Chipstead to Kingswood walk

Ancient woodland, open downs and farmland in London's Green Belt.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date Post # Weather
Sat, 13-Aug-22 Chipstead to Kingswood
Sat, 20-Nov-21 Saturday Walk Chipstead to Kingswood 12 cloudy
Wed, 05-Feb-20 Wednesday Walk Chipstead to Kingswood 22 sunny and calm
Sun, 27-Oct-19 Sunday Walk: Chipstead to Kingswood 24 sunny am then cloud pm
Sun, 27-Jan-19 Sunday Walk: Chipstead Circular 5 cold windy drizzly
Sat, 30-Sep-17 Saturday Walk – Banstead Wood & Chipstead Downs 25 dry quite warm sunny spells
Sun, 27-Nov-16 Sunday Second Walk - London's Green Belt 4
Sun, 01-Nov-15 Sunday First Walk - woods and downland near London 12 warm and sunny
Sat, 27-Dec-14 Chipstead Circular, with morning short cut 9
Mon, 26-May-14 Chipstead to Kingswood
Sun, 16-Mar-14 Chipstead to Kingswood, with morning short cut 7
Sat, 02-Nov-13 Chipstead to Kingswood 9
Wed, 26-Jun-13 Chipstead to Kingswood (short walk, omitting Mugswell)
Sat, 13-Aug-22
Chipstead to Kingswood
SWC Walk 177 - Chipstead to Kingswood
Length: 15¼ km (9.5 miles)
Toughness 5/10.
Catch the 9:47 train from London Bridge (East Croydon 10:02) to Chipstead, arrives 10:29.
Return from Kingswood xx:16 xx:46. Buy a day return to Kingswood.
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Sat, 20-Nov-21
Saturday Walk Chipstead to Kingswood
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Length: 15¼ km (9.5 miles). Four hours walking time. There are various shorter options described
5 out of 10

"Just outside the London boundary, this undulating walk takes in a varied landscape of ancient woodland, open downs and farmland. You will have plenty of company in the popular recreational areas of Banstead Wood and Chipstead Downs, but few dog-walkers venture across the railway into the network of footpaths, horse rides and quiet lanes which make up the walk's middle section.
On the other side of the railway a section along an open valley in Shabden Park and across a golf course takes you to an out-of-the-way pub for lunch.
The return route starts along a remote area of quiet country lanes and narrow paths, followed by a woodland path through the Shabden Park's Long Plantation. After going back across the railway the final section is around the southern edge of Banstead Wood and across farmland to Kingswood station."

Trains: Get the 0947 Southern train from London Bridge to Caterham, Tattenham Corner (1002 East Croydon) arriving Chipstead 1029. Return trains xx16 & xx46. Return to Kingswood. These stations are on the same line and in Zone 6 so use Oyster.

Lunch: The suggested lunchtime stop is the Well House Inn (01737-830640) in Mugswell, after 5m, 8¼ km. Ramblers welcome & now seems to do food all day and have a large covered garden space.

Tea: The Waterhouse Café open to 3.30pm Mon–Fri on Waterhouse Lane. The alternative is the Kingswood Arms directly opposite the station.

  • 21-Nov-21

    From memory, I think we were 12 today but perhaps someone could correct me if I've got that wrong. One headed back home early due to a foot problem, which hopefully will get better quickly.

    Plenty of autumn colours still on the trees brightened up an otherwise cloudy day and the woodland paths were carpeted with crunchy leaves and as dry I can ever remember on this walk.

    I didn't eat at the Well House Inn but those who did seemed happy with the food and service there.

    In the afternoon, two opted for the circular route back to Chipstead and the rest did the full walk to Kingswood, where most stopped for a drink in one of the cosy snugs of the Kingswood Arms.

Wed, 05-Feb-20
Wednesday Walk Chipstead to Kingswood
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Length: 15¼ km (9.5 miles). Four hours walking time
5 out of 10

"Just outside the London boundary, this undulating walk takes in a varied landscape of ancient woodland, open downs and farmland. You will have plenty of company in the popular recreational areas of Banstead Wood and Chipstead Downs, but few dog-walkers venture across the railway into the network of footpaths, horse rides and quiet lanes which make up the walk's middle section.
On the other side of the railway a section along an open valley in Shabden Park and across a golf course takes you to an out-of-the-way pub for lunch.
The return route starts along a remote area of quiet country lanes and narrow paths, followed by a woodland path through the Shabden Park's Long Plantation. After going back across the railway the final section is around the southern edge of Banstead Wood and across farmland to Kingswood station."

