Walking

Walking trail

The Wix Wood 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 cuts across the centre of the estate through woodland and open parkland, passing the children's adventure area and providing good views of the house. Follow the blue 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.

A family walking at Hatchlands Park

Map

The Wix Wood Walk at Hatchlands Park

Elevation

The Wix Wood 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 blue waymarkers up to the brow of the hill, then down a slight incline towards the driveway where you'll reach point 2.

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Sheepwash pond at Hatchlands Park

2

Upon reaching the driveway turn sharp right and follow the drive uphill across the parkland. As you reach the crest of the hill some of the best views of the house are available, a great spot for a photo. Continue straight ahead down the incline as the house disappears from view and the driveway starts to turn.

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The house at Hatchlands Park

3

As the driveway curves to the right leave the tarmac and bear left on to the grass path, following the blue waymarkers. Keep following this track as it rises over the brow of the hill, a favourite hangout for our herd of Dexter cattle. The path turns slightly to the right and then back downhill towards a large gate at the entrance to Great Wix Wood.

Dexter cattle at Hatchlands Park

4

Enter Great Wix Wood through the wooden gate and follow the long straight path through this area of ancient woodland. Some of the oaks here are over 400 years old and in spring the paths are lined with blossom and primroses. You'll find our children's adventure area to your left. Exit the wood through the next gate and cross the parkland field towards the barn and point 5 on our trail.

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Child playing in the natural adventure area

5

Just before you reach the gate that forms the boundary to our picnic area on the edge of Little Wix Wood, turn right to follow the blue waymarker post. Skirting the edge of this woodland fence line, continue uphill along the grass parkland path to reach the highest point on the estate. Alternatively, you can take a brief detour and loop through Little Wix Wood, especially if it’s bluebell season, returning to the blue route a short way up the hill.

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Bluebells at Hatchlands Park

6

As you reach the crest of the hill take a minute to turn around and admire the view. Once you’ve caught your breath, continue on along the grass path as it curves slightly to the right through open parkland and then turning sharp right at the blue waymarker post back towards the house and on to point 7.

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The viewpoint at Hatchlands Park

7

At point 7 you’ll reach a crossroads with one of our new all weather, cow free paths. This path leads left to Fanny Boscawen’s Walk, or right to the entrance of Great Wix Wood. To continue with this trail head straight on crossing over this path through the two gates in the fence, and on across the park towards the house.

All weather path at Hatchlands Park

8

As you see the house drawing nearer, follow the grass track and the blue waymarker as the trail turns to the left to meet the driveway. Pass through the iron gate next to the cattle grid and continue up the driveway as it curves to the right and into the courtyard.

The house in autumn at Hatchlands Park

9

Enter our cobbled courtyard through the large double gate. If you’re feeling peckish or you fancy a spot of retail therapy then now is the time, you can find our café and shop to your left. If you’d prefer to continue your walk then keep going straight ahead, directly through the courtyard. Once you’ve exited the courtyard follow the path straight ahead until you reach the iron gate at the end.

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The cobbled courtyard at Hatchlands Park

10

As you exit the gate back out into the parkland, immediately bear left and up the slight incline. As you reach the tree line pass back through the large iron kissing gate to complete the loop and find yourself back at reception.

Visitor reception at Hatchlands Park

End:

Hatchlands Park visitor reception, grid ref: TQ0662351842

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The Wix Wood 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 Wix Wood walk at Hatchlands Park

Contact us

Telephone: 01483 222482

Email: hatchlands@nationaltrust.org.uk

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

Facilities and access

  • Free parking
  • Cafe
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Children's adventure area
  • Picnic area