Greensand Way 4 : Dorking to Reigate walk

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


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.

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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.
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.
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

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, 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:
16:38 *
17:34 *

* 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.
Sat, 10-Jan-15 30 Dorking to Reigate
Sun, 02-Dec-12 Dorking to Reigate
Sun, 18-Dec-11 Dorking to Reigate
Sat, 29-Jan-11 Dorking to Reigate
Wed, 29-Dec-10 Dorking to Reigate
Sun, 24-Jan-10 Dorking to Reigate
Sun, 20-Sep-09 Greensand Way 4 : Dorking to Reigate
Sat, 10-Jan-09 Greensand Way 4 : Dorking to Reigate
Sun, 16-Nov-08 Greensand Way 4 : Dorking to Reigate
Sat, 22-Dec-07 Greensand Way 4 : Dorking to Reigate
Sat, 25-Aug-07 Greensand Way 4 : Dorking to Reigate
Sun, 25-Mar-07 Greensand Way 4 : Dorking to Reigate
Mon, 01-Jan-07 Greensand Way 4 : Dorking to Reigate