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Woldingham Circular via Titsey Place Walk

Rural valleys, the North Downs and the Titsey Plantation

Woldingham Circular, via Titsey Place
Length

Main Walk: 17¾ km (11.0 miles). Five hours walking time. For the whole excursion including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 8½ hours.

Short Walk, finishing at Oxted: 13¾ km (8.5 miles). Three hours 40 minutes walking time.

Short Circular Walk, from Oxted: 10¾ km (6.7 miles). Two hours 45 minutes walking time.

OS Maps

Explorers 146 & 147. Woldingham, map reference TQ359563, is in Surrey, 2 km S of Warlingham.

Toughness

7 out of 10 (5 for the Short Walk, 3 for the Short Circular Walk).

Features

The start of this fairly strenuous walk is the same as Extra Walk 2 (Woldingham to Oxted): along the rural valley of Marden Park past Woldingham School and then up the side of the valley into Marden Park Woods, where the maze of paths laid out by the Woodland Trust gives you the opportunity to take a slightly different route through them each time. By the time you join the North Downs Way (NDW) at South Hawke the traffic noise from the M25 will be all too apparent and you will have to endure this for a good part of the walk; the motorway is less than 200m away from the NDW on a 1 km stretch along the foot of the North Downs. The morning section continues with a steep little climb up Oxted Downs, along a broad estate path through the Titsey Plantation and another climb to the top of Botley Hill for a pub lunch.

In the afternoon another section through the plantation takes you down to Titsey Place, a manor house nestling incongruously near the M25 at the foot of the downs. The gardens can be visited from mid-May to the end of September (Wed, Sat, Sun plus some BH Mon; 1-5pm); admission (2017) is £4.50. There are also guided tours of the house on Wed & Sat (£7, including the gardens). The walk continues with another climb over the downs and along the side of a remote valley to the hilltop village of Woldingham, high above the railway. A path along the open hillside then takes you to the unusual settlement of Woldingham Garden Village (which retains traces of its wartime history) before dropping down to the station.

Walk Options

Several options are available to shorten and reduce the amount of climbing on the Main Walk. You can bypass Titsey Place by not descending from the plantation after lunch, with an additional saving if you also cut out the alternative loop through the plantation. At the end of the walk you can save 1¾ km by taking a more direct route to the station.

If you visit Titsey Place you would not be in time to get any refreshment near Woldingham station (see Tea below), so two additional options link the house with the larger and more hospitable town of Oxted just across the M25. These let you do a Short Walk finishing there or an alternative Short Circular Walk avoiding Woldingham entirely.

The route to Oxted can be troublesome after wet weather and neither of these options is really suitable as (say) a short winter walk. An alternative route is described but this is entirely along tarmac lanes and residential streets.

On all the walk options you can save 1½ km and a significant climb up Pitchfont Lane if you are not visiting the lunchtime pub. On both sides of this byway there are benches on the estate paths with far-reaching views which would make good picnic spots.

Transport

There is a half-hourly service from Victoria to Woldingham, journey time 33 minutes. Oxted is one stop further down the line, so buy a return to Oxted on the Short Walk options finishing there. In addition to the half-hourly Victoria trains Oxted has an hourly fast service to/from London Bridge (Mon–Sat).

If driving, Woldingham station car park costs £5 Mon–Sat, £2 Sun & BH (2017). At weekends parking space is also available in Church Road. Oxted station car park is free after 10am, but you are unlikely to find a space during the week.

If you want to abandon the walk at lunchtime you will need to call a taxi. There are bus stops outside the pub on Botley Hill but the service was withdrawn in 2011.

Suggested Train

Take the train nearest to 09:50 from Victoria to Woldingham, or 10:50 from Victoria (or London Bridge) to Oxted for the Short Circular Walk.

