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WALK No 163
Co-ordinator: Duggie Fairbairn (020 8979 8305)

Shere, Surrey
Wednesday 9 November 2005
Car Park of "The Prince of Wales", Shere Lane, Shere, Surrey
Walk starts at 10.30

"The Prince of Wales", Shere Lane, Shere, Surrey

4 miles approx
Norman Andrews
One of the jewels in Surrey's crown must surely be the beautiful old village of Shere that nestles below the escarpment of the North Downs with the Tilling Bourne flowing through the centre. The Prince of Wales is a free house and offers a good selection of beers and lagers while wines are served by the glass or bottle. There is a good selection of food from the menu and look out for the 'chefs specials' on the blackboards.

Suggested Route

Drive to Esher by any convenient route and take the A307, Portsmouth Road to Cobham. Join the A3 and leave at the Wisley RHS turn off. Turn right at the roundabout and drive under the A3 to join the B2215. Continue through Ripley and turn left on the A247 at the Burntcommon roundabout, continue to join the A25, pass Newlands Corner and the Silent Pool, and in approx. 1/2 m turn right into Upper Street then second right into Middle Street to Shere Lane. Pass the White Horse and The Prince of Wales is then ahead of you on your right.

Shere, the Tilling Bourne & Albury Park

From The Prince of Wales turn left down Shere Lane and left into Lower Street, continue alongside the Tilling Bourne. Where the road fords the river keep ahead on a wide driveway to your left. After passing the entrance to the Old Rectory go through a kissing gate on your right and maintain alongside the river. Go through a second kissing gate and turn right over a footbridge and proceed up a small lane. After passing two houses turn left at a footpath sign on a rising path through trees. At a field ahead proceed to the far corner, cross a further field and exit, to the right of the church, and continue down a cart track to reach a road. Turn left on a path alongside the road and after crossing the Tilling Bourne turn left into New Road and left again into the driveway of Albury Park. At a fork in the drive bear left and walk up a grassy slope on your right to join a public footpath , go left through a gate and continue up a fairly steep hill. At the end of the woodland bear right on a cart track and soon through a metal gate by a bungalow. Turn immediately left and pass through a kissing gate and walk some distance across open country on a wide grassy track. Cross the river and continue up the lane to turn right at a footpath sign and continue alongside a wall to meet a road, Rectory Lane, turn right and continue to Lower Street and at a road junction turn left into Middle Street and right into Gomshall Lane. Discover a footpath, by a children's first school, on your right, cross a small planked bridge over the Tilling Bourne and carry on through the well tended churchyard of St. James's Church. Walk up Church Hill and turn right into Spinning Walk and at the next junction turn right into Shere Lane and back to the pub.