Mixed open and wooded chalk downland with several viewpoints close to London
|Length||11.9 miles / 19 km|
|Toughness||8 out of 10 (1300 feet/400m of ascent). Mainly gentle inclines over well drained paths, but several ups and downs on Headley Heath and Box Hill.|
This walk over the National Trust's picturesque Headley Heath ("open heathland, woodland, and chalk downland") to Box Hill (also NT, noted viewpoint) feels very remote even though it starts within London Zone 6. The main walk returns via Headley Heath, the more strenuous longer option follows the North Downs Way, with views to the south. Drivers can park on the Heath, cutting out the walks to and from the station
The walk starts at Tadworth, just south of Epsom Downs, and crosses open downland (and under the M25) to Headley (early lunch pub).
At the start of Headley Heath, there are a couple of free car parks. The main part of the walk crosses the open heathland - with a mix of partly forested hills allowing nice views for most of the way. There is an option to visit White Hill (a steep climb) with unexpectedly fine views (also visited on the Boxhill Circular Walk). Both routes join to head south onto Juniper Top (more views), before following a forest track to the Box Hill viewpoint (NT cafe, car park), a perfect (if often crowded) picnic spot. Then its a short stetch of the North Downs Way along the edge of the escarpment to the late lunch pub.
After lunch is a choice. The main walk returns across Headley Heath along gentle forested paths, or there is a longer but much more strenuous (following the NDW) option. There is a choice of pubs for tea about 20 mins walk before the station
A compass (or GPS) is recommended on this walk - its easy to loose your sense of direction on the heathland.
Tadworth is in London Travelcard Zone 6. 2 trains an hour (46 mins) from London Bridge or from Victoria changing at East Croydon.
Headley Heath car park (NT) - KT18 6NN
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
|Map Walk||This walk requires an OS map and a compass or GPS for navigation. You can print out OS maps using the link above.|
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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