Train Times

Lunch

The only convenient lunch place (which requires an out-and-back route from the Titsey Plantation) is the 16thC Botley Hill Farmhouse (01959-577154), 7½ km from Woldingham or 4½ km on the Short Circular Walk from Oxted. This popular pub/restaurant serves excellent food to 3pm (all afternoon on Sundays) and has far-reaching views from its beer garden across rural valleys to the London skyline.

In the past it would have been been possible to have a light lunch at Titsey Place but in 2015 it announced that its Tea Room was no longer serving savoury food. On the Short Walk options to Oxted you might be able to get a very late pub lunch at The Bull (01883-713402) in Limpsfield, just 1½ km before reaching Oxted.

Tea

The Tea Room at Titsey Place serves excellent home-made cakes and makes a convenient refreshment stop after visiting the house and/or gardens, especially if you are returning to Woldingham. This hilltop village is bereft of pubs and other refreshment places (though you might be able to buy a cold drink from the convenience store), but 10 minutes before the station you pass the Dene Coffee Shop (01883-652712). This has a good selection of cakes and desserts but note that it stops serving at around 4.30pm (and at least half an hour earlier on Sundays, and daily throughout January & February).

There are more refreshment choices on the Short Walk options and the suggested route passes The Bull (see above) in Limpsfield. In Oxted there is a Costa Coffee (01883-712866) and a Caffè Nero (01883-730220) in Station Road East. On the other side of the railway Café Papillon at 54 Station Road West (01883-717031) serves afternoon tea until around 4.30pm (Mon–Sat); and there is a conveniently placed JD Wetherspoon's pub right next to the station, the Oxted Inn (01883-723440).

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Woldingham Circular, via Titsey Place

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  1. Main Walk (17¾ km)
  1. Main Walk, omitting Titsey Place (17 km)
  2. Short Walk, finishing at Oxted (13¾ km)
  3. Short Circular Walk, from Oxted (10¾ km)

Walk Directions

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If you are doing the Short Circular Walk from Oxted station, start at §3.

  1. Woldingham Station to Marden Park Woods (2½ km)
  2. Leave through the station car park and turn sharp right onto Church Road, heading south-east. In 500m turn right at Church Road Farm onto a bridleway going over the railway and past Marden Park Farm to Woldingham School. After passing the school keep ahead on a footpath up the side of a field leading into Marden Park Woods.

    The route in this section is same as the main route of Extra Walk 2.

    Leave the station through the entrance to its car park and turn sharp right up Church Road. There is a board on the left with a map of Marden Park1 and the Woldingham Countryside Walk2 (WCW). Go along this lane for 500m towards Church Road Farm, with fields up to your left and the railway in a cutting on your right.

    Just before the farm buildings, with a partly-concealed WCW signpost on the left, turn right onto a bridge across the railway. The track bends left past some modern cottages to reach Marden Park Farm. Keep ahead past the farm buildings, ignoring footpaths off to both sides. This bridleway now goes S between hedges for 1 km, rising gently above the valley on your right.

    Ignore a path off to the left signposted to South Hawke and continue downhill past the buildings of Woldingham School. After passing a small cemetery on the left the driveway turns right but you go straight ahead over a stile into a field. Follow a grassy path climbing gently up the left-hand side of this long valley. At the top of the slope keep left, towards a wooden kissing gate. Go through this into Marden Park Woods3 and turn right onto the woodland path, initially heading SE.

  3. Marden Park Woods to Oxted Downs (2½ km)
  4. Take any route through the wood (there is a maze of paths) to its far left-hand corner. Go through the car park at South Hawke and across Gangers Hill to join the North Downs Way (NDW), initially heading north-east. Follow the path down a long flight of steps, along the hillside below a quarry and across Chalkpit Lane onto Oxted Downs.

    The Woodland Trust have laid out a maze of twisty paths through this wood, which you will eventually be leaving through South Hawke car park (750m away as the crow flies, in the opposite corner). The route described below is fairly straightforward but if you want to explore the woods you can zig-zag left and right along side paths; any dog-walker will be able to show you the way to the car park.

