Distance 6.75 miles (10.8 km) Duration 2:45 hrs Calories 1000 (est.)
Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), this countryside walk offers architectural gems by Victorians Lutyens and Pugin, a hauntingly beautiful pond, a quintessentially English village popular with film location scouts, and tales of smugglers and a 14th-century religious devotee. If you’re looking for a day out that combines charming landscapes with glimpses of rural British life over the last thousand years, this Newlands Corner and Shere Walk is for you.
Walking in the Surrey Hills is stunning at any time of year. From our starting point at Newlands Corner, there are breathtaking views over the valley that you will explore. From this beauty spot, on a ridge of the North Downs east of Guildford, the tour heads out along the North Downs Way before descending into the valley below. Following the route through woodland, fields and open countryside, you will encounter a Second World War pillbox, ready and waiting for an invasion force that, fortunately, never came. Next you will be greeted with the unexpected sight of vines belonging to an organic vineyard. You can then rest a while at the tranquil setting of Silent Pool before continuing on the tour. The route turns off across fields and through woodland as it makes for the village of Shere, the backdrop to several blockbuster films. Stop off for tea, a pint or a delicious lunch at one of the pubs or teashops. Shere is steeped in history so there’s a lot to discover. If you can tear yourself away, the route will take you southwest to Little London, and another pub. Then it’s back north and into the Albury estate to the Saxon former parish church, where Pugin’s handiwork awaits to delight. On exiting the estate, the walk heads back up to take a route west through fields and woodland. Finally, a track leads you to Newlands Corner.
The tour uses pavements/roads and well-marked pathways and there are a few gentle ascents and descents. Some stretches may be wet/boggy, so be prepared.
The Albury Organic Vineyard offer tours and wine tastings on selected days throughout the summer. For dates and times see the Albury Organic Vineyard website (http://www.alburyvineyard.com). If you want to visit you will need to contact them in advance to book your place. The telephone number is 01483 229159 and the email address is email@example.com.
Not sure you’re ready to go paper-free? Here’s the OS map covering the tour area:
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