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View south-east from Colley Hill

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Inglis folly, Colley Hill

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Epsom Downs Racecourse

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Millenium Stones

Somewhere on the Merstham to Epsom walk. D.Allen Vivitar Vivicam 5199 24 Feb 2007

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New Year's Day walk from Merstham to Epsom

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Merstham to Tattenham Corner walk


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: Thu, 09-Jul-20

Date # Post
Sat, 07-Dec-19 14

Saturday walk - Merstham to Tattenham Corner

Length: 17.3km (10.7 miles) - shorter option of 11.8km (7.3 miles) T=3.4
Toughness: 5 out of 10

Catch the 10.00 train from London Bridge (10.16 East Croydon) to Merstham, arriving 10.28.

Merstham is just outside zone 6, but you can use Oyster (and contactless?). If you have a pass covering zones 1-6, you need to buy a single extension from boundary zone six to Merstham. Tattenham Corner, your return station, is in zone 6.

For walk directions click here. For GPX click here. For a map of the route click here.

This walk, which has not had a Saturday outing for a nearly two years, has a very grand beginning, climbing up to Reigate and Colley Hills, one of the finest stretches of the North Downs escarpment, with wonderful views. It is a slight pity the transport planners of the 1970s and 1980s routed the M25 just behind the escarpment, but the noise of the motorway, which anyway is muted by a south west wind, is less intrusive in winter than in summer, and the views make up for it.

You soon go away from the escarpment (and the M25) onto heathland, where you come to Mogador, and the Sportsman pub, 5 miles into the walk . It is a popular place for lunch, so ringing ahead for a table would not be a terrible idea. If it is full, the Blue Ball in Walton on the Heath 35 minutes further on may be able help you. There is also a cafe in Walton and a refreshment kiosk on Reigate Hill.

A possible shorter ending to Tadworth station from Walton-on-the-Heath cuts the walk to 7.3 miles.

Towards the end of the walk you come to the famous Epsom Racecourse. A new ending here takes you pass the Rubbing House pub right by the finish line and to a viewpoint on Epsom Downs.

Trains back from Tattenham Corner are at 09 and 39 past the hour.

You can also do a longer (11.3 mile) ending down to Epsom station: this is another station just outside zone 6 which nevertheless takes Oyster: trains are frequent to both Victoria and Waterloo but will be reduced a bit to the latter due to the SWR strike.
Hi. Where is the cafe in Walton,please, as I have't noticed it before? I know the pub you mention, and The Rat, of course. Thank you.
It is mentioned in the walk directions. See “Tea” on the introduction page.
Thank you, Walker. Appreciated.
14 walkers, if I remember correctly on a mild dry day. A very pleasant walk, with fantastic views around Colley Hill. Fist Class food and service at The Sportsman, including Christmas crackers!
Sun, 11-Nov-18 10

Sunday Walk – Banstead Heath and the Langley Wood Remembrance Trail

Extra Walk 4c – Tattenham Corner Circular
Length: 14¼ km (8.9 miles). Toughness: 3/10.

09:54 Caterham & Tattenham Corner train from London Bridge, calling at most stations in south London on its leisurely progress to East Croydon (10:26). The train divides a bit later at Purley and it's usually the rear section which continues to Tattenham Corner (TfL Zone 6), arriving at 11:09. Use Oyster PAYG or contactless.

For a slightly quicker journey you could take the 10:05 Reigate train from Victoria and change onto the above train at Purley (arr 10:28, dep 10:45).

Trains back from Tattenham Corner to London Bridge are at xx:20 & xx:50. You can change at East Croydon (on the xx:20) or Purley (xx:50) for a faster service to Victoria.

This is Remembrance Sunday and in this centennial year it seems particularly appropriate to do something to mark the end of the 1914-18 War. The Woodland Trust have been planting four new Centenary Woods and this walk goes through the largest of them at Langley Vale. A new self-guided trail will be open during November and I suggest that you download the trail guide from this Langley Vale Wood page and go off piste when you reach the wood in §8, towards the end of the walk.

