Text copyrighted © Colin Bridge 2009-2018
Section 24 (Out)
Irons Bottom to Dawes Green
|Map||OS Explorer 146 (Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate)|
|Distance/Time||3 Miles/2 Hours|
|Start||The Three Horseshoes, Irons Bottom, limited on road parking or ask at pub.|
|Comment||A shorter but pleasant section with wide views to the North Downs with secluded and tranquil countryside. Leigh church and the village green compensates for a final stretch along the road to Dawes Green. Stiles remain a common feature.|
With ‘The Three Horseshoes’ behind, bear right across the road towards a telephone box. Just past this is a gap in the hedge leading to a footpath. Walk away from the road, straight across the field with a hedge and trees a little way over on your right. At the far side the path emerges onto an asphalt drive. Bear left on this and continue for ½ mile (ignore a footpath off right halfway along).
Finally, 20 metres before the gates of Bures Manor, turn left on a broad gravel track between lines of trees. Soon reach a stile by a metal fieldgate. Cross the stile onto a concrete track. Follow this for some way. At a bend ignore a bridle path on the left and continue, bearing right, on the concrete track. This soon changes to a gravel surface. Keep forward looking out for a junction of ways by fieldgates on your left and an ancient oak tree on the right. Beyond the gates bear left onto a narrow grassy path, quite narrow even though a bridle path.
This soon widens into a broad, grassy treelined avenue. Stay on this pleasant track for some way. Eventually reach the far end of the woods and pass through a metal gate into a field. Keep on with a hedge on your right to a gateway (ignore a path on your left).
Through the gateway bear right on a wide and rutted way between hedges. Soon reach the corner of a field on your left. Bear right on a farm track between a wire fence and a hedge on your right for a short distance. Just past an oak tree on your right, turn right over a footbridge and stile into a field. There are two paths here. Turn left, down the field edge, with a hedge on your left.
Just before reaching the bottom corner of the field, go left over a footbridge and stile. Turn right to go down to a long footbridge over a broad stream. Go forward into a field. Bear left across the middle of the field to a stile at the far corner.
Cross into an enclosed path in a wood with a fence on the left. At the end emerge into Leigh churchyard. Go ahead passing the church on your right, to exit through a wooden gate onto the village green. Go forward to a T-junction of roads with ‘The Plough’ pub on the right. Pass ‘The Plough’ and turn right on the busy Tapner’s Road. Walk along (there is a pavement) for nearly ½ mile to reach ‘The Seven Stars’ at Dawes Green and the end of the section.