Nine of us met at the Sheepleas car park behind St Mary’s Church by the A246 for this morning’s 6 mile walk. On a clear day there are good views from sections of the route. Today there was fog which lingered for most of the morning and reduced visibility to 200 meters on the tops of hills.
We set off south from the car park on a bridleway that took us to the top of The Sheepleas. At Angel Clump is the Millennium Viewpoint from where the London Eye is visible (not today). Reaching Shere Road car park we turned left on the road and then branched left on a bridleway that took us past Hillside Manor to Shere Road again. Here we turned right and then left on another bridleway that led past Hillside Farm, Hook Wood and Woodcote Lodge. Beatrix Potter had a holiday home here.
Turning left at a narrow road we came to Shere Road once again, turned right and continued on the road to reach a bridleway on the right that took us back to Woodcote where we turned left on the byway towards Fullers Farm. Here we took a junction on the right on another byway and continued on this until we reached a permissive path on the right near a barn. By now the fog was clearing so we could see West Horsley in the distance. The path joined the Daws Dene footpath. We turned left (north) on this and reached the A246 by a roundabout.
We crossed the A246 (Epsom Road) and took a footpath that went round the back of Cranmore School, across a boggy field (which cleaned our boots) to the A246 again opposite St Mary’s Church.
For a 10 mile route try The Sheepleas and St Martha’s Hill.
Map: OS X 145