Merstham to Tattenham Corner
Length: 16km (10 miles)
Toughness 5 out of 10 9.57
train from London Bridge
(10.03 New Cross Gate
, 10.11 Norwood Junction
, 10.16 East Croydon
, 10.29 Coulsdon South
) to Merstham, arriving 10.35. Tattenham Corner
, the return station, is in zone 6: Merstham
is one stop outside zone 6
but Oyster can be used
at Merstham even so - don't forget to tap out
. The National Rail website seems to suggest that you will be charged £5.80 single to Merstham with Oyster versus £6.65 on an ordinary ticket with a Network Card. Can this be right? The TFL website (see here) also says that the fare counts towards your daily or weekly cap.
using Oyster, you could buy a day return to Merstham and then a single from Tattenham Corner to Purley on the way back. For more discussion on this see the Transport
section in the walk directions
For walk directions
. For GPS
This walk boasts stunning downland views in its early section, and I remember doing it at New Year once and the paths not being disastrously muddy. But after last week's debacle, I am going to make no promises on that score. It is February. There will be mud. Maybe the ground was frozen that New Year.
The stunning views come at a certain price, because some insensitive Department of Transport planner back in the late 1970s decided that this was a good place for the M25 to slice down across the North Downs. So it IS noisy for the first third of the walk but the views DO make up for it. After that the walk turns north across partly wooded heathland and at its end you find yourself on the Epsom Downs Racecourse, which is quite a sight.
At some point in the morning I remember there being a tea kiosk
of some kind, with a fine view. A bit later there was an even finer view and someone produced a bottle of champagne, but I guess that was a special treat for New Year...
The specified lunch pub is the Sportsman
in Mogador, but a bit buried in the description of refreshment options in the walk document is that there is a later pub
, the Blue Bell
in Walton, a little over two thirds of the walk into the walk. It looks to have a nice menu (including vegan options...) but whether it does food all afternoon or not, its website declines to say. If it does, it could make a late lunch stop.
At the end there is the Tattenham Corner
pub, but I recall another even nicer pub at the other end of the long straight of the racecourse - the Rubbing House
. There is also a Derby Arms
here somewhere. In general if you feel the walk is finishing too early, exploring this end of the racecourse is interesting. Beyond it there is a fine view over London
from Epsom Downs. Trains back from Tattenham Corner
are at 18
past. Don't forget to tap in
if using Oyster. T=3.4
Incidentally from the far end of the racecourse it is not far to walk down to Epsom Downs
station, from where trains leave at 35 past
the hour - a slow stopping train to Victoria, but it may go past your local station.