Shalford Park, North Downs and Loseley Park

MODERATE 5 reviews

Shalford Park, North Downs and Loseley Park is a 11.7 kilometer loop trail located near Guildford, Surrey, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 11.7 km Elevation Gain: 237 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

walking

partially paved

river

views

wildlife

historic site

A circular walk starting just south of Guildford in Surrey. This route follows a stretch of the North Downs Way, but don't think this means hills, open spaces and long-reaching views. Instead, this walk is characterised by tree-lined and narrow hedge-lined quiet paths that lead you to a wonderful range of surprises along the way. There are water meadows, a river, stunning woodlands, an art gallery, horse training and police training facilities, a stately home, a canal and a water mill. The route has several steady gradients but there is nothing too steep or too long. Several stretches of path are very narrow and so are prone to becoming overgrown in the summer- the paths are well-used so will usually be passable, but long trousers are recommended to protect you from the nettles. Some of the woodland bridleways can be muddy so boots are a must. Most of the paths are fenced away from the fields, but you will cross one paddock (out of use at the time of writing, but it could hold ponies in the future) and also the Shalford Water Meadows, where a handful of conservation cattle are used for grazing in the summer months. You will need to negotiate several flights of steps, footbridges, kissing gates and one stile (which has a very large gap alongside for dogs to walk through). There is no road walking, but you will need to cross busy roads a few times. Allow 4 hours.

hiking
24 days ago

A nice mornings exercise with a few gentle hills and plenty of points of interest to take a breather whilst viewing. Directions where well thought through and provided us with the necessary information to dress appropriately for long grass and stinging nettles. As this was a fine dry day, there was little mud however I can imagine after a few days rain this would get very messy. This walk would make a good loop to add to a trip along the pilgrims way to newlands corner and back again

2 months ago

Completed this walk on a lovely sunny Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Beautiful rolling countryside but lots of shady paths to shelter from the sun if necessary. Free car park which was half empty on a busy Easter weekend. Varying scenery - rivers, locks, weirs, stately home - loved it. Directions very good - great to have the map to double check. Stopped at The Seahorse in Shalford for a drink in their lovely garden. Dogs welcome in the garden and inside the pub.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Completed the longer version today. Lovely walk, fantastic views and lots of variety. Long trousers advised. A couple of muddy patches (it hasn't rained for over a week). Thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a morning

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Went for the 6 mile and it was lovely,bit overgrown with lots of stinging nettles but well worth a few stings!

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