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Francis Corner

LOCALITY: Shere, Surrey
DISTANCE: 3.5 miles (5.63 km)
FACILITIES: Parking, Toilets, Cafe

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
OS MAP: Guildford & Farnham

Walk description:

Directly north of Sphere head there is a Car Park off of Coombe Lane.

From the car park pass the gate and keep ahead to a circular reservoir.

Turn right at the reservoir and continue to reach cross tracks. At Cross Tracks turn left to Gravel Hill Gate. You are on the old �Drove Road� originally used for driving livestock along the Downs.

Continue ahead towards little Kingswood.From the view point here you can see the hills of the Greensand Ridge running parallel to the North Downs. To the right is St Martha�s Hill, to the left is Leith Hill (the highest point in Surrey).

The concrete tracks are much used by forestry
machinery, as the owners of the land - Tilhill
valuable wildlife and flora.

The surfaced track comes to an end at
Hackhurst Down, a Local Nature Reserve
managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust Countryside
Service and the National Trust.

Now retrace your route back to Gravelhill Gate reservoir at point 4, then bear right downhill along track and follow track round to left
to reach the first reservoir you passed at point 2. Take the surfaced track on the right to
return to the Francis Corner car park.

Additional notes:

Hard surfaced tracks, with no steep slopes, muddy paths, stiles or gates to negotiate. Especially suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The 5 km route would take about two hours at an easy pace.

Facilities nearby at Newlands Corner.

For more information, please visit www.surreycc.gov.uk.

10/03/2008 | Walk posted by Admin Team

Walks With Buggies User Reviews

Not as easy as it sounds!

30/08/2010 | Reviewed by Claire Brunton

We've just come back from this walk expecting a nice easy woodland stroll. Turns out that although the tracks
are hard surfaced, they're quite rough and muddy in places. There are some really steep slopes too. If you
follow the directions above, most of the big slopes are downhill but there are quite a few long, gradual
inclines which are hard work when you're pushing a wheelchair. The signposting is a bit suspect at one point
too (the section after the viewpoint). We went down the wrong path and it took 3 of us to push the wheelchair
back up the hill!

If you fancy doing this, I suggest downloading the leaflet from the Surrey
CC website - this has more accurate info. It looks like the above is copied of the Surrey CC website which
isn't entirely accurate and doesn't match the details in their leaflet!