Make a right as soon as you see the sign, and follow the railings.
After a few minutes you’ll reach the river.
1. With your back towards the food servery, turn left past the Learning Space and take the track, past the vehicle barrier, by the wood edge that leads down slope, past the Old Fort. Stay on this broad stoney track as it runs along the bottom of a steep grassy bank on your left, and above mixed woodland.
Once you see these ruins, walk to the right hand side and then straight.
You’ll get to this hill top. Just don’t walk straight down the hill, as you’ll miss the point on your right which unfortunately happened to us! So we had to walk back up the hill… so stressful.
Don’t go this way… walk back the hill you go!
2. Turn right down first set of steps, that run down through a belt of yew woodland, cross stile and continue down steps on to steep north-facing chalk grassland slope. Follow path into the bottom of the valley, to the right of the horseshoe bend in the road.
After going down and then up the hill we found the steps! (So make sure you steer yourself to the left at the top of the hill. Go down the stairs and then turn right.
We were a bit confused with the sheep track in step 3, but don’t go up this hill.
3. Bear left and uphill along the sheep track just above the road bend, and follow this track as it ambles gently upslope. Follow it to the end, above the next horseshoe bend, coming out on to the road via a short set of steps.
Follow this track which swerves to the left. This part is an easy walk, I seemed to walk fast at this part… Miss Money asked me why am I walking so fast!
After this track you will see a few steps, we were out of breath, so took a short break. >_<"
4. Cross Zig-Zag Hill road, bearing slightly to the left and aiming for another short set of steps leading into another downland paddock. This paddock is worth exploring, but your exit path is in the top left-hand corner – the broad path leading through light woodland to The Tower.
5. Near The Tower (a folly), turn right down a narrow path through woodland. Carry on down this path, bearing slightly left and avoiding turns to the right. Carry on down a set of steps near the bottom of the wooded slope, that leads into an area of open grassland in Juniper Bottom.
6. Turn right on to the vehicle track in Juniper Bottom. Follow this all the way along and up this narrow valley with steep wooded sides and flowery grassland glades. The path steadily climbs into woodland.
Juniper Bottom is down below!
And this is the open grassland they were talking about!! Once you get to the bottom, turn right, and walk, walk and walk!!!!!!!
It started raining… I found that walking backwards helped too. ^_^
7. Near the woodland summit, at a glade where five paths meet, by a large yew tree, turn first right at this staggered cross rides. Follow this track, over a cross rides, back towards the car park, shop, toilets and servery. The last part of this path is part of the Children’s Play Trail.
The final instruction was to find the Yew Tree… and then turn first right… Miss Money and I had to search on the Internet because we didn’t know what a yew tree looked like. Oh dear…
Note: If you plan to take this hike make sure you wear suitable shoes, bring food and water and just be prepared for what the weather might be like on the day.
We were very lucky to be out on a cool day.
Address: Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 7LB
Nearest Station: Boxhill and Westhumble (doesn’t accept Oyster Cards)
Buses: 465 (Kingston to Dorking)
p.s. Did I say I hate uphill walking?!