Countryside Walks
Countryside Walks Task Programme Annual Report

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 Project at Highway House, 21 Chessington Road, West Ewell, Surrey KT17 1TT.

Please read the note on precautions to avoid the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease before setting out for your walk.

Downlands Circular Walk 7 miles, 11.2km or 3 miles, 4.8km

Signposted. Circular. Leaflet. Links with North Downs Way.

Start A Farthing Downs, main car park.

Grid Ref. TQ 302 572,  [Coulsdon South Station 1 mile]

Start B The Fox public house, Coulsdon Common.

Grid Ref. TQ 317 568,  Bus 400, 404, 409.

Beautiful chalk downland scenery in Happy Valley with surrounding woods and farms.

 

Woldingham Countryside Walk 6.5 miles or 4.5 miles

Signposted. Circular. Leaflet. Links with North Downs Way.

Start Woldingham Station Grid Ref. TQ 359 563.

Tranquil, hidden valleys, chalk downland, varied woodlands.

 

Banstead Countryside Walk 5 miles, 8 km.

Signposted. Circular. Leaflet.

Start Holly Lane car park, Grid Ref. TQ 273 583, [near Chipstead Station].

Varied scenery – Banstead Woods [SSSI], chalk downland, farmland.

 

Banstead Woods Nature Trail 2 miles, 3km

Signposted. Circular. Leaflet.

Start Holly Lane car park, Grid Ref TQ 273 583, [near Chipstead Station].

Large ancient woodland, a SSSI, varied habitats, ongoing management.

 

Sutton Countryside Walk 5 miles, 8 km.

Signposted. Circular. Leaflet.

Start Oaks Park, car park near caf , off A2022 Grid Ref. TQ 277 615.

Farmland, woodland, Woodcote Estate and Smallholdings.

 

Oaks Park Nature Trail 2 miles

Signposted. Circular. Leaflet.

Start Oaks Park, car park near caf , off A2022. Grid Ref. TQ 277 615.

Stroll through Oaks Park with meadows and woodland.

 

Blanchman’s Farm Nature Trail 0.6 mile, 1km

Numbered posts. Circular. Leaflet.

Audio guide with tactile map, available from Warlingham Library or Downlands Project.

Start Limpsfield Road, Warlingham. 403 bus. Grid Ref. TQ 360 584

Hard path suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Seats.

Wheelchair access gates opened by RADAR key.

Community wildlife area since 1991, many environmental improvements.

Over 10,000 native trees planted in hedges and copses. Meadows. Pond.

 

The following leaflets, produced by local authorities in the area,  are also available free from the Downlands Project:

Tandridge District Council

Godstone to the North Downs Walk 2 – 3 hours

Circular Leaflet Links with North Downs Way

Start Godstone Green pond. Buses 409, 410, 411

Village, farmland, chalk scarp slopes, views from top of North Downs.

 

London Borough of Croydon

Countryside Places around Croydon

Pack containing 15 site cards about open spaces.

Details on surfaces and slopes, paths, features, access, public transport, parking, etc.

 

Corporation of London and the PACE Project

Coulsdon Commons Circular Walks

Four leaflets each describing a walks of about 4 miles, exploring Corporation land.

Farthing Downs and Devilsden Wood Start Coulsdon station

Riddlesdown Start Riddlesdown station.

Kenley Common and Dollypers Hill Start Whyteleaf station.

Coulsdon Common and Happy Valley Start Bus stop by The Fox pub, Coulsdon Road.

 

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Walk the Millennium Trail 18 miles, 28km Banstead Downs to Horley

Signposted Linear, in two sections     Two Leaflets

Links with the North Downs Way and Reigate Council’s six circular walks.

North section starts Banstead Downs, Sutton Lane, near Banstead station, ends Reigate station.

South section starts Reigate station, ends Gatwick station.

 

Six Circular Walks each with a leaflet

1. Banstead & Nork 5 mile, 8.2 km.

Start Banstead Downs, Sutton Lane, near Banstead station.

2. Shabden & Upper Gatton Parks  7.5 mile, 12 km.

Start Elmore Pond, Chipstead.

3. North Downs Ridge 7 mile, 11 km.

Start Reigate Hill car park.

4. Tatton Winter    2.8 mile, 4.6 km.

Start Bell Street, Reigate.

5. Earlswood Commons 4.6 mile, 7.5 km.

Start Earlswood Lakes, Woodhatch Road.

6. East Horley 5.8 mile, 9.4 km.

Start Riverside Garden Park, Horley.

 

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 caf s, 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 a 6 cheque made payable to Surrey County Council and a 61p SAE to the Downlands Project at the address at the top 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.

One of the sections is within the Downlands Project area and the leaflet for it is available from them.

Walk 4 Crystal Palace Park to Streatham Common. 3.5 m, 5.7km.

Signposted   Linear Leaflet

Start Crystal Palace station or Streatham station.

Urban history, parks, woodland, commonland.

 

For more information on the LOOP and the Capital Ring visit the London Walking Forums website.

 

Foot and Mouth Precautions

People are urged to observe the code for use of public rights of way, which says:

If you have handled cattle, sheep, goats or pigs in the last 7 days please stay off all other farmland

Do not go near, and never touch, handle or feed livestock :- if you come across them unexpectedly, move away slowly, if necessary re-trace your route

Keep dogs on short leads where there are livestock and do not take dogs on land where there are cattle

Do not leave any waste food or litter

Stay on the path and leave all gates as you find them

Use disinfectant where provided

Start your walk or ride with clean equipment, footwear and clothing

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