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The Hurtwood and Winterfold Hill is a 4.3 mile loop trail located near Cranleigh, Surrey, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.

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A circular walk around The Hurtwood, a unique and beautiful world of heath and forest in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Hurtwood is a stunning mix of magical pine woods and heaths, ponds and glades, wildlife and wilderness. The walking route begins on Winterfold Hill, with its stunning views to the south, from where it heads north to follow a beautiful old sunken path before cutting back through the heart of Winterfold Wood. The route follows forest tracks and paths plus a couple of field paths all of which can be very muddy after periods of wet weather, so good waterproof boots are recommended. There are several climbs and descents throughout. Dogs are welcome in the Hurtwood. You are likely to be sharing some of the paths with horse riders and mountain bikers. You will need to negotiate 3 stiles (all of which have open fence surrounds for dogs to pass through), plus a number of gates and a flight of steps. One field which you pass through may be holding horses. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes from Car Park 5 (managed by the Friends of the Hurtwood), the Winterfold Donkins Car Park, which is accessed from Winterfold Heath Road. (NOTE: This road is incorrectly labled Greensand Lane on Google Maps). Exit the A25 (Dorking to Guildford Road) at Shere village and head south on Hound House Road. After about 2 miles, fork right onto the road signed to Winterfold. Take the next right (Winterfold Heath Road), a narrow lane which contains many of the car parks managed by the Friends of the Hurtwood. You will pass car parks 4, 12 and 13 '€“ keep going until you reach Car Park 5 on the left-hand side. There is no postcode for the car park, the nearest post code is GU5 9EN (which will take you to just a couple of streets away).

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Dave Messenbird
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Nice walk until you get to the end of section three where the route is not clear and you can end up on a foodpath through the caravan park, not easy to find your way back. Needed GPS and an os map to get back.

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Han Solo
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Woodland walk with two nice viewpoints, a long sunken path, large patch of bluebells (late April) and lots of mountain bike paths.

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Yvonne Yvonne
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Car park 5 is closed for logging at the moment. ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you for letting us know. We can see from the Friends of the Hurtwood website that the car park will be closed for the remainder of 2016. We have updated the walk details accordingly with temporary parking arrangements.

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Stephen+Kiley Stephen+Kiley
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At the start of number 2, Row Lane, instead of taking the very muddy, dark and rutted byway take the parallel footpath just to the right. This is firm dry level and gives lovely views in all directions. This easily delivers you to the next part of the walk, "the dedicated path through the horse paddock field "

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Andy Harper
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My wife and I enjoyed this work today. Easy to follow from the description alone. Thank you.

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Sarah Simmons
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Louis Barker
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Wendy Barker
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Danielle Wayland
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Oliver Fifield
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Gabriella Saunders
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David Robinson
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Glenn Waterfall
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