Trains: Get the 0947 Southern train from London Bridge to Caterham, Tattenham Corner (1002 East Croydon) arriving 1029. Return trains xx16 & xx46. Return to Kingswood. These stations are in Zone 6' so use Oyster.

Lunch: The suggested lunchtime stop is the Well House Inn (01737-830640) in Mugswell, after 8¼ km serves lunch until around 2.30pm.

Tea: The Waterhouse Café open to 3.30pm Mon–Fri on Waterhouse Lane. The alternative is the Kingswood Arms directly opposite the station.
  • Anonymous
    31-Jan-20

    As well as the pub in Kingswood, there's also The Waterhouse Cafe, which is open until 4pm.

    https://www.waterhousecafe.co.uk/

  • Anonymous
    06-Feb-20

    18 alighted from the train, to be met by two locals at the start of the walk. One more joined mid-morning and two more at lunchtime so 22 walkers, plus two well behaved dogs, in total. We were lucky to have sunny and calm conditions and not much mud. All in all, a very pleasant walk through woods and across open valleys.

Sun, 27-Oct-19
Sunday Walk: Chipstead to Kingswood
Chipstead to Kingswood
Length: 15.5km (9.6 miles) Toughness: 5/10

09:54 Tattenham Corner train from London Bridge, calling at numerous stations in south London and north-east Surrey, including East Croydon 10:26), arriving at Chipstead at 10.52.
Or 09:55 Brighton train from Victoria, changing at East Croydon (arr 1014; dep10:26) on to the Tattenham Corner train from platform 6, to arrive at Chipstead at 10.52.

Return trains from Kingswood to London Bridge, are at xx:27 and xx:57 (journey time 65 mins). Change at East Croydon for Victoria.

All stations on the Tattenham Corner line are within zone 6, so use your Oyster card or buy a one-day off-peak Travelcard.

Just outside the London boundary, this undulating walk takes in a varied landscape of ancient woodland, open downs and farmland. The trees in Banstead Woods in particular should be showing fine autumn colours. Short cut options are available both in the morning and in the afternoon, saving 2km and 5km respectively.

The suggested lunch pub is the Well House Inn (01737 830640) at Mugswell, halfway through the walk.

You will need to download the Walk Directions

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  • Anonymous
    26-Oct-19

    The Pub near the station is a nice place to have tea and they do puddings. If you get to Kingswood early, a possible 2nd option is The Waterhouse Cafe near the station on Waterhouse Lane, which is open until 3pm. I say possible because their website says the kitchen closes at 2pm but I think that may refer to their lunch menu.

  • Anonymous
    26-Oct-19

    Walk is in the diary...

  • 28-Oct-19

    24 , sunny am then cloud pm . The group soon got dispersed with the many variations in Banstead Woods. This is walk where you need to read the words not just follow lines on you map. The `permissive path along the road to the Well House Inn is almost impassible now and unfortunately its best to walk along the road. The pub managed to reserve tables for 8 plus 2, food was mostly good with a very generous home made chicken and leek pie. The aubergine tangine was less wonderful but overall they did well to accomodate us on a busy Sunday lunch.

  • Anonymous
    28-Oct-19

    `permissive path along the road to the Well House Inn is almost impassible now"

    A start was made today...~50-100 metres clipped...work in progress

  • Anonymous
    28-Oct-19

    Big thank you to those clearing the path.

    You are stars.

  • Anonymous
    29-Oct-19

    Is that SWC clearing the path? If so let m know when you are next going and I'll help if I can make it.

  • Anonymous
    31-Oct-19

    I could help out as well depending on when it is, bring your secateurs people !