    For the suggested route, go along the main path for 400m, with occasional WCW waymarkers at minor path junctions along the way. This brings you to a major path junction in front of a large beech tree. The WCW continues on one of the two paths ahead but you turn left onto a broad path, passing some magnificent old beech trees in the centre of the wood. In 150m you come to a path T-junction near the edge of the wood with an open valley beyond, where you turn right.

    On the far side of the valley you might be able to see the bridleway taken by Walk 2a, also heading for South Hawke car park.

    Continue along the main path (or a potentially muddy path not far off to the left, which dips down through a small wildflower meadow). The main path eventually swings left and merges with the other possible routes. At the edge of the wood go past a wooden fieldgate to a T-junction with the bridleway you saw earlier and turn right to reach the car park at South Hawke.

    If you stray too far to the south and come out onto a lane (Gangers Hill), turn left to reach the car park. Conversely, if you stray across the valley to the east, turn right onto the bridleway taken by Walk 2a to climb up to the car park.

    Go through the car park, cross Gangers Hill carefully and descend a short flight of steps opposite (just off to the right). At the bottom of the steps turn left onto the North Downs Way4 (NDW) and follow it down a much longer flight of steps, directly above the railway line where it emerges from a tunnel. About halfway down there is a bench where you can pause to admire a fine view5 to the SE, with the Greensand Hills behind the towns of Oxted and Limpsfield.

    At the bottom of the steps follow the path along the hillside to the left. In 400m the path comes to a large chalk quarry and has to zig-zag closer to the motorway to skirt around it. Eventually you go through a belt of trees and come out onto the aptly-named Chalkpit Lane. Turn right and go down the lane for 40m, then turn sharp left at a footpath signpost. Go up a few steps, along a short path and through a metal kissing gate onto a corner of Oxted Downs (East).

    Continue the directions at §4.

  5. Oxted Station to Oxted Downs (2 km)
  6. From the west side of Oxted station head north-west along Station Approach. At the end turn left and take a footpath through the churchyard. Continue on a bridleway heading north-west across a field. Turn into Chalkpit Lane and follow it for 1 km. Shortly after passing under the M25 turn right onto Oxted Downs, joining the North Downs Way (NDW).

    Arriving from London, go down steps and turn left into the subway, then turn right up the first flight of steps to come out by the main station entrance. Keep ahead along Station Approach, alongside the London-bound platform. At the end of this road turn left and go straight across Church Lane onto a signposted footpath past the Community Centre.

    You could stay on the tarmac path up to and past the south door of St Mary's6 church (which is usually locked), but a slightly shorter route is to fork right almost immediately onto a grassy path along the right-hand side of the churchyard. On the far side turn left briefly onto a lane, then turn right onto a signposted bridleway alongside a cemetery.

    If you stayed on the main path and went round the south side of the church, do not take the footpath directly opposite this exit from the churchyard; the bridleway is 40m off to the right.

    The bridleway leads into a large field and turns half-right to go diagonally across it, heading NW. On the far side you will be continuing in the same direction along Chalkpit Lane from a road junction 75m off to the left; if you veer left along the field edge there is a wide gap in the hedgerow opposite this junction.

    The right of way actually goes straight on through the hedge onto Barrow Green Road; if you do this you will have to negotiate an awkward little stretch along this minor road, with no pavement.

    You now head north on Chalkpit Lane for 1 km, initially with a narrow grass verge on the left-hand side. After it swings right to go under the railway keep left to continue in much the same direction past houses, now with a footway on the right-hand side of the road. About 100m after the lane has gone under the M25 there is a metal gate on the right leading into a field.

    The right of way leading onto Oxted Downs is a further 75m along the lane, but if you go into the field and turn left there is a broad grassy path (with two wooden fieldgates marked “NT”) which appears to offer a convenient permissive route onto the downs.

    If you stay on the lane, take the signposted footpath on the right through a belt of trees, joining the Main Walk route and the North Downs Way4 (NDW). The two routes come out next to each other in the corner of Oxted Downs (East).

