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Sunday, 21 May 2017

A day (nearly) at the races

SWC  Download walk 4 Merstham to Tattenham Corner

Distance 16km (9.9m); toughness 4/10.

Trains:10.34 London Bridge (East Croydon 10.50) arriving Merstham 11.05

Return from Tattenham Corner at xx:14 and 44 mins past the hour. Your bestb ticket is a day return to Merstham but see the walks page for full details before making your choice.

The Main Walk starts along the North Downs Way and soon reaches Gatton Park, which was landscaped by Lancelot “Capability” Brown. A choice of routes through this attractive parkland ends with a steady climb through woods to a popular viewpoint at Reigate Hill and the chance for a mid-morning snack.
The fine views continue as you progress along the North Downs ridge, where Reigate Fort is a reminder that these hills were once seen as a defensive line protecting the capital. At the end of this section the open expanse of Colley Hill would make a good picnic spot. A little further on you cross the motorway to the suggested lunchtime pub in the isolated village of Mogador.
In the afternoon there are many possible routes aross Banstead Heath (part of Banstead Commons) to Walton-on-the-Hill, then a further choice of routes for the final section. At the end of the walk you get a panoramic view of the London skyline as you cross the famous Epsom Downs Racecourse.
 See the walks page here for full details about the walk and scroll down for maps and full walk instructions. Click on the main walk M to get the walk details for that option.t=swc.4


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

n = 14
w = largely sunny

The group off the scheduled train met another four or so relaxing on Reigate Hill and enjoying the view, who had taken an earlier train. Good and varied fare for the three who dined in the garden of the extremely busy Sportman pub, where the bar staff were over-worked. Many also stopped at the characterful, The Rat, later. Dogs abounded, the belles of the ball being two rusty-coloured Siberian Huskies, closely followed by a pair of friendly Rough Collies. A delightful day with great scenery and fine company.

Suggested amendment to walk instructions early on (a few ladies said they had gone astray at this point in the past).

2/Gatton to Reigate Hill

Then change to:

200 metres along the tarmac road you come to a junction, with the modern chapel of the Royal Alexandra and Albert School (a state boarding school)on your right. Turn right and continue past a car park...

Thanks to Pete B for scheduling the walk.