Walking

Walking trail

The long walk at Hatchlands Park

Walking trail

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.

Dog walkers

Great for walking your dog all year round. Please keep your four legged friends under close control, especially around cattle.

Hatchlands Walking Family Autumn

Map

The Long Walk at Hatchlands Park

Elevation

The long walk at Hatchlands Park

Start:

Hatchlands Park visitor reception, grid ref: TQ0662351842

1

Leave the car park, passing through visitor reception, and head straight on through the iron kissing gate into the parkland. You'll see the house and garden on your right. Continue straight ahead following the yellow waymarkers up to the brow of the hill, cross the driveway and head down a slight incline towards sheepwash pond.

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The house and parkland in autumn

2

Once you cross the driveway sheepwash pond can be seen directly ahead of you. As you approach the fence that keeps this peaceful picnic area cow-free, bear right keeping the pond to your left. Head towards the fence line and point 3 on our trail map.

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Sheepwash Pond at Hatchlands Park

3

As you reach the fence line, pass through the kissing gate and bear right to follow the paths lined with honeysuckle, cherry blossoms and specimen pine trees. In early summer, a bright display of rhododendrons line both sides of the path close to point 4.

4

At point 4 follow the path as it turns sharp right and then, shortly afterwards, right again. This is the furthest extent of our park; the fields here are often stocked with cattle, sheep or horses. As you head back towards point 5 you can see paths lined with oaks, robinia and wild service trees that are spectacular in autumn.

Horses at Hatchlands Park

5

At the end of the path head through the gate and then proceed across the field towards the barn and picnic area, directly ahead of you.

6

Enter this small picnic area through the gate and continue along the path. Keeping the barn to your left continue into Little Wix Wood. Spectacular in springtime and renowned for its carpet of bluebells, follow this meandering woodland loop through to point 7.

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Bluebells at Hatchlands Park

7

Leave the shelter of the woodland via the gate back out into open parkland. Head left up to the crest of the hill where you’ll find a bench at the best viewpoint on the estate. Continue to follow the grass path across the park towards the fence line and the gate at point 8.

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The viewpoint at Hatchlands Park

8

Cross through the gate, switching once again from parkland to woodland, and turn right. To your left you can find centenary wood. Continue along this path until you reach visitor reception at point 1 and the end of the trail. If you’d like to stop for refreshments, turn right at reception and make your way down to the courtyard where you’ll find our café.

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Centenary wood in autumn

End:

Hatchlands Park visitor reception, grid ref: TQ0662351842

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The long walk at Hatchlands Park

Terrain

Natural earth paths, hard surface paths, grass paths. Woodland and open parkland, uneven underfoot, with medium gradients. During periods of wet weather low lying areas of the park can become extremely muddy. 

The long walk at Hatchlands Park

Contact us

Telephone: 01483 222482

Email: hatchlands@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatchlands-park
The long walk at Hatchlands Park

How to get here

Address
Hatchlands Park visitor reception, grid ref: TQ0662351842
By train

Clandon Station (CLA), Station Road, West Clandon, GU4 7TE is approximately 2.5 miles from Hatchlands Park. It is situated on the London Waterloo to Guildford mainline. There is no taxi rank at this station. Walking from Clandon station will take approximately 45 minutes, partly along a busy main road with some stretches of dual carriageway.

By road
When travelling southbound on the A3: Leave the A3 at the junction signposted Ockham, Ripley, Send. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto B2215. After  1.75 miles, at the roundabout take 1st exit onto A247. After  2 miles, at the traffic signals turn left onto the A246. You’ll arrive after  1.5 miles.
 
When travelling northbound on the A3: Leave the A3 at the junction signposted Ripley, Woking, Dorking. After  0.5 miles, at the roundabout take 3rd exit onto A247. After  2 miles, at the traffic signals turn left onto the A246. You’ll arrive after  1.5 miles.
 
The entrance to the visitor car park is on your left. Look out for the brown signs, satnav postcode may take you to the staff car park in error.
By bus
Buses Excetera 479 every day, stops along A246, closest stop is a 5 minute walk from car park entrance. Arriva 478 Monday-Friday, stops along A246, closest stop is a 5 minute walk from car park entrance.
By bicycle

The closest National Cycle Routes are routes 22 and 223 both of which run through Guildford town centre, approximately 4.5 miles from Hatchlands. See Sustrans for more details. The routes of the Olympic cycle race and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycle races run right outside Hatchlands Park entrance along the A246.

The long walk at Hatchlands Park

Facilities and access

  • Free parking
  • Cafe
  • Shop
  • Toilets