This heritage trail takes in the sprawling wooded paths around Wotton House, one of the valley’s most popular former country houses. Explore the historic milling hamlets and garden features of the area, including the ornamental cascade at Broadmoor, taking in the scenic countryside, woodland and millponds along the way.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Start from car park behind Wotton Hatch (RH5 6QQ) pub on A25 by Wotton Village Hall.
(D/A) Take path on the left side of the village hall diagonally across the field and over the style onto Wotton House drive.
(1) Turn left and follow the drive towards the House. At the end of the hedge on the left of the drive, cross the style. Take the path on the left side of the field, crossing over the Tillingbourne and into the woods. Note: It is worth following the drive down to take a look at the outside of Wotton House (now a private hotel which you can visit or have a drink), before returning to the path. Follow the muddy track south along the valley to the Friday Street millpond. As you walk along this tributary of the Tillingbourne, you can see a number of ornamental fish ponds which can be seen through the trees (or by the bridge about half-way along). Join the road by the pond corner. The building on your left is the site of the old corn mill. Note : You may wish to take a detour straight ahead, along the right (western) side of the pond, to the hamlet of Friday Street and the Stephan Langton pub.
(2) Turn left and follow the road, passing the pond on the right. Just past the pond take the small path on the right into the woods and up the hill. Follow the path as it crosses the two roads, and then where it comes to a fork, go right and downhill, cutting behind the houses.
(3) Then go left, downhill between gardens, to meet the road at Broadmoor hamlet. Turn left along the road, following it around the bend to the point where it forks to the right. Take this path, which continues along the Greensand Way into the Wotton Estate. Carry on past the waterfall. The waterfall is a leat of the Tillingbourne, which runs along the top of the slope on the opposite side of the pond. It consists of a series of shaped sweeps and used to be part of an intricate garden landscape, complete with pavilion, statues and urns.
(4) Continue following the path/track (Greensand Way), eventually onto a house drive and Sheephouse Lane.
As you approach the A25, go left and follow the road 400m back to the pub car park.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 137m - Car park behind Wotton Hatch
1 : km 0.3 - alt. 138m - The House
2 : km 2.15 - alt. 160m - Friday Street
3 : km 2.91 - alt. 174m - Broadmoor
4 : km 3.75 - alt. 151m - Greensand Way
D/A : km 5.52 - alt. 137m - Car park behind Wotton Hatch
Moderate difficulty; slight climb; very muddy tracks even in summer (sturdy boots recommended)
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