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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Denbies to Ranmore, three miles circular walk

After a good lunch in the restaurant at Denbies  on Sunday 12th April 2015, we headed westwards from the car park along Bradley Lane through the vineyards and up towards Ashcombe Wood.
The walk is three miles with 455 feet (139 meters) of ascent and descent on good quality tracks.  One section through the woods on the return is however, steep and uneven and boots are recommended.

 Keep straight ahead as the track becomes gravel and the concrete road bears away to the right.
 Remember to look back from time to time to admire the view back to Denbies, from whence you came.  In the morning we walked to Box Hill on the other side of the Mole valley.  Click here, http://sussexrambler.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/denbies-to-box-hill-three-miles.html  for details of that pre-lunch walk.
 Wood anemones above and Wood Spurge below were in flower on this beautiful Spring afternoon.

 At the crossroads in the wood turn left.
The view back.
The road passes through a wood and emerges with panoramic views of the vineyards and Box Hill
 This is the North Downs Way.
 Views of Dorking to the south.
 Cowslips.

Note the magnificent Redwood towering above the other trees.
At the T junction of paths follow the North Downs Way to the right.
 The track meets the road to Ranmore church and common to the left, which is the route of the North Downs Way.  Click here http://sussexrambler.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/brown-hairstreaks-brown-argus-mating.html to see some of the butterflies and plants on Ranmore Common if you prefer a longer walk.

This walk turns to the right however, leaving the North Downs Way and heads North East past "Dairy Cottages" and "The Forts".


 A fine row of Ash trees line the road; in flower at this time of year.



 Look out for the "face" on one of them!
 The forts are long demolished and a private house occupies the site now.
 Keep straight ahead as you enter a wood, where the rounded pebbles suggest that this was once a seashore.


 The path descends to a T junction,
 where you turn right continuing downhill.

 Note the telecommunications transmitter mast disguised as a plastic tree.


Straight ahead is the track back to Denbies.
This is a lovely walk, which took us an hour and a half at a gentle pace with stops to admire the views, the plants and butterflies; Brimstones and Peacocks.

For pictures of native orchids in flower in May, please see https://sussexrambler.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/three-native-orchid-species-flowering.html
For butterflies in August in Surrey, please see http://sussexrambler.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/beautiful-butterflies-in-surrey-hills.html

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