Polesden Lacey little big walk

Walking trail

Nestled at the heart of a 1,400acre estate which dates back to Roman times, Polesden Lacey is rich in history and enjoys stunning views over the Surrey Hills. This route takes you through a delightful wooded valley and passes ancient woodlands, historic farmsteads and rolling downland all offering a diverse range of habitats for wildlife. So get your hiking boots on, or your trainers if you fancy being a bit more energetic and put your best foot forward. NB: This trail is not signposted on the estate.

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Map route for Polesden Lacey little big walk


Polesden Lacey Theatre Lawn, grid ref: TQ136522


Starting inside the pay barrier on Theatre Lawn with the house behind you, walk down Bagden Drive (this was the main entrance to the house in Mrs Greville's day), passing the Long Walk on your right and crossing over the Italianate Bridge.


Follow the path round to the right looking out for redwood trees on your way then take the right hand fork down a slope before turning left at the bottom.


Follow this path, reaching Tanners Hatch on your right. Continue straight on, passing along a field boundary on your right with views down to Polesden Farm and of the Mansion. Carry on up a steep slope through woodland until eventually coming out opposite Prospect Lodge.

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At Prospect Lodge, turn right and head down the hill towards Polesden Farm and enjoy wonderful views of Polesden Lacey house.

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Just beyond Polesden Farm, go through the gate on the right and follow the path out alongside the farm. Stay on this path and look out for sheep and cattle which graze in these fields. The path will lead you through fields and a copse with a small pond.

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At the end of the path, go through the gate on your left and up the steep hill. At the top of the hill, after turning to admire the views, turn left through the gate and continue along Bagden Drive until you finish your walk on Theatre Lawn with Polesden Lacey in front of you.


Polesden Lacey Theatre Lawn, grid ref: TQ136522

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Polesden Lacey little big walk


Some slopes in places. Stout footwear is recommended as some paths can get muddy. Dogs welcome on leads. The walk is suitable for tramper vehicles or equivalent mobility vehicles only.

Polesden Lacey little big walk

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Polesden Lacey little big walk

How to get here

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, nr Dorking, Surrey RH5 6BD
By train

Boxhill and Westhumble stations 2 miles (3.2km); Dorking station 4 miles (6.5km).

By road

5 miles (8km) north-west of Dorking, 2 miles (3.2km) south of Great Bookham, off A246 Leatherhead to Guildford road.

By foot

North Downs Way within 0.75 miles (1km).

By bus

Countryliner 479 Guildford  to Epsom, alight Great Bookham, 1.5 miles(2.5km).

Polesden Lacey little big walk

Facilities and access

  • Granary café
  • Cowshed coffee shop & deli
  • Gift and garden shop
  • Parking, 200 yards (pay and display), 7.30am to dusk.
  • Free parking for National Trust members and coaches
  • Toilets and baby-changing and feeding facilities