The Horsley Diamond Jubilee Trail is a circular walk through the Parishes of East & West Horsley and Effingham using mainly public footpaths and bridleways to link up woods and open spaces with public easy access, including: The Forest, Effingham Common, Great Ridings Wood, Oldlands Wood, Effingham Forest and the Sheepleas.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From Station, turn right, then right again down steps to reach road. Cross with care to opposite pavement, by railway bridge. Turn right, continue to, but not over, the junction with East Lane passing several interesting Lovelace buildings on opposite side of road. Re-cross Ockham Road North to footpath directly opposite. Follow path along right verge of The Drift. Shortly leave verge adjacent to road bridge and go right, crossing small footbridge. Path goes through woodland edge of The Forest, to join a crossing track and waymark. Turn right, following gently rising path to junction and waymark. Turn left and at junction take left fork and continue, bearing right around gardens of houses in The Highlands, then bear left to follow a clear wide track. Nearing the railway, the path veers a few degrees left becoming narrower, and parallels the railway until it rejoins the verge of The Drift. Turn right to reach Forest Road.
(1) Turn right and cross railway bridge to end of pavement. Cross to opposite pavement by corner of Orchard Close, and continue along Forest Road to next left turn. Opposite is Forest Farm, an interesting Lovelace building. Turn left down Heath Way which turns right at edge of common, and turn left into woodland at bridleway sign, immediately turning right along the edge of Effingham Common. Continue along bridleway to far top right corner of Common by Heath View. Look back for excellent views that extend to the Chilterns.
(2) Cross road diagonally left, following bridleway, Old London Lane, into woods. Go past a footpath going right over a footbridge in about 165m, by which a return to East Horsley and the Station may be made. In another 135m Great Ridings Wood Woodland Trust display board is reached on left.
(3) Turn left by display board and go through horse barrier. In 50m, fork right at waymark and follow footpath through wood. After crossing a bridge, continue up the slope turning left at waymark. Take clear track ahead for 200m, turning right downhill along a surfaced track. Leaving the Orestan Lane entrance of Great Ridings Wood, cross lane diagonally left to join footpath through Parrott's Copse. Follow waymarks to rejoin Old London Lane. Turn left continuing to Dirtham Lane, and the A246.
(4) Turn right along pavement to get clear view in both directions, cross road with caution to bridleway opposite. Keep straight ahead at bridleway fork, and after 1km, at a waymark, turn right on bridleway passing under Stony
Dene Bridge. Turn left on bridleway at end of bridge embankment. If desired, in 10m, follow short marked path to right for 50m to get a good view of Horsley Towers to the north, then return to trail. Continue to wide forestry track, turn left, then shortly right, on yew lined track. Follow this ancient hollow way uphill to turn right on a wide track. Pass Forestry Commission sign and continue ahead to Crocknorth Farm.
(5) At a junction of bridleways, turn right along driveway to reach Crocknorth Road. For best view of Crocknorth Farm, go a few paces left along bridleway, then resume route. At road, note the blind bend to the left, cross carefully to bridleway opposite, which soon goes downhill passing under three Lovelace bridges to reach Green Dene.
(6) Cross road, take bridleway uphill into the Sheepleas. At top of hill, take left track at three-way bridleway sign. At next junction with a crossing bridleway, bear left then turn right at waymark, with fields to left. Ignore joining tracks until next crossing with a bridleway, and turn right. Shere Road car park is to the left. Passing Angel Clump, the Millennium Viewpoint is to the right with excellent views. From Viewpoint continue down grassy slope to a shallow valley then bear left and up another slope. Go through a horse barrier, then bear left past St Mary’s car park signpost. Pass through another horse barrier and cross two flower meadows to reach A246 at St Mary's Church, founded in 1030.
(7) Church House, an ancient building just past the church is worth seeing, before crossing the A246 to pavement opposite. Squire's Garden Centre with a restaurant and coffee shop is a short diversion to the left along pavement. Go through gate taking right footpath with views of West Horsley Place. Continue along field edge path to meet crossing hedge. Take path that turns left in front of hedge. Continue through woodland edge, alongside a field, to a junction of paths. Turn right to reach road by village green, with its massive oak tree. Cross road with care. The 16th century Barley Mow Pub is a few paces to the left.
(8) Turn right along pavement, soon passing interesting medieval houses on left, to junction with Long Reach. Cross traffic islands to get good view both ways, cross road to go along Lollesworth Lane. Note Lollesworth Farm, of great historical interest, on right. At far side of railway bridge, turn left alongside railway, soon passing Village Hall to reach shopping parade. Turn left on pavement, then cross road to steps opposite to the Station.
To avoid road crossings, an alternative permissive route is now available between points 9a-9a; see solid red line on map. If visiting the Barley Mow or wishing to view Lollesworth Farm, use the original path as marked.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 220ft - Horsley Station
1 : mi 1.25 - alt. 200ft - Railway bridge
2 : mi 2.09 - alt. 272ft - Road
3 : mi 2.32 - alt. 318ft - Display board
4 : mi 3.76 - alt. 384ft - A246
5 : mi 4.88 - alt. 607ft - Crocknorth Farm
6 : mi 5.5 - alt. 420ft - Green Dene
7 : mi 7.16 - alt. 295ft - A246
8 : mi 7.99 - alt. 194ft - Pavement
D/A : mi 8.94 - alt. 220ft - Horsley Station
The total distance of the trail is approximately 14.5 km (9 miles), and it rises to over 175m (570ft) at its highest
point along the broad ridge of the North Downs. The walk takes you through open country, woods and farmland, with the minimum of road walking. Proceeding at a comfortable pace, allow 4 to 5 hours, excluding stops. It can be muddy in parts, so waterproof footwear is advisable. There are several road crossings that require care, and these are listed in the route description.
The walk was named the Horsley Jubilee Trail because it was not until the year of the Queen's Golden Jubilee that the complete trail became possible due to the acquisition of The Forest, and the designation of a new right of way, which provided the final link in the circuit. It has been upgraded to commemorate the Queens Diamond Jubilee and to improve access.
Directions start from Horsley Station, although the walk may be commenced at many other points.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
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