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Monday, 28 December 2015

Bank holiday Monday walk - A quick ramble over the North Downs

SWC walk 2 - Woldingham to Oxted
Length: 16.7km (10.4 miles) with shorter options
Toughness: 5 out of 10

9.53 train from Victoria (9.59 Clapham Junction, 10.11 East Croydon) to Woldingham, arriving 10.26

Buy a day return to Oxted.

For walk directions click here.

It looks as if no one else is going to post a walk for today (which is a bank holiday), so here is my suggestion.

This is a bright and breezy walk up over the North Downs. True it has some proximity to the M25 for a while, but it passes through grand scenery, and - perhaps more to the point - has a choice of three pubs for lunch in Godstone, one or more of which will surely be able to squeeze us in.

Tea places in Oxted may be in shorter supply, but the Oxted Inn by the station is a reliable fall-back and I am betting Caffe Nero will be open too.

There are all sorts of shorter options and short cuts for those that wish them.

Trains back from Oxted are at 19 past to London Bridge and 24 and 54 past to Victoria.


branchline said...

Thank you for post I g.

Anonymous said...

If there is a large group, it's best to split up and try different pubs. Past experience of a large group in a single pub in Godstone at this time of year was very long waits for food for those could get served and some walkers not being able to order.

Walker said...

n=17 on this walk, which made a fine outing in the w=low-winter-sunshine (such a relief to see something other than grey clouds). Still w=wierdly-warm with some walking in shirtsleeves.

The new route along the top of the North Downs seemed to reduce the traffic noise from the M25, which in any case never seemed intrusive. We split between the Hare & Hounds and White Hart for lunch, enjoyed the Godstone almshouse chapel and the amazing Tandridge yew (surely the biggest of all the ancient yews we see on these walks), and finished the walk at 4pm. Tea in Caffe Nero (who were very nice about the mud we left on their floor) and then home.