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Explore Surrey: Godstone Paths, Ponds and Churches

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Explore Surrey: Godstone Paths, Ponds and Churches
Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 11 Jan 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Explore Surrey: Godstone Paths, Ponds and Churches Walking Guide star1 Explore Surrey: Godstone Paths, Ponds and Churches Walking Guide star1 Explore Surrey: Godstone Paths, Ponds and Churches Walking Guide star1 Explore Surrey: Godstone Paths, Ponds and Churches Walking Guide star1 Explore Surrey: Godstone Paths, Ponds and Churches Walking Guide
Surrey, Godstone
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Explore Surrey: Godstone Paths, Ponds and Churches
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Explore Surrey: Godstone Paths, Ponds and Churches Walking Guide boot Explore Surrey: Godstone Paths, Ponds and Churches Walking Guide
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A 6.5km (4 mile) circular walk from the pretty village of Godstone in Surrey, taking you on a simple loop through the surrounding fields and lanes via old mills and the adjacent village of Tandridge. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.

The walk has just a few gentle slopes throughout, with a couple of short steeper parts. Many of the bridleways and paths across fields and through woodland can get very muddy so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter). One of the fields you cross is likely to be holding (inquisitive!) horses. You will need to negotiate a few kissing gates, some steps plus two stiles (which have open fencing alongside for dogs to pass through). If you wish, you can easily avoid both stiles and the horses by re-tracing your steps along part of the outward leg to return to Godstone. You will need to cross the A22 at one point (the visibility is good but the road can be busy with fast moving traffic) and there are a couple of short sections on quiet country lanes, so take particular care at these points. Allow 2 hours.

There are many options for refreshments, either at the start or end of the walk at Godstone’s many pubs and cafes or at the pub in Tandridge about half way round. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill and Reigate. 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.

Godstone is located at the junction of the A22 and A25, close to the M25 motorway. The walk starts and finishes at the parish car park, by the pond at Godstone Green, opposite the White Hart. The car park is free, but limited to three hours. There is also additional free parking available on the roadsides. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. Approximate post code RH9 8DU.

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Walk Sections

Start to St Nicholas' Church
Start to St Nicholas' Church

Start point: 51.2473 lat, -0.0664 long
End point: 51.2466 lat, -0.0573 long

From the parish car park cross the road to reach the pavement in front of the White Hart (there are zebra crossings over to the left should you need them) and turn right, passing the pub on the left. Immediately after the pub, turn left on the driveway signed as a public footpath to the village church. Keep directly ahead, passing the White Hart Barn Village Hall on your left and the Youth Centre on your right.

Now simply continue following the fenced tarmac path which leads you past the large Bay Pond on your left. Bay Pond was built by George Evelyn (an arms manufacturer) to power his gunpowder mill, Leigh Mill. By 1611 the mill was in full production and even supplied gunpowder to the Tower of London. Today the pond is managed as a nature reserve by Surrey Wildlife Trust. Keep your eyes peeled for frogs, dragonflies and wildfowl, including great crested grebes (which we were lucky enough to spot while walking).

Beyond the pond, the tarmac path climbs steadily and you will emerge to a junction with a road. Cross over with care and take the small flight of steps that lead you into the grounds of St Nicholas’ Church.

St Nicholas' Church to A22 Underpass
St Nicholas' Church to A22 Underpass

Start point: 51.2466 lat, -0.0573 long
End point: 51.2426 lat, -0.0481 long

Although St Nicholas’ Church was largely rebuilt and restored by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1873, fragments still remain of the original Norman building. This area was previously called Walkingstead, but this name began to decline as Godstone developed. Today, the area is called Church Town.

Take the path which runs along the right-hand edge of the church. At the far corner of the church, take the path ahead which leads you downhill through the churchyard. At the bottom, continue ahead to join the unmade path between fenced sections of scrub. The path leads you over two old bridges, with a large pond, Glebe Pond, now on your left. At the far end of the pond, follow the path as it swings first right and then left, heading uphill along a field edge. Across the fence on the right you will be able to see Glebe House.

