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Wood anemones, Selsdon Wood

04-May-13 • Sean O'Neill

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Kings Wood

02-May-09 • Sean O'Neill

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St Mary the Virgin Church, Farleigh

23-Mar-15 • Sean O'Neill

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Wood sorrel (violet flowers), Ledgers Wood

21-Apr-15 • Sean O'Neill

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Frith Wood

Frith Wood

Just off the walk route on the Whyteleafe to Woldingham walk

04-May-15 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Copper beech leaves, Selsdon Wood

05-May-16 • Sean O'Neill

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Riddlesdown goats

Riddlesdown goats

Whyteleaf Circular

16-May-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Whyteleafe to Woldingham walk

Bluebell woods, fields, valleys and nature reserves on the London/Surrey border.

Group Walk Posts

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.

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Date # Post
Sun, 16-Apr-17 17

Easter Day walk: Bluebells and wood anemones in Surrey's Green Belt

SWC walk 43 - Whyteleafe to Woldingham
Length: 14.3km (8.9 miles) to 19km (11.8 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10

10:21 East Grinstead train from London Bridge (10.40 East Croydon) to Upper Warlingham, arriving 10.51
Don’t try starting from Victoria today, since there’s a lengthy rail replacement bus service to East Croydon.

Trains back from Woldingham are at xx:04 and xx:34.

For walk directions click here.

Ticket advice from the walk’s author: You can use Oyster or LT travelcards (zone six) to Upper Warlingham, but Woldingham is one stop outside the boundary. If you buy a single from there to Upper Warlingham you have the problem of how to tap in at Upper Warlingham if using Oyster. A six zone travelcard with a Network Card (£7.90) would save you a dash across the platform, or just buy a day return to Woldingham from your starting station of choice.

With today’s other walk involving a long journey and an early start, this one is definitely for those preferring a late start. It is just outside London, but very rural in character, traversing woods, fields and isolated valleys. It was previously a popular walk, regularly posted twice a year, but hasn’t been done for a couple of years now, so it’s overdue an outing. The walk offers a plethora of woods with wood anemones and bluebells, and the latter should be starting to make a nice show, though may not be quite at their best yet.

There are shorter and longer options - see walk directions. The recommended lunch pub is the Harrow Inn (01883 629031) about 11km into the walk.. For tea, the Dene Coffee Shop in Knights Garden Centre is ideal if you can get to it in time, but it closes at 4:00pm on Sundays. There are no other tea options in Woldingham.
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I can confirm Chris L's rather gloomy prognosis about the woodland flowers on this walk: the wood anemones are just past their best and the bluebells won't be fully out for another week or two. But look out for some unusual violet coloured wood sorrel in Ledgers Wood.
Interested in coming! Do you think there will be room in the pubs (Easter Sunday) or do you recommend bringing packed lunches?
Hard to say, Celine. The Harrow Inn is not the sort of pub to turn people away and I've seen it cope with lots of people eating on the outside tables when it's warm enough, but if it's very busy it may take a long time to get served. The later lunch pub (now The Bull Colosseum) has changed hands again and I haven't tried it in its latest guise of an Italian restaurant.

Judging by the Sunday walk reports there are always some who go for a pub lunch and others who bring sandwiches, so you'll have company whatever you decide to do.
17 (including a fleeting visit from the walk's author). A sizeable proportion took the long walk. Lunch at the Harrow. Fast service, food well received. Bluebells were mostly still greenbells, though Kings Wood put on a good show. As did the stitchwort, dandelions, buttercups and some of the trees. Some unusual violet wood sorrel in Ledger Wood. Some walkers went to the Dene for tea. Some didn’t. cloudy some sun no rain cool wind
Mon, 04-May-15

Bank holiday bluebell extravaganza

SWC walk 43 - Whyteleafe to Woldingham
Length: 14.3km (8.9 miles) to 18.5km (11.5 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10

9.53 train from Victoria (9.59 Clapham Junction, 10.11 East Croydon) to Upper Warlingham, arriving 10.23

Trains back from Woldingham are at 30 and 59 past the hour.

For walk directions click here.

You can use Oyster or LT travelcards (zone six) to Upper Warlingham, but Woldingham is one stop outside the boundary. If you buy a single from there to Upper Warlingham you have the problem of how to tap in at Upper Warlingham if using Oyster. A six zone travelcard with a Network Card (£7.90) would save you a dash across the platform, or just buy a day return to Woldingham from your starting station of choice.

Yes, I know this walk had a Sunday outing just three weeks ago, but with its plethora of bluebell woods just on the outskirts of London it makes the obvious bank holiday outing too. It also has a history of being posted just when its bluebell woods are going over, so I thought it might be nice to give it an outing when the flowers should be at their best.

There are shorter and longer options - see walk directions - and buses intersecting the route which may or may not be running on bank holidays. There are two lunch pubs, both likely to be busy, but hopefully both used to reasonably big throughputs. The Dene Coffee Shop is lovely if you can get to it in time, but it has a habit of closing rather early. Otherwise tea options are limited - bring a thermos!


Sun, 12-Apr-15 15 Whyteleafe [Upper Warlingham] to Woldingham
Wed, 07-Jan-15 Whyteleafe [UW] to Woldingham (short walk), with short cut
Wed, 05-Feb-14 Whyteleafe [UW] to Woldingham - withdrawn
Mon, 06-May-13 Whyteleafe to Woldingham (long walk) - withdrawn
Wed, 03-Oct-12 Whyteleafe [UW] to Woldingham - withdrawn
Mon, 07-May-12 Whyteleafe [UW] to Woldingham (short walk)
Sun, 19-Feb-12 Whyteleafe [UW] to Woldingham (short walk)
Sat, 12-Nov-11 Whyteleafe [UW] to Woldingham (short walk)
Sun, 20-Mar-11 Whyteleafe Circular - withdrawn
Sun, 23-May-10 Whyteleafe to Warlingham - withdrawn
Sat, 23-Jan-10 Whyteleafe [UW] to Woldingham (short walk)
Sat, 02-May-09 Whyteleafe to Woldingham
Sun, 22-Feb-09 Whyteleafe [UW] to Woldingham (short walk)
Sun, 12-Oct-08 Whyteleafe to Woldingham
Sat, 17-May-08 Whyteleafe to Woldingham
Wed, 20-Feb-08 Whyteleafe to Woldingham