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.
The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Explore Surrey: Over the Downs to Oxted Mill This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.
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