By Michelle Scott
There are so many great walks a bit further afield from Horsley but here are some of my favourites:
One of the most scenic walks around and also very good in the winter as it so sandy. To access St Martha’s Hill you need to drive through Albury and then take a right hand turn up Guildford Lane. The car park is a mile or so on the left hand side. From the car park walk straight up the hill to St Martha’s church which is a beautiful and remote church with stunning views over Albury and Chilworth.
There are lots of bridleways off the main North Downs Way and you can also access St Martha’s from Newlands Corner.
If you want a longer walk you can carry on walking from St Martha’s church down the North Downs Way towards Guildford and you will come to the Chantries woods which also have lots of lovely trails to explore.
If you are feeling fit there are a few 10km trail runs which take in St Martha’s, Newlands Corner and the Chantries such as the Hard as Snails race.
Blackheath is a lovely sandy common which has some pine forest and lots of trails to explore. You can reach it by turning left at the level crossing at Chilworth. Keep going along the road until you reach Blackheath and a brilliant signpost which says something like This Way, That Way, Somewhere Else…
Turn left at the crossroads, past the Villagers Pub which is sadly no longer in operation and the car park is at the end of the road.
Frensham Little Pond
Again this is a great place to go in the winter as the tracks are really sandy. The pond is huge and has a lovely sandy beach but I don’t think dogs are allowed to swim in there anymore.
Holmbury St Mary and Pitch Hill
There are over 60 miles of trails around this area. You can park at the car park up the road from the Royal Oak pub and walk up to the top of Holmbury Hill and back or go on a circular walk.
To access Pitch Hill you can park in the car park in Peaslake which is past the Hurtwood Inn and again walk up to the top of Pitch Hill and back.
The views from both of these hills are stunning!
There are several car parks for Leith Hill – if you park at the one closest to the tower it is a relatively easy walk up to the Tower which has amazing views and also serves tea, coffee and cakes!
To get here you go on the A24 round Leatherhead and take the right at the roundabout at the top of the hill towards Headley and keep going along until you meet the B2033. Turn right onto this road towards Tadworth and the car park is about ½ mile on the right.
There are some lovely self-guided trails through the heath and there is also a lovely natural play area for children.
Ripley Canal / River Wey
This is such a lovely walk along the canal tow path in the summer – we tend to walk up to the Anchor for midway refreshments!!!
You can access the canal from Ripley Common (see suggested walk on link above).
Or you can park in the car park on the Newark Lane which is the road from Ripley to Pyrford. The car park is on the left hand side just before the traffic lights at the canal itself.