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Shalford Park, North Downs and Loseley Park

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Guildford, Surrey, England

Shalford Park, North Downs and Loseley Park is a 7.3 mile 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.

Length 7.3 mi Elevation gain 777 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Walking Partially paved River Views Wildlife Historic site
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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.

The walk starts at the car park for Chantry Wood, between Guildford and Shalford. Leave Guildford heading south on the A281 and, when you draw level with Shalford Park on your right, turn left into Pilgrims Way. Where the road bears left, turn right into the access track for Chantry Wood and you will find the free, stone-surfaced car park on your left (with space for about 20 cars). Approximate post code GU4 8AD. If the car park is full, there is alternative roadside parking. Head back along Pilgrims Way (towards the A281) and then turn left into Clifford Manor Road. The roadside parking here is limited to 4 hours Mon-Sat (unlimited on Sundays), which should give you time to complete the walk. The post code for this overflow parking is GU4 8AG. If you are coming by train, Shalford rail station is just a 2-minute walk from Waypoint 9, the road junction between Station Row and the A281.

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Bertie Woodward-Rowe
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Frank Parker
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Sue Barham
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Nice varied trail making use of North Downs Way and mixture of BW & FPs. Lovely mixture of scenery and flat walk. Some narrow paths with nettles but plenty of blackberry picking opportunities to take your mind off being stung!

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Michela Pike
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Absolutely spectacular viewings!!! A flat route but not at all boring! We did it on a sunny day and it looked even more beautiful! I totally recommend this route. 1 thing though ... there was a path that was taped off so you had to go round it and as I did so I hurt my ankle as I got it caught on barbed wire that wasn’t taken down so you could walk round the taped off bit.. luckily I am a strong person so I didn’t get any lasting pain but I can imagine it being dangerous if you take it badly or you don’t have a quick reaction time to stopping yourself from falling and possibly breaking something.. be careful when you get to it! Otherwise, great route go fir it!!

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Duncan Ross
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Really enjoyed this walk, thank you for the detailed instructions! Just one thing to note - the kissing gate in the section "Watt's Gallery to Little Polsted" must have moved, you now need to turn left before the gate and do not need to pass through, this confused us for a while. Agree with a comment below about the section past the police grounds - it was very overgrown. Otherwise the rest of the walk was very nice.

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Nikki Kerr
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What a lovely way to spend a morning. The directions and detail for this walk made it all the more enjoyable.

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Conny C
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it was more of a countryside walk. nothing to strenuous, probably one small uphill climb to get the blood pumping. quite alot of people in certain places of the walk. wear longer trousers as the path past the police ground is full of stingers. the field with all the poppies was a nice sight near the end.

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Bryony Ashcroft
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Relatively flat walk, we did the full route with a detour to the Watts chapel which unfortunately is covered in scaffolding at the moment. Lots of horses along the route and some overgrown bits but lots to see, total length for us was 8 miles.

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kieran wilson
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Great mooching with a little bit of everything along the way.

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John Vinten
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A nice easy walk that most people can do, takes around 2h 10 minutes Dog friendly, you can even take your chickens if you have some, The track was mostly dry only one muddy puddle, There’s a pub or two that you can stop at when there open Unfortunately not open due to Covid-19

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Jacqueline Trippier
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Good trail for running; and a lovely tea room / art gallery half way round, or a lovely pub if you fancy a divert (1/2 mile to The Withies Inn - end of Withies Lane at Compton). Taking off the pub, was more like 8 miles. Sunny day, so dry - but lots of nettles so long trousers would be best. Can imagine it getting quite muddy in the wet. A little overgrown for about 100 mtrs near the car park on way back, but can hop across to road for a bit. Beautiful route - a big 5! ☺️

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neil scott
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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

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Michele Dodd
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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.

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George Osborn
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Just completed this as a run with my dog using the gps map as a guide and very straightforward. Lovely route the odd climb but nothing too long, water along the way for the dog with minimal road detours. You could even stop off at the police dog training park! Ran it in shorts mid April no nettles to worry about this time of year. No cattle only one field with horses in that weren’t bothered by us.

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Tilda Tilda
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A lovely walk. Just one alteration. The wire fence described as being on the left of the path across the paddock (in the last but one paragraph of the walk) is no longer there. But the path is still an obvious one straight across the paddock. ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you so much for letting us know, we have updated the guide.

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Jacqueline Cereda
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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

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Thom Thom
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Really nice walk - the guide was very well written, but the path to take is generally pretty obvious so didn't have to spend too much time looking at it.

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candy hack
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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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Takeshi Watanabe
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Tatiana Tatcii
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Kim Fry
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Kishor Rao
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chetan hebbar
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Tom Ellery
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Lee Breeds
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Stockley Petra
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G Sellick
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Michele Dodd
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James Morris
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