Walks for all Ages Surrey by Chris Howard includes 20 walks ranging from 2½ miles to 6 miles. All of the walks have been carefully chosen to give you an enjoyable day or half day out and are suitable for all the family. Chris describes the local area at the start of the walk and then provides a detailed description of the walk with some useful snippets of information as you go along.
A good pair of walking shoes will usually do for the summer months but if the ground conditions are wet, muddy or covered in snow then a decent pair of walking boots with good grip on the soles will be your best option. Look at the local weather forecast and decide what clothing to take. Even if it’s set fair, a light waterproof will come in handy if you get caught out by a shower. It’s worth taking some fluid; water is most practical, fizzy drinks not quite so. Why not have a picnic part way round? Otherwise pack something to give you a bit of a pickup if you start flagging.
01. Guildford - 2 miles
02. Lightwater Country Park - 2 miles
03. Gatton Park - 2 miles
04. Shere - 3 miles
05. Farnham - 2 miles
06. Chilworth - 3 miles
07. Dorking - 2 miles
08. Box Hill - 3 miles
09. North Downs Way - 4 miles
10. Thursley - 2 miles
11. Woldingham - 3½ miles
12. Farthing Downs and Happy Valley - 3 miles
13. Compton - 5½ miles
14. Banstead Woods, Chipstead - 3 miles
15. Horsell Common - 4 miles
16. Wotton and Friday Street - 3 miles
17. Cranleigh - 2 miles
18. Ripley, Pyrford and the Wey Navigation - 2½ miles
19. Shamley Green - 2 miles
20. Runnymede - 4½ miles
Surrey, being one of the Home Counties, is often misconceived as a leafy outpost of London. Nothing could be further from the truth. The London Greenbelt legislation and the designation of the Surrey Hills as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on 8 May 1958 has meant much of Surrey remains as it has been for over a thousand years, with rolling chalk hills, rare lowland heaths, farms and woodlands.
The easy access from London by train from Victorian times has meant that the county has been a popular place to live for commuters ever since. It was a favourite spot for the London Victorians to come for their leisure time as well as becoming a mecca for cycling, a link that was reinforced in 2012 when London and Surrey played host to the Olympic cycle race and people from all around the world watched the men and women’s events with their circuits of Box Hill, one of the most visited natural sites in the South of England.
Interestingly, however, one of the most beautiful valleys in Surrey, the Tillingbourne, was known from Tudor times as one of the county’s most industrial regions. The many mills that sat along the river churned out not only basics such as flour but also sinister things like gunpowder and even French money, destined for France in a bid to undermine the Napoleonic Empire. You can still see the remains of this fascinating industry, as described in the Chilworth walk (Walk 6)
Being so close to London, Surrey has always been a playground for the rich and famous. Originally, it was the kings and queens of England, who had many hunting lodges and palaces in the county. Later it was the Victorians who built their wonderful legacy of Arts and Crafts houses in the area. Today, the modern-day rich and famous enjoy a rural lifestyle while still being less than an hour from two major international airports and, of course, London.
One of the most internationally famous sites is the Runnymede fields, within sight of Windsor Castle on the River Thames. This is where King John was forced to sign the famous legal document, the Magna Carta, which is recognised as an important starting point for the progress of modern democracy.
Surrey is a walkers’ paradise. It contains one of the most comprehensive networks of bridleways and footpaths in the country. Surprisingly, it is also the most densely wooded county in England. One of its best-kept secrets is the North Downs Way (NDW) national trail, designated in 1958. It is also associated with the Pilgrims’ Way, familiar from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The NDW is an outstanding walking route, which enters the county at Farnham and crosses right through the middle of the Surrey Hills AONB before passing through the Kent Downs via Canterbury to Dover.
I am sure you will enjoy each and every walk in this book, all of which have been specially chosen to highlight some of the hidden gems of Surrey, while providing a free and enjoyable day out for the whole family – both two and four-legged!
Released: June 2018
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Chris Howard