To give sufficient time to explore the Centenary Wood I've chosen the Circular Walk option. This was redesigned earlier this year, so it will confuse others if you march off with an older printout or GPS track. The suggested lunch pub is still The Sportsman at Mogador, with a later option available at the Blue Ball at Walton-on-the-Hill (which you could reach sooner by cutting across Banstead Heath if you wish). If you want an inside table at either of these pubs it's advisable to call ahead. There don't appear to be any refreshment opportunities at Langley Vale, but there are usually kiosks on Epsom Downs and there's a large Beefeater pub overlooking the racecourse.

You'll need to bring the walk directions from the Merstham to Tattenham Corner walk page. You can save a few sheets of paper by clicking on Option c (or the word Circular on the Walk Options heading line) to hide the directions you won't need. T=swc.4.c
Will meet at Tattenham Corner station if that is ok, am bringing a friend,
thanks, Samantha
A downpour just before the start seemed to clear the air and 10 walkers enjoyed a dry and partly sunny day. As is usual these days the group split up in the afternoon, with some of the sandwichers setting off for the afternoon leg half an hour before the pub lunchers. At least four of us explored the new Remembrance Trail in Langley Vale; something of a work in progress with a few broad grassy paths laid out but other sections a bit rough and ready. There were some interesting memorials and information panels and when it's finished I'll incorporate part of it into the walk route. We crossed Epsom Downs just in time to enjoy a colourful sunset and catch the 16:20 train.
Sat, 03-Feb-18 19

Saturday walk - Merstham to Tattenham Corner - grand views and a racecourse

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. If not 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 click here. For GPS click here.

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 and 48 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.
Know this walk quite well. Cafe with outdoor seating and loos after one hour at beauty spot. Very good food in The Sportman pub at Mogador. Pub nearest to Tattenham Corner station is bland and best avoided. As advised by Walker, trot to the pubs near the racecourse entrance. Civilised.
The Oyster fares to Merstham were set by Southern and are bizarre. They're reasonable value from local Southern stations on the direct route from Victoria or London Bridge, but ridiculously expensive otherwise: eg. £2.70 off peak from East Croydon but £6.80 from West Croydon! Anyway, check it out from your local station: https://www.oyster guide/oyster fare finder/ is a good site for this.
Anyone going for this walk this Saturday? Looks interesting!
Yes. Going. This one should be a hit. Should be largely firm under foot.
This is a not too demanding walk easily accessible from London, so I would expect a fairly good turnout. The weather could be a factor, but Saturday walkers tend to be a hardy lot and come regardless.
Thank you to Sean for the link to the oyster site.

Sigh. Another soggy Saturday. The third (?) in a row, an unheard of run of bad luck for the SWC walks, especially when for the third (?) week running it followed a week of several sunny days.

True, it was reasonably light rain, but it certainly was not “patchy” (the forecast being wrong on this point for a second week running). But hey. Heigh ho. Ho hum. It was what it was.

19 turned out anyway and we had a pleasant day. One advantage of the rain was that it seem to drown out (geddit?) nearly all the motorway noise. The only time I was really aware of the M25 was when we crossed over it (on a bridge).

Nice views from the Downs, despite the mist. A nice lunch at the cosy Sportsman even though someone’s soup had to be sent back TWICE before it attained a proper temperature. Thanks as usual to our master negotiator for getting us ten places in this deservedly popular establishment. Nine had actually put their hands up at Merstham station when asked who wanted a pub lunch, but at least 13 eventually squeezed in. Pay attention at the back, eh?

