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Greensand Way 4 : Dorking to Reigate walk

A mainly level route along the River Mole and then the Greensand Way via several picturesque villages.

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.

Updated: Sat, 08-Jun-19

Date # Post
Sat, 27-Apr-19 16

Dorking to Reigate

With temperatures forecast to be half of those over the balmy Easter Holiday and possible rain early on, here's a fairly easy short walk within 50 minutes of London


Getting there

Catch the 10:24 Dorking Main train from London Waterloo (10:33 from Clapham Junction) to Dorking Main. Arrive into Dorking Main at 11:11


Getting back

Direct trains depart from Reigate on the hour and half hour to London Victoria, calling points include East Croydon and Clapham Junction.

There is another indirect train service at 18 or 19 minutes past the hour returning to London Bridge - change at Redhill

Lastly, there is yet another indirect service at 34 minutes past the hour returning to London Victoria - change at Redhill for this service too, calling points include East Croydon and Clapham Junction.


Tickets

Buy a return ticket to Dorking, which is valid for the return journey from Reigate via Redhill.

Length 8 miles (13 km)
Toughness 2/3 out of 10


Overview

A mainly level route along the River Mole and then the Greensand Way via several picturesque villages. The suggested lunchtime pub is the Dolphin Inn t: 01737 842288 in Betchworth.

Click the link below for all the details
swc.16
Weather was overcast and bright sun and occasional spots so almost ideal walking weather for this very good walk though I would put it at a 4 or 5 out of 10 quite a few hills after lunch.
16 nature lovers on this walk and several hordes of ramblers all walking the other way which was somewhat disruptive. One of our group did mention that our group were better dressed (and better looking) than the ramblers so this extrapolates to ‘this is the better group’.
Before lunch we saw a kestrel hover and swoop several times but never coming up with any lunch and we saw a jay towards the end of the walk on the ground eating in the grass quite unconcernedly at a group of 6 walkers strolling by.

For those who don't read the walk notes, the French heir apparent the Dauphin apparently used to drink in the lunch pub during the French revolution hence it is named the Dolphin. The food was nice enough though a few suggested that their prices were a bit high, used to entertaining royalty maybe? As the Dolphin is only 5 k into the walk the lunch came a bit early so when I do the walk again then I will use the pub the Skimmington Castle (01737 243100) serving food all afternoon which is say 9.5 k into the walk and thus leaving only 3k after lunch to the station at Reigate.

After lunch three of us were walking together ahead of the rest and the Scandinavian in our group spotted a rabbit off to our left and said ‘rabbit’ whilst pointing. The rabbit took off quite gently which seemed to prompt a fox that was hidden in a bush to leap out and miss the rabbit a couple of times (I have no idea how the rabbit dodged him) and then a cat that had been just lying there hidden from us reared up with a snarl and disrupted the foxes focus and all disappeared. It was like a poor comedy sketch and I did have a momentary concern that we were on camera.

Then later a woman came along who reminded me of Tin Tin in her hair style and clothing which I thought was nice but then following up a couple of moments later came snowy very peculiar ‘You have been framed’?

There was the remnants of a Japanese garden with a Temple Gate falling into disrepair just before the end of the walk and there was a lot of very nice housing along the walk.

Throughout the walk bluebells were doing very well seeming to crowd out virtually everything except the garlic which gave a lovely smell as did the occasional lilac bushes a very heady aroma.

A few people picked some wild garlic so here are a selection of wild garlic recipes

https://www.greatbritishchefs.com/ingredients/wild garlic recipes

Tea at the Monty Bojangles didn’t disappoint.

