Surrey’s best walks: A two-mile circular at Newlands Corner
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Enjoy this easy, short family winter walk, discovering one of Surrey’s best views | Words and pictures: Chris Howard
1) Facing the visitor centre and café, walk to the right of the building, past the toilet block. The first white deer self- guided walk marker is on a post on the main path ahead. Keep on this wide path as it winds through attractive woodland.
2) At the fork in the path, take the left path following the white deer signpost. Stay on the main path, ignoring smaller paths off to left and right. You soon come to the first of the ancient Yew trees.
3) At the next fork in the path, go right by an attractive wooden play bench. Pass another ancient yew tree on your left. This part of the walk can be muddy in wet weather.
4) When you come to an intersection of four paths, continue straight ahead, noting white deer signpost on your right. Continue on this path, which narrows as you progress, eventually entering a mysterious yew wood.
5) Eventually you come to a clearing in the wood with an oak in the centre. A beautiful carved bench is on your left. Keep going straight ahead, still following the white deer marker posts.
6) At the T junction, turn left onto the wide path, still following the white deer markers. Keep a look out on your right for a beautiful view over the Tillingbourne Valley. Follow this wide path all the way back to the car park.
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Do visit the visitor centre and the wildlife garden to the left of the building before you leave.
Also make sure you take in the famous view over towards Albury on the other side of the car park.
- Newlands Corner is owned by the Duke of Northumberland's Albury Estate, but has an open access agreement with Surrey County Council. The area on the top of the hill is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust for nature conservation and public enjoyment.
- The site is open chalk grassland, containing many rare plants and animals, including an impressive number of ancient yew trees.
- The area became famous in 1926 when it was the location for the staged disappearance of celebrity novelist, Agatha Christie. She caused a huge search of the Downs, when it was feared she had been murdered.
- The North Downs Way national trail runs through Newlands Corner on its 153-mile (246km) track from Farnham to Canterbury.
- Yew trees are a type of coniferous tree from the Taxaceae, or Taxus family. They are very slow growing and very long lived. All parts of the yew tree are toxic to humans. It was traditionally used in the making of long bows as the wood is very strong and springy.
Start: Newlands Corner Car Park
Postcode for Sat Nav: GU4 8SE
Parking: Free for 20 mins. £1.30 for 1 hour. Completely free from April 2020.
Public Toilets: Behind Café, including one disabled one.
Grid ref: TQ042492
Length of walk: 2 miles (3.2 kms) Allow ¾ hour
Public Transport: Bus - Compass 25 service from Guildford
Food and Drink: Newlands Café for open air café or the Plucky Pheasant Café
While you are there: Pop in to Silent Pool Gin Distillery or at weekends Albury Organic Vineyard on A25 at bottom of Newlands Corner.
Free guided walk: Join Chris Howard on one of her free guided walks on the first Sunday of the month- see surreyhillssociety.org for details.