Length: 14km (8.8 miles) or 19km (11.9 miles)
Toughness: 8 out of 10: mainly gentle inclines but some steep ups and downs
train from London Bridge
(10.02 East Croydon
) to Tadworth, arriving 10.38
Tadworth station is within zone 6: use Oyster, contactless
For walk directions
. For GPX
I had hoped to offer you a sure-fire heather spectacular this week, but South Western Railway has the monopoly on those and at time of writing they are still negotiating with the RMT, with the possibility of Saturday strike action.
But then - aha! - I thought of a walk that goes over heathland and is served by Southern
trains (Ah! Ever reliable Southern!).
The star attraction here is Headley Heath
, run by the NT, but whether it is heathery heathland or the other kind, or how much of a mix of both, we will have to find out. Whatever, this is a nice wild walk over interesting terrain and one, moreover, that only seems to have been done by the SWC in autumn or winter before. So let's see what it is like in summer.
There is a shorter option
- 8.8 miles
- that stays more on the heathland and gets to the suggested lunch pub, The Tree
after 4.6 miles (if my maths is correct: this info could be supplied in walk document...)
The main walk
makes a longer loop onto Box Hill - up via Juniper Top and coming up to the NT Box Hill tea room, where you could have a light lunch. It then works its way back to the Tree, reaching it 12.4km (7.7 miles)
after leaving Tadworth.
There are also a couple of minor extensions
you can do if on the main walk - via White Hill (+1.7 miles
but also 250 feet of ascent
) in the morning or along the North Downs Way after lunch (+1.7 miles
, an extra 450 feet
of ascent). See the walk directions for details.
Tea is at a pub 20 minutes walk from Tadworth station. Trains back
are at 13
past the hour. T=3.139