Ancient yew in Crowhurst churchyard

20-Nov-11 • Sean O'Neill

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Tenchleys Manor

27-Nov-11 • Sean O'Neill

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Field above Tenchleys Manor

27-Nov-11 • Sean O'Neill

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Staffhurst Wood in spring

13-May-15 • Sean O'Neill

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Staffhurst Wood

Oxted to Lingfield walk

17-Apr-16 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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St George, Crowhurst and yew tree

20-Nov-11 • Sean O'Neill

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Ancient yew tree, Crowhurst

20-Nov-11 • Sean O'Neill

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Oxted to Lingfield walk

A short climb over the Greensand Hills followed by a gentle walk across the Low Weald, with a fine bluebell wood at its centre


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: Tue, 29-Jan-19

Date # Post
Sun, 26-Feb-17 12

Greensand Way and a nature reserve

Book 3 Walk 135 variation – Hurst Green to Lingfield
Distance 16.3km (10.1m); toughness 3/10.
Train 09.47 London Victoria (Clapham Junction 09.53) to East Croydon 10.05. Then 10.10 East Croydon (Plat 5) to Hurst Green 10.34
Return trains from Lingfield to London Bridge at xx.19. and xx:51 changing at East Croydon. Buy a day return to Lingfield
During this season of Rasputitsa I have been checking out some routes around the London Loop for a possible Sunday winter excursion but they don't really work - pubs closed down or not in the right place; too much tarmac and road walking so here's an attractive walk near to London for Sunday regulars
This walk variation incorporates a section of the Greensand Way and in the afternoon there are some fine views across the Low Weald. You also visit Staffhurst Wood a nature reserve and a site of special scientific interest.

Your lunch-time pub is the Royal Oak Inn on the edge of Stafford Wood. Your best bet for refreshments in Lingfield is the Star Pub just outside the Old Town by the footpath leading to the station. Other options are likely to be closed on a Sunday.
Click here for details about the walk and scroll down the web page and click on Mi for the Hurst Green option.
6 of us are arriving 30 minutes late due to a delay on the London train
It was cloudy with occasional bright intervals becoming very windy around lunchtime. A group of 5 met up at Hurst Green station having caught the designated 10.11 train from East Croydon. Unbeknowns to them, another group of 7 walkers had set off from points north of East Croydon, only to be thwarted by a red signal between Clapham Junction and Croydon. They missed their connection, were wrongly stopped from catching the next train ten minutes later, and eventually reached Hurst Green about 30 minutes after the first group had set off. The two groups met briefly at the Royal Oak, and some chose to set off again with the early group to find a suitable place to eat sandwiches. The first group, supplemented by 2 of the later group pressed on. 2 chose to get some liquid refreshment at the Star and the others caught the 3.51 train back to East Croydon and beyond. The walk instructions were generally clear, except for the "second path crossing" in Staffhurst Wood, where 6 of the later group missed the pond by the large assart and carried staright on rather than turn right by the second path crossing. Happily, they found their way to the Royal Oak. The highlight of the day was surely the Crowhurst Yew, followed some distance behind by the Crowhurst Oak.
erratum: Lingfield Oak
12, methinks (for the stats)
Sat, 16-Apr-16 20

Saturday Second Walk - Wood anemones and bluebells

Wood anemonesSWC walk 135 - Oxted to Lingfield
Length: 17.5km (10.9 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10

10.08 train from London Bridge (10.23 East Croydon) to Oxted, arriving 10.37

You can also get the 9.53 from Victoria (9.59 Clapham Junction), arriving Oxted at 10.31, but if you do this you have to promise not to fraternise with the Saturday Third Walkers who will be on the same train).

Buy a day return to Lingfield.

For walk directions click here. Unless you intend to do the shorter ending to Oxted (the shorter Edenbridge ending is not advised today due to engineering works) you can shorten the directions to just those you need by clicking "M. Main Walk" just below the map.

My reason for picking this walk is hopefully to catch the large and extensive Staffhurst Wood in full flower: bluebells and wood anemones (photo) being its star feature. The latter are somewhat fickle creatures, only opening up on warm days. Faute de mieux, there is one bluebell wood earlier in the walk which should definitely be in full flood, since it was already about a third out three weeks ago.

The solitary lunch pub on this walk is The Royal Oak Inn, just after Staffhurst Wood, which does have a garden if it is fine. Phoning it from the start of the walk to book a table may not be a bad idea, but if it is the weather is fine note that the pub does have a garden (booked tables tend to be inside).

After lunch the route is across low lying fields and soft ground may be an issue here if it has rained a lot in the week. This shouldn't be a problem by this stage in April, but it seems this year it is, a bit: but equally a few dry days can work wonders.

Lingfield has a tea room if you can get to it before its 5.30pm close: otherwise it has two pubs.

Trains back are at 14 and 44 past the hour to Victoria
20 on this walk an estimate, as half the group had disappeared before I emerged from the station. But I was told that there were about that many.

