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Disc with tower and letters GW in Surrey; oast-house in KentGreensand Way

Kent, Surrey

179 km / 111 miles
The Greensand Way follows the ridge of greensand rock across Surrey and Kent, to the edges of Romney Marsh and almost to the Kent coast. The Way takes its name from the layers of sandstone in each of which is found the green coloured mineral glauconite. The Greensand ridge runs broadly parallel to and south of the North Downs ridge.

It traverses two areas designated as areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Hindhead to Leith Hill in Surrey and the Sevenoaks ridge from the Kent-Surrey Border to Borough Green in Kent). Excellent views can be obtained of the North Downs and across to the Weald to the South. Although much of the route passes through quiet and almost remote areas, there are links to towns providing opportunities for accommodation and refreshment. Much of the walk is accessible by public transport.

In Surrey the Way passes the Devil's Punch Bowl and crosses Hascombe Hill and Winterfold Heath then traverses the main Surrey tops of Pitch, Holmbury and Leith Hills, where Leith Hill's tower reaches 1000ft, before descending north to Dorking. In Kent it crosses Toys and Ide Hills, descends to Sevenoaks Weald and crosses the Medway Valley to Yalding. Then ascending the ridge it passes through villages, orchards and hop gardens and views over the Weald are achieved. The ridge becomes indistinct beyond Great Chart but the route crosses a rolling landscape of farmland and woodland.

There are a number of link routes with the North Downs Way National Trail. A further link is provided by the waymarked Reigate and Banstead Millennium Trail (18 miles), a route between Banstead Downs and Horley. The Way meets the Saxon Shore Way at Hamstreet near to the Royal Military Canal. At its start, the Serpent Trail provides a 64-mile route on the Sussex greensand hills and heaths. The Four Stations Way (12 miles) links Haslemere to Godalming.


Waymark: Disc with tower and letters GW in Surrey; oast-house in Kent
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Disc with tower and letters GW in Surrey; oast-house in Kent
Attributes: Average Gradients
National Landscape
Start: SU905328 - Haslemere, Surrey View on StreetMap
Finish: TR001334 - Hamstreet, Kent View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Surrey CC - Greensand Way (Surrey Section) Explore Kent - Greensand Way Greensand Way (Hamstreet - Haslemere) - Tim Bertuchi Trailman - Greensand Way [blog] A walker's journal - The Greensand Way [blog] Greensand Way [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Greensand Way in Kent  (Explore Kent  - 2010 ) Download
Certificate Explore Kent Walk Challenge Certificate  (Explore Kent )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 186, 187, 188, 189
OS Landranger Active 186, 187, 188, 189
OS Explorer 33, 34, 125, 136, 137, 145, 146, 147, 148
OS Explorer Active 33, 34, 125, 136, 137, 145, 146, 147, 148

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Route Profile:

178.2 km (110.7 miles)
3,357 m (11,014 ft) ascent
289 m (948 ft)  maximum height

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