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Explore Surrey: Farthing Downs and Happy Valley

Explore Surrey: Farthing Downs and Happy Valley

A 5km (3 mile) circular walk near Coulsdon, taking in the beautiful rolling chalk grassland of Farthing Downs and Happy Valley. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.

The walk has several climbs and descents throughout including a couple of quite steep sections. The route follows wide paths throughout, including one path across the centre of crop fields. There are no stiles or gates on the route, just one flight of steps (which runs alongside a steep path). The chalk path surfaces can get very muddy and slippery when wet so good boots are a must. Allow 1.5 hours.

There are toilets in the car park at the start of the walk. 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.

The walk starts and finishes at the free Farthing Downs car park on Ditches Lane, managed by the City of London. The car park opens at 7am and closes at dusk. Leave the A23 at Coulsdon and at the roundabout take the B276 (signed to Caterham). Take the second right turn, Downs Road, and keep left at the fork into Ditches Lane. Follow this single track lane over a cattle gird and along the top of the downs. Just before you reach cottages on your left, you will come to the car park on the right. Approximate post code CR5 1DA. If you are coming by train, Coulsdon South rail station is about a one mile walk from the starting point.

The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Explore Surrey: Farthing Downs and Happy Valley This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.

To book discount train tickets to this location please visit Train Genius

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