Wix Woods Walk at Hatchlands Park

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT

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Visit the house and garden after you've followed the walk © James Duffy

Visit the house and garden after you've followed the walk

Find wildflowers around our centenary walk, including white helleborines © Matt Batchelor

Find wildflowers around our centenary walk, including white helleborines

Pick a clear day for the best views on the estate © Matt Batchelor

Pick a clear day for the best views on the estate

In April and May Little Wix Wood becomes a carpet of bluebells © John Mille

In April and May Little Wix Wood becomes a carpet of bluebells

Let the kids run off some energy at our new natural adventure area © Matt Batchelor

Let the kids run off some energy at our new natural adventure area

Stop for a snack or visit the shop in our courtyard © Matt Batchelor

Stop for a snack or visit the shop in our courtyard

Picnic by the pond or stop to spot the wildlife © Sue Streeter

Picnic by the pond or stop to spot the wildlife

Route overview

Hatchlands Park is one of the largest country estates in the green belt surrounding Greater London. This circular walk follows the edge of the park and then cuts across the centre of the estate through woodland and open parkland with distant views of the house and the wider Surrey countryside. Follow the blue arrows on our waymarker posts.

Route details

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An OS map of the Wix Woods Walk at Hatchlands Park Surrey
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Hatchlands Park visitor reception, grid ref: TQ0662351842

  1. Leave the car park, passing through the visitor reception, and turn right following the blue arrows for the Wix Woods Walk. Catch a glimpse of the house and garden through the hedges on your left as you climb the hill and continue into the first section of woodland.

    Show/HideHouse and garden

    Behind the hedges on your left you'll glimpse the house built by Admiral Boscawen in 1756 and the formal gardens landscaped by Repton with a small parterre by Gertrude Jekyll. It's also where you'll find the courtyard tea-room and shop. Drop in and see us when you've finished your walk.

    Visit the house and garden after you've followed the walk © James Duffy
  2. As the woodland path opens out you have the option to temporarily leave the Wix Woods Walk to the right and take a loop through our centenary woodland. Alternatively, continue along the path, passing the centenary picnic area on your way to the gate at the end of this long, straight path.

    Show/HideCentenary circuit

    In 1995 this field (direction 2) was planted with native species, including oak, ash and beech, to mark our centenary. This area is great for birdsong, wildflowers - including white helleborines in spring - and lovely autumn colour. It should provide a leaf canopy by 2095.

    Find wildflowers around our centenary walk, including white helleborines © Matt Batchelor
  3. Turn left through the kissing gate as the woodland gives way to open parkland. Look left and you'll spot Rookery Pond shaded by trees, to your right Wix Hill Lodge. Continue to the crest of the hill to reach a viewpoint with a bench, then down the other side to Little Wix Wood.

    Show/HideViewpoint

    For the best views on the whole estate look no further than the top of Wix Hill. Looking north across beautiful Surrey countryside towards London, on a clear day you can see the arch above Wembley Stadium.

    Pick a clear day for the best views on the estate © Matt Batchelor
  4. Part way down the hill turn right through the gate into Little Wix Wood. Spectacular in bluebell season, the woodland path here loops to the bottom of the hill and a picnic area.

    Show/HideBluebell wood

    In April and May Little Wix Wood (direction 4) breaks out into a riot of colour with a carpet of bluebells that stretch from entrance to exit. With a shady canopy allowing for dappled sunshine and a picnic area next door, it's the perfect springtime spot.

    In April and May Little Wix Wood becomes a carpet of bluebells © John Mille
  5. At the bottom of the hill exit Little Wix Wood via the picnic area past the timber-framed barn. Head through the kissing gate and turn left along the grass path across the field to reach the field gate at the entrance to Great Wix Wood.

    Show/HideWizard Wix's Willow Warren

    Featuring hand-crafted willow tunnels, domes, balance beams, sculptures and even a totem pole, kids can build dens and run off some energy. There's a bird-feeding station to attract the local wildlife plus handy picnic benches for mums and dads.

  6. Continue through the field gate into Great Wix Wood. This long, wide path continues straight through beautiful woodland, passing the children's natural adventure area, to reach another field gate. Once through the second gate, follow the path as it opens back into open parkland.

    Show/HideCourtyard

    Ideal after a walk around the park, find our homely tea-room on the site of the old kitchen. You can enjoy great food, indoors and out. Then head across the courtyard to pick up a souvenir from our shop.

    Let the kids run off some energy at our new natural adventure area © Matt Batchelor
  7. Continue until you reach the point at which two tracks form a crossroads. At this point if you'd like to break for refreshments, head straight on towards the house for the courtyard tea-room and shop. To continue the walk, take the right-hand path towards the tarmac drive and then follow this drive across the parkland until you near Sheepwash Pond.

    Show/HideSheepwash Pond

    Surrounded by trees and reeds, this small, peaceful pond is another great picnic spot. A haven for wildlife, you can regularly see Canada geese, Egyptian geese, grey herons, terns and kingfishers here.

    Stop for a snack or visit the shop in our courtyard © Matt Batchelor
  8. As you approach Sheepwash Pond, turn left and head across more parkland with Fullers Farm to your right.

    Picnic by the pond or stop to spot the wildlife © Sue Streeter
  9. The trail continues to complete the loop and bring you back to the visitor reception and car park.

End: Hatchlands Park visitor reception, grid ref: TQ0662351842

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1.8 miles (2.9 km)
  • Time: 1 hour
  • OS Map: Landranger 186 and 187; Explorer 145
  • Terrain:

    Natural earth paths, hard surface paths, some open parkland uneven underfoot, with medium gradients. During periods of wet weather low-lying areas of the park, including the bluebell wood, will become muddy. Dogs are welcome on this route.

  • How to get here:

    By road: Entry from the A246 (Epsom Road) between Guildford and Leatherhead

    By train: Clandon 2 miles (3.2km), Horsley 2.5 miles (4km)

    By bus: 478/479, from Guildford Bus Station, Monday to Saturday, hourly, 15-minute journey

  • Facilities:

    • Shop
    • Restaurant
    • Picnic area
    • Toilets
    • House, garden, museum

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