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Explore Surrey: Limpsfield Loop

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Explore Surrey: Limpsfield Loop
Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 16 Mar 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Explore Surrey: Limpsfield Loop walkstar1 Explore Surrey: Limpsfield Loop walkstar1 Explore Surrey: Limpsfield Loop walkstar1 Explore Surrey: Limpsfield Loop walkstar1 Explore Surrey: Limpsfield Loop walk
Surrey, Limpsfield
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Explore Surrey: Limpsfield Loop
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Explore Surrey: Limpsfield Loop walk boot Explore Surrey: Limpsfield Loop walk boot Explore Surrey: Limpsfield Loop walk
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An 8km (5 mile) circular walk near the village of Limpsfield in Surrey (close to the Kent border). The walk explores several sections of woodland common, including High Chart and Limpsfield Common, set along the slopes of the Greensand Ridge. There are beautiful views along the way as well as several historic buildings. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.

The walking route includes several climbs and descents throughout and follows a mixture of woodland common paths, quiet lanes and field paths. There are many intersecting paths in the woodlands, so the iFootpath App’s live GPS map will be the best tool to aid navigation. Some stretches can get very muddy after periods of rain and in winter, so good boots are a must (or wellies with grips in the winter months). You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and bridle gates plus two stiles (both with dog gaps alongside – these are tall enough for most dogs, but one is quite narrow, so broader breeds may need a lift over). Most of the walk is fenced away from pastures, but you will cross a handful of grass fields that may be holding sheep or horses at times. There are a couple of stretches along lanes, these are normally quiet but do take care of any traffic. One stretch of the route crosses a golf course so take care of any stray flying golf balls at this point. Allow 2.5 hours.

If you are looking for refreshments, you will pass The Carpenters Arms on Tally Road (just after Waypoint 2). 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.

The walk starts and finishes from the National Trust Moorhouse car park on Moorhouse Road. The car park is free of charge and has no height barrier. From Limpsfield, head east on the A25 and then turn right onto Moorhouse Road directly opposite The Grasshopper Inn. Follow the lane around three bends, and beyond the houses you will find the car park on your right. Approximate post code TN16 2ES. If you are coming by public transport, you can adjust the walk to start on Tally Road (Waypoint 2) in Limpsfield Chart, where there are bus stops. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info.

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Walk Sections

Start to Yaldon Spring
Start to Yaldon Spring

Start point: 51.2579 lat, 0.0488 long
End point: 51.2514 lat, 0.0472 long

Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance, cross over the lane with care and go straight ahead on the signed public footpath, leading you through the gateway in the area of woodland known as High Chart. Keep ahead on the track for only 25 paces to reach a waymarker post. Fork right at this point, joining a narrow footpath leading you through the woodland plantation.

Follow the footpath winding through the trees and then leading you downhill to reach a crossroads with a sunken footpath, with a waymarker post ahead. Turn right to join the sunken path. At the end of the path you will emerge to a junction with a stone vehicle track (with double metal gates onto the road visible just to your right).

Turn left for just ten paces and then turn right to join the continuation of the public footpath. After around 100 metres you will reach a fork with a waymarker post. Take the left-hand branch, marked with the yellow arrow for the public footpath. At the end of this path you will emerge to a track junction with a bench and National Trust sign for Limpsfield Common directly ahead. Just behind the bench and sign, you will see the pond which marks the site of Yaldon Spring.

Yaldon Spring to Tally Road
Yaldon Spring to Tally Road

Start point: 51.2514 lat, 0.0472 long
End point: 51.2483 lat, 0.0421 long

Take the path immediately to the left of the National Trust sign, which leads you down a slope and across the pond via a boardwalk. This makes the perfect spot to pause, enjoy the water and understand some history of the site.

You have now left the plantation known as High Chart and entered the area designated as Limpsfield Common. Limpsfield Common was part of the Medieval Manor of Limpsfield. The infertile soils here on the Lower Greensand Hills were used for the production of timber and firewood and for rough grazing. Today the site is used for recreation. There are magnificent beech trees, some around 200 years old, and the woodland is carpeted with bluebells in spring. Yaldon Spring is one of several springs on the northern slope of the Greensand Ridge. The pond is a favourite spot for frogs, so look out for frog spawn and tadpoles in the spring.

