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Lower Mole Partnership – countryside and healthy walks

30 years of countryside management in action


Lower Mole walking routes

The Lower Mole Partnership promotes five walking routes within its area of north east Surrey. There are 3 ways to enjoy these:

These walks follow public footpaths and bridleways which cross private land. Please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code. If you come across an issue on a public right of way that needs to be reported, please use our fault reporting form to notify us.


Thames Down Link

A 15 mile linear route linking the Thames Path National Trail at Kingston with the North Downs Way National Trail at Westhumble. The route follows the green corridor, which joins the urban area of Kingston with the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The route links with public transport at several points, so you don't have to walk it all at once! The leaflet includes a description of the route to follow from north to south and a map, plus information about features along the route. This route is waymarked with a distinctive logo along its full length.

Sections of the route are suitable for pushchairs and for those of limited mobility, details are included in the leaflet. The Thames Down Link has received the London Walking Forum's Seal of Approval for the standard of its waymarking, leaflet and information panels.

Download the directions for the Thames Down Link Walk


Chessington Countryside Walk

A 5 mile circular route through the countryside south of Chessington. The route passes through Horton Country Park, Epsom Common and over the top of Winey Hill. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council, see below for downloadable directions or you can buy the iFootpath walking app.

The leaflet includes a map of the route and information about features encountered along the way. The route is waymarked with a distinctive logo. 

Download the directions for the Chessington Countryside Walk


Downside Countryside Walk

A 5 mile circular route through the countryside south of Cobham. The route passes through meadows beside the River Mole, past Chatley Heath Semaphore Tower and through farmland. The leaflet includes a description of the route to follow, a map of the route and information about features encountered along the way. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council, see below for downloadable directions or you can buy the iFootpath walking app.

Download the directions for the Downside route


Leatherhead Common Walk

A 3 mile circular route through the countryside north of Leatherhead. The route passes through Teazel Wood and across Ashtead Common National Nature Reserve. The leaflet includes a description of the route to follow, a map of the route and information about features encountered along the way. The route is waymarked with green arrows. 

This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council, see below for downloadable directions or you can buy the iFootpath walking app.

Download the directions for the Leatherhead Common Walk


Mole Gap Trail

A 6 mile linear route linking Leatherhead and Dorking, taking in part of the North Downs Way National Trail. Visit two historic market towns and the outstanding countryside of the Mole Gap, including England's largest vineyard. Catch the train to Leatherhead and follow the trail to Dorking; the silver arrows will show you the way. The leaflet includes a description of the route to follow and a map of the route. The route is waymarked with silver arrows.

This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council, see end of page for downloadable directions or you can buy the iFootpath walking app

All of these leaflets, including maps are available free by sending an SAE (A5 size) to: The Lower Mole Partnership, 2 West Park Farmhouse, Horton Country Park, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PL.


Epsom and Ewell Health Walks

The Partnership supports Epsom and Ewell Health Walks, a programme of free walks in Epsom and Ewell open to everyone. The walks are easy going and most last about an hour. All the walks will be led by Walking For Health Initiative trained walk leaders.

An opportunity to improve your health and fitness, enjoy the countryside and meet new people. Walks will start slowly and gradually increase pace to a faster walk for about 30 minutes, followed by a gradual slow down. You will be able to tell that you are benefiting from this activity if you breathe a little faster, feel warmer and have a slightly faster heart beat.

  • Please wear comfortable shoes.
  • Wear several thin layers of clothing rather than one heavy layer.
  • Bring waterproof clothing if necessary.
  • Protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sunblock.
  • Take plenty of water with you.
  • Please keep dogs under close control.
  • Participants will be asked to fill in a brief health walk questionnaire at the start of their first walk.

For more details (including the current programme) on Epsom and Ewell Health Walks or for information on how to become a volunteer walks leader please contact:

Leisure Developments Team
Phone: 01372 732000
Email: leisuredevelopmentsteam@epsom-ewell.gov.uk


Other Walks in the Lower Mole area

London LOOP

A 150 mile route around London, promoted by the London Walking Forum. The route is divided into sections of between 4 and 7 miles, with transport links at regular intervals.

The southern stretch, from Erith on the Thames, through the countryside on the southern border of London to the Thames again at Kingston, is fully open. It is waymarked with a distinctive logo and there is a pack of leaflets available for sections 1 to 8.

The leaflets include a map of the route, a description of the route to follow, transport link information and information on points of interest along the way.

The leaflet pack is available by contacting the Downlands Partnership at downlands@surreycc.gov.uk or tel: 01737 737700.

See the London Walking Forum for walks throughout London.


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