Circular and Linear Walks

A picturesque countryside view on the North Downs Way

Circular and Linear Walks

A 6 mile (9.5 km) undulating circular walk from Tilford village passing close to the ruins of Waverley Abbey. Waverley Abbey, the first Cistercian monastery in England, was founded in 1128 by Bishop Gifford of Winchester. Following the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536 much of the building stone was sold, some being used to build Loseley House near Guildford. Some fine ruins remain however.

Start/Finish: Tilford Green free carpark
Stiles/Gates: No stiles or gates,some steps
Terrain: 1 steep climb to Crooksbury Hill, challenging terrain, wear suitable footwear
Views: Views to South Downs from Crooksbury Hill
Toilets: Tilford Green
Refreshments: Pub and village shop in Tilford, and 2 more pubs along route

Allow 3 hours.



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A 5.5 mile linear Rail to Ramble walk from Woldingham station to Hurst Green station, the return rail journey takes 10 minutes on a weekday. There are several climbs/descents en route.

The route goes through ancient woodland and chalk grassland, both rich in wild flowers, and there are good views to the south coast over the Sussex Weald. You will walk across the Marden Park Estate established in the mid 17th century by Sir Robert Clayton, Lord Mayor of London at the time. The house is now Woldingham School.

Allow 3 hours plus travel.



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A 5 mile (8 km) undulating circular walk from Ranmore Common, through part of the NT estate of Polesden Lacey. Great views to London and South Downs on a good day. Many famous people have been associated with Polesden Lacey and its Estate. The playwright and politician Richard Brinsley Sheridan bought the Estate in 1797. The current Polesden Lacey house was designed by Thomas Cubitt as a Grecian villa built in 1824. A well-known member of Edwardian Society, Mrs Ronald Greville lived there in the early 1900s and when she died in 1942 she bequeathed the estate to the National Trust.

Allow 2.5 hours.

Start/Finish: Denbies Hillside car park
Stiles/Gates: 0 stiles, 2 gates
Terrain: Several steady climbs, challenging terrain, wear suitable footwear
Views: Views across to Mole Gap & South Downs (on a clear day)
Toilets: NT Polesden Lacey
Refreshments: NT Polesden Lacey



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A 3.5 mile (5 km) gently undulating circular walk from Puttenham Common through woodland at the foot of the Hog’s Back ridge.

Puttenham village has some of the last remaining hop gardens in Surrey. Oast houses were built here in the nineteenth century to dry hops before they were transported to breweries in Guildford and London. In 1223 the manor of Puttenham (now known as Puttenham Priory) was divided between two sisters, one of whom gave her half to the Augustinian Priory of Newark near Ripley.

Allow 1.5 hours

Start/Finish: Puttenham Common top car park 
Stile/Gates: 9 stiles, several gates & some steps
Terrain: Several climbs & descents, challenging terrain, wear suitable footwear
Views: Views to Hindhead & Blackdown from car park
Toilets: The Good Intent pub at Puttenham village about half way round
Refreshments: The Good Intent pub



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A 6 mile (9.5km) circular walk from Boxhill & Westhumble station in the beautiful Surrey Hills AONB, passing through Denbies vineyard and Ranmore common.

Denbies Hillside comprises chalk downland & woodland on the southern slope of the North Downs. The land is grazed to maintain it as an important habitat, with a diverse range of wildflowers that attracts a variety of butterfly species, including the distinctive Adonis Blue.

Allow 3 hours plus travel.

Start/Finish: Boxhill & Westhumble station car park 
Stile/Gates: 0 stiles, several gates
Terrain: Some hilly climbs, challenging terrain, wear suitable footwear
Views: Many spectacular views
Toilets: Boxhill & Westhumble station (when manned) and at Denbies
Refreshments: Cycle shop cafe at station, Stepping Stones pub 300m away, Denbies Vineyard cafe approx halfway round



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A 6 mile scenic walk around a well-known beauty spot on the North Downs Way & the Purple Ox Trail.

Nestling in a hollow at the foot of the North Downs, Sherbourne Pond & Silent Pool are fed by springs. Part of St Martha’s church dates back to the Norman period, although several circular earthworks nearby suggest much earlier occupation.

Allow 3 hours.

Start/Finish: Silent Pool on A25 Guildford - Dorking Road
Stile/Gates: 2 stiles, 1 gate
Terrain: Some steep slopes & steps, challenging terrain, can be muddy
Views: Many spectacular views
Toilets: Newlands Corner
Refreshments: Newlands Corner, Albury Vineyard (check opening times)



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A 2 mile (3.5km) circular walk between Abinger and Effingham on the White Downs through beautiful tranquil woodland and chalk grassland.

You will see many lovely views on this walk which goes through chalk grassland, along drove roads and passes the famous WWII pillboxes that provided a line of defence from German planes. Old Simm’s Copse and Dunley Wood provide a wonderful display of bluebells in the spring.

Allow 1 hour.

Start/Finish: White Downs free car park 
Stiles/Gates: 0 stiles, 2 gates
Terrain: Moderately challenging, gentle climbs, wear suitable footwear
Views: From North Downs. Bluebells in spring in woodland Toilets: None en route
Refreshments nearby: Kingfisher farm shop, several pubs in Abinger & Gomshall nearby



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A 7 mile (12.5km) linear rail to ramble walk on chalk grassland from Dorking to Gomshall in the Surrey Hills. The scenery is spectacular and the area rich in wildlife.

In the first 3 miles you will walk on an old carriage road built in the 1800s by William Joseph Denison, one-time owner of Denbies House & Estate. A haven for wildlife, fossil sea urchins have been found here, a reminder that the North Downs was once covered by sea. Further along you will be walking on chalk grassland, which has developed as a special wildlife habitat due to grazing of animals. The chalk slopes are rich in orchids and chalk-loving butterflies such as Adonis and Chalkhill blues.

Allow 3.5 hours plus travel.

Start/Finish: Dorking Station car park
Finish Gomshall Station
Stiles/Gates: Some kissing gates and steps
Terrain: Some steep slopes & steps, challenging terrain can be slippery
Views: Many spectacular views 
Toilets: At Dorking station
Refreshments: Dorking station & Lincoln Arms Inn at start, various pubs in Gomshall at end



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These walks around the parish of Charing offer spectacular views and beautiful scenery. For more information visit the Explore Kent website.



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The main trail leads along the River Stour and on through ancient woodland and the Chartham Downs. For more informaiton on this walk visit the Explore Kent website.



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