After lunch there was some squidgyness. Not the ground, which was fairly firm, though not mud free, but people sloping off to do shorter endings. But the bulk of the group persisted to Epsom Racecourse, where a rain soaked vigil was held for Emily Davison (the Suffragette who threw herself under the King’s horse at the 1913) and some had tea and cakes from the nearby kiosk. Most then went straight to the station but four of us went to see the view from Epsom Downs (alas invisible in the murk), two of whom went to the station of that name, and two to The Rubbing House (a pub right on the finish line of the racecourse). The sign on the door said “Smart Casual Dress”. We walked in with muddy boots and trousers. But they served us.
Sun, 21-May-17

A day (nearly) at the races

SWC Download walk 4 Merstham to Tattenham Corner

Distance 16km (9.9m); toughness 4/10.

Trains:10.34 London Bridge (East Croydon 10.50) arriving Merstham 11.05

Return from Tattenham Corner at xx:14 and 44 mins past the hour. Your bestb ticket is a day return to Merstham but see the walks page for full details before making your choice.

The Main Walk starts along the North Downs Way and soon reaches Gatton Park, which was landscaped by Lancelot “Capability” Brown. A choice of routes through this attractive parkland ends with a steady climb through woods to a popular viewpoint at Reigate Hill and the chance for a mid-morning snack.
The fine views continue as you progress along the North Downs ridge, where Reigate Fort is a reminder that these hills were once seen as a defensive line protecting the capital. At the end of this section the open expanse of Colley Hill would make a good picnic spot. A little further on you cross the motorway to the suggested lunchtime pub in the isolated village of Mogador.
In the afternoon there are many possible routes aross Banstead Heath (part of Banstead Commons) to Walton-on-the-Hill, then a further choice of routes for the final section. At the end of the walk you get a panoramic view of the London skyline as you cross the famous Epsom Downs Racecourse.
See the walks page here for full details about the walk and scroll down for maps and full walk instructions. Click on the main walk M to get the walk details for that option.t=swc.4
n = 14
w = largely sunny

The group off the scheduled train met another four or so relaxing on Reigate Hill and enjoying the view, who had taken an earlier train. Good and varied fare for the three who dined in the garden of the extremely busy Sportman pub, where the bar staff were over worked. Many also stopped at the characterful, The Rat, later. Dogs abounded, the belles of the ball being two rusty coloured Siberian Huskies, closely followed by a pair of friendly Rough Collies. A delightful day with great scenery and fine company.

Suggested amendment to walk instructions early on (a few ladies said they had gone astray at this point in the past).

2/Gatton to Reigate Hill

Then change to:

200 metres along the tarmac road you come to a junction, with the modern chapel of the Royal Alexandra and Albert School (a state boarding school)on your right. Turn right and continue past a car park...

Thanks to Pete B for scheduling the walk.

Sun, 07-Aug-16 8

Sunday Walk 2 – the North Downs ridge

Extra Walk 4 – Merstham to Tattenham Corner
Length: Up to 17 km (10.6 miles), with shorter options. Toughness: 4 or 5/10

10:25 Horsham train from Victoria (Clapham Jct 10:36, Selhurst 10:47, East Croydon 10:52), arriving Merstham at 11:06.

Trains return from Tattenham Corner at 29 & 59 minutes past the hour. They give up at Tulse Hill because of engineering work at London Bridge but you can change at East Croydon for Victoria.

Tickets: You can use Oyster at both stations but Merstham is outside Zone 6. The cheapest option is probably a day return to Merstham plus a one-zone single from Tattenham Corner to Purley on the return journey.

A shortish walk along the North Downs ridge to Mogador, then across Banstead Heath to Epsom Downs racecourse. The Sportsman is likely to be busy at lunchtime but it's got a big garden so you should be able to get a pub lunch if you want it.