Sun, 27-Jan-19
Sunday Walk: Chipstead Circular
14 km (8.7 miles).
Difficulty 4/10
An undulating walk through a varied landscape of ancient woodland, open downs and farmland, just outside London.
Transport:
The simplest journey is the 9.54 Tattenham Corner train from London Bridge, arriving Chipstead 10:53.
Or ... get the Thameslink Redhill train (St Pancras 9:56, London Bridge 10:11) and change onto the above train at Purley (arr 10:34, dep 10:42).
You could also get the 9:51 East Grinstead train from Victoria (Clapham Jct 9:57) and change at East Croydon onto the Tattenham Corner train (platform 6, 10:27).
Return from Chipstead to London Bridge at xx:33 and xx:03.
Lunch: The Well House Inn (01737-830640) in Mugswell.
Tea: The Ramblers Rest (01737-552661) on Outwood Lane. It is 1 km from Chipstead station so allow 15-20 minutes.
Directions here. We are doing option (a).
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  • David
    27-Jan-19

    Did anyone do this walk today? I got to London Bridge a little early and discovered that the Tattenham Corner part of the 09.54 had been cancelled because of a staff shortage. I ended up catching the 09.41 Thameslink train to Purley, which overtook the 09.24 Tattenham Corner service. I was the only person (walker or otherwise) to get off at Chipstead. Rather than wait an hour to see if anyone was coming on the later train, I decided to do the walk on my own. It was very nice weather for walking, and the directions were clear, apart from not being sure which Surrey Downs fairway to cross. I managed to work it out and was back at Chipstead station in plenty of time for the 2.03 train back to London Bridge. I await news from other walkers with interest.

  • 27-Jan-19

    If David had peeked inside the tea stop on his way to the station he would have spotted four regulars enjoying lunch. A group of three had set off after a train had finally turned up at Chipstead, intending to stick to the prescribed route. But whereas David had found his way round with the written directions, following the convoluted maze of lines for this multi-option walk on a phone app is a good deal more demanding. At any rate the challenge was not completely solved, since after exploring every possible route in Banstead Woods the group ended up back at the car park near the start. Meanwhile the walk author (on a solitary stroll searching in vain for fellow-walkers) had been fielding phone calls giving vague clues as to what was occurring. Somehow everyone met up in the Ramblers Rest at around 1pm.

    After a reviving lunch the intrepid three set off in an attempt to reach the next base, but by 2pm a steady drizzle had set in. The walk author wished them luck, switched off his phone and headed back. I guess we can just about claim 5 on a cold windy drizzly day.

  • 28-Jan-19

    I can sympathise ... this is a walk I got lost on a few years ago.....it's all coming back to me now ....the nightmares..... Glad to know its not just me. Banstead Woods must be some sort of Sargasso Sea for walkers. There's probably some of our group been in there for years.

  • David
    28-Jan-19

    I thought about going to the Ramblers Rest, but as it was just starting to rain, I went straight back to the station and ate my sandwiches on the platform. Well, if anyone wants to do this walk another time, I'd be happy to guide you through Banstead Woods (perhaps there was an element of luck as well as judgement). it would be nice to do the walk later in the year to appreciate all the different trees the author mentions.

Sat, 30-Sep-17
Saturday Walk – Banstead Wood & Chipstead Downs
Extra Walk 177 – Chipstead to Kingswood
Length: Up to 15½ km (9.6 miles). Toughness: 5/10

10:20 Tattenham Corner train from London Bridge (Norwood Jct 10:33, East Croydon 10:37, etc), arriving Chipstead at 10:57. Chipstead and Kingswood are both in TfL Zone 6 so you can use Oyster, contactless or a Travelcard.

Trains back from Kingswood to London Bridge are at 25 & 55 minutes past the hour. Change at East Croydon for Clapham Jct or Victoria.

This is a short but fairly hilly walk close to the London-Surrey border, a mixed landscape of ancient woodland, open downs and farmland. The Well House Inn in Mugswell was taken over by the “Time Well Spent” group in 2015, so the lunch pub will be more food-oriented than you might remember from a previous visit. The tea place is also an attractive pub/restaurant with the bonus of being right next to the station, the Kingswood Arms.