Thank you to the 15 others for the atmosphere and chat

Ed Beare
Great walk, thank you to Mike for posting it.
Sun, 02-Dec-18 14

Sunday Walk: Dorking to Reigate

Length:7.8 miles 12.5 km SWC Walk 16
Difficulty 3/10
This walk part-follows the Greensand Way and the River Mole through the picturesque villages of Brockham, Betchworth and Skimmington. The church in Betchworth dates from 1080. More importantly, it was used as a location in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
There's bit of a climb near the end of the walk, then down you go, down, down, down , to the grounds of Reigate Priory.
Trains: Get the 10:02 Dorking Train from Waterloo (Clapham Jct 10:11) arr. Dorking Main 10:52.
Return at xx:06 from Reigate direct to Victoria. There's also an xx:17 changing at Gatwick Airport for a Thameslink train (Bedford direction) to St Pancras - a longer journey but beats waiting an hour.
Get a return to "Dorking stations". This covers Reigate.
Lunch:
The suggested pub is the Dolphin Inn in Betchworth 01737 842288 phoning advised.
The Royal Oak in Brockham is an earlier choice, the Skimmington Castle on Reigate Heath a later one.
Tea:
The cafe in Priory Park is reached first. Open till 4 in winter.
The Tea House, 17 Church Street, 01737 226561 closes at 3 on a Sunday.
The nearby Cafe Rouge at 1 Church Street 01737 223700 is a better bet, being open all day.
Directions here
T=swc.16
weather supposed to be better Sunday so anyone walking?
Setting off for Dorking sometime soon
It was a really mild day with intermittent sunny spells and a light breeze, so not surprising that 14 walkers started off from Dorking. There had clearly been a lot of rainfall in the area, and the River Mole was running higher than usual, as could be seen when we first crossed it, shortly after leaving Dorking. Good progress was made right up to Betchworth where six walkers managed to get a table in the supposedly fully booked Dolphin Inn. Other walkers chose to eat their sandwiches in or close to St Michael's churchyard. Two walkers, feeling it was too early to eat at 12.15, pressed on towards Ricebridge and Skimmington. The directions from the metal kissing gate by the Snowerhill Road sign were a little misleading and should read as follows: "In 300 metres, the main path enters a wood, continuing downhill across a wooden bridge and then uphill for 80 metres to emerge through a metal kissing aget into an open field". The rest of the directions (from where you have to bear left by a two armed signpost on an indistinct path) are fine, apart from the fact that all the stiles have been replaced with kissing gates in the first two paragraphs of the Betchworth to Ricebridge directions. In the third paragraph, the one armed signpost is in fact two armed. When we got to Rice Bridge, we discovered that the River Mole had flooded (fortunately, not extensively). We were able to get across, albeit with a some difficulty, but we had to skirt around the flooded gully to rejoin it about 100 metres later on, after the path emerged from the water. We arrived at Skimmington at about 1.30 and received a very warm welcome from staff at the Skimmington Castle pub, where we were unconditionally invited to sit at one of their outdoor tables to consume our sandwiches. The rest of the walk was uneventful and we reached Reigate station in plenty of time to catch the 3.06 train back to London.
Just to add to David' report, the church in Betchworth was holding an "alternative Christmas tree" festival and was also serving hot drinks and home made cakes. One walker took an alternative route after lunch, via the
viilage of Buckland, which is home to the Pheasant pub and the historic church of St. Mary the Virgin. This might be worth exploring as an alternative afternoon route to Reigate.
Sun, 24-Sep-17 7

A Mole Stroll

Dorking to Reigate SWC Walk 16
7.8miles 12.5 km
Difficulty 3/10
This walk part-follows the Greensand Way and the River Mole through the picturesque villages of Brockham, Betchworth and Skimmington. The church in Betchworth dates from 1080. More importantly, it was used as a location in Four Weddings and a Funeral. There's bit of a climb near the end of the walk, then down you go, down, down, down, to the grounds of Reigate Priory.
Trains: Get the 10:10 Dorking Train from Victoria (Clapham Jct 1018) arr. Dorking Main 1109.
Return at xx:29 from Reigate (direction Gatwick Airport) changing at Redhill for Victoria.
A return to "Dorking stations" covers.
Lunch:
The suggested pub is the Dolphin Inn in Betchworth 01737 842288 phoning advised.
The Royal Oak in Brockham is an earlier choice, the Skimmington Castle on Reigate Heath a later one.
Tea:
First up, there's a cafe in Priory Park.
The Vintage Tea House (now the Tea House ) 17 Church Street 01737 226561 is "open 7 days a week closed Sundays" according to their website. If they are closed, the nearby Cafe Rouge at 1 Church Street 01737 223700 is open all day.
There will be other places too.
Directions here
T=swc.16

7 6 off the train and a. n. other. Weather was warm sunny dry It was, however, raining acorns, conkers and chestnuts. Just as well we don’t get coconuts here. Dry underfoot.
Some ate at the Dolphin. Seemed ok.
Yours truly went slightly adrift in the afternoon – did a hard right instead of a bear right. Took a while to get back on track. I’d like to blame the directions but it was the bear’s fault.
The Tea House is indeed shut on Sundays but a note suggests that this may just be temporary for this summer.
Although we didn't sample its wares on this occasion, an attractive option for tea looks to be Monty Bojangles at 57 High Street, Reigate, http://montybojangles.com/truffle bar/. It has the usual range of teas, coffees and cakes, and specialises in all things chocolaty. Open till 6pm weekdays, 5:30pm Saturdays and 4:30pm Sundays and bank holidays.
Sun, 25-Oct-15 9

