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Inspiring Views Trail is a 5.6 mile loop trail located near Cranleigh, Surrey, England that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, and nature trips.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 1,240 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Nature trips Walking Running Forest Views Historic site Pub walk
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Getting There

A circular walk within the Surrey Hills which celebrates the Inspiring Views art project, visiting a number of beautiful viewpoints and discovering the sculptural benches and poetry inspired by these. You will be taken on a peaceful journey through the densely wooded rolling hills, interspersed with breath-taking viewpoints and artwork. The Inspiring Views project, the brainchild of Surrey Hills Arts, aims to discover, reveal and interpret the views from the Surrey Hills. The artworks respond to the location and incorporate seating providing a reason to visit, pause and appreciate the outstanding view. A poet and sound artist have also created a response to the viewpoints to further enhance the visitor experience. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of fairly steep sections. The steepest climb and descent, over Pitch Hill, can easily be excluded if you prefer. The route follows paths and bridleways through woodland and open grassland, and many sections can be very muddy at times so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). You will need to negotiate a few steps plus a kissing gate and two stiles. Both stiles have gaps alongside for dogs and, if necessary, the stiles can be avoided be excluding the arm to the Alderbrook Viewpoint. There is no livestock on route. The final stretch, climbing back onto the Greensand Ridge, can get overgrown with bracken in the late summer. There is one short stretch along the edge of a golf course, so take care of any stray flying balls at this point. Allow 3 hours.

The walk starts and finishes from Car Park 5 (managed by the Friends of the Hurtwood), the Winterfold Donkins Car Park, which is accessed from Winterfold Heath Road. (NOTE: This road is incorrectly labled Greensand Lane on Google Maps). Exit the A25 (Dorking to Guildford Road) at Shere village and head south on Hound House Road. After about 2 miles, fork right onto the road signed to Winterfold. Take the next right (Winterfold Heath Road), a narrow lane which contains many of the car parks managed by the Friends of the Hurtwood. You will pass car parks 4, 12 and 13- keep going until you reach Car Park 5 on the left-hand side. There is no postcode for the car park, the nearest post code is GU5 9EN (which will take you to just a couple of streets away). Car Park 5 is sometimes closed for forestry works, in which case you can use Car Park 6 (located round the road corner).

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Anique Coffee
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Views were great and trail was clearly marked and easy to follow

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Paul Ingvarsson
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Robert Parrett
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Smashing trail. Some great view points.

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John Small
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Michael Bennett
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Hiking

Great views! Well signposted (also got a bit lost at the end!)

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Benazir Shareef
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Really good for beginners who want a little bit of challenge. Great for dogs :)

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Paula Pardoe
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Walking

Great views- don’t miss Pitch Hill, not that steep, really, and so worth it. Like others, we got a bit lost in the undergrowth near the end, but switched from AllTrails app to “find parked car” as we were in the next car park along anyway, so all good!

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HENRY DU TOIT
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Lovely walk, if you decide on the longer walk, good boots and walking sticks will help. Avoid weekends if you do not appreciate all the mountain bikers.

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Vita Martinenko
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Coming up the hill back to the car park isn’t very clear on the map, apart from that great!

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Sarah Lally
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loved it!

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Joost Geest
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Ticked all my boxes. Wonderful scenery, diverse surroundings, hilly but nothing too taxing, and quiet. Need some good shoes as there are a couple of steep slippery descents.

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Robyn Grant
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Brilliant walk but last part of the trail was very hard to follow and very overgrown! We feared we were utterly lost haha! Great adventure though.

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Michela Pike
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I highly recommend this route. The whole route varies all the way through, there are lovely things to spot on the way round from buildings to plants, animals roaming the fields and the incredible views! Truly amazing! The terrain varied throughout from mud to rocky to routes and quite a few steep climbs too but the views at the go were so lovely it was worth it! Lots of bikers on route but it was no bother to us and the final 100m of the route was very overgrown but that was okay we got through it fine - beautiful walk and put us through our paces at times but fun!

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Tanya Daly
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Very pretty, but some hard bits, would not recommend after its been raining. I would also recommend doing it in reverse because it's easier going downhill through the overgrown path and park at the first place you see close to path because car parks fill up. Shame pubs aren't open because that would have been ace

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Helen Dorkings
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A good level of fitness required for this undulating walk through the woods, up and down steep hills, can get muddy underfoot as some shady areas, recommend starting with plenty of daylight. Some beautiful viewpoints and buildings along the way, the windmill was just lovely. A little overgrown in places, the final section a good steep Climb through heather, you feel like you’ve had a good workout! Would do it again.

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Michela Pike
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I would say this route is for someone with no knee issues or issues with small spaces and hills. There is a lot of uneven rocky/stoney/roots underfoot watching your footing is really important. It goes deep into the woods so there are bugs about and natural wildlife like bunnies and squirrels. There are some lovely unusual things to look at on the way round and some extraordinary views !!! The last part of the trail was very overgrown but don’t fret it is the last part of the trail! It was a gorgeous walk and took us 2 hours 20 minutes including stopping to take photos of the views and just embracing the wonderful views

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Crystal Silver
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Good trial. First half great, you need to be careful of the cyclists zooming down hill with a very steep bit displayed clearly mid way though (do not do if icy or wet) lovely views.

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lindsay cleland
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Beautiful walk - car park is very small.so be prepared to park elsewhere! Lots of take in and a variety of terrain. Did managed to get lost at the end but if you make it up the hill, it's not too hard to find your way back.

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Katie Burnell
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Good trail, lots of good viewpoints, mostly in the first few km but a good variety of landscapes throughout. The very last part of the trail leading back to the car park was quite difficult to follow directions, aim at the end was to just get up the hill as no waymarkers could be seen due to overgrowth but was reasonably easy to scramble up to reach the car!

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Ross Butters
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We started and finished in Peaslake adding about 4km and 45 mins to the walk. It was really enjoyable - Surrey Hills at their best. The views are magnificent and plenty of variety with a changing landscape as you walk. The lower slopes into Cranleigh are broken up with grand houses and beautiful gardens. Highly recommended!

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Rob Hamilton
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Second we’ve done this one with the kids. They still moan about it but it really is a great walk. Views are amazing. Last climb is a proper lung buster. Love it.

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