Newlands Corner

Newlands Corner

Newlands Corner
Photographer: Richard Thomas

Type of course: Virtual
Terrain type: Woodland & Forest


We have 2 "virtual" courses available from Newlands Corner - the Yellow course is suitable for all ages as it keeps within the Newlands Corner area not crossing any roads. The other is a much longer Trail Run to St Martha's which has a number of road crossings. Newlands Corner lies on the chalk ridge of the North Downs in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) giving good views south across the Weald.

Last updated: Sat 22 May, 2021

Location Info

Near: Guildford
Lat,Lng: 51.23288,-0.50764
Postcode: GU4 8SE
What3Words: ///remark.sleeps.stamp

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Directions / Parking

Parking is at Newlands Corner Car Park, (GU4 8SE) off the A25 Shere Road, SE of Guildford. There are no parking charges but it can be busy.

Courses available

MapRun directory path:
UK/Surrey/SW Surrey/Guildford Newlands Corner

Yellow, Line course, 1.9km, 9 controls

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Results link  Tracks link

St Martha's Trail Run, Line course, 9.2km, 10 controls

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Results link  Tracks link

General Info

On its wooded northern Newlands Corner is also a great place to spot for yew trees - you'll rarely see so many large yews in such a small area with 129 ancient specimens recorded (at least 500 years old - and some probably at least 1000 years old). It's close to Guildford and the A3, just off the A25 with a cafe and free parking, but can be busy so time your visit carefully!

Yellow Course

The map is at 1:5000 scale and is similar to a traditional orienteering map but with white denoting any type of woodland (rather than the usual green on an Ordnance Survey map); we are intending to have a choice of courses, but for the moment there's just one which is suitable for beginners.

The course is the same as controls 1 - 9 of our permanent course

With line courses, all the controls must be visited in the correct numerical order i.e. 1, 2, 3 etc (or else MapRunF will report "MisPunch" when you get to the end). Don’t worry if you accidentally visit a control before you should have, just make sure you visit that control again in the correct numerical sequence.

St Martha's Trail Run

The circular route heads northwest into the woodland, then along the North Downs Way aka Pilgrim's Way to St Martha's Hill returning via Pewsey Down. It's mostly bridleways so there should be plenty of space to social distance, but you might come across some cyclists as it includes part of Cycling UK's 150 miles North Downs Way route.

On the way you reach St Martha's Church, with the original structure dating from the 12th century, although rebuilt in the 19th century. There are 10 controls to guide you on the way. Navigation won't be too difficult as the MapRunF app will show your track and current position.

The map is at 1:15000 scale and is similar to a traditional orienteering map but with white denoting any type of woodland (rather than the usual green on an Ordnance Survey map).

Although the map shows the Start and Finish at Newlands Corner, you can start anywhere on the route (but you must finish at the same control). This may be more convenient for you!

Once you get to the Finish control, MapRun will check the controls you have visited, calculate your results and then upload them. You will be able to compare your run with others – just select the “Results” link below for the course you ran. The “Tracks” link will show the actual track you took (and other participants’).

It is easier to follow a printed map - the "Map" link gives you an A4 (Landscape) pdf to download - if you print it out 'Actual Size' then the scale will be correct at 1cm = 50m. Control Descriptions and Safety Notes are included on the Map.

The Start on the pdf map is at the far western end of Newlands Corner Car Park - where there's white hatching on the carpark and a footpath heads north west into the woodland.

The Finish on the pdf map is close to the start, but on the south side of the Car Park and is marked by an Orienteering Finish Post. When you pass the Finish post, then it will stop the MapRun timer, once you have started and found at least one other control.

If you enjoyed these courses then you might also be interested in our Petworth Park Virtual courses.

Safety Notes

Nearest A&E Hospital

Royal Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XX