Walkfest Launch and West Horsley Sheepleas Walk


Join us for the launch of Guildford Walkfest 2022 in the presence of the Mayor of Guildford followed by a walk around the Sheepleas

Date: Thursday 1st September 2022

Time: Official Launch at 10.30am       Walk sets off 11.00am

Meet:  Place Farm Barn, West Horsley Place, Epsom Road, West Horsley, KT24 6AN


Any travel advice: Ample car parking available close to the House and Barn.


Falcon Bus 479 hourly service stops nearby at Duke of Wellington (East Horsley) and Squires Garden Centre (West Horsley)

what3words address:   Turning off A246 - ///trucks.relay.cube

Car parking - ///sofa.labs.spices        Barn - ///groups.forces.itself

Grid reference for start point: TQ089528

Description of walk: Following the official launch the walk route will take in a short section around the flat fields beyond West Horsley place and Opera House returning to the A246 opposite St Mary’s Church.  At this point, “non-walkers” can continue for a short distance along the pavement to return to their cars at Place Farm Barn.

The main group will cross the road and head past the church to enter the Sheepleas for a hilly, circular walk taking in the Millennium Viewpoint, the Yew Avenue and other aspects of this wonderful hillside which formed one of the original 284 Rothschild Reserves. Sheepleas was once described as ‘the finest piece of botanical and entomological ground within 30 miles of London’.

​Any specific walk / conditions issues:  The initial section of the walk is on tracks and field edges which may be soft after rain.  The Sheepleas walk is all on tracks – much of it chalk and flint. These sections may become “greasy” after rain. The Sheepleas section is hilly so a reasonable level of fitness is required and good walking shoes are recommended.

Dogs allowed / not allowed?: Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome

Length of Walk: Full route - 3.7 miles (5.8kms), Short flat loop – 1 mile (1.6km) approx


Book via Surrey Hills Society website Events page www.surreyhillssociety.org/events/ or click HERE

Contact: Surrey Hills Society Co-ordinator 07530 949302

Email: info@surreyhillssociety.org

Led by: Chris Howard – Walkfest Chairman and President of Surrey Hills Society

     With Ken Bare – Walkfest Coordinator and Vice-President of Surrey Hills Society