Mole Gap Trail is a 9.5 kilometer 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.

Distance: 9.5 km Elevation Gain: 357 m Route Type: Point to Point

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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.

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10 days ago

Watch out for mud, go well prepared with waterproof hiking boots. Also, if it’s been raining lately part of the trail might not be accesible due to water and you might need to find a workaround. There are a lots of trails so watch out to not get lost. There is only one demanding climb but otherwise is a very easy walk and very nice!!

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17 days ago

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29 days ago

Great hike and highly recommended, but this trail should be rated easy. There is nothing moderate about it. The trail is well marked with silver arrows directing each turn (similar to the yellow arrows on the Camino de Santiago) and I loved looking for them. The terrain is varied and includes walking through towns, countryside paths, through lovely vineyards and across private fields. It is perfect for a tourist (like me) as the trail starts and stops at a train station. We added in the Box Hill Stepping Stone trail to this route and it added about 3 miles overall. We detoured near the Westhumble Train Station and completed the Box Hill Stepping Stone trail and then returned to this trail and continued to the end in Dorking. I did this trail for my 48th birthday and it was a perfect day and we enjoyed it very much. Only caveat is the trail is muddy in a few places. We were able to get by with only waterproof trainers but the locals were all smartly wearing rubber boots.

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1 month ago

Such a pleasant walk. My girlfriend and I came to Leatherhead today by train and walked this trail to Dorking to catch the train home. Such a beautiful walk, lots of nice views and the local people are so nice. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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1 month ago

we saw a slow worm!

it is an easy trail but long trail and bring water for yourself. It is true there is traffic noise along the route, but that's a problem pretty much in all urban routes in the UK. over all a enjoyed route. I have saved a alternative route via the Druids Grove and Boxhil, which is great if you have a dog, but it is more demanding than the normal route. see my recording info.

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2 months ago

Easy and pleasant trail; however, never breaks free from the motorway noise. No specific landmark or memorable area. Happy we did it but would not go back nor recommend for any specific reasons.

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2 months ago

leatherhead to mole gap trail to westhumble and then to box hill stepping stones trail

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2 months ago

Such an enjoyable walk, made for a lovely day.

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2 months ago

Pleasant walk some paths are a little overgrown with stinging nettles so shorts not advisable (seasonal).

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3 months ago

An incredibly enjoyable walk, I was testing out the terrain to see if it would suitable for wheelchairs and the elderly, but it doesn't appear so because of the various kissing gates, and varied elevation. However, stunning views outside of London.

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3 months ago

nice walk overall. consider diverting off route for a couple of viewpoint up a hill.

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3 months ago

Lovely walk from Leatherhead to Dorking, really enjoyed this one, all sorts of views and wildlife, can stop off halfway through for a picnic. Good trail would recommend

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4 months ago

6 months ago

easy access and great view

6 months ago

Nice walk with lots of good options to make more challenging. We left the trail in loops to go up to viewpoints which added something extra.

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6 months ago

Stunning countryside. Take some refreshments there are some nice areas for a picnic

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6 months ago

Great out and back, added in a little extra up to Box Hill which made for a really nice 25k.

7 months ago

Quite quick walk, about 2,5 hours with some nice views. Lots of animals on the way all cramped in small fenced fields. I was bothered by the noise from the motorway that is quite close, often louder than the birds. All in all a nice walk but I wouldn’t do it again.

10 months ago

I took this walk yesterday and where the start of the closed section is you can also choose an alternative path through Crabtree Lane between mile 5-6. There is a nice pathway through a forest which runs parallel to the original path, adjoining the main route at mile 6.

Mon Sep 03 2018

Completed this walk yesterday, very enjoyable and good for all abilities. Before the picnic site there is an instruction "Immediately after the first bench on the right, fork right onto the grass path which leads you uphill.". This was marked off with electric fencing when we walked so were unable to head up the grass path. However, if you continue walking there is a stone path a little further along which takes you up the other side of the hill and brings you out by the same fingerpost, just remember to turn left rather than straight on as you're approaching the crossroads from a different side! Enjoyed the fact the route was linear and we had good fun spotting the silver waymarks along the route. Had lunch at the Stepping Stones too which we would recommend.

Mon Oct 03 2016

We stopped at the Penny Black pub in Leatherhead for a pint at the start and picked up a picnic in the town. An enjoyable walk. We saw parts of Leatherhead & Dorking that we weren't familiar with even though we know the towns well. Rounded off with an early dinner in Dorking before taking the train home. Nice to take a linear route for a change.

Sat Mar 21 2015

One of my favourite Surrey walks. Plenty to see along this ever changing path. After taking a number of hours to walk this route and only about 5 minutes to get back by train I can see why the railway caught on! Compared to other routes in the area this one is not too hilly with only one steep climb.

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