  7. Oxted Downs to Pitchfont Lane (3¼ or 1¾ km)
  8. Go along the bottom of the downs towards a large wood. As you approach the Titsey Plantation veer left uphill on a grassy path and go over a stile into the wood. Take the higher of two estate paths through the plantation to a byway, Pitchfont Lane. Unless you are not visiting the lunchtime pub, turn left and follow it up to the top of the hill and continue along the B269 to the Botley Hill Farmhouse. After visiting the pub, return the same way down the byway to its junction with the estate paths.

    From the bottom corner you could go straight uphill and turn right after 75m at a three-way footpath signpost, but a well-trodden path curving round alongside the wire fence on your right is a convenient little shortcut. Either way, continue along the bottom edge of the downs for a further 400m, towards a wood. You will be entering it over a stile which you should be able to see halfway up the slope, so as you approach the corner veer left onto a grassy path going steeply uphill towards it.

    Go over the stile into the Titsey Estate7 and squeeze past the top of a wooden handrail to come to a broad path at a hairpin bend. Take the left-hand (higher) path through the Titsey Plantation, at first gently uphill and then levelling out.

    After just over 1 km, where you can see that the main path is about to dip down onto Pitchfont Lane, it is worth detouring along a short path through the trees on the right to a viewpoint containing a toposcope with information about the history of Titsey Place, 1 km away in the parkland below. To resume the walk, return to the main path and go down past a vehicle barrier onto the sunken byway.

    If you are not visiting the lunchtime pub there is no point in doing the out-and-back route below.

    • To the Botley Hill Farmhouse and back (+1½ km)
    • Bear left onto Pitchfont Lane and follow this unsurfaced byway all the way to the top of Botley Hill, ignoring paths off to each side at a left-hand bend near the top. Go out through a side gate to the right of a metal fieldgate and past a small parking area to emerge on a main road by a roundabout.

      There is an information panel in the car park showing the Titsey Estate's two designated Woodland Walks.

      Keep to the left of the roundabout and follow the B269 past a cottage and across a minor road, The Ridge. Continue along the pavement for a further 300m and then turn left into the car park for the Botley Hill Farmhouse8, with the pub itself (a converted farmhouse) set well back from the road.

      Return the same way, ie. turn right onto the B269 and keep right at the roundabout to go back down Pitchfont Lane. Ignore the first pair of paths off near the top of the hill and continue to the second pair, 350m from the road.

    If you are taking the short cut on the Main Walk (omitting Titsey Place), go to §7.

  9. Pitchfont Lane to Pitchfont Lodge (2¼ km)
  10. Rejoin the Titsey Estate's Woodland Walk, heading north-east through the other half of the plantation. At the far end of the woodland follow the waymarked route downhill and out past some cottages to the visitor entrance to Titsey Place. Continue along the estate's driveway through Titsey Park to a junction of tracks at Pitchfont Lodge.

    If coming back down the hill from the pub, turn sharp left off Pitchfont Lane and go past a vehicle barrier onto a broad path along the wooded hillside. In 750m follow the path down to the right, with a wooden handrail on your left. At the bottom of a fairly steep descent the path turns sharply right in front of a gate guarding a private part of the grounds and then immediately forks, with the main path continuing downhill alongside the handrail.

    For Titsey Place, keep left to continue on the main path. Follow it downhill and round to the left, past Home Farm Cottages and onto a driveway. At a bend in the drive you come to the visitor entrance to Titsey Place, with the entrance to the Tea Room on your right.

    To resume the walk, carry on along the driveway, passing the walled kitchen garden on your left. At a private entrance to the house the drive turns right and makes a long sweeping curve through Titsey Park. In 1 km you go between two pairs of giant redwood trees and past a small parking area to reach a junction of tracks by Pitchfont Lodge.

    If you are doing one of the Short Walk variations finishing in Oxted, go to §10.

