Esher Common

SWC Short Walk 17 - Oxshott Heath, Esher and West End Commons

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Halfpenny Pond, West End

SWC Short Walk 17 - Oxshott Heath, Esher and West End Commons

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Viewpoint into Mole Valley, The Ledges, West End Common

SWC Short Walk 17 - Oxshott Heath, Esher and West End Commons

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Black Pond, Esher Common

SWC Short Walk 17 - Oxshott Heath, Esher and West End Commons

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South Slope, Oxshott Heath

SWC Short Walk 17 - Oxshott Heath, Esher and West End Commons

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South Slope, Oxshott Heath

SWC Short Walk 17 - Oxshott Heath, Esher and West End Commons

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Path near South Slope, Oxshott Heath

SWC Short Walk 17 - Oxshott Heath, Esher and West End Commons

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West End and Esher Commons walk

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Sat, 31-Oct-20

Date # Post
Thu, 25-Jun-20 3

Evening Walk - West End and Esher Commons (Oxshott Circular), now fully written up

Length: 10.0 km, Ascent/Descent: 139m
Net Walking Time: ca. 2 ¼ hours, Toughness: 1 out of 10.

Take the 19.03 Guildford train from Waterloo (Vauxhall 19.07, Clapham J 19.12, then via Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Surbiton etc.), arriving Oxshott 19.37. Return trains: xx.01 to 23.01, then 23.31.
This is a walk through several adjoining wooded commons on the Surrey/London border.
You start at Oxshott station and ascend the South Slope of the wooded Oxshott Heath to a fine viewpoint by the War Memorial. Skirt a pretty ex-sandpit and follow narrow paths through the woods and across the A3 into Esher Common. There you follow enchanting paths through the heathland and then some woods into West End Common to West End, a lovely Surrey village (willow-fringed pond, diminutive church, cricket green, nice pub), with a large garden centre. From there you return through more woods to The Ledges, the northwesterly escarpment of the Commons, hanging over the Mole Valley, and on back into Esher Common and past the atmospheric Black Pond, then eventually back to Oxshott station.
Note: There are far more paths in the woods than appear on any map. Follow the detailed written directions. Map and compass or a smartphone/GPS device would help navigation!
Covid-compatibility: not really any fenced paths; trains should not be too busy with this late start.
Food/Drink: the pub en route is of course shut and does NOT sell takeouts, according to its website.
For walk directions, map, photos, height profile and gpx/kml files click here. T=short.17
3 walkers from SE London in this deepest corner of SW (Greater) London. The train had been very empty indeed, and the heat of the day was just about vanishing to a (nearly) comfortable temperature, which with a light breeze out there made it an actually pleasant to walk in climate.
We met very few local walkers, probably on account of the late start, and only saw higher numbers of people in West End village, picnicking or playing on the picturesque green. The pub was shut as advertised, but we had a short break outside anyway to have a sip of water and a rest, before the return route.
1 examined the slighly longer, along the river route, all reconvened on the platform in good time for the 22.01 train, this one almost completely devoid of passengers.
The written directions helped cutting walking time by avoiding doubt at forks and junctions and minimising wrong turns.
very warm with a light breeze
I will add the new instructions are a treat...first time I have finished this lovely evening walk in the daylight.....
Thu, 01-Aug-19 15

An Evening in the Wild West

West End and Esher Commons Short Walk (AKA Oxshott Circular) T=Short.17

Distance: Approximately 5.5 miles or 8.8 km for those more metrically minded

Difficulty: 2 out of 10

Travel: 18:03 South Western Guildford bound train from London Waterloo, arriving at Oxshott at 18:41. Return trains run on the hour and half hour until 23:00.

One of the beauties of this walk is stepping almost directly from the platform at Oxshott into heathery heathland….hopefully now showing some purple color….This short walk explores a two adjoining common lands, both with a fairly wild wooded feel….We will stop midway through at the Prince of Wales pub in the pretty village of West End Common for a quick drink and bite…

More information about the route can be found here. As there are limited instructions for the walk, I would suggest printing out the map page from the OS Map tab and/or downloading the GPX route.

Enjoy the walk!
I'll be away on Thursday but allow me a quick plug to say what great fun this evening walk was last year, complete with planet spotting in the dark on the way back from West End. Take your torch or get some night vision practice.
Is anyone planning on going to this walk. After turning up for last Saturdays Edenbridge Town walk and there was no one else there. Don't particularly want this to happen again, Gavin
yes, I am planning to attend....
Great. It's a lovely walk. Looking forward. Gavin
15 on the walk, with lots of non regulars present on this long for the time of year Evening Walk. Blooming heather was in short supply though, only being seen in odd corners amongst the bracken, bushes and trees, but nevertheless this is a very nice walk whatever the season: it will never be too muddy (sandy topsoil in most places), and it will always be green.
We had the by now familiar problems with route finding, what with both written directions and gpx being somewhat rudimental/not quite en route. But we nevertheless got to the PoW in good time for most to order some food (knowing they'd be finishing in darkness) and some just ordering a drink. 2 left soon to try to catch the 21.30 train (achieved just about), while the rest I hear ambled into Oxshott station just in time for the 22.00.
Nice walk.
Thu, 16-Aug-18 6

Evening Walk - Oxshott Circular: West End and Esher Commons

Length: 8.8 km (5.5 mi)
Net Walking Time: 2 hrs
Take the 18.03 Guildford train from Waterloo (Vauxhall 18.08, CJ 18.13, then Earlsfield, Wimbledon 18.20, Surbiton 18.28, Hinchley Wood and Claygate), arrives Oxshott 18.41.
Returns: xx.00 and xx.30.
Ponds, Woods and Commons still inside the M25, but already in Surrey.

Eat/Drink: The Prince of Wales, West End Common, Esher (Chef & Brewer), halfway through the walk.
For walk directions, map and gpx/kml files click here. T=short.17
6 walkers off a crowded commuter train (at least to Surbiton it was standing room only) in mainly cloudy but dry weather. A to me surprisingly undulating and varied landscape, with some sandy paths, plenty of (not so vibrant) heather, lots of woods and even a cliff overlooking the Mole Valley! Plus a nice pub at the halfway point.
Directions are on the sparse side of sparse, so map and compass came in very handy indeed, as occasionally did the line on a screen. We had a drink and some bar food at the pub, meaning that those 40 minutes in there guaranteed that we'd finish in darkness, and that the fading light long before darkness would necessitate the use of smart phone torches in the woods to check map and compass. Despite that we lost the path only once with any serious consequences (pathless through ferns and brambles for 150m or so), but we blamed that on the gpx route not being accurate along that stretch..
Either way: great fun. 22.00 train.
A nice short walk very close to London. From train platform to heathland a mere 20 metres or so. Nice pub in a pretty village.