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Walk the Lovelace Bridges Trail

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Thursday, 1 October, 2015
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Lovelace Bridge

If you have ever driven or walked around the Horsley area, you will probably have noticed that there are a significant number of properties all characterised by a decorative harmony of flint and red brick.  This is known as the Lovelace style – named after the 1st Earl of Lovelace who owned Horsley Towers and much of the surrounding countryside.  In the 1860’s he built fifteen bridges connecting up various parts of the estate on the hills above East Horsley.  The majority are largely intact whilst others are either “the site of” or just have partial remnants of their structures.

In recent years, a circular trail has been developed to allow you to visit the sites of the bridges and enjoy the Horsley countryside.  Our walk this afternoon, guided by two experienced walk leaders from East Horsley (Clive and Denise Smee) will take us on a voyage of discovery around the majority of these sites.  In addition, we have invited Peter Hattersley, who was heavily involved in the bridges restoration project, to join us to explain some background.

This walk of about 4 miles will take us about 2 hours.  The route is almost all on footpaths, some of which can get quite muddy.  The route is also predominantly on the hillside slopes above Horsley.  Consequently, this walk is not suitable for those who have difficulties walking on hillsides over reasonable distance.   The walk will go ahead whatever the weather so please dress appropriately and select suitable footwear.

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome to join our walk. Please note that, being a rural walk, there are no toilets either at the start/finish carpark or on the route.

At the end of the walk, we will return to our cars in a local car park where our guides have generously offered to provide tea and cake before we disperse.

For those of you who wish to arrive in the Horsley area at an earlier time, there are two pubs in West Horsley, one in East Clandon, one on the A246 in East Horsley plus several Asian restaurants and an Italian one in East Horsley.  There is also a coffee shop in East Horsley plus Squires garden centre does excellent lunches.

The cost for the walk will be £5.00 per member and £6.00 per non-member.  The exact start location will be sent with your booking confirmation to ensure that we can control the number of participants.

 Booking is essential. If you would like to join us, please complete and return the attached slip to arrive at Warren Farm Barns before 24th September 2015.


For further details and enquiries, contact us at info@surreyhillssociety.org or on mobile 07530-949302.