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Mole Gap Trail is a 5.9 mile point-to-point trail located near Leatherhead, Surrey, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching.

Length5.9 miElevation gain1171 ftRoute typePoint to Point
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Waypoints (12)
Getting There

Take the train for a wonderful day out in some of the most beautiful countryside in the south east. The Mole Gap Trail offers the opportunity to visit two historic market towns and the outstanding countryside of the Mole Gap, including England's largest vineyard. You will discover a river that has carved a route through the chalk of the North Downs, some of the best ancient yew and box woodlands in Europe and historic parkland that has inspired famous writers and artists through the centuries. Step off the train at Leatherhead Station and you will soon pick up the silver metal arrows that will guide you along this walk to Dorking. This walk is published through a collaboration with the Surrey County Council. The walk has a few gentle gradients throughout plus one short steep climb. The paths through parkland and woodland can get muddy so stout footwear is required. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and some steps but there are no stiles on route. Whilst most of the paths are fenced, a couple of sections cross fields/parkland where you might come across livestock, so take particular care with dogs. On rare occasions the riverside paths can flood, so avoid this walk after prolonged heavy periods of rain. Allow 3 hours. If you are looking for refreshments there are several options. You could stock up on supplies in Leatherhead for a picnic along the way on one of the benches or at Swanworth Picnic Site (Waypoint 4). If you'd rather sit down for a full meal, The Running Horse pub is in Leatherhead just by the Town Bridge (Waypoint 1), The Stepping Stones pub is in Westhumble (just a 2 minute walk along Chapel Lane from Waypoint 5) and Denbies Wine Estate has a restaurant/cafe (just before Waypoint 6). You have an option towards the end of the walk to detour into Dorking High Street, where you will find The White Horse Hotel. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill & 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.

The walk starts from Leatherhead rail station and finishes at Dorking rail station. The return journey can be completed with a single 5 minute train ride. For help planning your journey by train, visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. If you are coming by car, both stations have large car parks but a more cost effective solution would be to use the Randalls Road long-stay pay and display car park (just opposite Leatherhead Station) which costs £3 for 5 hours (correct March 2015). Approximate post code KT22 7SQ.

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Omari Omari
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Much more enjoyable than I thought it would be. Will do again from the opposite direction.

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Emma MCCOURT
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Zoë Canvin
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HikingMuddy

Very easy to follow and it was fun spotting the little markers. Got a bit confused around the farm lands, but all roads lead to Rome as they say. Recommend waterproof shoes as lots of grass and muddy trails, especially in October when we went

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Steve McDonald
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Dita Lubis
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Jonathan Matson
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Prakriti Sofat
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful landscape - horses/cows - friendly walkers on the way - vineyard is just lovely! Note markings are not always obvious - but as one of the fellow walkers said it’s the ‘Wild trust’

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@sonia_grispo on Instagram
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WalkingGreat!

This trail can be a little boring at the beginning but if you give it some time it can be pretty nice and it ends in a beautiful vineyard!

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Philip Freitas
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Enjoyable and comfortable trail. I don't know if I was just lucky, or this is the norm over there but I saw a ton of cows, sheep and dogs (though, the last ones accompanied with the owners). I ended up getting a cloudy sky in the morning, but it did clear up midway, which is always nice. If anyone is interested, if when you get to Westhumble you feel like you hadn't enough of hiking, I recommend checking the "Ranmore Circular" trail that you can find here on the website. I enjoyed it quite a lot. It starts on Westhumble and ends there as well, however it might be preferable to skip the last bit. Otherwise, you'll repeat the same path. Since for you to get back to Westhumble you'll have to trough a path that the "Mole Gap Trail" originally goes trough. If you want to finish on Westhumble (which I did), keep in mind that you'll have to go back again. It is a nice 15 minutes walk but I found it skippable since you don't lose anything special. (Just a suggestion) Link for the trail: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/england/surrey/ranmore-circular

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Nicolas Soum
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HikingOver grown

Petit marche sympa en Angleterre. Les dernières 10 minutes valent la peine avec une descente dans de belles vignes.

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Luiza Correia
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Nice trail. Almost entirely flat. You will see bucolic meadows. Goes a little bit inside a forest. The first 2.5 km are pretty much in town, but after it gets better. I like the silver arrows all over the way, but was disappointed for not finding anything to celebrate the end of it at Dorking station.

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Hajo Roozendaal
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Beautiful easy to follow trail, gentle on the foot. With a lovely sunny day in the middle of summer with all the hustle and bustle of farm life interspursed with woodlands, a delight to walk. It was so nice, as I walked into Dorking station, i made the decision to walk it back in reverse instead of taking the train. :)

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Altyn Simpson
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Abi Maree
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Overall manageable, the step by step guide describing each stage of this walk is very detailed and accurate. Beautiful scenic points to look forward to. Passing through the vineyard closer to Dorking station was particularly stunning, especially on a sunny day.

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L Rackauskas
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Easy trail, nice countryside walk

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Stephen Wallace
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A pleasant and relatively easy walk. A couple of short, steeper climbs but otherwise fairly flat. It took us approx. 4.5 hours to walk there and back. Nice mix of woodland and farmland and the stretch alongside the river is particularly nice. Busier than expected but a nice way to spend an afternoon.

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Shy La
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This is a great semi-leisurely trail. Good with a dog. Some of the passageways are quite narrow, and you must walk single-file. The end of the trail is a bit harder to find and you definitely need the map to be sure you stay on path. Whilst there are silver arrows helping you along the way, they can be easily missed and are few & far between. There also isn’t much shade, so bring plenty water if it’s a particularly sunny day. Overall, great family hike. Even nice for a couple as some parts are very romantic and feel like a secret garden. And, bring the dog!

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Libby Vincent
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lovely walk easy to follow. really muddy field. good footwear is a must.

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Trav Ganz
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A well marked, easy walk in the beautiful countryside.

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Louisa Hunter
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Byron McCaughey
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Nice trail with varied sections. Really enjoyed. A tip is the Surrey Hills Brewery for a reward pint at the end =)

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Faith Uwadiae
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HikingFloodedMuddy

Great trail but pretty muddy so wear good walking shoes. We started pretty late in the day and as it was flooded on the first underpass we only managed to get to Box Hill. But it was still a lovely varied walk with great scenery. Stopped at the Stepping Stone pub for some grub. Will come back in Summer to complete the whole walk.

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L C
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HikingFloodedMuddy

Lovely walk, very muddy recommend good pair of hiking boots in the winter months, feet get submerged! Mostly flat, small inclines at times. First passage under bridge was flooded but once overcame that everything was fine. All kinds of views and terrain, good sample of countryside.

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Larry Hulsmans
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HikingMuddy

Very scenic walk between two towns. Muddy in Jan of course but still beautiful.

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Carmen B
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Great trail. I would really recommend it, especially on a bright day. It was really fun to find the silver arrows. There were beautiful views. You get to cross a property with cute cows.

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Leonardo Smeraglia
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