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  • Start: This walk operates as a figure of eight (and can be split into two separate walks), with the beginning and end at Forest Green
  • End: Forest Green
  • Country: England
  • County: Surrey
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub: Lunch at The Parrot Inn (01306 621339) at Forest Green or picnic nearby. With its splendid views over the lovely village green and fresh food produced from their own farm, The Parrot is the ideal lunchbreak though.
  • Ordnance Survey: Explorer 134, 145 and 146
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Beautiful countryside abounds on this leisurely walk, which has a pub at its beginning, middle and end. What more could anyone want from a Surrey stroll?

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2011


Beautiful countryside abounds on this leisurely walk, which has a pub at its beginning, middle and end. What more could anyone want from a Surrey stroll?


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Foot Notes: All you need to know...
Start:
This walk operates as a figure of eight (and can be split into two separate walks), with the beginning and end at Forest Green Grid reference: TQ 124412 Map: Explorer 134, 145 and 146 Length of walk: Five-and-a-half miles / five miles Route: Morning: Forest Green east to Ockley via Gosterwood Manor Farm, and on to Mayes Green before returning to Forest Green / Afternoon: Forest Green to Birketts Farm to Holmbury Farm and Lukyns before returning to Forest Green via Loseley and Wickland Farm Food/drink: Lunch at The Parrot Inn (01306 621339) at Forest Green or picnic nearby. With its splendid views over the lovely village green and fresh food produced from their own farm, The Parrot is the ideal lunchbreak though. Also nearby: The highest point in south east England, Leith Hill is within reasonably easy reach and if you drive to Coldharbour the walk isnt too torturous, either. Point of interest: Forest Green Cricket Club once advertised in The Times with the message WANTED: drinking cricketers and cricket clubs to play on Saturdays and Sundays in a picturesque Surrey village. The tradition of playing friendly cricket on summer weekends continues to this very day. The experts: This walk was recommended to us by Guildford Rambling Club (for more information about the group, visit their website at www.guildfordramblingclub.org.uk) Next month: We visit the historic area of Runnymede near Egham.


Viewpoint 1
The beginning, middle and end of this figure of eight walk all feature The Parrot Inn, Forest Green. Regular readers will be well aware of this trendsetting pubs charms, but it would be advisable to leave any purchases from the farm shop, butchers hall and county grocers until the end of your foray! The two parts of the walk traverse the footpaths first east and then west of this popular establishment.


Viewpoint 2
The eagle-eyed may spy Leith Hill and its famous tower while on the stretch to Ockley. This is beautiful walking country and spotting the highest point in the south east of England is sure to make you feel glad you chose the relatively relaxed pub walk route instead.


Viewpoint 3
The famous Roman road, Stane Street, which runs through the centre of Ockley and its surroundings, was supposedly the site of the great Battle of Aclea between King Aethelwulf and the Danes. Usually, this delightful village is a much more peaceful affair.


Viewpoint 4
The house Lukyns was the residence of Sir Kenneth Lee, the first and last of the Surrey branch of the Lee Baronetcy the hereditary title awarded by the British Crown.


Viewpoint 5
The oldest surviving cottage in Forest Green is Tillies Cottage, which was built in the 15th Century. Wickland Farm, which youll pass on this walk, bears the date 1610 over the fireplace, and at one time housed the bailiff for nearby Forest Green Farm.



Why not share your reviews and photos from this walkbelow and suggest your own favourite Surrey rambles by sending an e-mail to matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk

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