• Start: Godstone Green car park
  • End: Godstone Green
  • Country: England
  • County: Surrey
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub: The Bell (01883 743216) on the High Street
  • Ordnance Survey: TQ 350515
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Step back in time on this relaxing walk around the picturesque village of Godstone, with lakes, fields and quiet country lanes

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2013

Step back in time on this relaxing walk around the picturesque village of Godstone, with lakes, fields and quiet country lanes

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Footnotes: all you need to know

Start: Godstone Green car park (up to three hours for free)
Grid reference: TQ 350515
Map: Explorer 146
Length of walk: 3.8 miles with some easy stiles and inclines; no hills as such. Should take two hours plus stops.
Food/drink: Just opposite, the Godstone Hotel (01883 742461) is a hidden gem with its stylish Courtyard Restaurant. For a relaxing drink or a spot of contemporary dining, try The Bell (01883 743216) on the High Street.
While youre there: Visit Godstone Farm, which is one of the oldest and busiest childrens farms in the country, seeing up to 2,000 visitors a day during the summer.
Route: Godstone Green car park (B2236), Bay Pond wildlife haven area, St Nicholas Church, Glebe Water, Rose Cottage, Leigh Pond, Mile Cottage, Greensand Way, Old Tilburstow Road, Rabies Heath Road, Garston Park House, Mill Lane, Ivy Mill Close, Godstone Village School, Godstone Green
Recommended by: Bob Hayward on behalf of East Surrey Ramblers for Surrey Area Ramblers

Viewpoint 1
A beautiful village springing from Godstone Green in the centre, Godstone has many pubs for its size and the famous family farm, which has long been a popular attraction.

Viewpoint 2
At Bay Pond Nature Reserve, which is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust, there are some rather surprising occupants: red-eared terrapins. Some believe they may be a result of the 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze. A more welcome sight in recent months has been the return of the kingfisher. The pond itself is actually man-made. It was created in the 16th century by the owner of Godstone Manor and Leigh Mill, George Evelyn, as part of his gunpowder works.

Viewpoint 3
Sir George Gilbert Scott, one of the leading architects of the Victorian era, restored St Nicholas Church and designed the beautiful neighbouring St Marys almshouses. This area of the village is known as Church Town.

Viewpoint 4
Part of this walk traverses the famous Greensand Way, the well-known walking route that starts in Haslemere and ends, 108 miles later, at Hamstreet in Kent, near the coast to the south of Ashford.

Viewpoint 5
Throughout this walk, you will pass a lovely mix of quaint cottages and grand manor houses. One of the most interesting of the latter is Lagham in South Godstone, which is an old medieval moated manor house featuring a listed brewhouse, oast house and stable.

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