SWC 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
. 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
past the hour to Victoria