The Duke of Wellington and Sheepleas Walk

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The Duke of Wellington and Sheepleas Walk is a 3.1 mile loop trail located near Leatherhead, Surrey, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 544 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly





partially paved


wild flowers

historic site

pub walk

A circular pub walk from the Duke of Wellington in East Horsley, Surrey. The Duke of Wellington is an ancient country pub with stunning Lovelace architecture, making it the ideal setting for refreshments before or after your walk. The walking route gives you chance to enjoy the fine architecture of Horsley Towers and West Horsley Place, before climbing onto the lower chalk slopes of the North Downs to enjoy the woodland and grassland of Sheepleas. This historic site has beautiful displays of bluebells and cowslips in the spring and gives stunning far-reaching views to the London skyline. The walking route has several steady climbs and descents throughout and follows roadside pavements plus unmade paths through woodland and grassland (which are uneven in part and can get muddy). Sheepleas is criss-crossed by many intersecting paths, so the map on Alltrails will be the best tool for navigation. There are no stiles, steps, kissing gates or livestock on route, but you will need to negotiate one simple swing gate and one staggered barrier. With this in mind, the route would be suitable for rugged pushchairs after periods of dry weather, assuming you can handle the slopes. You will need to cross the A246 twice, so take care of traffic at these points. Allow 1.5 hours.

3 months ago

Very enjoyable and peaceful walk on a still October Sunday, rounded off with a nice pint of Shere Drop. Shame about the view from the viewpiont though. I think London landmarks would only be visible when all leaves have fallen.

4 months ago

5 months ago

A great little trail and we took the dog along this time! Some of the staggered gates have been knocked down so watch out for that. But simple to follow. Viewpoint not as great as it’s sounds

6 months ago

Not too steep, very child friendly. if only dog owners could be more responsible about picking up after their dogs.

Sat Jan 12 2019

The narrow pavement along the busy road make the first and last sections of the walk a bit stressful if walking with nervous dogs or young children. Apart from that it was a pleasant walk with gentle gradients on wide paths through the Sheepleas woodland. The walk is mainly through fairly dense woods so there is not much opportunity for views, other than at the millennium viewpoint and a couple of brief glimpses at other points.

Mon May 28 2018

Lovely walk with dog and children and happy ending at pub. would suggest starting at parking behind st Marys because of busy road.

Sun May 13 2018

We started from the large car park behind St Mary's church, which cut out the walk along the main road. In early May the cowslips were astonishing, although the bluebells must have finished early.

Sat Apr 07 2018

We did this walk today. Instructions were very easy to follow. There was one fingerpost missing in section 4-5 at the staggered barrier, but it was pretty obvious to turn left down the hill. Between sections 3-4 the sign post to Green Dene Car park was broken off and on the floor beside the post, but again easy to still follow instructions. Whilst we didnt eat at the pub on this occasion, we went for a drink and we would certainly eat there next time. A most enjoyable 1.5 hours. Thank you.

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7 months ago