A 4.5 mile (7km) gently undulating walk starting from Effingham Junction rail station. The route passes through woodland, farmland and over several commons. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.
The walk includes a few gentle gradients. The route crosses heavy clay fields and wet low-lying meadows so good walking boots are required all year and wellingtons are recommended in the winter months (when some sections can be very muddy or have standing water). You will need to negotiate some gates plus 11 stiles (all of which have gaps alongside which should be suitable for most dogs to pass through). Several of the fields that you cross will be holding horses so take care with dogs. Allow 2 to 2.5hrs, depending on the conditions underfoot.
There are no pubs or shops along the main route. There is the choice of an optional detour into Effingham village where you will find The Plough pub and the Sir Douglas Haig Hotel near the junction between Lower Road and The Street. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Boxhill & 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 from Effingham Junction train station (note: this is 1.5 miles from the village of Effingham itself). If you are coming by bus, there is a bus stop alongside the station or you can alight at Effingham village and adjust the walk to start at Waypoint 5. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, the station has a pay and display car park (2.1m height restriction) which is free on Sundays, costs £2 per day off-peak (Saturdays and after 10.30am weekdays) and £6 per day peak (Bank Holidays and before 10.30am weekdays) – prices correct February 2015. Approximate post code KT24 5HX. Grid ref: TQ 103559.
The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Explore Surrey: Effingham Circular This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.
To book discount train tickets to this location please visit Train Genius