Route for a walk around Staffhurst Wood near Limpsfield
PUBLISHED: 14:22 17 June 2019
To celebrate Surrey Wildlife Trust’s 60th Anniversary, this month’s walk features one of the many special areas managed by the charity. This easy, one hour, self-guided trail is accessible for the whole family
- Start: St. Silvan's car park, Stafford Wood Road
- Nearest railway stations: Oxted (4 miles away) but site is difficult to access via public transport.
- Parking: Free car park but there are no cafés or toilets on the site.
- Post code for sat nav: RH8 0RS
- Grid ref: TQ 407 493
- Length of walk: Two miles (3kms), allow one hour
- Food and drink: The Royal Oak, The Grumpy Mole, Caterfield Lane, Oxted, RH8 0RR
- While you are there: Visit historic Titsey Place, Water Lane, Oxted RH8 0SA. Open May to September on Wednesdays and Saturday afternoons. There is a house, gardens and a tearoom.
1 Start from the entrance to St Silvan's car park with your back to the road. Straight ahead is a signed Self-Guided Trail marker with a green arrow. You will be following the green arrow waymark for the whole walk. At the ﬁrst couple of junctions, keep left, staying with the path running closest to the fenced ﬁeld to your left.
2 Eventually you come to a stile, crossing into a field. Do NOT cross this, instead turn right and follow the path steadily downhill with a fenced hillside pasture on your left. Stay on the main path until you come to a crossroads with a vehicle track (with a Woodland Trust sign ahead).
3 Turn right on the wide track, heading steadily uphill. Some way along, look out for a raised circular concrete structure on your left, evidence of the Second World War ammunition stores. Stay on the main surfaced track, continuing uphill until you reach Staffhurst Wood Road.
4 Pass through the wide gap to the left of the gate. Almost directly opposite re-join the track and pick up the green trail marker. Do NOT take the bridleway a couple of paces further right. Pass through the staggered barrier, passing another grass ﬁeld to your right which is known as Plum Park. Continue through a second staggered barrier and on to reach a crossroads with another surfaced path.
5 Cross the surfaced path and go directly ahead, the continuation of the self-guided trail. Stay with the path, winding through the trees and leading you under the boughs of a large yew tree. Just beyond this, you will come out to a small grass clearing called The Glade.
6 Walk directly ahead, passing just to the right of a large oak tree. The path now bears right, leading you over a sleeper bridge and past a large pond on the left. Stay with the obvious path, passing beneath another yew tree. Turn left for a couple of paces and then turn right through the staggered barrier to continue on the woodland trail.
7 Just beyond the pond you will come to a fork. Keep left and this path will lead you to a section of boardwalk, over a boggy part of the wood. Cross the boardwalk and then continue on the path upward, bearing right.
8 The path levels off and continues through the woodland until you reach a T-junction. Turn left for about 40 metres and then turn right.
9 Follow this path, heading for a vehicle barrier ahead and passing a raised wooden bench on your right. Immediately after the bench (and before you reach the vehicle barrier), turn right to join the narrow path climbing steadily through the trees. Stay on this path with the road running to your left, going ahead at the ﬁrst crossroads and, further along, crossing a stream via a sleeper bridge. Eventually you will come to a staggered crossroads with a surfaced bridleway. Turn left, passing through a staggered barrier, and follow the path steadily left through a section of mature woodland. Stay with this path, which later swings sharp right, leading you back to Staffhurst Wood Road and St Silvan's car park where the walk began.
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