Walk to Black swan

East Horsley to the Black Swan, Ockham

Distance: Approx 6.5km round trip

Time: Approx 90 mins one way

Ability: Medium (fairly easy terrain but the way there is all uphill with one quite steep stretch)

Buggy friendly (as long as your buggy doesn’t mind getting muddy!!) But be aware there is a stretch of road at the end for about 200-300 metres with no pavement

Make your way to Green Lane (off Ockham Road North). Opposite Green lane is a lane signposted public footpath. The lane is called Whitehill Lane. Walk up this lane. From the beginning of Whitehill Lane to where you turn off to walk through a wood is approx. 1.3 miles. You can drive up this lane and there are a couple of place you could leave your car to shorten the journey if you need to.

Walk up the lane almost as far as you can go (ignore the bridleway signs off to the right and then the left) and about 15 metres before a gate that says ‘Private, no public access’ which leads to a farm, take the right turn signposted public footpath. The takes you into the wood.

Follow the fairly wide path straight ahead for about 10-15 mins through the wood. at the end of this path you will see a little bridge to cross and a house ahead on the left.

Cross the bridge and walk around to the left. You’ll see a farm to the right but go around the left corner.

Walk past with the house on your left and you’ll be on a paved lane with fields either side. Follow this lane for about another 1.5miles or 20-25 mins. It will take you past a field with horses on your right and maize fields on your left. Continue to follow this and you will eventually walk up a very steep incline which is 200-300 metres long.

At the top of this hill continue walking straight ahead and you will see the road. When you get to the road, turn right.

Walk along the edge of the road for about 300 metres and you will see the Black Swan Ockham straight ahead of you.

Enjoy a well earned drink!

To return, simply retrace your steps!

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