North Downs Way: Caterham to Knockholt walk

The North Downs Way through woods with fine views - and within Zone 6 (some road noise). Long, with shorter options. Return by bus.


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  • North Downs Way: Caterham to Knockholt. 17/6/12
    amib, Jul-12

    Just over 16 miles of walking and all for the off-peak Oyster Card fare of £3.00! Caterham and Knockholt are both in Zone 6, so within thirty minutes, or so, of central London, yet this walk provides a refreshing enough dose of rural respite.

    Starting out in the commuter town of Caterham, the walker is soon up on the heights of the North Downs and following the North Downs way. This provides some lovely views to the south, though the hum of the M25 is never too far away. This route is followed until the Titsey Plantation, which is a pleasant diversion offering further eye-catching views, before rejoining the North Downs way. There's a possible pub lunch on offer at Botley Hill, though this walker elected for a more tranquil pit stop at Tatsfield Church.

    The afternoon section moves away from the M25, so is quieter. Still on The North Downs Way, it's on through more open land and fields, with views of Canary Wharf to the north, before leaving The Way at Knockholt Pound and heading north to the station at Knockholt.

    Another great walk within a short distance of London. Ideal for when the walker wants to expend energy on walking, rather than travelling, and great value when the Network card is added to The Oyster!

    (Trains back from Knockholt are infrequent on Sundays, however!).