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Countryside and Health Walks

Spring 2007

Please view our Task Programme page for links to Countryside and Health Walks.

 

 

The Project also supports Epsom Health Walks, a programme of free walks in Epsom and Ewell open to everyone. The walks are easy going and last about an hour. All the walks will be led by Walking For Health Initiative trained walk leaders.

An opportunity to improve your health and fitness, enjoy the countryside and meet new people. Walks will start slowly and gradually increase pace to a faster walk for about 30 minutes, followed by a gradual slow down. You will be able to tell that you are benefiting from this activity if you breathe a little faster, feel warmer and have a slightly faster heart beat.

Please wear comfortable shoes.
Wear several thin layers of clothing rather than one heavy layer.
Bring waterproof clothing if necessary.
Protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sunblock.
Take plenty of water with you.
Please keep dogs under close control.

Participants will be asked to fill in a brief health walk questionnaire at the start of their first walk.

For more details (including the current programme) on Epsom Health Walks or for information on how to become a volunteer walks leader please contact:
Shirley Piotrowski, Let’s Get Active Project Coordinator
Phone: 01372 732185
Email: spiotrowski@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

The Epsom Health Walks scheme is a partnership between the Lower Mole Project, Lower Mole Countryside Trust, Epsom and Ewell Borough Council and the Epsom and Ewell Ramblers.

 

LOWER MOLE WALKING ROUTES

The Lower Mole Project promotes five walking routes within its area. All of these routes have leaflets showing the route and most of them are waymarked as well. We have published the walk route as a pdf file below, please click on the wording in blue below each walk to download this. Enjoy your walk!
Thames Down Link

A 15 mile linear route linking the Thames Path National Trail at Kingston with the North Downs Way National Trail at Westhumble. The route follows the green corridor, which joins the urban area of Kingston with the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route links with public transport at several points, so you don’t have to walk it all at once! The leaflet includes a description of the route to follow from north to south and a map, plus information about features along the route. This route is waymarked with a distinctive logo along its full length.

Sections of the route are suitable for pushchairs and for those of limited mobility, details are included in the leaflet. The Thames Down Link has received the London Walking Forum’s Seal of Approval for the standard of its waymarking, leaflet and information panels.

Here are directions for the Thames Down Link Walk

Chessington Countryside Walk

A 5 mile circular route through the countryside south of Chessington. The route passes through Horton Country Park, Epsom Common and over the top of Winey Hill. The leaflet includes a map of the route and information about features encountered along the way. The route is waymarked with a distinctive logo.

Here are directions for the Chessington Countryside Walk

Downside Countryside Walk

A 5 mile circular route through the countryside south of Cobham. The route passes through meadows beside the River Mole, past Chatley Heath Semaphore Tower and through farmland. The leaflet includes a description of the route to follow, a map of the route and information about features encountered along the way. The public rights of way used by the route are signed, but there is no distinctive waymarking.

Here are directions for the Downside route

Leatherhead Common Walk

A 3 mile circular route through the countryside north of Leatherhead. The route passes through Teazel Wood and across Ashtead Common National Nature Reserve. The leaflet includes a description of the route to follow, a map of the route and information about features encountered along the way. The route is waymarked with green arrows.

Here are directions for the Leatherhead Common Walk

Ledges Walk, West End Common

Alternatively, all of these leaflets, including maps are available free by sending an SAE (A5 size) to: The Lower Mole Countryside Management Project, 2 West Park Farmhouse, Horton Country Park, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PL.

Other Walks in the Lower Mole area

London LOOP

A 150 mile route around London, promoted by the London Walking Forum. The route is divided into sections of between 4 and 7 miles, with transport links at regular intervals. The southern stretch, from Erith on the Thames, through the countryside on the southern border of London to the Thames again at Kingston, is fully open. It is waymarked with a distinctive logo and there is a pack of leaflets available for sections 1 to 8. The leaflets include a map of the route, a description of the route to follow, transport link information and information on points of interest along the way.

The leaflet pack is available by contacting the Downlands Countryside Management Project, South East Area Office, Surrey County Council, The Omnibus Building, Lesbourne Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7JA. Tel: 01737 737700.

For more information on other walking routes follow the links from this website to:

Downlands Countryside Management Project for the Sutton Countryside Walk, Banstead Countryside Walk, Downland Circular Walk, Woldingham Countryside Walk and more!

London Walking Forum for walks throughout London.

 

Contact details

Project Manager: Nick Owen
Senior Project Officer: Helen Cocker
Project Officers:Conor Morrow, Louise Wilford

Temporary Project Officer:  Steve Bolton

2 West Park Farmhouse, Horton Country Park, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PL.

e-mail: mole.project@surreycc.gov.uk
Telephone: 01372 743783
Fax: 01372 742291.
The Project is supported by

Surrey County Council, Elmbridge Borough Council, Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Mole Valley District Council, the Corporation of London and English Nature

Surrey County Council
working in partnership
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