  11. Pitchfont Lodge to Oxted Downs (1½ km)
  12. Turn right to go back up Pitchfont lane, past farm buildings. At the bottom of the Titsey Plantation turn left onto the NDW (or a parallel estate path just inside the wood). At the western end of the wood go up a flight of steps to the hairpin bend where you entered the plantation and go back onto Oxted Downs.

    Turn right at the junction, heading back up Pitchfont Lane towards the North Downs. At the start of some farm buildings go through a metal fieldgate to continue along the lane, with an attractive farm cottage on your left. After passing the barns the lane swings left and then back to the right, climbing steadily. 150m after this second bend turn left at a NDW signpost and go up steps in the bank, where a wooden kissing gate leads out into the corner of a large field below the Titsey Plantation.

    Although you could follow the right of way straight ahead along the top of the field, a pleasant alternative is to make your way past a barrier onto a permissive path just inside the wood, parallel to the NDW. Along the way there are a few places where you could scramble up or down through gaps in the trees to switch between the two routes.

    Either way, continue in the same direction for just under 1 km. Shortly before the end of the wood (where there is a wide gap in the trees) turn right up a flight of steps with wooden handrails, zig-zagging up the side of the wood. At the top of the steps turn left onto the short path where you entered the Titsey Plantation and go back over the stile onto Oxted Downs.

    Continue the directions at §8.

  13. Pitchfont Lane to Oxted Downs (3 or 1¼ km)
  14. Unless you want to cut out the loop around the other half of the Titsey Plantation (which you can do by continuing downhill for 200m), rejoin the Titsey Estate's Woodland Walk, heading north-east. At the far end of the woodland follow the path halfway downhill and then return to Pitchfont Lane along a lower path. Cross over the byway and continue along the estate path. At the western end of the wood you come to the hairpin bend where you entered the plantation and go back onto Oxted Downs.

    If you want to cut out the loop around the eastern half of the Titsey Plantation, take the short cut in §7b.

    1. Main route (3 km)
    2. Fork right off the main path, leaving the Titsey Estate's Woodland Walk. This broad path follows the contours of the hillside for almost 1 km, heading back towards Pitchfont Lane. Eventually you go up a short slope and through a side gate onto the byway. Turn left briefly onto the track, then immediately bear right through another gate onto the continuation of the woodland path.

    3. Short cut (1¼ km)
    4. Ignore the paths off and continue down Pitchfont Lane. In 200m bear right past a vehicle barrier onto a broad path, rejoining the main route.

    Follow the broad path for around 1 km to the far end of the wood, where it comes to a bench on the hairpin bend which you should recognise from your outward route. Squeeze past the top of the wooden handrails onto the short path where you entered the Titsey Plantation and go back over the stile onto Oxted Downs.

  15. Oxted Downs to Woldingham Green (2½ km)
  16. Turn right and climb to the top of Oxted Downs. The easiest continuation is to go over a stile in the boundary fence onto a path running just outside it. Towards the far side of the downs (where there are other exits) follow the footpath round to the right and up to Chalkpit Lane. At the top of this road turn left briefly onto The Ridge, then take a path running alongside it to a car park. Cross the road and take the footpath opposite heading north-west along a field edge, then gently downhill along the side of a broad valley. The path later turns half-left and you continue across Southfields Road, up another footpath and along Upper Court Road into Woldingham village.

    Outside the wood turn right to go steeply uphill on a broad grassy path, a little way in from the edge of the downs. Follow the path into the trees, veering slightly to the left. You soon come to a path T-junction in front of a wire fence and turn left to go along the wooded top edge of Oxted Downs.

    After a short distance go over a stile in the fence to continue on the other side. In about 200m you pass another stile and the path bears right, uphill. At a T-junction turn right, still climbing, and follow the path out to Chalkpit Lane. Continue along the lane to a T-junction with another road, The Ridge.

