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Time Out Country Walks, Book 2, Walk 15b, Riddlesdown to Coulsdon South.25/11/12.
This is another walk that starts and ends in Zone 6, yet is pleasantly rural, including some suitably muddy stretches! Around 10.5 miles long, the walk crosses Kenley Common and Coulsdon Common, where the recommended lunch time pubs can be found, albeit rather early in the walk. There are some fine views from a short stretch of the North Downs Way before this walker pauses for a later lunch in the pleasant Chaldon church. Thereafter, there's more muddy fields, with fine views of Happy Valley, before arriving at the picturesque Farthing Downs. South Coulsdon, or in this case, Coulsdon Town (a train was cancelled, and the latter station is only 10 minutes further away) station is reached a short while later. Once again, a very pleasant zone 6 walk, ideal when time is at a premium. (Unusually, the church at Chaldon serves tea and cakes during the winter on Sundays between 2.30 and 4, so is ideally positioned for a tea stop. Great home-cooking!).
Last updated : May-18