Sunday Walk 2 Not exactly the Greensand Way

Dorking to Reigate SWC Walk 16
7.8m 12.5 km
Difficulty 3/10
Follow the route of the River Mole upriver through picturesque villages to the grounds of Reigate Priory. Sometimes you're on the Greensand Way, sometimes you're not.
There's a bit of a climb near the end, then down you go again.
Don't forget the clocks went back today We get an extra hour in bed this morning - the bad news is it gets dark an hour earlier.
Lunch The suggested pub is the Dolphin Inn in Betchworth 01737 842288 phoning advised
An earlier choice is the Royal Oak in Brockham, a later one, the Skimmington Castle on Reigate Heath
Tea Although recommended, the Vintage Tea Rooms close at 4 on Sundays. Priory Park Cafe is open till 6.
Trains A return to Dorking stations covers.
Get the 10:02 Dorking train from Waterloo (Clapham Junction 10:11) arr Dorking Main 10:54
Rail works today mean your return journey will take a little longer than normal.
For London Bridge, take the 15:19 16:20 17:19 18:20 or 19:19 Redhill train from Reigate changing at Redhill. There is a 35 minute wait for the xx:01 onward connection. Overall journey time 1h.22.
The journey to Victoria is marginally quicker but involves a 20 minute bus replacement from Reigate to Gatwick Airport and a train from there. Buses leave for Gatwick at 15:26 16:30 17:26 and 18:30. Overall journey time 1h.16.
You can get to Waterloo by taking the 15:27 or 17:27 Reading train from Reigate to Dorking Deepdene, walking to Dorking Main and picking up a connection there, but this journey is longest, taking 1h.32 overall.
Anyone in a real hurry could fly by mosquito from Gnatwick airport.
(You can thank Kindle's predictive text for that "joke")
Walk Directions here
9, warm and sunny A pleasant stroll through the autumn colours on a surprisingly warm day for the end of October. The bonfire being prepared on Brockham Village Green for November 5th was already 20m high and bigger that a house with a human chain adding more and more. We were able to sit outside at the Dolphin which was fully booked for sunday lunch but there was room in the bar area for those who wanted to be indoors us as we arrived before 12:30. Some diverted off around Reigate Hill. The newish Priory park cafe was in full swing. If you ask, you can have your cake on a plate and tea in pot but this not the default option.
Wed, 27-May-15

Mid-week Day Walk - Dorking to Reigate

Dorking to Reigate

Greensand Way

Book 3* Walk 16

* online only
Length: 13 Km or 8 miles
Toughness: 3 out of 10
Getting there: Catch the 10:01 am train from London Victoria (currently advertised as departing platform 11) to Dorking (main)

Calling Stations:
  1. Clapham Junction dep 10:07 am
  2. Sutton dep 10:28 am

Meeting point: Dorking (Main) Station at 10:50 am

Tickets: Buy a Cheap Day Return to Dorking which should be valid for the return journey from Reigate.
Brief Description: This mainly level walk follows the river Mole upstream from the foot of Box Hill through the picturesque villages of Brockham, Betchworth and Skimmington, ending in the grounds of Reigate Priory. Part of the route follows the Greensand Way long-distance footpath along the sandstone rock stratum that separates the chalk downland of the North Downs from the more varied soils of the Low Weald.
The walk doesn't exactly follow the Greensand Way - take an OS map if you wish to do that as the way-marking isn't perfect.
You may find full details here
Suggested Lunch and Tea stops

The suggested lunchtime pub is the Dolphin Inn in Betchworth, which offers good home-cooked food. It serves lunch from noon to 2.30pm Mon-Sat, 5pm Sun. Large groups are advised to phone ahead and book (01737-842288). Earlier in the walk you pass the Royal Oak in Brockham (01737-843241), and later the Skimmington Castle (01737-243100) on Reigate Heath. The suggested tea place is the Vintage Tea House (01737-226561), 17 Church Street Reigate. There are many alternatives, including Café Rouge at 1 Church Street and the café in Priory Park on the way into the town.

Explorer Map 146
Return train times from Reigate:
Depart from platform 1 and arrive into London Victoria calling at East Croydon and Clapham Junction.
Train departure times are at:
16:14
16:38 *
17:12
17:34 *
17:44
18:14

* Change at Redhill (I know, too much information!)

I intend walk checking this as I'm leading it for the Forest Ramblers on 30 July. Any help would be gratefully received as I don't intend it to be a route march and need to time it for lunch arrival at the Betchworth pub Dolphin Arms. Food is highly recommended.
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