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Explore Epsom and Ewell

Get closer to nature and enjoy the outdoors with our various guided walks. Explore your local nature reserves, discover your borough's history and boost your health and wellbeing too! Visit the Walks page on our website to discover a range of walks that take place across Epsom and Ewell.  

Countryside guided walksEpsom Common Great Pond and Grazing area

History of Epsom Common
Sunday 15 March; 1pm – 4pm
Discover over a thousand years of this reserve's fascinating history on an afternoon stroll with one of our Countryside team. Please meet at Stew Pond Car Park at 1pm, located off Christchurch Road.

Bluebell walk in Horton Country Park
Sunday 19 April; 2pm
Enjoy the beauty of spring on this walk through the wood of Horton Country Park with one of our Countryside team. Meet at the Information Centre at 2pm.

The green leaves of the bluebells are starting to carpet Pond Wood in Pond Wood, Horton Country Park. The Friends of Horton Country Park are urging everyone visiting the local nature reserve to please keep to the main surfaced paths and keep dogs on leads around the woodland to avoid trampling them. No horses are allowed in Pond Wood. Please don't follow the deer tracks which lead in to the woodland. Some of these have been followed over the years and now rather than a narrow deer track, there is a wide path and whole strips of bluebells have now been lost by this trampling effect. Don't forget to join in on the Bluebell walk in April!

All guided walks are with a member of our countryside team and take approximately 2.5-3 hours and can cover up to 3 miles. Walks cost £5 per adult, £2.50 per child (16yrs or under). No pre-booking required. Please wear appropriate clothing. Stout boots for walks and a raincoat when it’s wet. Please leave your dog at home on walks that involve looking for animals; otherwise they are welcome on a lead. Please note that walks may be subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions.

To book a place please contact one of our Countryside Team, email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk phone: 01372 732000 or visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk  

Epsom and Ewell health walks

Epsom and Ewell health walks cater for all abilities. There are shot beginners walks on Mondays for those who are just getting back into exercise. There are also hour long walks on Wednesdays and Sundays for anyone who would like to walk a little further and at a faster pace. Walks are free and there is no need to book. You can just turn up at your chosen venue and join in.

View/download the Winter programme of walks January - March 2020

Epsom Common Association (ECA)

ECA supports the preservation and protection of Epsom Common local nature reserve and site of special scientific interest. ECA works in partnership with the Council, the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project and English Nature to contribute to the long term management and conservation of the Common.
Nature walks
ECA organise a number of walks on the Common each year which are led by local natural history experts.  The subjects that are usually covered each year include birds in early spring, wildflowers, butterflies, invertebrates particularly bush crickets, bats and fungi. For more info see: https://epsomcommon.org.uk/ECA_Diary.html
The EcoVols
If you care about the Common and enjoy its wildlife and beauty why not join the ECOVOLS, the volunteer group of the ECA. EcoVols carry out a variety of conservation projects on the Common throughout the year in association with English Nature, the Council and the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project. You don’t need any special skills or experience just your enthusiasm and time! For more info and the 2020 EcoVols programme see: https://epsomcommon.org.uk/The_EcoVols.php

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