ROUTE

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From Botley Hill Farmhouse to The White Bear. Approximately 4.5 miles, lots of stiles and one steep descent.


Leave Botley Hill Farmhouse and turn left, heading north-west. In good weather you can see the whole of London. There is a good path and so the road does not detract from the walk. Follow the path as it transfers to the other side of the road. Take the second footpath on the right hand side down a track.

Follow the track in the same general direction. Carry straight on when the the main track turns left.  At the end of the track you come to a stile. Cross the stile and go carefully down the hill to a gate in the fence down to the left. This is classic North Downs landscape which has not changed for hundreds of years. The map shows a Roman road going through the bottom of the valley and you can imagine the legions marching along.

From the gate, go up the hill (heading slightly towards the left) and then down to a stile. Go over the stile and follow the enclosed track to the road. Care is needed on the road as traffic can travel very fast. Also watch out for bikes.

Turn left and follow the road for 200 metres until you see another road off to the right, and a footpath. Follow the path between the houses and farm buildings to another stile.

Cross the stile and head in a southward direction aiming slightly to the right of a little copse which protrudes into the field. Find a stile in the corner of the field and follow the field edge until you meet a road. Turn left and take the fork in the road to St Leonard's Church.

Walk through the churchyard and pass to the right of it to a stile. Cross the next field and turn left down the road.

Walk down the road and after about 200m there is a bridlepath where the road bears left.

Go straight on along the bridlepath and follow to the road at the end. Turn left along the road to The White Bear.