Walking

Walking trail

Reigate Hill: Gatton Park in our past and present walk

Walking trail

Take a stroll through this parkland, designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, and take a glimpse into its diverse history.

Map

Trail map of Gatton Park past and present walk

Start:

Wray Lane car park, grid ref: TQ26275233

1

To enter Gatton Park use the path marked with the National Trust sign, located opposite the Wray Lane car park entrance. At the first Discover Gatton way marker post, head down the gentle slope; the parks original carriage drive.

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2

At the second post take the left fork in the track.

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3

Very shortly after the second post you will find the third post situated above a viewpoint giving you a first glimpse of this historic parkland.

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4

Continue along the old carriage road to the fourth post, situated by a lone yew tree, and follow the arrow.

5

At the end of this section of track you will see Tower Lodge on your left marking another of the entrances into the park; it is made from Gatton stone. Turn right at the fifth post.

6

Keep an eye out for views across the parkland and, a little further on, the stone circle. Within a few minutes of leaving the stone circle you will find the sixth post, pointing you to the right, down the hill towards Hop Garden Pond and through the open parkland.

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7

Once you have crossed the open parkland, you will re-enter the woodland fringe to post seven. Take a sharp right up the steep bank into Nut Wood. As you reach the top of this track you will be rewarded with perhaps the best view of the main lake over the tops of the trees bordering the serpentine. Once the track levels out, continue until you arrive at a junction of paths.

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8

Take a right at this junction, past the highest point in the park. Continue, passing Wingate Hill which offers a last opportunity to look back on the parkland. This is also a good place to try and spot the spire of St Andrews church nestling in the trees. The present building dates from the 16th century, but there has been a church on the site since at least Norman times. The fifth Lord Monson and his architect E. Webb carried out restoration works to the church in 1834, resulting in a magnificent and richly furnished interior, similar to an Oxford or Cambridge chapel. You will find post nine at the top of this slope.

9

Turn right and head back to post three and the first viewpoint. At post three follow the arrow left taking you the short distance back to Wray Lane car park.

End:

Wray Lane car park, grid ref: TQ26275233

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Reigate Hill: Gatton Park in our past and present walk

Terrain

Follow the Discover Gatton way markers on this circular walk. The terrain is undulating with some steep gradients. The track surfaces can be muddy and slippery in places in wet weather. Dogs welcome.
 
Reigate Hill: Gatton Park in our past and present walk

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Reigate Hill: Gatton Park in our past and present walk

How to get here

Address
Reigate Hill, Wray Lane, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0HX
By train

Nearest stations, Reigate and Merstham, approximately 1 mile (1.6km) from Gatton Park.

By road
Park at Wray Lane car park (National Trust) at the top of Reigate Hill, adjacent to M25 J8. No direct access to Wray Lane when approaching from Reigate. Need to approach from the other direction by going round the main J8 roundabout and turning left into Wray Lane.
By foot

The North Downs Way long distance path runs through Gatton Park

By bus

Services 420 and 460 from Reigate and Redhill to Tadworth Epsom. Alight Sutton stop on A217, 200yds (183m) from start of walk

By bicycle

2 miles (3.2km) north of a Network route running through Reigate centre

Reigate Hill: Gatton Park in our past and present walk

Facilities and access

  • Parking