At the far side of the pond, keep straight ahead on the path leading you uphill. At the top of the slope, the path levels off and leads you to the next waymarker at a crossroads. Go straight ahead to continue on the public footpath (marked with the yellow arrow). Continue directly ahead, crossing a staggered crossroads and, 100 metres later, you will reach a waymarker post on your right (with a large noticeboard and car park visible ahead).

Turn left to follow the yellow arrow and, at the next fork, take the right-hand branch (still following the yellow arrow). You will emerge out to a junction with Moorhouse Road. Taking care of traffic, turn left for a few paces and then turn right into the side road, Tally Road.

Tally Road to Spring Cottage
Tally Road to Spring Cottage

Start point: 51.2483 lat, 0.0421 long
End point: 51.2455 lat, 0.0379 long

Follow Tally Road ahead, passing the Carpenters Arms on your right to reach a bus shelter on your left, just a few paces later. Immediately before this bus shelter, turn left to follow the signed public footpath leading you across the grass and through the tree belt. You will emerge to a junction with a B-road. Cross over with care and walk ahead into the entrance drive for Champions Place.

Just a few paces along you will reach a fork in the drive. Take the right-hand branch which swings right, leading you to the property called The High. With the property directly in front of you, turn right to join the footpath which leads you downhill with the property wall and fence running on your left. Keep ahead to join the property driveway, heading down a slope to reach a T-junction.

Turn left (heading towards Quince House) and then immediately right to join the footpath leading you down the slope, with the garden wall of Quince House running on your left. The path leads you out to a junction with a tarmac access lane. Turn left to join this access lane, passing Spring Cottage and its raised driveway up to your left.

Spring Cottage to Moat Farm
Spring Cottage to Moat Farm

Start point: 51.2455 lat, 0.0379 long
End point: 51.2371 lat, 0.0403 long

Follow the access lane leading you steadily downhill, ignoring the footpath signed off to the right and then passing Caxton House on your left. This lane is leading you diagonally down the steep south-facing slopes of the Greensand Hills. At the bottom of the lane, pass Chartlands Farm on your left and keep directly ahead to reach the metal field gate ahead. You will be able to see a beautiful pond within one of the fields. This is a spring line pond, formed where the Greensand meets the underlying clay.

Go through the metal field gate and follow the grass track between hedgerows, heading downhill and swinging right. At the end of the grass track, turn left over a stile (with tall but narrow dog gate alongside) to enter a grass pasture (which may be holding sheep). With your back to the stile, walk diagonally right up the grass hillside to reach a metal kissing gate in the top boundary.

Go through the kissing gate and walk ahead through the rough meadow, staying directly alongside the hedgerow on your right. At the end of the field, go ahead through the kissing gate into the next meadow, then turn immediately right. Follow the field edge (with the hedgerow on your right), leading you downhill and then swinging left. You will emerge out to a junction with the road, with the Old Lodge and Moat Farm on your right, and a beautiful large pond ahead.

Moat Farm to Tenchleys Manor Pond
Moat Farm to Tenchleys Manor Pond

Start point: 51.2371 lat, 0.0403 long
End point: 51.2401 lat, 0.0343 long

Turn right along the lane, passing Moat Farm on your right. Moat Farmhouse has been added to over the centuries. The original building was a hall house dating from the 1400s which was surrounded by a moat (which is now dry and fragmented).

Follow the lane for 450 metres (ignoring a pair of stiles each side along the way) to reach a footbridge on your left (with a public bridleway fingerpost) and a tarmac entrance drive on your right. Turn right to join the driveway which leads you towards the buildings of Tenchleys Manor. The driveway leads you into the complex of buildings, passing a pretty pond on your right. Immediately after this pond, turn left onto the signed footpath.

Tenchleys Manor Pond to Pastens Cottage
Tenchleys Manor Pond to Pastens Cottage

Start point: 51.2401 lat, 0.0343 long
End point: 51.2466 lat, 0.0275 long

Cross the wooden footbridge and follow the grass footpath between fenced paddocks, leading you ahead and then turning right. You will now have fine views of the Greensand Ridge ahead, including Caxton House, which we walked past earlier. Cross the next footbridge and continue on the path between hedgerows.

