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Skimmington Castle Walk

4 miles (7 km)

The Skimmington Castle pub is a great place to visit and start a walk from. This circular walk from the inn takes you to two of the highlights of the area at Reigate Heath and Colley Hill.
The walk starts from the good sized car park at the pub which is located between Reigate Hill and Reigate Park on Bonnys Road. From here you pick up footpaths heading north through the heath where there's a windmill, pretty heather and acid grassland. You then follow Clifton Lane north before picking up a section of the North Downs Way to climb Colley Hill. Standing at a height of 722ft (220m) the hill commands fine views over the surrounding countryside of the North Downs. The route then descends east with the option of continuing to the nearby Reigate Hill. This route turns south, picking up a section of the Greensand Way and following the waymarked path back to Skimmington.
Back at the pub you can enjoy refreshments in the nice outdoor seating area if the weather is fine. There's nice views over to the heath and the golf course plus a very good menu to choose from. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Skimmington Castle Walk Postcode

RH2 8RL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Photos

"The Skim" - geograph.org.uk - 804569

"The Skim" Properly known as the Skimmington Castle, but generally known as "The Skim" for short. Grade II listed and thought to date from the 17th century, with the ground floor frontage being 19th century.

Reigate Windmill, Reigate Heath, Surrey - geograph.org.uk - 1242823

Reigate Windmill, Reigate Heath. The mill was built about 1765, and ceased to grind about one hundred years later. In 1880 the brick roundhouse of the disused mill was converted into a Chapel of Ease to St Mary's Parish Church, Reigate and is now probably the only mill in the world to have been consecrated as a place of worship. The chapel, named St Cross Chapel, was opened for services on 14 September 1880 and has continued to this day when services are held throughout the summer.

Reigate Heath - geograph.org.uk - 632957

General view of Reigate Heath. The grass in the foreground is one of the fairways for Reigate Heath Golf Club. The sandy rise in the background is more typical heathland.

Colley Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1316232

Colley Hill. The scarp slope of Colley Hill, viewed from the Saddle Knob. Visible above the grassy area in the top left centre of the photo is the Inglis Memorial

Inglis Memorial - geograph.org.uk - 1316208

Inglis Memorial just east of Colley Hill. Donated to the Borough of Reigate in 1909 by Lieutenant Colonel Sir Robert William Inglis VC. It was originally a drinking fountain for horses, standing at the top of the original main route over Reigate Hill. Now restored, it houses a viewpoint indicator.

Colley Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1316215

The path here is a section of one of the medieval routes out of Reigate over the North Downs, leading on to Walton Heath. Another section can be seen below the trees on the right, along the top of a brick retaining wall from the quarry that was sited below Colley Hill.

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