A 12km (7.5 mile) circular walk exploring the woodlands and open spaces of East and West Horsley and Effingham, including Great Ridings Wood, Oldlands Wood and the Sheepleas. The route also takes you past a number of the beautiful flint bridges built by Lord Lovelace in the 1800s. 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. The paths through the woodlands can get very muddy and slippery after wet weather so good boots are essential (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). Some of the paths are fairly narrow, there are no stiles on route but you will need to negotiate a number of gates, staggered barriers and two kissing gates. There is minimal road walking, but there are a few road crossings that require care. All the paths are enclosed from adjacent fields so you will not be sharing the paths with any livestock. Allow 4 hours.
If you are looking for refreshments, the Stockyard Coffee Bar (open weekdays only) is next to the rail station at the start of the walk and the parade of shops in East Horsley is just a short walk from the station. The Barley Mow pub is located about 7 miles into the walk, at waypoint 8. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 145 Guildford and Farnham and 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 from Horsley rail station in East Horsley. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, the rail station has its own car park which costs £2 per day Mon-Fri off-peak (after 10.30am), £6 on Bank Holidays and is free on Sat and Sun (correct March 2016). Approximate post code KT24 6QX.
The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Explore Surrey: Horsley Woodland Trail This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.
To book discount train tickets to this location please visit Train Genius