Walking

Walking trail

The Polesden Lacey big walk

Walking trail

With a 1,400 acre estate dating back to Roman times, Polesden is rich in history and enjoys stunning views over the Surrey Hills.

An energetic family walk with beautiful views

This challenging walk takes you into the heart of Ranmore Common with fantastic views over Denbies Hillside that can be enjoyed at any time of year. See two working farms, ancient woodlands, historic farmsteads and rolling downland, all offering a diverse range of habitats for wildlife. So round up your family and friends, put your best foot forward and escape to Polesden.

Map

Map route for the Polesden Lacey big walk

Start:

Polesden Lacey Theatre Lawn, grid ref: TQ136522

1

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

2

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

3

Continue following this path, reaching Tanners Hatch on your right. Take the left path opposite Tanners Hatch and continue straight along this path up into Ranmore Common until you come out opposite Ranmore Common Road.

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4

Turn right and follow the path running parallel to Ranmore Common Road. Turn right on to Yew Tree Lane once the carriage drive to the house in the 1820s - for about a mile (1.6km), passing Yew Tree Farm on your right.

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5

Follow the path around to the right, downhill towards Polesden Farm and enjoy wonderful views of Polesden Lacey.

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6

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. Ha-Ha Field on your left is named after the ha-ha (a wide ditch that keeps livestock out of gardens without restricting the views) which runs along the Long Walk. Stay on this path which will lead you through a copse with a small pond.

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7

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.

End:

Polesden Lacey Theatre Lawn, grid ref: TQ136522

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The Polesden Lacey big walk

Terrain

Steep terrain 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.

Please note, parts of this walk are routed through the pay barrier. If you would prefer a walk without having to pay to visit Polesden Lacey's pleasure grounds, then simply ask our visitor reception team who can advise you of waymarked routes around this area.

The Polesden Lacey big walk

Contact us

The Polesden Lacey big walk

How to get here

Address
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 (1.2km).

By bus

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

By bicycle

Local cycle routes on National Cycle Network

The Polesden Lacey big walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome on leads
  • Café, deli, shop, toilets and parking available at Polesden Lacey House
  • This walk is suitable for tramper vehicles or equivalent mobility vehicles
  • Please note, parts of this walk are routed through the pay barrier