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SHORT WALKS AND MINOR EXCURSIONS WITHIN A FEW MILES OF RIDDLESDOWN

Updated 6/4/16


Do you ever wonder where to go for a walk around Riddlesdown - or where to find a cup of tea? This page lists a few of the many places to try, all given with hope, but without any guarantee, of satisfaction.

We need your recommendations to keep this page going. Please e-mail the RRA with any local places that you would suggest to be added, or any errors with links not working.


WALKS ON SOME OF THE NEARBY CITY OF LONDON COMMONS


RIDDLESDOWN - It takes about 40 minutes for a very leisurely walk across Riddlesdown Common from the Carpark at the end of Riddlesdown Road to Hamsey Green by Tithepit Shaw Lane. Or alternatively walk past the quarry and down to Whyteleafe, and/or then walk then cross the A22 (Godstone Rd) and climb up to Kenley Common/Air Field and then the Wattenden Arms for a drink. Or walk through Mitchley Woods and other wooded areas nearby to footpath exits to Limpsfield Rd, Holmwood Ave or Mitchley Hill.

Follow this link to the City of London website for a further information and a map. Link



COULSDON COMMON - Car Park in Fox Lane - Wooded area. The Fox pub also nearby. Link for further information and map


FARTHING DOWNS/HAPPY VALLEY/NEW HILL, DITCHES LANE, COULSDON - Large open and wooded areas with walks. Link for further infomraion and map


KENLEY COMMON/AIRFIELD - Plenty of wooded and open areas. Sometimes the gliders are up from Kenley Aerodrome. The Wattenden Arms nearby in Old Lodge Lane. Kenley Common surrounds Kenley Airfield owned by the MOD and used by the RAF for glider training. The Common holds seven World War II fighter pens, which together are a Scheduled Monument, however it is the completeness of the airfield, the history of which is closely bound up with Kenley Common, that make this a site of national historical significance. Street parking on Hayes Lane.  Link for further informtaion and map


SPRING PARK - KENT GATE WAY, ADDINGTON/WEST WICKHAM (A2022) - is a 20 hectare (50 acre) public open space. Located in the London Borough of Bromley it forms part of a larger area of open countryside within the London green belt that link London with the wider countryside of Surrey and Kent. Limited parking in two small car parks on Kent Gate Way, or in the main car park in Corkscrew Hill. Link for further information and map


WEST WICKHAM COMMON, CROYDON ROAD A232 (CONEY HALL) Link  for further information and map


ASHSTEAD COMMON, SURREY - The Common lies close to junction 9 of the M25. Although there are no public car parks on the site, there is a car park at Ashtead Railway Station. There is also Stew Ponds car park off Christchurch Road, Epsom, which can be used for access to both Ashtead and Epsom Commons. Link for further information and map


Follow this link for general information on all of the City Of London Commons website, for all Commons in London.  Link


All of the London Borough of Croydon Parks - A to Z of Parks


NEARBY WALKS


DOWNLANDS CIRCULAR WALK - Start from either the Fox Public House, Coulsdon Rd or Farthing Downs Car Park, Ditches Lane Coulsdon. Short walk approx 3 miles (1 - hrs). Long circular walk approx 6 miles (3 - 4 hours) Link


BANSTEAD WOODS - The large field by Banstead Woods on Holly Lane (B2219), adjacent to Holly Lane car park, Banstead/Chipstead (nearest SATNAV: CR5 3NR). The nearest Rail Station is Chipstead; Good beech woods and open spaces. Ramblers Rest pub nearby with teas and coffee available. Banstead Woods (known as Banstead Park Estate) was a deer park in the medieval period sheltering the royal deer (enclosed in 1439). In 1598 Banstead Park was stated to contain about 160 acres. It belonged to the Spencer family in 1841 when the name changed to Banstead Wood. Reigate & Banstead Council website Link


CROHAM HURST, S CROYDON - Hilly, wooded and open area. Link to LB of Croydon website


HAYES COMMON, Croydon Rd, Hayes - Link to LB of Bromley website


KINGS WOOD (Sanderstead between Limpsfield Rd and Kingswood Lane) - Pleasant woods with grid of paths. Bluebells in April/May. Link to LB of Croydon


LIMPSFIELD COMMON AND HAREWOODS near Oxted - Large wooded area. Other good areas nearby on escarpment. Link to National Trust website


LLOYD PARK, COOMBE ROAD, CROYDON - Just south east of Croydon town centre, an extensive area of parkland. Link to LB of Croydon website


SELSDON WOOD, OLD FARLEIGH RD - Woods and open areas, bird sanctuary. Link to LB of Croydon website


TOYS HILL AND OUTRIDGE, South east of Westerham Kent - Wooded National Trust area. Fox and Hounds nearby. Link to National Trust website


WOLDINGHAM - Many walks around, particularly in the area above the M25. Link to Surrey CC website


Surrey Age UK - Go 50 - Activities, events and short walks in Surrey for those over 50.Link to Go 50


Surrey Ramblers - www.surreyramblers.org.uk

Croydon Ramblers - http://www.croydonramblers.org.uk/


Walk & Cycle Surrey Trails http://www.walkandcycle.co.uk/surreytrails


LOCAL PLACES FOR TEA

CHARTWELL - Winston Churchill's house with National Trust restaurant - Link

CROYDON - Wyevale Garden Centre, Waddon Way, Croydon CR0 4HY - Link

CROYDON - Coach House Cafe, Coombe Wood, Conduit Lane, Croydon CR0 5RQ - Link

CHELSHAM & WOLDINGHAM- Knights Garden Centre, Limpsfield Rd, Chelsham CR6 9DZ & Knights Garden Centre, Woldingham Rd, Woldingham CR3 7LA  Link

EMMETTS - National Trust Garden (good bluebells) with Restaurant - Link

GODSTONE - (Knights Nags Hall & Betchworth Garden Centres), Oxted Road, Godstone RH9 8DB & Station Rd, Betchworth RH3 7DF - Link

BLETCHINGLEY/REDHILL - Priory Farm, Sandy Lane, S Nutfield, Redhill RH1 4EJ - Link

KNOCKHOLT - Coolings Garden Centres and Nature Trail, Rushmore Hill, Knockholt TN14 7NN - Link

SEVENOAKS - Polhill Garden Centre, London Rd, Badgers Mount, TN14 7AD - Link

WESTERHAM - Teashops in the High Street and on the Green. Plenty of walks around.

Visit Westerham website


Pubs in Surrey - Link


For further ideas for walks, days out, attractions, villages etc at the Surrey Hills website


The National Trust in London & South East  





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