SWC Walk 178 - Oxshott to Ashtead
Length: 15.3km (9.5 miles) or 19.6km (12.2 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10 10.03
train from Waterloo
(10.12 Clapham Junction
, 10.19 Wimbledon
) to Oxshott, arriving 10.37.
Buy a day return to Effingham Junction
, which will also cover your return from Ashtead
For walk directions
This walk just beyond the south west edges of London has not had an SWC outing for more than two years, or a Saturday outing for three years. On the latter occasion the walk creator famously got lost on the morning section. Others of us reached the lunch pub without trouble, however, so the directions do work (or did in 2013)
if you pay close attention to them.
This is a very woody walk and so will be a good opportunity to catch the last of the autumn colour (of which there still seems to be quite a bit despite last Sunday's gales). Another plus point is that you are on sandy soils
, which should be less muddy than usual (though I wouldn't turn up in open-toed sandals even so).
The full walk is 12.2 miles
but you can cut out a loop on Epsom Common at the end for the 9.5 mile
version. There is a further 2 mile
shortcut possible at point 11 in the directions, though this misses a nice river section.
Both lunch and tea pubs still seem to be active, if their websites are anything to judge by. Benya's Coffee Shop
in Ashtead is now Shakespeare & Co (Isn't that a famous bookshop in Paris? - Ed)
and according to my good friend Dr Google is open until 9pm. Trains back from Ashtead
are very frequent 08
past the hour