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Leisure Walks
Aug 19

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7 mile walk which is almost entirely flat and there are no stiles.

This is a circular afternoon walk from Woking train station in Surrey – just half an hour from London Waterloo. It takes in a large section of Horsell Common, including the sandpits made famous in H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, passes through McLaren Park which is home to McLaren’s Formula One Technology Centre, and on through Fairoaks airport. It returns on the bridleway that runs alongside the many streams which feed the River Bourne. There will also be a refreshment stop at Heather Farm Café located on Horsell Common which serves hot and cold drinks, light bites and a selection of cakes. Heather Farm Café - Heather Farm Café - Heather Farm Café

Horsell Common is one of only a handful of privately owned areas of common land in England with public access. It covers 880 acres, and the Sandpit area was the location of the first Martian landing in H.G. Wells novel. It is a mixture of heathy/woodland paths, and bridleways. We pass by the impressive McLaren Technology Centre which is surrounded by artificial ‘ecology’ lakes - the water from the lakes is pumped through a series of heat exchangers to cool the building. Fairoaks is used by light aircraft and the site has two resident training schools.

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