A 5.5 mile (8.5km) tranquil walk through rural Surrey passing close to the neighbouring counties of Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex. The route passes a number of farms, past fields of sheep, cattle and horses and through woodland. There are extensive views to the chalk ridge of the North Downs, and the Weald to the south. Part of the route follows the Vanguard Way, a long distance footpath linking the London suburbs to the south coast. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.
The route includes several climbs and descents throughout. The tracks and paths through woodland and farmland are mostly firm, but some sections can become very muddy and slippery in winter and after periods of rain so stout boots are recommended all year and wellingtons with grips in winter/after wet periods. You will need to negotiate a few kissing gates, a stream crossing (the stream is narrow but can be deep) plus three stiles (one of which is enclosed with wire fencing so dogs will need a lift over). You will be sharing some of the fields with livestock (sheep, horses and maybe cattle) so take particular care with dogs. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on the conditions underfoot.
If you are looking for refreshments, the Plough Inn at the start of the walk is open all day. There are shops and other pubs in Dormansland village, half a mile from the start of the walk. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 147 Sevenoaks & Tonbridge. This walk follows public rights of way 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.
Dormansland is located on the B2028 Lingfield to Edenbridge road. The walk starts and finishes at the bus stop directly outside the Plough Inn, close to the junction of Plough Road, the B2028 and Ford Manor Road. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, there is limited parking in Ford Manor Road but please park with respect for the local residents. Approximate post code RH7 6PS. Grid ref: TQ406428.
The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Explore Surrey: Corner of Four Counties This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.
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