Surrey walk around Woldingham
PUBLISHED: 18:55 10 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:08 03 July 2018
Enjoy views of London, as well as beautiful countryside, on this walk around the North Downs village of Woldingham
• Start: Woldingham railway station
• Grid ref: TQ359 563 (postcode for Sat Nav: CR3 7LT)
• Length of walk: Three-and-a-half miles. Allow about one-and-a-half hours for this easy walk.
• Food and drink: Unfortunately, Woldingham doesn’t have a pub! However, it does have Dene Coffee Shop at Knights Garden Centre. If you did happen to take your car or bike for this walk, then Botley Hill Farmhouse, near Titsey Place, is recommended.
• While you are there: Titsey Place is a stunning historic home and gardens estate.
• Guided walk: To join Surrey Hills Society on one of their free events, see their website at surreyhillssociety.org
1 The walk starts from Woldingham Station. Leave via the front entrance and come out via the car park and walk straight ahead, uphill, using the right-hand pavement of Station Road. Turn right up a tall flight of steps and, at the top, bear left and follow the tarmac path till you reach a junction with a road. Turn left and continue through the attractive Victorian residential estate. At the end of Park View Road, turn left for a short downhill section until you reach a T-junction with Station Road.
2 Cross over the road and turn right. After the property called Sunnyside, turn left to join a narrow footpath. At the end of this path, you will come to a road. Opposite, you will see two paths. Take the left-hand path and follow this for 850m, passing first houses and then woodland. The path is known as Madeira Walk and there are some excellent views towards London. You will then come to a small section of fencing at a signed junction of paths. Keep straight ahead on the path between the fences until you emerge at the crossroads. Do not take the footpath that continues opposite but instead turn right along the residential road.
3 You are now in Woldingham Garden Village. Follow the main tarmac road around the village, ignoring any footpaths signed to the sides. After passing property No.1, you will come to a T-junction with Hilltop Walk. Turn right and follow the road for just 90m to draw level with the property High Shaw on the left.
4 Turn right to join the signed public bridleway, which leads downhill. At the bottom, you will come to a junction with a road and the golf course ahead of you. Turn left along Park Ley Road for about 40m, then fork right down the bridleway to a T-junction with Woldingham Road.
5 Turn left along the pavement but quickly turn right onto a bridleway signed to Gatwick and Redhill. At the end, you will emerge at the access road to Woldingham School. Turn left along this. Follow the driveway as it swings right to reach a railway bridge and stay on the drive as it swings left.
6 Continue along the driveway and then take the first bridleway signed on the left, which leads you to Marden Park. You will come to a property called Shires. Go through the gap, just to the right of this property, and follow the path that runs alongside the hedge until you reach a T-junction.
7 Turn left and follow the main track, passing between farm buildings and a fenced field. The lane swings right, leading you over a railway bridge, and then left to run parallel to the railway line down to the left. At the end of Church Road, you will come to Woldingham Station, on the left, where you began.
• The Caterham Valley is one of a number of dry valleys that run north to south across the line of the North Downs and are thought to have been cut by rivers after the last ice age.
• The walk traverses several attractive late-Victorian and early 20th century housing estates developed after the railway was built in 1884.
• Woldingham Garden Village was built originally to house the Public Schools Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment, but as the casualties mounted it was converted into a convalescent camp. The founder of the garden village was scrap merchant, Henry Fuller Morriss, who built “homes for heroes” after the war. Some of these bungalows still stand to this day.
• The Marsden Park Estate was created in the 17th century by wealthy London banker and Lord Mayor of London, Sir Robert Clayton. The house is now part of Woldingham School.