Take a virtual walk on the North Downs Way from Farnham to Otford
PUBLISHED: 12:21 28 April 2020 | UPDATED: 12:21 28 April 2020
Using the power of Google Street View you can take a walk on the long-distance North Downs Way without ever leaving your house. Here are the sights you’ll see on the Surrey sections of this popular walking trail
Click the link at the start of each section to see a full break down of the walk.
Section 1: Farnham to Guildford (10 miles)
Start off by looking around some of Farnham’s top sights including the keep of the castle that was first built in 1138.
After passing Farnham Golf Club and enjoying some views of the Hog’s Back you’ll eventually come to Puttenham Common for more panoramas like the one below.
Once you’re beyond Puttenham Common you’ll come through Puttenham village and reach the River Wey south of our final destination.
From there follow the Wey all the way into Guildford to find the numerous serene riverside spots the town is renowned for.
Section 2: Guildford to Gomshall (8 miles)
The second section of the walk leaves Guildford behind and heads past Shalford Park in the direction of Chantry Wood then right up to the hilltop St Martha’s Church.
Proceed through woodland where you may see bluebells if the time is right until you reach the below crossroads. If you go right you’ll head down into Gomshall and if you go straight over you’ll carry on following the trail.
Section 3: Gomshall to Westhumble (7 miles)
Back at the crossroads we mentioned in the previous step get back on the trail in the direction of Dorking. Keep an eye out for several brick bunkers as you go along this particular stretch.
Looking down to your right will give views of a number of locations including Dorking, Westcott and even all the way back to Gomshall.
Section 4: Westhumble to Merstham (10 miles)
Once you have left Westhumble you’ll soon reach the tricky section of the path you can see below - be careful not to fall in the River Mole! From here you can decide whether to head up to the iconic Box Hill viewpoint or carry on in the direction of the M25.
For a while the path stays in the woodland with Pebble Hill Road just down below before spitting you out on Colley Hill.
Pass the Inglis Memorial and shortly after you will arrive at Reigate Fort, a defensive position constructed in the late 19th century to stop a potential French invasion. The views at the site are also exceptional.
Just before coming into Merstham you’ll be treated to views like the one below at Gatton Park.
Section 5: Merstham to Oxted (8 miles)
Cross both the M25 and M23 where just off Pilgrims Lane you’ll find this incredible vista. That bench would make a perfect spot to rest and absorb the area’s peaceful atmosphere.
Follow War Coppice Way and spot the remains of Whitehill Tower to eventually get to Caterham Viewpoint, a scenic spot near Fosterdown Fort.
While you’re in the area of Oxted Downs you can look over a quarry, the M25 and right over to Oxted, your final port of call on this section of the trail.
Section 6: Oxted to Otford (12 miles)
Once you’ve left Oxted and passed Titsey it won’t be too long until you pass over the county border into Kent. Keep an eye out for one of the stones marking this meeting of borders. Below is more or less your last view of Surrey before you leave our wonderful county.
Continue through fields near Westerham and views like this one make it quite clear why our neighbour is often called the ‘Garden of England’.
After passing near Knockholt the path starts to descend towards Morants Court Farm and Donnington Manor so make the most of the views before it starts to flatten out.
After the manor you’ll stroll through farmland and lavender fields until you come through Twitton into Otford. It might not be in Surrey but we can’t deny Otford Palace is somewhere you really should visit.