Thursday Evening: Banstead to Woodmansterne or South Coulsdon T=short.23
Distance: Approximately 5 miles or 8 km for those more metrically minded
Difficulty: 1 out of 10
Meet: Banstead Train Station (meet arriving train at 18:56)
Train: Take the 18:00
Epsom Downs train from London Victoria
OR take the 18:11 Epsom train (changing Sutton onto earlier train -- arriving 18:43; departing 18:49), arriving Banstead 18:56
Return: Regular return trains from Woodmansterne Station at 25 and 55 minutes past the hour until 22:55 or slightly more frequent service from Coulsdon South until 22:50.
This walk has a surprisingly rural feel for being a short distance from London. It passes through Banstead Down with views to London and follows the London Loop for a spell before passing through the Mayfield Lavender Farms
. Last year, we did this walk in mid-August and the lavender was past its best….hopefully….we can catch it closer to its prime this week…..refreshed with the recent showers……
A slightly longer ending to the walk takes you along Coulsdon High Street past the Pembroke Pub for post-walk refreshies on route to Coulsdon South station….
More information about the route can be found here
. As there are limited instructions for this walk, I would suggest also printing out the map page from the OS Map tab.
Enjoy the walk!