Polesden Lacey - Ranmore Common - Circular
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The walk starts in the car park of Polesden Lacey, with its stunning location on the crest of a hidden valley of the North Downs and as it unfolds, it has something different to offer at almost any time of the year: bluebells in spring, bright blue skies and wonderful views in summer, and the chance to picnic and enjoy the golden colours of autumn.
Polesden Lacey, originally a Regency house built in 1821, enjoyed its heyday in the Edwardian period of a hundred years ago, when it was extensively rebuilt by society hostess Mrs Ronald Greville and became the scene of many glamorous house-parties. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth spent part of their honeymoon there in 1923. It is now one of the jewels in the crown of the National Trust and is a very popular spot for families and walkers.
The outward leg of the walk skirts the NT grounds and takes you along paths and lanes on the north slopes of the ridge. As you approach Westhumble, there are views ahead across the Mole Gap to Box Hill. This dramatic landscape has inspired writers, poets and artists and Box Hill features in Jane Austen's novel Emma.
As you turn for home around the southern slopes, the views south towards the South Downs are even more spectacular. A good picnic spot with a view is Steer's Field (Waymark 20).
You return along part of the North Downs Way. Beginning in Farnham – at an insignificant fingerpost beside a busy road junction - the trail follows the line of the North Downs eastwards close to Guildford, Dorking and Reigate to reach the Kent border. Thereafter it passes close to Rochester, crosses the River Medway and continues along the downs to end at Dover. Much of the trail follows the legendary Pilgrims Way. This historic route has, for centuries, been used by those making pilgrimages to pray at holy shrines.
England - South England - Surrey - North Downs
Birds, Church, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Restaurant, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
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