The Long Walk at Hatchlands Park
Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RTRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
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 through woodland and open parkland with distant views of the house and the wider Surrey countryside. Follow the yellow arrows on our waymarker posts.
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Start: Hatchlands Park visitor reception, grid ref: TQ0662351842
Leave the car park, passing through visitor reception, and turn right following the yellow arrows for the Long 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.
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.
As the woodland path opens out you have the option to temporarily leave the Long 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.
In 1995 this field was planted with native species, including oak, ash and beech, to mark our centenary. This area (direction 2) is great for birdsong, wildflowers - including white helleborines in spring - and lovely autumn colour. It should provide a leaf canopy by 2095.
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 is Wix Hill Lodge. Continue to the crest of the hill to reach a viewpoint with a bench and then down the other side to Little Wix Wood.
For the best views on the whole estate look no further than the top of Wix Hill (direction 3). Looking north across beautiful Surrey countryside towards London, on a clear day you can see the arch above Wembley Stadium.
Partway down the hill you have the option to turn through the gate on your right into Little Wix Wood. Spectacular in bluebell season, this woodland loop rejoins the main path at the picnic area. Alternatively, continue along the path until you reach the bottom of the hill.
In April and May Little Wix Wood 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.
At the bottom of the hill, by the exit from Little Wix Wood, you'll find another picnic area by the timber-framed barn. A little further, look right to see the splendid gates and lodge cottages in the distance. Take the left gate to continue the Long Walk, re-entering woodland paths lined with a mix of ash, oak, robinia and wild service trees.
Follow the path as it turns sharp left back to the south. The paths here are lined with honeysuckle, cherry blossoms, specimen pine trees and, in May and June, a wonderful display of rhododendrons.
When you reach the end of the track, turn left through the gate, back out into parkland. The path bears right past Sheepwash Pond and then back to the left across more open parkland with Fullers Farm on your right. Alternatively, if you'd like to visit the tea-room for refreshments or the courtyard shop, turn left when you reach the tarmac driveway and follow the road until you reach the courtyard.
Surrounded by trees and reeds this small, peaceful pond (direction 7) is another great picnic spot. A haven for wildlife, you can regularly see Canada geese, Egyptian geese, grey herons, terns and kingfishers.
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
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- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 2.8 miles (4.5km)
- Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- OS Map: Landranger 186 and 187; Explorer 145
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 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 Station 2 miles (3.2km), Horsley Station 2.5 miles (4km)
By bus: 478/479, from Guildford Bus Station, Monday to Saturday, hourly, 15-minute journey
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