The Spotted Cow and Bourne Wood

MODERATE 13 reviews

The Spotted Cow and Bourne Wood is a 6.6 kilometer loop trail located near Farnham, Surrey, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 6.6 km Elevation Gain: 174 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips



partially paved



pub walk

A circular pub walk from the Spotted Cow in Lower Bourne, a wonderful rural pub with great ales and wines, a varied menu and which welcomes dogs and children. The walk heads out through narrow wooded lanes to reach Bourne Wood, before passing through the woodland to reach the Rural Life Centre and then returning through the heath, forest and quiet village lanes. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout and most of the paths are unmade so can be uneven and quite muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There are no stiles and just a few gates. Some sections of the woodland and heath are grazed for conservation by rare breed cattle so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.

18 hours ago

A fantastic trail which is easy to follow and perfect for walking the dogs as there is minimal road work.

16 days ago

Nice walk. I would caution that the path just after the rural life centre is overgrown with Heather. I don't know if that is riskier for ticks but you can go around it if you consult the map view.

30 days ago

Nice Forest and heathland walk with views and the Rural Life centre just at the right point for a cafe break if you want. Look out for woodland art approaching and after the centre. Spotted Cow very good.

4 months ago

Really nice Forest walk today on a sunny Easter holiday, with the end reward of The Spotted Cow and stone oven baked Pizza made outside at the end by (I believe) Italians. Fantastic!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Lovely walk which we did on one of the hottest, sunniest days of the year. There are some beautiful views on a clear day. Since we like to take in the views and read any information boards en route we took well over two hours, with no stops.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Great walk and instructions , lovely scenery and then off to the Spotted Cow for early supper where food was very good - will repeat!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Great walk. Great instructions. Great sharing Fish Platter at The Spotted Cow. What more could one ask for? Chris, Mandy & Dave the dog.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Great walk - although we did it on a very hot morning (Lunch at The Spotted Cow was a bonus, though). I was concerned that it would be difficult to follow the route, as working it out on the Ordnance Survey proved difficult at first (I subscribe to the OS service and draw detailed maps for walks before venturing forth). However, it was a doddle to follow.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Wonderful woodland walk with plenty of wide open spaces to enjoy. Great lunch and you may get to meet the gorgeous pub dog called Goffey! Really recommend this one.

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