A 7 km (4.5 mile) easy access walk around Elstead Common, enjoying sections of woodland, open areas of heath and several ponds and streams. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.
The walk is generally flat with only a few gentle gradients and can be lengthened or shortened to meet your own requirements. All the paths are wide tracks and there are no stiles, gates or steps on route. The first mile stretch is on a tarmac track and the next 0.75 miles follows a compacted stone track (which can have some shallow surface mud). By following these paths there and back (a total of 3.5 miles) this version would be suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and disability buggies for most of the year. The remainder of the route follows unmade dirt and sand tracks that are all wide but can be very soft underfoot so wellies are a must in the winter. Dogs are welcome on the common, in fact it is a popular dog walking spot. The common is an MOD training area so visitors are asked to comply with all instructions and byelaws on noticeboards. Allow 2 hours.
There are no toilets or other facilities on the walk itself. If you are looking for refreshments before or after your walk, there is a choice of three pubs in Elstead village (The Woolpack, The Golden Fleece and The Mill) just a mile from the start of the walk. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford and Farnham. 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.
Elstead village is located on the B3001, about half way between Farnham and the A3 junction at Milford. The walk starts and finishes from the Royal Common parking area on the B3001, about one mile east of the village. It is large stone parking lay-by with space for about 12 cars and has no height restriction barrier. The post code GU8 6LA will take you to the eastern end of Elstead village. From here, continue east on the B3001, keep right at the fork (signed A3) and 0.2 miles later you will find the parking area on the right (by a sign for a public bridleway). If you are coming by bus, the nearest stop is in Elstead village itself. 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: Elstead Common This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.
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