The Walk: A mostly flat 3.25 mile route along footpaths and very quiet lanes with little traffic. It includes a
walk through Hammond's Copse managed by the Woodland Trust. Five sturdy stiles to climb, all on the same stage halfway
round. Mostly OK for buggies except for the stiles and one narrow (but passable) footpath.
The Venue: The Surrey Oaks is thriving under new management and has a new chef, too. It's a traditional rural
pub and its real ales include Ranmore and Shere Drop from the Surrey Hills brewery. Features include a wood-burning
oven for making pizzas and a free "Rock-Ola" juke box of mid 20th century vintage. No lunch bookings taken
for parties of less than six. So arrive no later than 12.45 pm if you want a sit-down meal for around £12.95 for a
traditional Sunday roast. For more info phone them on 01306 631200.
Grid Reference: TQ 204 435
Directions: The Surrey Oaks, Parkgate, Surrey, RH5 5DZ. From the roundabout at Dorking where the A24 and A25
intersect: Head south on the A24 towards Horsham. After about 4.5 miles pass petrol station on left and very soon, just
past The Duke's Head pub, turn left along Newdigate Road. After about 0.7 miles keep round to left along Trig Street
towards Newdigate. On reaching T junction in Newdigate turn left towards Leigh and continue to The Surrey Oaks about
1.2 miles further on on left-hand side.
Public Transport: On Sundays there are no buses to pub and also no trains to nearest station at Holmwood. Best
bet is to get a cab from Reigate Station. Use Belfry Cars (Tel 01737 766111) whose office is in Holmesdale Road on
north side of station, RH2 0BJ.