Polesden Lacey to Denbies Hillside ramble

Walking trail

This is a gentle circular route following rough tracks from Polesden Lacey across Ranmore Common to Denbies Hillside. NB: This trail is not signposted on the estate.

You will travel through some beautiful ancient woodland and enjoy stunning views at Denbies Hillside.

Autumn colour at Polesden Lacey


Map route for Polesden Lacey to Denbies Hillside Ramble


Polesden Lacey, Dorking, grid ref: TQ136522


Leave the Polesden Lacey car park heading west. Exit the car park and turn left, follow the track south. Continue along the track going downhill, under two bridges. Keep straight, follow the bridleway downslope and onto the causeway.


As you travel back uphill you will reach a T-junction; turn right here. Keep to this track passing Yew Tree Farm cottages, where the path forks keep left. To your left will be Yew Tree Orchard.

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Continue along the track heading south for some distance. Eventually you will pass a field entrance and bridleway to your right, the bridleway will be marked by a blue arrow, keep heading south on the track. Now look out for a path heading off at a slight angle to your right, take this track and follow it until you emerge onto a grassy verge beside Ranmore Common Road.

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Cross over the Ranmore Common Road and take the track in front of you, marked by a Forestry Commission sign. Follow this path downhill until it meets the North Downs Way, take the North Downs Way track to the left and then go through the field gate and into the field.

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Look out for the pedestrian gate on the path heading back into the woods and gently up the slope. Exit the wood into Steers Field keeping on the left fork towards the picnic area and car park. This is the mid point on the walk.

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Now head north, crossing over the Ranmore Common road. Then turn left following the path alongside the road, look out for the bridleway on the right next to Rose Tree Cottage. Take this path heading north-east into the woods on Ranmore Common.

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Keep following the track heading in a northerly direction and where the path forks, keep to the left. Keep looking out for the blue butterfly waymarks.


Go through a gate and into Bagden field, head north-west through the field towards Bagden Farm then north, keeping to the field edge.

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Go through the gate and turn left on to Bagden drive. Keep to this track crossing over the Italianate bridge.


Once over the bridge look out for a gate to the right heading into the field. Once in the field turn left and follow the field edge. You will pass through two gates, close to one another, and into Golf Course Field. Head north-west through Golf Course field, then keep to the field edge heading west (keep to the blue butterfly waymarks). This will take you back to the car park and the facilities at Polesden Lacey.

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Polesden Lacey, Dorking, RH5 6BD

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Polesden Lacey to Denbies Hillside ramble


The route follows rough tracks where the path can be uneven. There is likely to be some muddy sections so sturdy boots are recommended.

The route passes through fields where there may be livestock grazing; dogs are permitted but please keep your dog under close control or on a lead where livestock are present. This walk does cross a road.

Polesden Lacey to Denbies Hillside ramble

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Polesden Lacey to Denbies Hillside ramble

How to get here

Stony Rock National Trust car park
By train

Boxhill & Westhumble 3 miles (4.8km); Bookham 2.7 miles (4.3km), Dorking 4 miles (6.4km), Leatherhead 4 miles (6.4km). There are taxi ranks at Dorking and Leatherhead stations.

By road

From Junction 9 of the M25: follow the A243 (signed A24 Epsom, Dorking and Leatherhead), before picking up the A24 and then the A246 (following the brown signs, but taking care not to take a hard right onto the B2033 Reigate Road).

Don't miss the brown sign as you enter Great Bookham, indicating the left turn up to Polesden. From Guildford: Follow the A246, past East Clandon and East Horsley. Don't miss the brown sign as you enter Great Bookham, indicating the right turn up to Polesden.

The car park is pay and display for non-members or free for National Trust members (money raised goes towards our conservation work).

By foot

North Downs Way within ¾ mile (1.2km). great Bookham is the closest village, it is about a 30 minute walk away.

By bus

Guildford or Leatherhead to Great Bookham: 479/489. From Guildford or Leatherhead to Great Bookham: 478 (weekdays only).

Great Bookham is 1½ miles (2.4km) on foot from Polesden Lacey. Summer Sunday Rambler bus 765, linking National Trust properties in the Mole Valley area.

By bicycle

Local cycle routes can be found on National Cycle Network

Polesden Lacey to Denbies Hillside ramble

Facilities and access

  • At Polesden Lacey House and Gardens: toilets, shops, café, children's play area, car park
  • Picnic area at mid-point on Denbies Hillside
  • Dogs are welcome under close control and on a lead near livestock