A 9.5km (6 mile) circular walk from the beautiful village of Chiddingfold, taking in the surrounding woodland and rolling fields with chance to visit a donkey sanctuary if you time it right. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.
The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, some of which are fairly steep in part. The paths across fields and through woodland can get very muddy and slippery so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and steps plus 18 stiles. Some of the stiles are very tall (so humans will need to be fairly agile) and, whilst many have open fence surrounds, at least 5 stiles are fully enclosed and so dogs would need a lift over these. You will be sharing many of the fields with livestock (horses, sheep and sometimes cattle). Some of the paths are narrow and so could be overgrown at times. The walk crosses a railway line at an unsignalled crossing so take great care at this point. There are a couple of sections walking along quiet country lanes so be careful of traffic on these stretches. If you wish to visit the Donkey Sanctuary, this is open April to October on Wednesdays and Sundays, between 11.30am and 4pm. Approximate time 3 hours, plus extra if visiting the sanctuary.
There are toilets at Witley rail station, about half way round. If you are looking for refreshments, you will find The Crown Inn pub and Treacles Tea Shop on Chiddingfold Green at the start or end of the walk. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer OL33 Haslemere and Petersfield. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people's privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.
Chiddingfold is located on the main A283, about 5 miles south of Milford. The walk starts and finishes from The Green at the centre of Chiddingfold village. There is plenty of free roadside parking on the side road called The Green. Approximate post code GU8 4TX. There is a bus stop directly alongside The Green. Alternatively, if you wish to travel by train, you can adjust the walk to start and finish at Witley rail station (waypoint 4). For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info.
The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Explore Surrey: Chiddingfold and Sandhills This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.
To book discount train tickets to this location please visit Train Genius