Stony Rock wildlife walk

Walking trail

This short walk takes advantage of one of the most quiet spots on the Polesden Lacey estate.

A relaxing walk with lots of wildlife to spot

The walk will take you through some beautiful open woodland and on to the ancient woodland of Ranmore Common. The walk finishes on Stony Rock; a small area of heath. There will be many opportunities to spot wildlife along the way on this route.

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Stony Rock National Trust car park, grid ref: TQ124504


Leave Stony Rock car park heading east, cross the road onto a small track opposite. As the track branches keep right, cross a stony track and head up hill along a narrow path.

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Follow this path until you reach a T-junction, turn left. Then continue past a right-hand turn. Where the path branches take the second track to the right.

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Where the path dips continue straight; heading onto the path with the barrier across it and ignoring the one to your left.

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Where the path forks keep left. You will eventually pass Lonesome cottage to your left. Turn left along a stony track and look out for a bridleway to the right of the track. You will reach another rough, stony track. Here turn right to continue this walk, heading south. If you would like to get to Polesden Lacey House and Gardens, turn left and keep to this track all the way to the visitor car park.


Pass through the metal barrier and then turn right to follow the track parralell to Ranmore Common Road, please be aware of the traffic.


Watch out for traffic and cross over a rough stony track, then keep left along a grassy verge. Cross Hogden Lane and take the small grassy track to the right, you will emerge on a small area of open heath.

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Follow the path to the right.

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Head straight, keep left.

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Keep straight over two crossroads in the grassy path. At the T-junction turn left, then keep right, heading towards a wooden post. Turn right and head straight to the car park.


Stony Rock National Trust car park, grid ref: TQ124504

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Stony Rock wildlife walk


This route is mainly over flat terrain, there is one steeper section at the beginning of the walk. The paths can be muddy throughout the year. Part of this walk follows a path adjacent to the Ranmore Common Road, please be aware of traffic.

Dogs are welcome.

Stony Rock wildlife walk

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Stony Rock wildlife walk

How to get here

Stony Rock National Trust car park, Hogden Lane, RH5 6SY
By road

Exit M25 at J9 (Leatherhead) and take the A24 south towards Dorking. Turn west at the traffic lights, near Dorking railway station, along the A2003 Ashcombe Road.

At the mini roundabout continue ahead and then turn right up onto Ranmore Common Road. Carry on up the hill until the road levels out, continue straight. After the dip in the road turn right onto Hogden Lane, the car park will be on your left.

Stony Rock wildlife walk

Facilities and access

  • Stony Rock is a National Trust car park, a great spot for a picnic
  • There are no further visitor facilities at the car park
  • Dogs are welcome