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)|
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.
Two possible starts are outlined in the pdf directions - from Earlswood or Nutfield stations:
This walk is one of 11 stages of the Greensand Way - a regional long distance path in the Southeast of England
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
|Map Walk||This walk requires an OS map and a compass or GPS for navigation. You can print out OS maps using the link above.|
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk