- Start: Merstham train station, Merstham
- End: Merstham train station, Merstham
- Country: England
- County: Surrey
- Type: Country
- Nearest pub: The Inn on the Pond (01737 643000) can always be relied on for great food and drink – sadly, though, it’s the wrong time of year to catch any cricket on the green opposite
- Ordnance Survey: Ordnance Survey, Explorer 146
- Difficulty: Medium
Just a stone's throw from the popular commuter spot of Merstham, you'll find plenty of lovely countryside and lakes
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine October 2011
Just a stones throw from the popular commuter spot of Merstham, youll find plenty of lovely countryside and lakes
Foot Notes: All you need to know
Start/Finish: Merstham train station, MersthamGrid reference: 292 534 Map: Ordnance Survey, Explorer 146 Length of walk: 5.5 miles Route: Merstham Train Station, Holmethorpe Lagoons, The Moors, Nutfield Marsh, Mercers Lake and Spynes MereFood/drink: The Inn on the Pond (01737 643000) can always be relied on for great food and drink sadly, though, its the wrong time of year to catch any cricket on the green oppositeAlso nearby: If you fancy a few hours shopping, then the cafs and boutiques of Reigate could be for youRecommended by: Ramblers Croydon Group, who are doing this walk on Friday November 11 at 10.40am from Merstham Train Station. To join them, or for more information, pay a visit to their website at www.croydonramblers.org.uk / www.surreyramblers.org.uk. Next month: Leatherhead and surroundings
Starting off from Merstham train station, you may be interested to know that it was to serve the areas quarries now nature reserves for the most part that the village originally became the terminus of the Croydon, Merstham and Godstone Railway. This, in turn, was an extension of the horse-drawn Surrey Iron Railway of 1803, which is often described as the worlds first public railway.
The Holmethorpe Lagoons nature reserve lies by the Water Colour housing development. Reclaimed from a quarry, the reserve forms part of the Nutfield Marsh Project and is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust.
The Moors nature reserve floods from the Redhill Brook during wintertime, and on occasions this creates one large lake, which the footpath crosses, that helps to prevent Redhill from getting flooded. Around the pools, the flowers of yellow flag are followed by purple loosestrife and creamy meadowsweet, as well as sedges, rushes and bur-reed a favourite food of water voles.
If you have any interest in learning dinghy sailing, windsurfing or canoeing then Aqua Sports, which can be found at Mercers Country Park, could be the place for you. Looking like the south of France at times, walkers in the area are no stranger to watching a fleet of excitable students gliding around the lake.
Before sand was extracted, the area surrounding Spynes Mere was farmland. Spynes is an archaism meaning summer fattening pasture, and is correctly pronounced spines. It is now another wetland nature reserve, created from restored sand workings by WBB Minerals and leased to Surrey Wildlife Trust.
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