Route for a Surrey walk around Shamley Green

Shamley Green has been home to many famous residents

Shamley Green has been home to many famous residents - Credit: Archant

This is a short, easy family walk with a lovely village playground to enjoy on the way


Start: Red Lion Pub, Shamley Green. Free car park around some of the green and the side roads off the green.

Nearest railway stations: Guildford (five miles away), then regular 63 bus to Shamley Green.

Length of walk: Two miles (3kms) Allow one hour

Food and drink: For a small village you have lots of choices, like The Red Lion Pub, The Bricklayers and The Speckledy Hen Café.

While you are there: Explore the nearby Cranleigh - supposedly the largest village in England.

The walk

1) Start from the main green in the village centre at the Red Lion Pub, overlooking the cricket square. With the pub behind you, turn right along the road towards Wonersh and Guildford and turn right at the second road on the left signposted Nursery Hill. Keep to the right-hand footpath and follow the road around to the right.

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2) The road then bears left, and then, as the road starts to climb uphill, there is a small unmarked tarmac and then a dirt footpath to your right between the houses. Take this path for 500 yards until you come to a kissing gate and an open field. Pass through the gate and take the diagonal path across the field to the kissing gate on the other side. The path narrows and runs between a wooden panelled fence on the left and a hedge on the right. At the end of the path, at the junction, turn right onto a tarmac drive and follow it down to the road. Do NOT continue following the marked footpath straight on.

3) Turn left onto the tarmac road and follow it for a short distance until you reach Lords Hill Common and the village playground. Beware of traffic on this road as there is no footway.

4) Keeping the playground on your right, continue along the road until the road and the tarmac path split. Take the path next to the houses on the right, running parallel with the road. After the three houses on your right, there is a path off to the right, which takes you down to the Wey Canal. DO NOT turn here. Keep following the tarmac road, and you quickly come to a junction. Continue on the tarmac road leading now round to the left, following the National Cycle route 22 signage. Be careful of cars here as the road is quite narrow with no footpath, for about 500 yards. You will pass Longacre School on your left.

5) At a house on your left called 'Hullbrook' is where EH Sheperd, illustrator of Winnie the Pooh, once lived. Use the footway alongside the road to take you back to the centre of the village and the Red Lion Pub.


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