Horton Park, Epsom and Ashtead Commons, Winey Hill, all inside the M25
|Start and Finish||Chessington South station|
5.2 miles (8.4 km) with 300 feet (100 m) of ascent
Chessington South (Zone 6) is at the end of a line from Waterloo. 2 trains per hour, about 35 mins.
By car: Chessington: KT92JR does not have a CPZ, but parking is easier half way round the walk by the country park: KT198GW, or commons: KT187FB (both free).
The "Chessington Countryside Walk" is a local authority promoted walk which loops around Horton Country Park, Epsom and Ashtead Commons, and Winey Hill (viewpoint). A lovely summer walk close to London, its very muddy in winter.
Anti clockwise from Chessington station
The first third of the walk is almost impassable after wet weather in winter, with lots of muddy ground water. The remainder of the walk is mainly on all weather paths.
The walk passes a major attraction, Chessington World of Adventures (a Theme Park with a Zoo). Unfortunately no wild animals are visible from the footpaths as the zoo is surrounded by tall leylandii trees. There might be views from the north side of Winey Hill if you descend through the trees, but the animals are away on the far side, by the resort hotels.
About 1km off route is Castle Hill Nature Reserve (marked on the OS map). Just a small wooded hill, no castle (it was a manor house anyway), only some earthworks remain.
|Wet weather||Very muddy in winter after prolonged periods of rain. Wear waterproof boots|
Horton Country Park (wikipedia, Friends of) has a golf course and horse riding centre. Much of it is open land and left as a Nature Reserve. Part of it was the grounds of a former hospital with a (closed) railway line.
Ashtead Common (managed by the Corporation of London for all Londoners) and Epsom Common (a local Nature Reserve) together make a single large green space in south west London. Usually quiet, they are worth exploring further if you have extra time. Neither has much of a website.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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The directions for this walk are also in a PDF (link above) which you can download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone. OpenStreetMap (not OS) mapping is used in the PDF for licence reasons.