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Monday, 4 May 2015

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!

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