An enjoyable 6 mile (9.5km) walk in two sections, making it ideal for a lunchtime stop in Capel village. There is an option to shorten the route by completing just the first loop of 3 miles (4.8km). The walk passes through farmland and woodland, with beautiful wildflowers in the spring. There are good views to Leith Hill and the North Downs. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.
The walk includes a few steady gradients. The paths through fields and woodland can be quite marshy and muddy so good boots are required and wellingtons are recommended for the winter months. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus 17 stiles (10 within the first loop and 7 within the second). All the stiles in the first loop have open fence surrounds making them suitable for most dogs to pass through, but one stile on the second loop is enclosed by wire mesh and so dogs will need a lift over this. You will be sharing some of the fields with horses and sheep and sometimes cattle so take care with dogs. Allow 3 hours (1.5 hours per loop).
If you are looking for refreshments, The Crown pub is at the start of the walk. There is also a petrol station with shop opposite, and a newsagent further south along The Street. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people's privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.
Capel village is located in Surrey, close to the border with West Sussex, mid way between Dorking and Horsham. The walk starts from the Vicarage Lane bus stop on The Street, directly outside the church and The Crown pub in the centre of Capel village. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, there is some street parking on The Street and Vicarage Lane (please park with respect for local residents). There is also a car park at the village hall, Memorial Hall, just off Mortimer Road (a one minute walk north along The Street). Approximate post code RH5 5JY. Grid ref: TQ 176407.
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