    Ignore the bridleway opposite and turn left onto The Ridge. In 40m fork left onto a narrow path into the trees, which runs parallel to the road. This leads into a car park directly above the chalk quarry, with an information panel describing the Woldingham Viewpoint.

    Leave the car park and cross The Ridge carefully to take the signposted footpath opposite, past a flimsy side gate and down the right-hand side of a field. In the corner go over a stile and continue on a narrow fenced path along the edge of a wood, downhill and with a broad open valley on your right. After 500m the path turns half-left away from the valley and goes past a paddock, then joins a track (Southview Road) by some outbuildings. Continue in the same direction down to a lane (Southfields Road).

    Go straight across the lane (slightly to the right) to continue on a signposted footpath, soon climbing quite steeply. This comes out onto Upper Court Road and you continue along it in the same direction to its junction with Northdown Road, with a neat village green opposite. Turn right and go across Slines Oak Road into Station Road.

  17. Woldingham Green to the Station (3¼ or 1½ km)
  18. For the full walk turn right at the village green and go along Station Road as far as the parish church. Continue briefly on Long Hill, then bear right onto a footpath (Madeira Walk) leading to Woldingham Garden Village. Make your way through this settlement onto a bridleway heading west downhill. Just before reaching Halliloo Valley Road, turn sharp left into Park Ley Road. Go down a track to continue along Woldingham Road, passing the Dene Coffee Shop on the way to the station. For a more direct route from the village green, go along Park View Road and bear left onto a footpath going down the side of Marden valley. At the bottom turn right onto Church Road and follow this to the station.

    The main route takes in an attractive footpath and passes the Dene Coffee Shop for refreshments. If you want to go directly to the station you could simply continue along Station Road, but a more pleasant alternative route is given in §9b.

    1. Main route (3¼ km)
    2. On Station Road go past the car park for the Village Hall and bear right into The Crescent to find a parade of shops, including the Woldingham Village Store. At the far end rejoin Station Road, passing the entrance to a recreation ground and then St Paul's church9 on your right. Go across Croft Road and straight on into Long Hill, to the right of the main road.

      You soon pass a primary school on the right and the lane goes steadily downhill. 200m from the main road there is a signposted footpath on the left and two on the right. Take the second footpath on the right, heading slightly away from and above Long Hill.

      Known locally as Madeira Walk10, this takes a gently undulating route for 800m, at first between gardens and trees and later opening out on the left with fine views across Marden valley. After going back into trees ignore a bridleway behind horse-blocking barriers on the left and go up a few steps onto a fenced path leading into Woldingham Garden Village11.

      In the village go across a lane (Hilltop Walk) onto a narrow path between tall hedges, leading into Beulah Walk. Keep ahead on this lane and follow it round to the left. At its junction with Hilltop Walk bear right to start going downhill. In 100m, as the lane bends sharply left, turn right onto a bridleway. At the bottom of this steep hill, just before coming out onto Halliloo Valley Road, turn sharp left into Park Ley Road.

      In 30m bear right downhill on a track, following the Cycle Route 21 sign. This comes out onto Woldingham Road, where you turn left. In 150m you come to the entrance to Woldingham Dene on your left.

      If you do not wish to visit the tearoom, continue the directions at [•] below.

      To visit the Dene Coffee Shop, turn left into the driveway and follow it round a curve to the left. The tearoom is in the conservatory of the house at the end of the drive. Afterwards you can either retrace your steps along the driveway, or follow a sign to the garden centre through a pergola and leave through its main building (an alternative gate letting you exit through its car park is usually locked). Either way, turn left when you reach the road.

      [•] Head S along Woldingham Road. 100m after the main entrance to Knights Garden Centre you pass Long Hill on the left. In a further 300m, where the road turns sharply left uphill, the entrance to Woldingham station is on the other side of the road. Go through its car park to the station building and cross the footbridge to the far platform for trains to London.

    3. Alternative route (1½ km)
    4. As there are no refreshment places on this route, you could continue briefly along Station Road (as above) to buy something in the Village Store. If you do this, retrace your steps to the green.

