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Saturday, 26 October 2019

Saturday Walk Woldingham to Oxted

Woldingham to Oxted
Length: 16¾ km (10.4 miles). Toughness 5/10.

"This walk is only just outside the London boundary and yet the first part with a steady climb up the side of the valley into Marden Park Woods feels completely rural. In these woods the route joins the North Downs Way and heads west on an undulating stretch, still mostly through woodland. This section ends at a fine viewpoint on Gravelly Hill, a potential picnic spot.

The walk then descends from the North Downs ridge into the attractive village of Godstone, which features a large green and a good choice of places for lunch. The afternoon route mostly follows the Greensand Way, heading east from to Oxted. This section is quite different in character: a more open landscape dotted with small settlements, including one with a magnificent ancient tree in its churchyard, the Tandridge Yew."

Trains: Get the 0950 East Grinstead train from Victoria, Clapham 0957, East Croydon 1010 arriving Woldingham at 1026. Return trains are: xx23 & xx53 to Victoria & xx20 to London Bridge.

Lunch: Godstone, 9½ km along the main route. The Hare & Hounds (01883-742296) serves typical pub food; the more up-market alternatives are the White Hart (01883-742521) and the Bell Inn (01883-743216). Light lunches are available at the Green Rooms of Godstone

Tea: Various options in Oxted, including a pub by the station.


Anonymous said...

If the weather is bad, you could do the shorter version of this walk, Oxted Circular. Alternatively, it's about 45 mins walk from the lunch stop in Godstone. If the weather turns bad, you could walk to Godstone station. You'd need a map for that however as directions are not included in the walk instructions. It looks like there is also a bus between Godstone and Godstone Rail but you'd need to check details yourself on

Anonymous said...

I meant to say 45 minutes walk from the lunch stop in Godstone to Godstone train station.

Sean said...

If you want to abandon the walk at lunchtime I wouldn't recommend the 4 km road walk to Godstone station. There are details of three bus routes through Godstone Green and links to timetables in the walk document.

NB. The shorter version of this walk doesn't go through Godstone Green (and isn't an Oxted Circular).

Anonymous said...

Buses leave Godstone Green to OxtedEnter at 49 mins past the hour

Bridie said...

With the weather forecast for this afternoon being v wet I expect to do the 5 mile short route to Oxted and have lunch there.

Bridie said...

2 of us lightweights did the 5 mile short route direct to Oxted with lunch at The Bell Old Oxted and then tea in Oxted and a train arriving back in London Bridge at 14.30
We avoided any rain as I suspect did the Godstone group so I will leave them to write up a proper report

PeteG said...

n=9 off the train & car. 2 took a short cut. Dry morning with light rain all afternoon. 5 in the hare & hounds, 2 picnicers. The 5 resisted the temptation to get a bus & had a muddy variation to Oxted.