Buttercup meadow, Tandridge

Buttercup meadow, Tandridge

Earlswood to Otford walk

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View from just before Bletchingley

View from just before Bletchingley

Earlswood to Otford walk

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Buttercup meadow, Tandridge

Buttercup meadow, Tandridge

Earlswood to Otford walk

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Earlswood start

Earlswood start

Earlswood to Otford walk

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Earlswood start

Earlswood start

Earlswood to Otford walk

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Earlswood start

Earlswood start

Earlswood to Otford walk

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Earlswood start

Earlswood start

Earlswood to Otford walk

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Greensand Way 5 : Earlswood to Oxted walk

Greensand Way Stage 5 : A gentle ridge walk through a quiet part of Surrey. Regularly spaced pubs.

Length

Earlswood to Oxted: 16.9km (10.5 miles)

Nutfield to Oxted: 14.2km (8.8 miles)

Toughness 4 out of 10 (320m / 1050 feet of ascent - gently undulating)
Walk Notes

This is a pleasant section of the Greensand Way, passing through gentle Surrey countryside, with a mix of pasture, arable fields and woodland, and some fine escarpment views typical of the Greensand Way (more views in winter than in summer, but still plenty at any time of the year). There are several bluebell woods in late April and early May. The start of the walk (from Earlsfield to Nutfield) and the last section (from Tandridge to Oxted) are more low-lying. Pubs are regularly spaced throughout the walk, including two for lunch in Bletchingley and two in the afternoon.

Waymarking on the route is often fairly poor, hence these directions. While the route largely follows the Greensand Way, in a couple of places alternatives are suggested to avoid walking on busy roads. Just after Nutfield you cross (in tunnels or underpasses) under the M23 motorway and inevitably there is noise from that for a while. If winds are westerly the noise starts when you cross the motorway and fades as you approach Bletchingley. If winds are easterly the noise presumably affects the section between Nutfield and the motorway.

This walk is based on the fifth stage of the Greensand Way (GW) from Earlswood to Oxted. It is the end of the Surrey half of the GW. See maps 8, 9 and 10 on the Surrey website (link below). Small improvements have been suggested, e.g. the route around the M23 which wasn't there when the GW was originally devised.

Walk Options

Two possible starts are outlined in the pdf directions - from Earlswood or Nutfield stations:

  1. Earlswood start - slightly longer, for people who want to do every step of the GW

    This gives you a walk of 16.9km (10.5 miles), of which 6.1km (3.8 miles) is before lunch at Bletchingley. Earlswood station itself is rather run down but the scenery quickly improves, with a pleasant low-lying section across fields which is full of wildflowers in late spring. Approaching South Nutfield there is an awkward road section for which an alternative route is suggested here. You can then either re-join the Greensand Way or continue on a very attractive alternative to a point just before Bletchingley. Note that this second section of the alternative route involves crossing the M23 motorway in a rather dark tunnel. There is nothing difficult about this and it can be done without a torch in reasonable daylight: but the tunnel is a bit creepy.

  2. Nutfield start - slighty shorter (misses out some lowland at the start), better train ticket

    This gives a very pleasant short walk of 3.4km (2.1 miles) to Bletchingley, reducing the walk to Oxted to 14.2km (8.8 miles). There is an awkward 300 metre section of the Greensand Way that follows a road that can be busy, especially on weekdays, but otherwise this is a very pleasant route across fields.

Travel

    There are two trains an hour Monday to Saturdays from London Bridge to Earlswood, one an hour on Sundays, taking 40 minutes. Get the train closest to 9.45am from London Bridge to get to lunch in Bletchingley in time, though faster walkers could take a train half an hour later.

    There is one train an hour, taking 38 minutes, from Victoria (London Bridge on Sundays) to Nutfield. Get the train closest to 10.45 if you are aiming for lunch in Bletchingley, or an hour earlier if planning to lunch at the Barley Mow in Tandridge

    Buy a day return to Edenbridge Stations in both cases. If starting from Nutfield, this covers both your outward and return journey. If starting from Earlswood you are technically liable to buy a single for the one stop from Redhill to Earlswood, but as this is a much shorter distance than to Edenbridge, a return to that station may be accepted.

    From Oxted there are two trains an hour to Victoria and one to London Bridge Monday to Saturday, and just two an hour to Victoria on Sundays.

    Hourly number 400 and twice hourly 410 buses link Bletchingley and Redhill Monday to Saturday - the bus station in Redhill is conveniently right by the station. On Sundays there are only eight buses all day (four on each bus route). The 410 also serves Oxted station.

Lunch and Tea

The Red Lion, Castle Street, Bletchingley (01883 743 342 www.redlionbletchingley.co.uk) is the recommended lunch stop, 6.1km (3.8 miles) into the walk if you start from Earlswood, or 3.4km (2.1 miles) if you start from Nutfield. It is a charming, quite large and efficient Greene King pub which serves a varied selection of meals all afternoon and evening daily. There is an outside terrace at the rear where meals are also served, and a garden beyond the car park which is for drinks only.

The Whyte Hart Hotel, 11-21 High Street, Bletchingley (01883 743 231 www.whyteharthotelbletchingley.co.uk) is an alternative pub option in Bletchingley. It is a reasonably large former coaching inn, with a small patio and garden out the back. It serves food (reportedly a bit more upmarket than the Red Lion) all afternoon and evening daily.

Just before the Whyte Hart, Lamingtons Tea Room in Bletchingley is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm.

The Barley Mow, Tandridge (01882 713770 www.barleymowtandridge.co.uk), 13km (8.1 miles) into the walk if you start from Earlswood, or 10.3km (6.4 miles) if you start from Nutfield, is a possible late lunch stop or a refreshment stop if you have lunched in Bletchingley. It is a somewhat brutally modernised pub which serves food 11-3pm and from 6pm weekdays, but all afternoon at weekends (till 6pm on Sunday). It is open in the afternoon for drinks and has a garden.

In Oxted Robertsons is the traditional tea choice, a specialist coffee shop which has a few tables selling tea and cakes up to 4.30pm Mondays to Saturdays. But a new competitor is Cafe Papillon, open tilll 5pm Monday to Saturday. Outside these hours the Everyman Cinema in the same street has a small coffee bar open till 11pm which serves tea and coffee as well as a small selection of cakes and cookies. Alternatively if you pass through the station underpass there is a Caffe Nero in Station Road East open till 6pm Monday to Saturday and 5pm Sundays. The Weatherspoon pub by the station, the Oxted Inn, also serves tea and coffee and a range of deserts.

Greensand Way

This walk is one of 11 stages of the Greensand Way - a regional long distance path in the Southeast of England

Links
  • Surrey Council have several leaflets of the Surrey (west) part of the route with OS mapping and directions (but not accomodation or public transport information) available from their website
  • Kent Council have an online book with instructions and map extracts of their (east) half of the route.
  • The original guidebook to the walk is long out of print and hard to get. It did have OS mapping (with the contours removed!). In any case, the route has had many small changes in the meantime.
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