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|Explore Surrey: Over the Downs to Oxted Mill|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 25 Feb 2015||Walk Rating:|
|A 5.5 mile (8.5km) linear walk through the North Downs from Woldingham station to Hurst Green station, passing the historic High Street in Old Oxted and Oxted Mill. The route goes through ancient woodland and chalk grassland, both rich in wild flowers, and there are good views towards the south coast over the Sussex Weald. The return journey can be completed with a single 10 minute train journey. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk involves several climbs and descents throughout. The paths and tracks through the woodlands and fields are all unmade so stout shoes or boots are required and wellingtons with good grips are recommended in winter. There are a couple of short stretches of walking along country lanes so take care of traffic at these points. You will need to negotiate some steps, two kissing gates (one of which is very tight so be prepared to breathe in!) and three stiles (all of which have fence surrounds which should be ok for medium-large dogs to pass through –our standard poodle was just small enough – but dogs larger than this may need a lift over). You will pass through some fields holding horses so take care with dogs. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours.
If you are looking for refreshments there are several options. In Woldingham there is a tearoom within Knights Garden Centre, just a few minutes’ walk from the station along Woldingham Road (turn left from the ticket office). There are a number of pubs in Old Oxted High Street near waypoint 5, as well as the Haycutter pub at Broadham Green at waypoint 7. There are toilets and a snack kiosk at Hurst Green station, with shops nearby. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private 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 at Woldingham Rail Station and finishes at Hurst Green Rail Station, both in Surrey. The return leg can be completed by a single 10 minute train journey. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, the easiest place to park is near Woldingham Rail Station. There is a pay and display car park at the station, a district council pay and display car park on Woldingham Road near the station, plus limited parking along Church Road adjacent to the railway. The rail station car park fee is £5 per day on Mon-Sat and £2 per day on Sundays and bank holidays (correct Feb 2015). Approximate post code CR3 7LT. Grid ref: TQ359563.
|Start to Manor Park T-junction|
Start point: 51.2897 lat, -0.0518 long
Within Woldingham Station, make your way to Platform 1. At the southern end of this platform (near the waiting room), exit through the doorway and go down the steps to reach the rear access lane.
|Manor Park T-junction to South Hawke Car Park|
Start point: 51.2851 lat, -0.0486 long
Turn right on the track, heading uphill. Follow this path for just over 1km to reach the first signed junction (with a metal gate on the right). Turn left here, signed to South Hawke, heading uphill. The track leads you through Great Church Wood.
|South Hawke Car Park to M25 Bridge|
Start point: 51.2694 lat, -0.0323 long
Cross the car park to reach the vehicle exit to the road. Cross the road (taking great care of traffic) and turn right and then immediately left to go down a flight of steps. At the bottom, turn right along the path which is part of the North Downs Way. You will come to a bench and viewpoint on the left, overlooking Oxted and the Greensand Ridge. Tap the Listen button below (available via App only) to learn more.
|M25 Bridge to Natural Mound|
Start point: 51.2633 lat, -0.0308 long
Cross the bridge and continue ahead along the track which later becomes a tarmac lane. Eventually you will emerge to a junction with Barrow Green Road. Cross over the road with care and go through the (very tight!) kissing gate opposite. Keep ahead on the enclosed path between pastures. Across to the right you will see a large mound.
|Natural Mound to Old Oxted High Street|
Start point: 51.2577 lat, -0.0228 long
Continue on the fenced path which leads you past a large pond, Townland Pond, on the right. Further along, as you pass a private property on the left, a single gate ahead leads you out to a T-junction with Sandy Lane. Turn right and follow the lane down across a pretty stream and then under the road bridge which carries the A25 overhead. You will emerge to a junction with Old Oxted High Street.
|Old Oxted High Street to Oxted Mill Pond|
Start point: 51.2522 lat, -0.0168 long
To continue the main route, cross over the High Street and continue ahead along Beadles Lane. After 220m, turn left into the side road called Springfield (passing the Old School House). Where the road bends left, keep ahead on the tarmac driveway (alongside the property called Blackthorns). As you reach the gateway, take the narrow fenced footpath on the right beside the driveway. Further along, the path leads you past the mill pond for Oxted Mill on the left.
|Oxted Mill Pond to Tanhouse Road|
Start point: 51.2493 lat, -0.0103 long
Beyond the mill pond, cross over the road and continue ahead passing the mill on the left and Mill Cottage on the right. Follow the gravel track which swings right then left and leads you to a kissing gate. Go through this (into a horse paddock, so take care with dogs) and go straight ahead to reach the stile opposite.
|Tanhouse Road to End|
Start point: 51.2446 lat, -0.0089 long
Cross over the road with care and turn left along the pavement. Continue along the pavement which swings left across a stream and then climbs gradually to reach a crossroads. Cross over with care and go straight ahead into Church Way. Further along you will pass the impressive flint St John’s Church on your left. At the T-junction with Oast Road turn right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
A lovely walk with some great views of the Downs. Gorgeous countryside only a few minutes outside of Croydon (we took the train). Please note, this route can get very muddy as predominantly bridlepaths. Good boots or wellies a necessity in wetter weather. Crossing the M25 quite an experience, but you're soon away from it. Enjoy.
|By benking on 31 Dec 2015|
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