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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Saturday Walk - South London Loop

West Wickham Common to Hamsey Green
Length: 16 km (10 miles).

Catch the 10:32 from Charing Cross to Hayes (Kent), arr. 11:14.

Includes a fairly short walk (described in the directions) from Hayes station to the start of this section 4 of the London Loop.

Directions by Tfl and available here.

Lunch "There are numerous pubs and you can picnic at many places along the way. "

At Hamsey Green catch the frequent 403 bus to Sanderstead station for trains to Victoria xx:09 xx:39. t=ldp.24


Anonymous said...

Andy Poole, Fri 10 Mar 17, 11:19

I do not know what tea stops there are in Hamsey Green, but there are 2 at Warlingham Green 355585 (I have no idea what time they close or how good they are). An alternative is the Radius Arms micropub on the E side of the A22 between Upper Warlingham and Whyteleafe stations. Serves 4/5 ales, 12 ciders and some wine, only nuts and crisps etc on the 'menu' though. Recommended, particularly if you've never been to a micropub.

To get there from Hamsey Green, or either of the stations, about 2km/1.25m continue on the road opposite soon with a school on the left, when it bends left continue ahead still with the LOOP. After the trees on the left finish you want to bear left to go down the escarpment, there are many routes but simplest is probably to follow Tandridge Border Path (TBP) signs (not followed them recently so cant be sure of their maintenance). Whichever route you should not go past the quarry on your left - if you get to the quarry 338594 then you can turn left before it keeping it to your right. Your route down should eventually lead to a recreation ground where ignore the TBP which goes under the railway and continue SSE across the recreation ground to its car park and exit where turn right. Go under the railway bridge, turn left for Upper Warlingham station (usually x02 and x32) else continue down to the roundabout, Whyteleafe station ahead (trains roughly on every quarter of the hour but slower) or left to the Radius Arms which is on the left just past the pedestrian lights and looks like a shop.

Sean said...

I did this section of the London Loop last year and don't recall "numerous pubs" en route, just one or two in Shirley about halfway round. However, there are plenty of good picnic spots if it's warm enough.

There used to be a pub (the Good Companions) at Hamsey Green but it closed many years ago. You might be able to get a cup of tea from somewhere in the parade of shops, but there's nothing else in the vicinity. The pubs in Warlingham will be open but they're 20 minutes away along a main road. It's about a 25-30 minute extension to Whyteleafe if you're tempted by the micropub Andy mentions.

If you take the 403 bus and it looks like you'll just miss a train at Sanderstead, stay on the bus to Croydon. There are lots of refreshment places there, of course.

Peteb said...

Did this walk today - Sunday - as I always watch the Rugby U internationals on Saturdays (which I have been doing for 56 years! Very satisfying win for England yesterday.). Nice walk especially after lunch with some attractive woodland trails. Only pub I saw - and ate at - was the excellent Sandrock just beyond Shirley Heath. Got to the crossroads at the end just in time to see the bus whizzing past so walked on to Upper Warlingham with a steep tricky path to descend made slick by the afternoon drizzle.