5km walk: circular route around Bookham Common

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5km walking route around Bookham Common

Length of walk: 5.00 Kms (3.10 miles).
Duration: 1.25 hours
Difficulty: Moderate.
You must have good control over any dogs on this walk as you will pass by livestock and a fast road. It can be muddy in parts.

From The Plains Car Park in Little Bookham follow the road to your left past the Old Grange Hotel. Keep on this road as it curves right past Little Bookham Allotments and fields of horses on your left. At the end of this road you will go over a cattle grid with a grassy path directly opposite.

The landscape here becomes more open with shrubs and grassland offering the perfect habitat for the riot of buttterflies in the Summer. At the fork bear right and cross a stream via a small wooden bridge. On reaching the end of this path you will come out onto a car park so you need to take care if you have a dog that they do not get ahead of you.

To the left you will see The Hundred Pound Bridge.

Crossing over the bridge continue until the woods on the right give way to a manicured hedge. The gap between the two is a public footpath crossing Chasemore Farm. This is an equestrian farm and dogs must be kept under strict control.

 

Walk straight down the grassy path and across the field with the beautiful farm house on your left.

At the end cross the bridge and take the left fork in front of you leading you up hill between two paddocks.

Reaching the top of the hill you can take a well earned rest on a bench and admire the spectacular views across the rolling Surrey Hills. 

Pass through the gap behind the bench and continue along the grassy path admiring the handsome collection of chestnut thoroughbred horses in the fields on either side.

At the end cross a gravel path and go through a gap in the hedge. Turn right along a public footpath and continue until you reach Mark Oak Car Park. Turn right

Keeping the car park on your left follow the green and purple arrows.

At junction follow the green arrow through the woods then take the left fork.

 

 

Eventually, at the bottom of the hill take the right fork by the ‘BIRD HIDE’ notice. Keeping the ponds on your left continue along this path and spend some time spying the rich variety of waterfowl and birds through the hide.

Further on you will see a pile of tree trunks on your right. Follow the path around to the left passing Merritt’s Cottage on the right. Continue along here past the houses then turn right.

At the end go through a gate then keeping to the path turn left which will lead you back to the car park.

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