You'll need to print the walk directions from the Chipstead to Kingswood Walk page. You can vary the amount printed in the usual way, depending on whether you want to keep the directions for the short cuts and the alternative ending back to Chipstead. T=swc.177
  • Anonymous
    28-Sep-17

    doing this it sounds nice and not far to go outside London

  • Anonymous
    02-Oct-17

    Roughly 25 plus Bofey the very obedient dog. Weather was dry quite warm sunny spells . A very nice walk and one which didn't feel as close to London as it was. I would definitely do it again.

Sun, 27-Nov-16
Sunday Second Walk - London's Green Belt
SWC Walk 177 – Chipstead to Kingswood

Length: 15.5km (9.6 miles) Toughness: 5 out of 10

09:54 Tattenham Corner train from London Bridge arriving Chipstead at 10:44.
or
10:02 Bognor Regis train from Victoria (Clapham Junction 10:08) changing at East Croydon (arr 10:17; dep 10:24) arriving Chipstead at 10:44.

The train from London Bridge makes numerous stops at south London and north Surrey suburban stations, so you might be able to pick it up en route if you live in that area.

Return trains from Kingswood to London Bridge are at xx:21 and xx:51 (journey time 59 minutes). Change at Purley or East Croydon for Victoria.

Both stations are within London Travelcard Zone 6

Just outside the London boundary, this undulating walk takes in a variety of ancient woodland, open downs and farmland. Leaf colour in Banstead Wood should be at its best just now.

The main route crosses over itself twice, so various shorter options are possible.

The recommended lunchtime stop is at an out-of-the-way pub, the Well House Inn in Mugswell (01737 830640). The suggested tea place is the Kingswood Arms, close to Kingswood station.


The Walk Directions can be adjusted to omit the sections you won’t need by clicking on “Main” below the map.
  • 27-Nov-16

    Just 3 on this walk plus 1 determined solo walker who we kept bumping into en route. Weather w= dull-but-dry and good underfoot. Leaves off the trees so no colour to speak of.

    Well House Inn so crowded that they were not serving any food so we pressed on to Kingswood where 2 stopped for tea whilst I decided to catch an early train which turned out to be possibly the best choice as the next one was cancelled. I think it looked like just an hourly return service this Sunday. Pleasant walk with some good views.

  • Anonymous
    02-Jan-18

    Historical duplicate/misleading attendance numbers cleanup project: 4

Sun, 01-Nov-15
Sunday First Walk - woods and downland near London
Extra Walk 177, Chipstead to Kingswood
Length: 15.5km (9.6 miles) Toughness: 5/10

09:54 Tattenham Corner train from London Bridge (East Croydon 10:26), arriving Chipstead at 10:47.
Or 10:02 Gatwick Airport train from Victoria (Clapham Junction 10:08), changing at East Croydon (arr 10:17, dep 10:26) to arrive at Chipstead at 10:47.

The train from London Bridge makes numerous stops at south London and north Surrey suburban stations, so you might be able to pick it up en route if you live in that area.

Return trains from Kingswood to London Bridge are at xx:21 and xx:51 (journey time 59 minutes). Change at Purley or East Croydon for Victoria.

Both stations are within London Travelcard Zone 6

Just outside the London boundary, this undulating walk takes in a variety ancient woodland, open downs and farmland. Leaf colour in Banstead Wood should be at its best just now.

The main route crosses over itself twice, so various shorter options are possible.

The recommended lunchtime stop is at an out-of-the-way pub, the Well House Inn in Mugswell (01737 830640). Ring the pub as you set out to let them know how many will be lunching there. The suggested tea place is the Kingswood Arms, close to Kingswood station.


The Walk Directions can be adjusted to omit the sections you won’t need by clicking on “Main” below the map.
  • 02-Nov-15

    12 on this walk in beautiful autumn sunshine with the woods, hills and valleys looking magical and other-worldly. warm and sunny . The Well House Inn had set aside a snug for the 8 pub-lunchers and provided a fast and friendly service from a varied and excellent menu.

    The woodland trails in the morning gave way to gorgeous open countryside in the afternoon where towards the end the walk author/inspector made a brief guest appearance!

    A beautiful walk in great company marred slightly by a train cancellation which meant a longer than anticipated stay in the Kingswood Arms which was no real hardship,