A 6 mile (9.5km) circular walk taking you on a journey through time where new meets old and built up areas merge with farmland, streams and woodland. Your route passes through the newest housing developments and goes back in time to encounter World War II pillboxes, hints of the tanning industry and further still to Saxon times with the mysterious site of Thunderfield Castle. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.
The walk is almost entirely flat. The ground is however very rough and after wet periods some of the clay soils on the route can become waterlogged and deep with mud. Stout boots are essential and wellingtons recommended in the wetter months. You will need to negotiate several steps and gates plus 15 stiles (all of which have open fence surrounds which should be suitable for most dogs to pass through). There are a number of grazing pastures to cross on this walk, sometimes holding cattle, so please take particular care with dogs. Allow 3 hours.
There are no toilets or picnic spots on the route itself. Refreshments are only available at the start and end of the walk, at The Farmhouse pub. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill and Reigate. 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.
The walk starts and finishes outside The Farmhouse pub on Ladbroke Road in Langshott, Horley. If you are coming by public transport, several buses serve Horley and the nearest bus stop is on the A23 at Chestnut Road, just a five minute walk from the pub. By train, Horley Station is about a 1km walk from the start of the walk; walk along Station Approach for 300m to reach the T-junction, turn left along Balcombe Road for 400m and turn right along Ladbroke Road for 200m to reach the pub. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, there is a little roadside parking directly outside the pub or, if you continue past the pub on your left, you will reach a small parking lay-by on the right. Approximate post code RH6 8PB. Grid Ref: TQ 290 441.
The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Explore Surrey: East Horley Circular This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.
To book discount train tickets to this location please visit Train Genius