You'll need to print the directions from the Extra Walk 4 page. Clicking 'Main' on the Walk Options heading will hide the directions which only apply to the Circular Walks. T=swc.4
Now I might do the walk on Sunday. But I can't Guarantee I will. Another thing. I can't seem to Download the directions the walk neither.
Marc: you don't download a separate file with these directions. Just go to the walk page and print it directly from your web browser.
8 on this hastily arranged walk, plus three more who found their own way to the lunch pub and promptly disappeared again. The shady stretches were welcome on a hot and humid day. The Sportsman was as busy as expected and one walker's lunch arrived long after the rest, but otherwise they coped pretty well. At Epsom Downs we all succumbed to the lure of a Mr Whippy van selling chemicals on a stick. My decision to stride off for the 16:29 train was grudgingly followed by the others but as we then discovered that the next train had been cancelled it turned out well.
Sat, 16-Jan-16 26

Saturday First Walk - Epsom Downs

SWC Walk 4 - Tattenham Corner Circular
9 miles/14.5km

This is a version of the Merstham to Tattenham Corner walk - option a: Circular Walk from Tattenham Corner in the online instructions.

Trains: Take the 10:20 London Bridge to Tattenham Corner train (10:37 East Croydon), arriving at 11:10. Tattenham Corner station is in Zone 6. Return trains at xx19, xx49.

Lunch: The Sportsman, Mogador (01737 246655), excellent home-cooked food.

Tea: The large Tattenham Corner Beefeater has views over the racecourse and is close to the station. The Silver Spoon Diner in the parade of shops just past the station is open til 5pm. For an earlier stop, the Grey Dove Village Cafe in Walton-on-the-Hill overlooks Mere Pond and has home-made cakes.

Click here for full walk details and online directions

26 plus two who got a later train and caught us at the lunch pub
strong low sun and a cold clear day
The frost under foot made for firm footing when we were not on tarmac paths so overall there was very little mud. Lovely views of the race track and hills and woods all emphasised by the low sun. We all got enchanted by the ice on the Mere Pond ( and the dog that went in and broke the ice )
Lunch at The Sportsman in Mogador was excellent with a large varied selection at reasonable prices and the limited staff coped with us and another large group very well.
We didn't get round to seeing the plaque for Emily Davison at Tattenham Corner so I will keep an eye for it next time
Tea and desert at Tattenham Corner ( the real reason I missed the Emily Davison plaque ) was a nice finish 200 metres from the train home.
Though it was graded a 1 out of 10 I still felt tired b the time that I got to the train
A King
First walk with the group, many thanks for the welcome. Looking forward to the next walk. BTW who arranges the walks? Paul
My first walk with the group, many thanks for the welcome. Looking forward to the next! Paul (harry)
Sun, 16-Nov-14 12 Merstham to Tattenham Corner
Sun, 16-Nov-14 Merstham to Tattenham Corner, with alt. route and shorter ending
Sat, 25-Jan-14 14 Merstham to Tattenham Corner
Sun, 07-Jul-13 0 Tattenham Corner to Merstham
Sun, 30-Dec-12 Tattenham Corner (short circular walk, omitting Mogador)
Sun, 08-Apr-12 Tattenham Corner (circular walk)
Wed, 18-Jan-12 Merstham to Tattenham Corner
Sun, 24-Jul-11 Merstham to Tattenham Corner
Sat, 11-Dec-10 Tattenham Corner (short circular walk, omitting Mogador)
Sun, 28-Nov-10 Merstham to Tadworth
Fri, 01-Jan-10 Merstham to Tattenham Corner, with shorter ending
Fri, 05-Jun-09 Merstham to Tattenham Corner
Sat, 22-Nov-08 Merstham to Tattenham Corner
Fri, 06-Jun-08 Merstham to Tattenham Corner
Sun, 04-May-08 Merstham to Tattenham Corner
Thu, 27-Dec-07 Merstham to Tattenham Corner
Wed, 17-Oct-07 Merstham to Tattenham Corner
Sat, 24-Feb-07 Merstham to Tattenham Corner
Wed, 01-Nov-06 Merstham to Tattenham Corner