Effingham Circular is a 7.1 kilometer loop trail located near Leatherhead, Surrey, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 7.1 km Elevation Gain: 224 m Route Type: Loop


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A gently undulating walk starting from Effingham Junction rail station, this route passes through woodland, farmland and over several commons. This walk is published through a collaboration with the Surrey County Council. The walk includes a few gentle gradients. The route crosses heavy clay fields and wet low-lying meadows so good walking boots are required all year and wellingtons are recommended in the winter months (when some sections can be very muddy or have standing water). You will need to negotiate some gates plus 11 stiles (all of which have gaps alongside which should be suitable for most dogs to pass through). Several of the fields that you cross will be holding horses so take care with dogs. Allow 2 to 2.5hrs, depending on the conditions underfoot. There are no pubs or shops along the main route. There is the choice of an optional detour into Effingham village where you will find The Plough pub and the Sir Douglas Haig Hotel near the junction between Lower Road and The Street. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Boxhill & Reigate. 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.

4 months ago

Nice walk instructions are a bit unclear in places

11 months ago

Enjoyed this walk but a few odd stiles that I found a bit high to get your leg over! No mud at all (Sept 18). Nice mixture of country houses and countryside. Thanks for posting this walk.

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