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Downside Circular is a 6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cobham, Surrey, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 744 feet Route Type: Loop

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Please note: the Semaphore Tower is closed for renovations. A circular walk from Cobham, taking you through the beautiful countryside around Downside and discovering the local history and wildlife. This walk is published through a collaboration with the Surrey County Council. The walk has a few climbs and descents throughout. The woodland and field paths can get very muddy so good boots are required (or wellingtons with grips in the winter). You will need to negotiate kissing gates and steps plus 22 stiles. A few of the stiles are very tall and awkward to cross and so would be difficult for less agile people. Some of the stiles have dog gates, but a couple of the tall stiles towards the end of the walk have tight fence surrounds so dogs may need a lift over. You will be sharing some of the fields with horses and sheep and sometimes cattle so take particular care with dogs. There are a few long stretches of road walking along quiet country lanes so please take care of traffic at these points. Allow 3 hours. Refreshments are available at the start or end of the walk, in Cobham. Alternatively, The Black Swan is a 0.3 mile walk along Ockham Lane (heading west) from Waypoint 4. There is a picnic site at the Semaphore Tower (Waypoint 3) if you wish to take refreshments with you. Ordnance Survey Maps: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill and Reigate and Explorer 145 Guildford and Farnham. 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.

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5 days ago

Trousers are pretty essential for this one!! A LOT of stinging nettles have overgrown some of the paths, but it’s still very easy to follow. I passed a couple wearing shorts and they looked like they were in quite a lot of discomfort! Lovely walk though.

1 month ago

Pleasant easy walk through some pretty countryside. Easy to follow route, pretty flat, not too much on roads. Much less waterlogged and muddy after this dry spell than when we've done previously!

2 months ago

Nice easy walk.Mostly dry with lots of wildlife and bluebells along the way. We parked next to Downside bridge on the other side from Cobham. The last bit along the road is a bit boring so you could reverse the walk and do that first to get it out the way.

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3 months ago

We walked this trail from our house 28 March 20.Most of the standing water and deep mud had dried leaving a few soft patches. A delightful walk mainly on footpaths .You pass through a few fields with horses and sheep so its essential to keep dogs under control.

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muddy
3 months ago

Great trail and easy but very muddy in places. There’s actually free parking just after Downside Bridge, but we parked where advised and did a bit of shopping in Cobham in independent food shops. Walk had a lot of views and variety. Pity the Semaphore Tower is closed for renovations.

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5 months ago

Lovely muddy walk with the whole family

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9 months ago

Very enjoyable walk and all the directions were accurate. Lots of stiles so probably not suitable for people with reduced agility. Great variety of views from sweeping panoramas to dense woodland. All paths were dry mid September 20 19

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10 months ago

Lovely walk with easy to follow instructions. The very last kissing gate at Chilworth Farm needs repairing so you may find it easier to climb over it.

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over grown
11 months ago

Good walk but loads of stringing nettles and very uneven paths.

Sun Jan 20 2019

lovely route through varied countryside, sadly to the backdrop of the M25... just imagine it's a waterfall

Sun Apr 12 2015

Lovely walk - varied and peaceful. Easy access from London

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