      At the corner of the village green, turn into Park View Road to head W. This quiet residential road continues between some large houses, turning right after 225m. After a similar distance, at a slight bend to the right, veer left down a narrow enclosed footpath between “Hardown House” and “Red Cottage”.

      At the end of this gloomy path go over a stile and continue down the left-hand edge of a large field on the side of Marden valley. In the bottom corner go over a stile and turn right onto an unsurfaced track (Church Road), with the railway in a cutting on your left. In 250m you meet your outward route and retrace your steps for the final 500m, turning left into the station car park just before reaching a road junction. Cross the footbridge to the far platform for trains to London.

  19. Pitchfont Lodge to Limpsfield (1¾ or 1½ km)
  20. For the full walk turn left and go along Pitchfont Lane to the B269. Cross over and continue on Sandy Lane opposite. In 400m turn right onto a footpath heading south-west and then south to The Bull on Limpsfield's High Street. For an alternative route (advisable in wet weather) go straight ahead on Water Lane. At the junction with Park Road, either keep ahead on Bluehouse Lane and the B269 (High Street) to rejoin the main route in Limpsfield, or turn right to go along residential streets directly into Oxted.

    The suggested route to Limpsfield and Oxted starts along a bridleway which can become increasingly waterlogged after heavy rain as water cascades down the track towards the River Eden, 750m ahead. In wet weather you might prefer to take the more prosaic alternative route in §10b, which is entirely along tarmac lanes and residential streets. If you start off along the alternative route you could also choose to bypass Limpsfield and head directly into Oxted, shortening this ending by about 750m.

    1. Main route (1¾ km)
    2. For the main route turn left at the junction onto a signposted public bridleway (Pitchfont Lane again). Follow this broad tree-lined track for 750m. Shortly after passing under the M25 the track bends left and you might have to negotiate a flooded stretch just before it crosses over the infant River Eden12 and comes to a road, the B269.

      Cross this busy road with great care and continue on the lane opposite (Sandy Lane), the continuation of the bridleway. Ignore turnings into fields on the left and continue along the sunken lane, gently uphill. 400m from the main road, with an easily-missed footpath signpost on the left, turn sharp right up some steps in the bank to emerge in the corner of a field.

      Go along the left-hand field edge, heading directly away from the lane. In the corner follow the path down to the left and through a small dip. On the other side fork left to go past a few trees into the corner of a large field. Follow the grassy path between fences and keep right at the far corner. The path leads out to a track and then a tarmac driveway going down to Limpsfield's High Street, with The Bull on your left.

    3. Alternative route (1½ km)
    4. For the alternative route keep ahead at the junction onto a tarmac lane (Water Lane). After passing a few cottages it bends left, goes under the M25 and comes to a junction with Park Road.

      If you want to bypass Limpsfield, turn right and go all the way along Park Road, following it round to the left by the entrance to a school and up to a T-junction. You can then either continue on the alleyway opposite, turn right onto Granville Road and pick up the directions at [•] in the next section; or turn right, go along Bluehouse Lane for 600m and turn left into Station Road East to reach Oxted station.

      To rejoin the Short Walk route in Limpsfield, keep ahead on Water Lane and bear left at the next junction, onto Bluehouse Lane. Follow this down to its junction with the B269 and keep ahead up Limpsfield's High Street, passing St Peter's13 church high up on your left. At the mini-roundabout with Detillens Lane you can either turn right to continue the walk, or detour ahead a short distance to The Bull.

  21. Limpsfield to Oxted Station (1½ km)
  22. Oxted At a mini-roundabout on the High Street near The Bull turn into the B2025 (Detillens Lane). In 300m turn right onto a footpath which goes across a meadow to Granville Road. Turn left and go along this road, Gresham Road and Station Road East to Oxted station.

    This section is essentially the same as the start of Extra Walk 63, in the opposite direction.

