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The Lower Mole Project promotes 5 walking routes within its area. All of these routes have leaflets showing the route and most of them are waymarked as well.

Please read the note on the precautions to follow to avoid the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease before setting out on 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.

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.

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.

Leatherhead Common Walk

A 3 mile circular route through the countryside north of Leatherhead. The route passes through Teazle 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.

All of these leaflets are available free by sending a SAE (A5 size) to:

The Lower Mole Countryside Management Project, 2 West Park Farmhouse, Horton Country Park, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PL.

 

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 sending a cheque for 6 made payable to Surrey County Council, with SAE (A5 size, 60p stamp) to:

Downland Countryside Management Project, Highway House, 21 Chessington Road, West Ewell, Surrey KT17 1TT.

For more information on walking routes follow these links:

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

London Walking Forum for walks throughout London.

 

Foot and Mouth Precautions

People are urged to observe the code for use of public rights of way, which says:

If you have handled cattle, sheep, goats or pigs in the last 7 days please stay off all other farmland

Do not go near, and never touch, handle or feed livestock :- if you come across them unexpectedly, move away slowly, if necessary re-trace your route

Keep dogs on short leads where there are livestock and do not take dogs on land where there are cattle

Do not leave any waste food or litter

Stay on the path and leave all gates as you find them

Use disinfectant where provided

Start your walk or ride with clean equipment, footwear and clothing