Pass through the small metal gate ahead to enter the large hillside pasture. Follow the left-hand boundary, leading you fairly steeply uphill. In the top field corner, take a moment to enjoy the views behind you, then cross the stile ahead (with dog gap) to enter the woodland. Follow the woodland path ahead, still climbing and with an old wooden fence on your right.

Further up, the path leads you past garden fences before emerging to a junction with a stone access drive (with a fingerpost on your left). Turn left to join the access drive and pass Pastens Cottage on your left. You will notice a plaque on the cottage, commemorating the nineteenth century Russian writer and exile Sergey Kravehensky Stephniak.

Pastens Cottage to Golf Course
Pastens Cottage to Golf Course

Start point: 51.2466 lat, 0.0275 long
End point: 51.2516 lat, 0.0278 long

Just a few paces after Pastens Cottage you will reach a junction of tarmac tracks, with a tall fingerpost on your right. Turn right here, joining the Greensand Way and enjoying the far-reaching views to your left. Follow the tarmac lane ahead and then bending left. Just a few paces after this bend (and just before The Oast Cottage), turn right to join a half-hidden footpath. Pass through (or alongside) the kissing gate and follow the enclosed path.

You will emerge out to the road alongside the Baptist Chapel. Turn right along the road, taking care of any traffic. Continue to the T-junction at the end of Chapel Road. Cross over to the far pavement with care, turn right along this and then turn left into Ridlands Lane. Just ten paces along, fork left to join the signed public bridleway.

A few paces in, you will reach a junction with a waymarker post ahead. Turn left and follow this stone path as it swings right. At the fork, take the left-hand branch and you will reach a waymarker post which sits at the edge of a golf course fairway. NOTE: The next stretch of the walk crosses the golf course, so please show respect for the golfers by allowing them to play their shots before you proceed and watch out for any stray flying golf balls.

Golf Course to End
Golf Course to End

Start point: 51.2516 lat, 0.0278 long
End point: 51.2581 lat, 0.0487 long

Go straight ahead across the first fairway, keep ahead on the path through the trees and then continue across the second fairway to reach a tall wooden fingerpost. Turn right to join the signed footpath which leads you along the edge of the golf course, with a hedgerow running on your left. Continue straight ahead on the track which now leads you through an area of woodland, Ridlands Grove.

Where the woodland track bends right (alongside the post box of a miniature woodland abode!), turn left through a small metal gate to reach the corner of a field. Walk directly ahead with the fence running on your left. After 150 metres you will reach a metal kissing gate on your left. Do NOT take this, instead turn right at this point, crossing the field and joining a stretch of woodland path. Follow the path as it swings left and then meanders through the trees.

As you emerge from the trees, go straight ahead across the narrow grass field and exit via the metal kissing gate ahead. Follow the woodland path ahead and, after just a few metres, you will reach a waymarker post. This marks a choice of two bridleway paths at a fork. Take the left-hand of the two bridleways, running along the edge of the woodland with the fence on your left. Stay on the path closest to the fence on your left, ignoring a bridle gate on your left along the way.

At the far end of the woodland, pass through the bridle gate ahead, walk ahead across the grass field and exit via the bridle gate at the far side. Follow this next stretch of woodland path ahead for just over 100 metres (passing through the dip and beginning to climb) to reach a path fork. Fork right onto another woodland path which climbs and swings right. Stay with the path through a woodland clearing and then passing a handful of magnificent beech trees on your left. Beyond these trees, take the path which swings left and climbs quite steeply. At the top of the slope keep straight ahead to reach the car park where the walk began.

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5 comments for "Explore Surrey: Limpsfield Loop"

Lovely walk with beautiful summer countryside views. Not muddy in June! Two stiles, the second of which is very high. Thank you for posting this walk.

By nancywalking on 13 Jun 2018

We’ve done a number of walks on the iFootpath and this is the nicest walk. Great views. Highly recommended.

By steveleehall on 07 May 2018

Looking forward to doing this walk when the bluebells and spring flowers are out.. and when it's less muddy!

By Caroline48b on 15 Apr 2018

A lovely walk with beautiful views, the walk description here is spot on and yes I can confirm after heavy rain the walk is very very muddy, but that added to our fun. A good mixture of farmland, woodland and historic buildings and lovely homes to take in along the way.

By jaykateronel on 05 Apr 2018

Lovely walk but long boggy sections in April 2018. Will come back after a dry spell!

By Dave on 05 Apr 2018

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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