    From The Bull turn right onto the High Street to come to a mini-roundabout, with St Peter's church visible up ahead. Turn left into Detillens Lane, passing a row of attractive half-timbered cottages on your left. In 300m, shortly after passing a cul-de-sac (Padbrook) on the left, turn right onto a signposted footpath. Follow the short enclosed path between houses and through a gate onto a meadow.

    Continue in the same direction on a grassy path across the meadow, alongside a row of wooden posts. As you approach some trees follow the path round to the right and across a footbridge over the River Eden. Continue through a kissing gate, past a small allotment and between houses. At the end turn left onto a residential street (Granville Road).

    Oxted [•] Go all the way along Granville Road and then keep left to continue on Gresham Road, past Oxted Library and Tandridge Council offices. At the end turn right onto Station Road East, passing a Costa Coffee on the right-hand side of the road. The station is on the left in 200m; if you go past this turning you will find a Caffè Nero on the left.

    For trains to London from Platform 1 (and other refreshment places) go through the subway under the station and keep right on the far side. Café Papillon is at the start of Station Road West and the Oxted Inn is off to the left.

Walk Notes

  1. The Marden Park estate was built up by Sir Robert Clayton, Lord Mayor of London in 1679-80. The original house was replaced in 1879 and the buildings at the centre of the estate are now Woldingham School.
  2. The Woldingham Countryside Walk essentially follows a triangular route south of the station, with a section along the North Downs Way at the far end.
  3. Marden Park Woods are split into two sites on the North Downs ridge, linked by a permissive path around the back of Chaldons Farm. The woods are owned and managed by the Woodland Trust.
  4. The North Downs Way runs for 246 km along the length of the North Downs (with two sections at its eastern end), from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent.
  5. The High Chart (part of the Greensand hills behind Oxted and Limpsfield) is also part of the Titsey Estate. The prominent redbrick building on the hillside opposite used to be St Michael's school; it closed in 2002 and is now a block of luxury apartments.
  6. St Mary, Oxted was slowly developed from the 12th to the 15thC, its sandstone tower being the oldest remaining structure. The church was extensively restored in Victorian times and contains some stained glass windows by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Burne-Jones.
  7. The Titsey Estate was built up by the Gresham family in Tudor times and later passed to the Leveson Gowers, ‘Leviathans of Wealth’ in the 19thC. It is now owned by a charitable trust and much of it is open to the public for walks.
  8. The Botley Hill Farmhouse is on the Greenwich Meridian, but a metal bar at 0° longitude seems to have disappeared from its beer garden. However, there is a plaque showing where it crosses the NDW at the bottom of the Titsey Plantation.
  9. St Paul, Woldingham was built in 1933 to a medieval design by Sir Herbert Baker. After the coming of the railway fifty years earlier the increasing population had outgrown the tiny St Agatha's (still in use), 750m south of the village green. A new wooden church had already been built in 1905 and this in turn was replaced by this imposing flint and stone building.
  10. Madeira Walk links the main village with Woldingham Garden Village (see below) and was much used by locals attending the many wartime entertainments organised in the convalescent camp. It might have reminded someone of the levadas on the Portuguese island.
  11. Woldingham Garden Village was built to house a battalion of the Middlesex Regiment in WWⅠ. It was later converted into a convalescent camp for their wounded soldiers, then into ‘Homes for Heroes’ after the war. In WWⅡ the bungalow “Funny Neuk” housed the Czech military intelligence radio station. Like most of the original bungalows this has since been demolished, but a few are still in use today.
  12. The source of the River Eden is near Titsey village, on the slopes of the North Downs. It flows through Edenbridge and Hever and joins the River Medway near Penshurst.
  13. The composer Frederick Delius (1862-1934) and conductors Sir Thomas Beecham and Norman Del Mar are buried in the churchyard of St Peter, Limpsfield. Delius was born in Bradford and spent most of his life in France; he had no connection with the village but his friends thought he should be buried in a typical English country churchyard.

» Last updated: August 3, 2017

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