This walk had an ill starred beginning, first with all Southern trains out of London Bridge being held up by a problem at East Croydon (though in the end we were only 10 15 minutes late) and then with someone ringing the only lunch pub and being told they would not accommodate us. Fortunately some of us heard this in time to buy provisions at the very excellent Co op in Oxted (I can recommend the chicken couscous): about half a dozen who did not get the news nevertheless managed to squeeze into the "fully booked" pub, but later arrivals were refused.

We all got very spread out early on, so the rest of this account describes my experience. Weather much better than the grim wintry conditions forecast cloudy and unseasonably cold but with some good sunny intervals in the afternoon. While we all got throughly splattered in mud, the low lying fields on much of this walk were also nothing like was waterlogged as I expected after yesterday's deluge.

The other bit of good news was Staffhurst Wood, where the very extensive bluebells were in full flower. Liberated from the need to get to lunch in time, three of us did the longer loop around this, having a veritable bluebell feast.

We then stopped for a drink in the lunch pub (rather reluctantly on my part, since if they did not want my lunch money, why should I buy drinks there?). At least one walker enjoyed eating his sandwiches ostentatiously in the bar area, daring the staff to come up and insist he could only eat food bought in the pub....

We admired (and climbed inside) the wonderful Crowhurst Yew, saw more bluebells and lambs, heard a chorus of blackbirds, and seven of us finished up at The Star in Lingfield where we had an early dinner (or possibly a very late lunch).
Sun, 31-Jan-16 7

The Greensand Hills and the Low Weald

Book 3 Walk 135
Oxted to Lingfield
Length 17.5km (10.9m); toughness 3/10.
Trains: 09.53 London Victoria (Clapham Junction 10.00, East Croydon 10.09)
arrives Oxted 10.31
Return trains from Lingfield to London Victoria at xx:19 and xx:49.
Buy a day return to Lingfield.
A gentle, undulating walk with some fine views which goes through Stafford Wood a local nature reserve and a site of special scientific interest. In the afternoon you will visit the village of Crowhurst with its ancient churchyard yew tree – so large and old you can stand inside it.

The Royal Oak Inn on the edge of Stafford Wood is your lunch-time pub. See here for more details about the walk and full walk instructions. Click on M - the main walk 17.5km for the instructions for this walk. Below this link there are options to shorten the walk
7 Damp start with morning drizzle, lots of mud, friendly welcome in the Royal Oak and a fine afternoon. Waterlogged fields and did I mention the mud? Good company but a bit of a slog through the general wetness and mud!
Wed, 09-Sep-15 15

Midweek day walk Oxted to Lingfield

Oxted to Lingfield

The Greensand Way, the Low Weald and Staffhurst Wood

Book 3* Walk 135

* online only

Length : 18 km or 11 miles

Toughness : 3 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:23 from London Victoria (10:29 Clapham Junction) to Oxted or
Catch the 10:08 am train from London Bridge to Oxted arriving 10:38 and wait for the Victoria train (suggest in Café Papillon )

Meeting point : Oxted Station at 11:01

Tickets : Buy a day return to Lingfield

Brief Description

You may find full details here

Suggested Lunch stops

Suggested Tea stops

Joyce's with Best Wishes t: 01342 832428
The Place to Meet t: 01342 837587


OS Explorer : 146 and 147

Return train times

Trains return from Lingfield to Victoria at the following times ...
16:14 |16:44 | 17:14 |17:44 |18:14 |18:44

and to London Bridge at 18:24

hope to go, anyone else ?
Weather looks reasonable, so I'm up for the walk.
Usually 7 12 on these midweek walks I seem to remember
going from Victoria please wait
quite fancy joining you!!!
this would be my very first walk so please be indulgent (hopefully I won't be too much of a burden for the group!!)

Another bumper turnout for a midweek walk, 15 walkers split between the two trains. You could say there were 17, but two somehow formed the impression that they were supposed to change from the first train to the second and found themselves in Lingfield about five hours too soon. Showing great resourcefulness they did the walk in reverse and we heard their story at the lunch pub.

The partly sunny weather made it an ideal day for walking, and it was particularly nice to do this walk in dry conditions. The Royal Oak seemed to be under new management and failed a crucial test by shamefacedly admitting that they'd run out of pies. After recovering from that shock most were happy with their lunch but one grumbled that her Red Thai curry was not hot enough, in every sense.

On the afternoon leg the ancient yew in Crowhurst churchyard was greatly admired, from inside and out. The pacesetters reached Lingfield just after 4pm and some headed for an early train back, but most refreshed themselves in the back garden of Joyce's tearoom. Duly revived, one even carried on past the Racecourse to the next station down the line, so perhaps Dormans will feature on an SWC walk in the not too distant future…
Sun, 09-Nov-14 12 Hurst Green to Lingfield
Sun, 08-Dec-13 11 Hurst Green to Edenbridge Town
Sat, 12-Oct-13 11 Oxted Circular, via Staffhurst Wood
Sat, 13-Apr-13 15 Oxted to Lingfield
Sun, 20-Jan-13 0 Hurst Green to Edenbridge Town
Sat, 11-Aug-12 Oxted to Lingfield
Wed, 15-Feb-12 Oxted to Edenbridge Town
Thu, 29-Dec-11 Hurst Green to Lingfield