A Fantastic Dog Walk – from one of the Most Dog Friendly Pubs in the U.K. the Skimmington Castle Pub Reigate
Start at the Skimmington Castle Pub.
If you are heading out or a Reigate dog walk chances are you will want to head somewhere you can stop off for lunch and refreshments and you won’t find a more welcoming and friendly place than the “Skim”.
The Staff are always friendly even Rob the manager! Seriously Terri and the team do a great job and always welcome Reigate Dog Walkers and they have their own lovely dog Skimmy!
The food is delicious and they have just updated their menu and the famous Ribs are back on and my wife’s favourite the Vegetable Tagine!
There is a great selection of cask ales and to my pleasure have just taken on serving ales from Surrey Hills Brewery. And for those Gin lovers there is a great array and they have some from the localish Silent Pool Gin Distillery which is where the lovely barmaid Virginia also works
There are many good Reigate dog walks to and from the Skims door but I will let you know a great circular favourite one of mine to walk off the excess of those lovely Ribs and pint of Surrey Hills Shere Drop or do to begin with and treat yourself afterwards.
Walk round the front of this pub and past the front door you will see a path which goes between the pub and a cottage this part the greensand way. Keep walking up here, it is well covered by trees, a few yards up you may hear a parrot, this is the old nursery, which has been sold now but, the parrot in its cage was still there a couple of weeks ago!
It is said that Sir Winston’s Churchill’s parrot resided here on its last years. To your left you will see a walled garden this used to be the country home of the Film Mogul Arthur Rank (remember the big Gong?) Lots of movie stars from time gone by would spend time here. Keep walking and at the end you will see a lovely cottage, turn right here down the greensand way. Once at the bottom put the dogs on leads then head up the drive and cross the road.
You can now head up the sandy path and this will take you to the back of the Golf Club. Walk round the front and you will be afforded some of the best views in Surrey, you can walk round and have a look at the old windmill I told you about earlier which is now used as a church. Once you have taken in the view walk down the hill across the golf course and walk between the newly renovated cottage and the golf course practice green you are still on the greensand way. Walk along this path with its pretty views until you meet a little stream.
At this stream head on the path to the right and you will come out to an open arable farm field. Keep walking around the edge of this field and here you reach the footpath field path keep heading round right and head toward the corner of the field you will enter a good covered path running alongside some very overgrown gardens and a small field keep walking and you will come to the A25 again keep heading right and cross over a small private drive and after a short distance you will come to another private drive turn right here and then head slightly left at the sand path onto the heath golf course again.
Keep going ahead and then cross between the trees over the other fairway and you will see an opening half way up. Put the hounds on their leads and cross over Flanchford road and then you will see the Skim ahead of you of course please look out for golfers and cars on this wonderful Reigate dog walk.
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