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Rural West Horsley including Horsley Meadows

A gentle walk taking in the recently developed SANG at Horsley Meadows and other less known rural parts of the village

Time & Location

06 Sept 2024, 10:30 – 12:30

Horsley Meadows, Long Reach, West Horsley, Leatherhead KT24, UK

About the event

Any travel advice: Free car parking at Horsley Meadows 

what3words address:   ///gained.even.boxing   Grid reference for start point TQ07885456

Description of walk:. Horsley Meadows is a SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace) and is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust on behalf of The Land Trust. We hope to be joined by representatives of the Land Trust who will be able to explain more about the project and their plans for the future.

This newly created grassland nature reserve was until recently, an area of arable farmland. A 2.3km trail (parts of which we follow) now winds its way around the gently sloping site, which features magnificent mature oaks, newly planted hedgerows and areas of scrub under big skies. A newly seeded wildflower meadow is creating diversity whilst insects and birds are already becoming well established.

Leaving the SANG behind, we cross over to Lollesworth Lane with its old houses before heading into the fields south of the railway line.

Our return route takes us along an historic back lane to join Silkmore Lane which becomes an unmade byeway through the countryside until it reaches the lower slopes of Horsley Meadows and a stroll back to our cars.

Any specific walk / conditions issues: There are no stiles and only two kissing gates. As with any rural walk, some paths can become muddy after rain. There are a couple of short fairly gentle slopes but no major hills. The short, interconnecting, road sections have pavements.

Dogs allowed / not allowed? “Dogs on leads allowed.”

Length of Walk: 3.5 mile (5.5 km)

Book on : SHS website

Contact: Ken Bare 07798 676350

Email: info@surreyhillssociety.org

Led by: Ken Bare, Coordinator of Guildford Walkfest & Vice President of Surrey Hills Society

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