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|Explore Surrey: Staffhurst Wood|
|Author: exploresurrey, Published: 18 Jan 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3km (2 mile) circular walk exploring Staffhurst Wood (near Limpsfield), a beautiful old woodland which is popular with families and dog walkers and which bursts into a glorious display of bluebells in the late spring. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk is relatively flat with just a couple of gentle slopes. The paths can get very muddy and slippery at times so good boots are a must (or wellingtons in the wetter months). When the paths are dry and firmer, it would be possible to take a rugged pushchair or disability buggy around the route, assuming this would manage the obstacles (described here and with photos in the gallery). There are no stiles or kissing gates, but you will need to negotiate a few staggered barriers and a couple of sleeper bridges (the narrowest of which is about 53cm wide). The staggered barriers are tight to manoeuvre around, but they are open and tall (about 1.1m tall) so it would be possible to push a pushchair straight through the barrier instead. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours depending on conditions underfoot.
There are no refreshments, toilets or other facilities on the route. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 147 Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.
Staffhurst Wood is located about 3 miles south of Limpsfield in Surrey. The wood has two dedicated car parks, each of them is free and has a 2 metre height restriction barrier at the entrance. This walk starts and finishes at the St Silvan’s car park on Staffhurst Wood Road. From the A25 head south on Wolf’s Row, then Pollard Wood Road and then Red Lane (the post code RH8 0RS will get you to this point). Continue south, take the next left (signed Crockham Hill) and then immediately left again (into Staffhurst Wood Road) and you will find St Silvan’s car park on your left. If this car park is full (or closed) you will need to start the walk in the Grants Lane car park. Continue to the end of Staffhurst Wood Road, turn right onto Grants Lane (the post code TN8 6QR will get you to this point) and you will find the car park further along on the right. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info.
|Start to Vehicle Track|
Start point: 51.2206 lat, 0.0181 long
(NOTE: If you are starting this walk from the Grants Lane car park, skip to the section called Glade to Bridge and start the directions where marked)
|Vehicle Track to The Glade|
Start point: 51.2243 lat, 0.0202 long
Turn right along the vehicle track, heading steadily uphill. This road was built during World War II when the woodland was used to store ammunition. Also in this area, a Doodlebug flying bomb fell after being intercepted by a Spitfire. The bomb exploded on impact and destroyed a local house, but thankfully the troops guarding the area were away from the house, visiting St Silvan’s Church for tea. Some way along, look out for a raised circular concrete structure on your left, evidence of the old ammunition stores.
|The Glade to Bridge|
Start point: 51.2185 lat, 0.0249 long
Walk directly ahead, passing just to the right of a large oak tree. The large oak trees within the woodland were retained when the rest of the woodland was felled for timber to support the war effort. The path now bears right, leading you over a sleeper bridge (this is the narrowest of the obstacles on the trail) and past a large pond on the left. Stay with the obvious path, passing beneath another yew tree, and you will come to a T-junction with a surfaced path (with a car park – Grants Lane car park – visible to the left). Turn left for a couple of paces and then turn right through the staggered barrier to continue on the woodland trail.
|Bridge to End|
Start point: 51.2172 lat, 0.022 long
Just beyond the pond you will come to a fork. Keep left and this path will lead you to a section of boardwalk (with a barrier that you will need to pass under). The boardwalk has been built to enable easier access across this particularly damp area of the woodland. Cross the boardwalk and then continue on the path ahead which climbs and bears right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The small bridge across the stream at The Glade
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
One of the many staggered barriers on the route.
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