice, so take care of traffic at these points. Allow 1.5 hours.
The Duke of Wellington is situated in East Horsley, on the A246 between Leatherhead and Guildford. Set back from the Guildford Road, it is just across the road from the prominent former gatehouse to Horsley Towers, with its mock-medieval turrets. The pub has its own car park alongside. If this is full, there is nearby street parking along St Martins Close – turn onto the B2039 (signed to St Martin’s Church) alongside the pub and then take the first left into St Martins Close. If you are coming by public transport, there are bus stops directly outside the pub on the A246 or Horsley rail station is a one mile walk away. Approximate post code KT24 6AA.
|Start to St Mary's Church|
Start point: 51.2627 lat, -0.4317 long
Leave the pub car park via the vehicle entrance. If you glance to your left here, you will see the prominent former gatehouse to Horsley Towers. The large Gothic mansion was designed by Sir Charles Barry, who also designed the Houses of Parliament. The mansion became the home of the First Earl of Lovelace in 1829, and in 1858 he replaced the Regency-style gatehouse lodge with this Italianate version. In 1864 he added the Lovelace treatment to The Duke of Wellington itself. He added two wings, one at each end, with brick and flint, metal windows and embellished friezes of terracotta tiles incorporating badges of various Surrey Regiments as well as shields showing his family’s heraldic devices.
|St Mary's Church to Horse Ride|
Start point: 51.2628 lat, -0.4411 long
Immediately after the church wall, at a fork in the tarmac, keep ahead on the left-hand branch. 50 metres later, where the tarmac bears right into the car park, go ahead to join the stone public bridleway which leads you into the Sheepleas site. At the end of this first stretch of bridleway you will come to a vehicle barrier ahead, with a wooden gate alongside (which swings both ways to improve accessibility).
|Horse Ride to Millennium Viewpoint|
Start point: 51.2572 lat, -0.4415 long
Follow the permissive horse ride woodland path. This countryside site, known as The Sheepleas, lies on the lower chalk slopes of the North Downs and is a mosaic of woodland, scrub and open grassland. The open meadows are the Leas from which the site takes its name, and they were grazed by sheep for several centuries. They are rich in chalk-loving plants including marjoram, wild thyme and orchids whilst the woodland areas are filled with carpets of bluebells in the spring.
|Millennium Viewpoint to Staggered Crossroads|
Start point: 51.2531 lat, -0.4434 long
When you have finished at the viewpoint, retrace your steps back past the picnic area (now on your left) to reach the bridleway junction with two fingerposts, which you passed through earlier. Turn left here to continue up the hill (signed as a bridleway and marked with a white arrow for the woodland trail).
|Staggered Crossroads to Bridleway Descent|
Start point: 51.2511 lat, -0.44 long
Continue steadily downhill on the stone and grass bridleway to reach a junction of multiple paths, with a five-way fingerpost on your right. Take the path at about 11 o’clock (a permissive horse ride), passing a wooden vehicle barrier and bench both on your left. The stony chalk track leads you gently downhill, soon passing through a pretty tunnel of coppiced trees.
|Bridleway Descent to End|
Start point: 51.2555 lat, -0.4388 long
Follow the bridleway downhill to reach a major crossroads, with a fingerpost on your right. Turn right here, signed as a continuation of the bridleway. Simply stay on this bridleway winding through the woodland to reach a vehicle barrier.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author peachpubs 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: 18 Dec 2017
Gatehouse to Horsley Towers at the start of the walk.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 19 Dec 2017
The lovely window of St Mary’s Church
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