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Length 110 miles (176 km)
Toughness 4 out of 10 with 9,750 ft (3,000 meters) of ascent.
Maps

OS Explorer Map : 133, 145, 146, 147, 148, 136, 137, 125,

Walk Notes

The 108 miles long Greensand Way (GW) is the best of the long distance walks in southeast of England. Its starts in Farham, and passes through lesser visited parts of the Surrey Hills, to the south of the North Downs. It then enters Kent, and passes through the Chart hills to Sevenoaks and Knole Park, with good views for much of the way. At this point its character changes entirely, and it becomes a lowland walk. It continues to Ham Street, south of Ashford.

Parts of its route feature on many of our walks - its route seems to have been chosen for quality as much as simply following the Greensand ridge. The walk originaly ended at the Surrey border, but was later extended into Kent. The first part of the extension, through the Chart hills to Sevenoakes and Yalding is a worthy addition, and indeed a highlight of the walk, but the lowland end of the walk, past Ashford to Hamstreet is of quite a different nature - mainly agricultural lowlands. Several unoffical spurs have been added to the route, at least as marked on OS maps - the longest one being the alternate start from Farnham at the start.

The practicalities of doing the walk as a series of day trips aren't easy - long stretches of it don't come close to railway lines, meaning that rare buses must be used. The walk has been spilt up into 10m/15km stages, and travel by bus or train details are given to the start and finish of each leg. Some stages are done in reverse for logistical reasons - its much nicer to have regular transport at the end, and a nice pub to wait in! There are other possible start and finish points for each stage - I've marked bus stop, and alternate train stations on the maps.

The walk is maintained by Surrey and Kent Councils, and well waymarked, especially in Surrey (although still not well enough to follow it without a map). In April 2012, Surrey CC and The Ramblers finished a project to survey and update the waymarking of the Surrey section of the GW.

The Greensand Way has been split into a series of day walks. The OS map and GPX links above are to give you an overview of the entire walk.

If you plan to do the entire walk in one go, you should be able to complete it in 7 or 8 days (as you wont have to travel to the start of the walk each day). If you can do 2 stages over a weekend, the 'bus' stages 2,3 and 8,9 would be good to combine.

The best most enjoyable stages are of course subjective, but 2, 3, and 7 stand out as especially enjoyable

NameDistanceAscentNotes
Greensand Way100 miles100mOS map and GPS route data
1) Witley to Haslemere 10.1 miles338mDone in reverse
2) Witley to Ewhurst 12.6 miles494m
3) Gomshall to Dorking 10.6 miles338m
4) Dorking to Reigate 10.1 miles263mHas detailed directions.
5) Earlswood to Hurst Green 10.5 miles317m
6) Hurst Green to Sevenoakes 12.8 miles486m
7) Sevenoakes to Yaldimg 10.3 miles211mHas detailed directions. Done in reverse.
8) Yalding to Sutton Vallance 9.1 miles235mHas detailed directions.
9) Lenham to Pluckley 15.5 miles279m
10) Pluckley to Ashford 15.5 miles279m
11) Ashford to Hamstreet 8.1 miles 54m
Greensand Way

This walk is one of 11 stages of the Greensand Way - a regional long distance path in the Southeast of England


Links
  • Surrey Council have several leaflets of the Surrey (west) part of the route with OS mapping and directions (but not accomodation or public transport information) available from their website
  • Kent Council have an online book with instructions and map extracts of their (east) half of the route.
  • The original guidebook to the walk is long out of print and hard to get. It did have OS mapping (with the contours removed!). In any case, the route has had many small changes in the meantime.
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Start: GU27 2PE at 4pm

Finish: TN26 2DU at 10am

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OS Explorer 133 - Haslemere & Petersfield Buy from: Amazon UK (normal) (waterproof) Amazon US
OS Explorer 145 - Guildford & Farnham Buy from: Amazon UK (normal) (waterproof) Amazon US
OS Explorer 146 - Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate Buy from: Amazon UK (normal) (waterproof) Amazon US
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