Blackwater Valley





Countryside Walks

Downlands Guided Walks Programme 2006

Make the most of your countryside! These walks are free and are led by a well informed leader. All you need is substantial footwear, some layers of clothing and a bag of toffees will guarantee you lots of friends! All welcome, including well-behaved dogs. Any queries, phone us on 01737 737700 or 01883 341140 for more information on each walk, or refer to the latest Downlander newsletter which is widely available locally.

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Sunday 15 October                              Autumn Chalk Downland in Whyteleafe

Join Marion Davis to view the colours of leaves and fruits, walk ancient routeways and get some fresh air too!  A 4 mile, 2.5 hour hilly walk leaving from Whyteleafe Recreation Ground, Hillbury Road (near Whyteleafe and Upper Warlingham station).

                                                                                      Grid ref:  341 586

Sunday 26 November                         Kings Wood Goes to Sleep

Sanderstead’s ancient woodland is rich in native species.  Discover how it prepares for winter and next year’s growth with Marion Davis (Friends of Kings Wood volunteer).  Meet at 10am at Kings Wood, from where Orchard Road enters the woodland, off Limpsfield Road B269.                                 Grid ref: 349 603

The walks are free, but donations to "The Friends of the Downlands Project" are welcomed

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Circular Walks

The Downlands Countryside Management Project produces a range of leaflets describing circular walks within its Project area.

All of the following are available free by sending a stamped addressed A5 sized envelope, with the titles of the leaflets you require to the Downlands Countryside Management Project at South East Area Office, Surrey County Council, The Omnibus Building, Lesbourne Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7JA.

  • Downlands Circular Walk 7 miles or 3 miles
    Beautiful chalk downland scenery in Happy Valley with surrounding woods and farms.
  • Woldingham Countryside Walk 6.5 miles or 4.5 miles
    Tranquil, hidden valleys, chalk downland, varied woodlands.
  • Banstead Countryside Walk 5 miles.
    Varied scenery – Banstead Woods [SSSI], chalk downland, farmland.
  • Banstead Woods Nature Trail 2 miles
    Large ancient woodland, a SSSI, varied habitats, ongoing management.
  • Sutton Countryside Walk 5 miles.
    Farmland, woodland, Woodcote Estate and Smallholdings.
  • Oaks Park Nature Trail 2 miles
    Stroll through Oaks Park with meadows and woodland.
  • Blanchman’s Farm Nature Trail 0.6 mile
    Community wildlife area since 1991, many environmental improvements. Over 10,000 native trees planted in hedges and copses. Meadows. Pond.

Leaflets, produced by local authorities in the area, are also available free from the Downlands Project. Our project area links into sections of the London Loop and the Capital Ring:

London Walking Forum

London Outer Orbital Path [LOOP]

A 150 mile (240 km) circular walk through the best of outer London’s countryside. This "M25 for walkers" is broken into 24 sections ranging from 3.5-10.5 miles (5.5-15 km), all of which are further sub-divided into shorter sections and conveniently connected to public transport. Each walk is peppered with cafés, pubs and picnic areas and links to other walks.

The section south of the Thames, which is covered by leaflets 1 – 8, is available as a pack from the Downlands Project. Please send an SAE to the Downlands Project at the address at the bottom of this page.

The Capital Ring

This is a 72 mile (116 km) circular walk linking green spaces, commons, rivers and canals within a radius of 10 miles (16 km) of Charing Cross. Divided into 15 sections ranging from 3 to 5.75 miles (5 – 9.25 km), this walk will surprise even lifelong Londoners with its wonderful variety. The RING makes contact with 19 other walks as it circles the Capital.

For more information on the London LOOP have a look at the Ramblers Association website

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Contact details:

Project Manager – Alec Baxter-Brown
Downlands Project Officer – Mike Cummings
Downlands Project Officer – Matt Field

Downlands Countryside Management Project, South East Area Office, Surrey County Council, The Omnibus Building, Lesbourne Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7JA

Telephone: 01737 737700

The Project is supported by

Surrey County Council, The London Borough of Sutton , Croydon Council, the Corporation of London, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Tandridge District Council and English Nature

Surrey County Council
working in partnership
Surrey Countryside Management