At the top of the slope keep ahead on the stone path which leads you through a section of trees and out to a footpath junction at the edge of a large crop field. Turn right and follow the path heading downhill along the right-hand edge of the crop field. Just before you reach the power lines, bear right through a gap in the hedgerow to reach a T-junction with a track.

Turn left along this track and follow it as it swings first left and then right, passing the buildings of Leigh Place on your right. Keep straight ahead, alongside two vehicle gates. Ignore the footpath signed to the right, simply stay ahead on the track which eventually leads you through an underpass beneath the A22.

A22 Underpass to Jackass Lane
A22 Underpass to Jackass Lane

Start point: 51.2426 lat, -0.0481 long
End point: 51.2438 lat, -0.0362 long

Just a few paces beyond the underpass, you will reach a signed junction of paths (directly in front of Hop Garden Cottage). Turn right and follow the path as it swings left (following the garden fence) and then right, climbing steadily to reach a signed crossroads. Take the main bridleway straight ahead, which soon swings left. This bridleway, which is fenced with beautiful woven hedgerows, leads you past Old Park Wood on your right.

Beyond the woodland, the path follows a dog leg and then leads you steeply downhill. The path now climbs steadily, heads through a tunnel of trees and leads you out to a junction with Jackass Lane, with the pretty buildings of Little Court Farm directly opposite.

Jackass Lane to A22 Crossing
Jackass Lane to A22 Crossing

Start point: 51.2438 lat, -0.0362 long
End point: 51.2393 lat, -0.0473 long

Turn right along the lane, and after about 200m you will be approaching the T-junction with Tandridge Lane. NOTE: Take extreme care at this junction, it is safest to approach it via the open raised green on your left. Cross over Tandridge Lane and turn right along the pavement, following it downhill between houses towards the centre of Tandridge village. Take time to enjoy the expansive views ahead.

Towards the bottom of the slope, just after passing the double entrance gates for the Blacksmiths and Wrought Iron Makers (and about 30 metres before you reach the Barley Mow pub), cross over the road to turn right into the access track signed as a public footpath. Continue alongside a gateway into the crop field and stay with the obvious track (part of the Greensand Way) which leads you between two sections of crop field.

At the end of the first section of fields, the track leads you through a belt of trees and then swings right to continue between more fields. Eventually you will emerge via a kissing gate to reach a junction with the main A22 road. NOTE: This can be busy and the traffic is fast moving, so please take extreme care when crossing, waiting for a suitable gap before you do so.

A22 Crossing to Church Lane
A22 Crossing to Church Lane

Start point: 51.2393 lat, -0.0473 long
End point: 51.2433 lat, -0.057 long

After crossing the A22, take the footpath directly ahead (still part of the Greensand Way) and follow this through the kissing gate into Castle Hill Woods. Within this woodland there are the remains of an early Norman mound or motte which would have once had a wooden defence tower on it. At the first signed junction, keep straight ahead, following the line of the fence on the left.

Eventually the path leads you between hedgerows to a signed junction by the corner of a garden fence. Keep straight ahead and then bear left to cross the stream via the narrow footbridge (or the ford). Continue ahead on the tarmac entrance lane, passing the main entrance for Leigh Mill House on the right (the former site of the gunpowder mill mentioned earlier).

Towards the top of the slope (just before the stream passes under the roadway) turn sharp right onto the signed public footpath between fences. At the first junction, keep straight ahead, passing a mill pond on your right. At the end of this path you will come to a T-junction with the vehicle track that you should recognise from your outward leg (when you passed from left to right). Turn left passing alongside two vehicle gates and following the track swinging right at the entrance for Leigh Place.

At the next left-hand bend you will see a signed junction, at which point you have two choices. If you wish to AVOID the stiles and horse paddock on the main return leg, fork right onto the field edge path here and then simply retrace the route from your outward leg. Otherwise, stay with the main access track which swings left. The track leads you past the old entrance gates for Leigh Place on the left and the entrance for Glebe House on the right. At the end of the track you will reach a T-junction with Church Lane.

