A 5.5 mile linear walk from the Dabbling Duck Cafe in Shere to the Speckledy Hen Cafe in Shamley Green, Surrey. At these two sister cafes the welcome is warm and the food is a treat. If you time your walk correctly you'll be able to have breakfast in Shere and then lunch in Shamley Green – a perfect day out. The walking route follows a lovely journey through the Albury Park Estate and Blackheath Forest, a large area of lowland heath and pine forest which is home to a wide range of wildlife.
NOTE: As this is a linear walk you will need to use two cars or arrange to travel by public transport – see the Getting There section for details. Whilst the Dabbling Duck is open seven days a week, the Speckledy Hen cafe is open Monday to Saturdays so you will need to make separate lunch arrangements on Sundays.
The route has several climbs and descents throughout. The paths through the heath, whilst firm for the most part, can get very muddy in the lower/shaded paths and bridleways so good boots are a must. There are several kissing gates to negotiate but no stiles. You are likely to come across several horse riders using the bridleways so take care with dogs. The paths within the heath/forest can be confusing so pay particular attention to the instructions (and we recommend using the live map via the App where possible). Allow 2.5 to 3 hours (plus extra time for the transport connections).
The walk starts from the Dabbling Duck cafe on Middle Street, Shere, GU5 9HF and finishes at the Speckledy Hen Cafe in Shamley Green, GU5 0UB. You will need to use two cars (leaving one car in Shamley Green, and then driving the other car to Shere to start the walk – use the village car park on Upper Street) or alternatively you can travel by public transport.
Both Shere and Shamley Green are served by Arriva bus services to Guildford. Make your way to Guildford Bus Station (by car or train) and then catch the Number 32 bus to Shere (Middle Street) which takes about 25 minutes. After your walk you will need to catch the Number 53 or 63 from outside the Red Lion back to Guildford (which takes about 20 minutes). The frequency of the bus services varies depending on the day of the week (being least frequent on Sundays) so check on the Arriva website before you travel. As an example, on Saturdays you could catch the 0920 or 1020 from Guildford to Shere and then for the return journey catch the 1550 or 1611 from Shamley Green back to Guildford. Please check the bus times for yourself before setting out.
The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Ducks and Hens: The Shere and Shamley Green Cafe Trail This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.
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