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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Greensand Way and a nature reserve

Book 3 Walk 135 variation – Hurst Green to Lingfield

Distance 16.3km (10.1m); toughness 3/10.

Train 09.47 London Victoria (Clapham Junction 09.53) to East Croydon 10.05.  Then 10.10 East Croydon (Plat 5) to Hurst Green 10.34

Return trains from Lingfield to London Bridge at xx.19. and xx:51 changing at East Croydon. Buy a day return to Lingfield

During this season of Rasputitsa I have been checking out some routes around the London Loop for a possible Sunday winter excursion but they don't really work - pubs closed down or not in the right place; too much tarmac and road walking so here's an attractive walk near to London for Sunday regulars

This walk variation  incorporates a section of the Greensand Way and in the afternoon there are some fine views across the Low Weald. You also visit Staffhurst Wood a nature reserve and a site of special scientific interest.

Your lunch-time pub is the Royal Oak Inn on the edge of Stafford Wood. Your best bet for refreshments in Lingfield is the Star Pub just outside the Old Town by the footpath leading to the station. Other options are likely to be closed on a Sunday.

Click here for details about the walk and scroll down the web page and click on Mi for the Hurst Green option.


Anonymous said...

6 of us are arriving 30 minutes late due to a delay on the London train

David F said...

It was w=cloudy_with_occasional_bright_intervals_becoming_very_windy_around_lunchtime. A group of n=5 met up at Hurst Green station having caught the designated 10.11 train from East Croydon. Unbeknowns to them, another group of n=7 walkers had set off from points north of East Croydon, only to be thwarted by a red signal between Clapham Junction and Croydon. They missed their connection, were wrongly stopped from catching the next train ten minutes later, and eventually reached Hurst Green about 30 minutes after the first group had set off. The two groups met briefly at the Royal Oak, and some chose to set off again with the early group to find a suitable place to eat sandwiches. The first group, supplemented by n=2 of the later group pressed on. n=2 chose to get some liquid refreshment at the Star and the others caught the 3.51 train back to East Croydon and beyond. The walk instructions were generally clear, except for the "second path crossing" in Staffhurst Wood, where n=6 of the later group missed the pond by the large assart and carried staright on rather than turn right by the second path crossing. Happily, they found their way to the Royal Oak. The highlight of the day was surely the Crowhurst Yew, followed some distance behind by the Crowhurst Oak.

David F said...

erratum: Lingfield Oak

Anonymous said...

n=12, methinks (for the stats)