Church Lane to End
Church Lane to End

Start point: 51.2433 lat, -0.057 long
End point: 51.2474 lat, -0.0667 long

Cross the lane and take the flight of steps at about 1 o’clock, signed as a public footpath. Follow the footpath between fences and it will lead you to a kissing gate at the edge of a horse paddock. (This was holding a couple of fairly inquisitive horses when we walked, so take care with children and dogs). Pass through the gate and turn left, following the left-hand edge of the horse paddock.

At the end of the field, turn right along the bottom boundary and you will find a stile (and makeshift gate) on the left. Cross this, turn right for a few paces and cross the stile ahead to reach Bullbeggars Lane. The area of the paddock you have just crossed was once known as Women’s Field and is said to be the site of burial pits for the victims of Black Death in 1349. The name Bullbeggar is said to be a corruption of Bagle which means Goblin.

Turn left along Bullbeggars Lane, taking care as you approach the T-junction, and then turn right to join the pavement alongside the main road. Follow the road back towards the centre of Godstone. This road runs along the line of a Roman Road and it is not surprising that this later became a popular coaching road. As you enter Godstone you will pass between The Bell and The Coach House and then come to the White Hart on the right – all signs of the old coaching inns that populated the road. Queen Victoria and the Czar of Russia are just two of the notables who are said to have stayed in the White Hart. Cross over the road to reach the parish car park on the left, where the walk began.

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2 comments for "Explore Surrey: Godstone Paths, Ponds and Churches"

This was the perfect walk for Boxing Day having started quite late in the day. Delightful scenery and full of interesting history. Would definitely do this again if I only had a couple of hours to walk. Pubs in Godstone look really appealing, full of historical character

By desfig01 on 28 Dec 2016

Lovely walk that takes you from the busy town of Godstone to explore the neighbouring villages and hamlets. Will do this again and try and take in a pub lunch too.

By Richard on 11 Jan 2016

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Taken at Waypoint 1 looking along Church Lane there are some lovely buildings to admire.
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Look out for the lovely woven fence line.
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In addition to the villages churches and ponds you will pass along lots of lovely green lanes and paths.
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This provides a text area where you can describe the walk. Explain what you love about the walk, what makes it different and what people will see. In addition try to answer all the questions you might ask before going on a route. What sort of paths does the walk use? Any steep accents/descents? Are there any stiles? Are people likely to come across horse/cows/sheep?

County (required)

The county in which the walk starts is essential to help finding the walk in the database. Some walks may straddle more than one county - we suggest you select the county in which the walk starts or is mostly within.

Area (optional)

This field can be used, if you wish, to further identify where the walk is. This is particularly useful for large counties.

Walk Type (required)

To help quickly finding the right type of walk this provides a basic walk classification or type. Some walks may span two of these types - please use the type that fits the majority of the walk.

Length (required)

The length (in miles) of a walk is an approximation of the overall distance walked, not a measure of the distance "as the crow flies". iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the GPX file that has been uploaded.

Grade (required)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult it is to walk. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 walking boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles or other obstacles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. Do be aware that the level of stamina required will vary and you should only walk within your limits - the indication of walk length will help with this. A difficult walk, graded as 5 (and represented by 5 boots) indicates a walk that is strenuous and involves steep ascents and/or descents. It may be technically challenging involving difficult terrain or obstacles.

Please note that the grading for walks is subjective and open to interpretation and should only be used as a guide when selecting a walk.

Map Ref / Start Point (optional)

The walk start point is an Ordnance Survey map reference to pinpoint the start point of the walk. This should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Map Link (optional)

This optional field allows you to include a link to a web page containing a map showing the walk start. This is not the place to include any other links and the system will reject links to anything but Streetmap or Google Maps.

Start Point Co-ordinates (optional)

This pair of fields allows you to enter the longitude and latitude for the start point. iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the uploaded GPX file.

Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

Pdf file

Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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