Walks & Trail Runs

This section will be added to through posts from readers highlighting some of their favourite walks. A big thank you to Michelle Scott and Liz Crooke for all their contributions to this section and for introducing me to so many of these trails.

Local walks recommended in our newsletter. Often family friendly, these walks are shorter and can be done with an off-road buggy. A few take a local pub en route too.

Sheepleas & North Downs Way 10.5 km (6.5 miles). Starts at Sheepleas Green Dene car park KT24 5TA.

The North Downs Way (Newlands Corner in picture) is a 153 national route stretching from Farnham to Cantebury and the White cliffs of Dover.

Francis Corner walk 5.5km (3.5 miles). Near Sheepleas Grene Dene car park. Grid refTQ 078 496. This is possible to do with buggies or on bikes with kids as there are concrete tracks which were built during the Second World War by the Canadian Pioneer Corps. These enabled the movement of large numbers of military personnel and equipment prior to D-Day 1944. The pillboxes were erected to fortify the natural barrier of the North Downs against possible ground attack on London and the South East.

There are some amazing trails around the Polesden Lacy estate. The National Trust do an organised monthly 10k trail run around the estate on the 4th Sunday of each month –  and there are also way-marked Run England 321 10k trails.

There is also a very good 10k trail run around Bookham Common and Polesden Lacy along the route of the annual Bookham 10k run held in February.

Denbies hillside walk is a lovely 2 mile walk around Ranmore Common overlooking the Denbie estate.

Newlands Corner & Secret Woods 7.5km or 6.5 km

Newlands Corner to Silent Pool 4.8km with some steeper climbs. Silent Pool now has a distillery, owned by residents of Horsley, producing an award winning gin.

Dragonflies & a Church-on-the-Hill walk, Chantries, Shalford &Blackheath 16km (10 miles). Easy to moderate walking. Described as a vigorous circular walk, great in summer and winter because of the evergreens. Beautiful in April / May with the bluebells in full bloom.

Self-guided walks around Newlands Corner  including to the beautiful St Martha’s Church (adjacent) which offers sweeping views across Surrey. Various levels and distances. There is an ordinance survey map and info that that you can download here showing a circular route that you can do.

Other walks in Surrey including those accessible to wheelchairs & pushchairs.

Canal walks along the River Wey tow path such as Guildford to Pyrford.

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