Gems of East Surrey

Sat 10th Aug 2019

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Purley Railway Station outside the entrance on platform 6. This is not the main entrance. Please be prompt as the plan is to leave the station at 09.30

The walk will include the whole length of the Riddlesdown Ridge from North to South, then skirting round Whyteleafe, Warlingham, Chelsham, to Tatsfiield then to Botley Hill, the highest point on the North Downs Way, follow the North Downs West for 2 or 3 miles, then making our way back North through one of the Woodland Trust properties (either Stubbs Copse or Great Church Wood) then through Caterham, Coulsdon Common, Dollyper Hill and Foxley Woods.

General Notes
The walk will be at a slow pace. Anyone who regularly walks with the LDWA shouldn't have any difficulty. However because there is a fair amount of climbing (3000ft), including 200 steps right at the start, I don't recommend it for absolute beginners. In any event nobody will get lost or get left behind
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Walk Report

Gems of East Surrey, Saturday 10th August 2019
5 walkers, 21.4 miles, 2,940ft of ascent - leader Ken Fancett
Weather the day before was severe with heavy rains and strong winds during the night. On the morning of the event the air was still very damp and the prospects did not look good. However the Met Office had given a forecast for bright weather (albeit) with a yellow warning for wind. In the event the weather in the morning was a bit showery with a pleasant sunny afternoon. I don't remember it being especially windy. The alternate rain/sun of previous weeks led to a number of paths becoming overgrown, in fact I made an inspection of the route (with some cutters) four days beforehand and spent about an hour cutting down one path which had become completely impassable. I also found than one stile was barred with electric tape (designed to be seen by horses) which, with great reluctance, I also cut down. I had taken the opportunity to invite some members from Beckenham Running Club to join us. On the day we had one from BRC (an LDWA member) and three from London LDWA. I have no idea whether it was the weather conditions that stopped more people going or just my reputation as an incompetent walk leader. I spent a great deal of time pioneering a route which incorporated paths not shown on O.S. maps and which I didn't know existed myself until I went out and researched them. I suppose I wondered in the end whether it had all been worth it. I'm extremely grateful to the few who did show up. I think I will need to give myself a break before I volunteer again. We had a lunch stop at Tatsfield where there is a pub, tearoom, and seats round the duckpond. I don't advise anyone to follow the route on their own, without getting further information from me first, as some parts are quite intricate and they would likely get lost.


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