Limpsfield Common and the Carpenters Arms

Walking trail

This wonderful walk around Limpsfield Common takes you past farmers' fields and through ancient woodland glowing with autumn colour and fungi. Half way round take a break at the Carpenters Arms - a traditional country pub.

Please note Limpsfield is receiving high visitor numbers at the moment. This is creating a hot spot which could put both local residents and visitors at risk, and put local emergency services under pressure. Please park responsibly, and if the area is busy on your arrival please help us keep everyone safe by coming back another time.


Folllow our map to explore Limpsfield Common


Grub St car park RH8 0SL


Cross Grub Street into the golf club car park and you will see a path to your right through the holly trees. The path is marked as a bridleway. Follow this path with the golf course on your right hand side and houses to your left. Ignore the path that goes onto the golf course and carry on until the track meets with the golf course and you reach a junction where five paths meet.

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Enjoy the spring sunshine on Limpsfield Common


You should be standing at a point where 5 paths meet. Turn immediately to your left and follow the path along the edge of the course with a hedge on your left.

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In olden times beeches were used to create hedges


You will come the start of Ridlands Grove - a small woodland of broadleaf trees, including oaks and beeches. Look out to lovely views over the farmland to your left. In a few hundred yards you will come to a small red pillar box which is right by the animal's post office.

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Enjoy the glorious views over the farmland at Ridlands


At the animal’s post box turn left and go through the kissing gate. Follow the path alongside the hedge to your left. Turn right at the end of the hedge and walk across to the wood. Follow the footpath bearing left through the wood and follow path to the left. Come out of the wood cross the corner of the field and enter the wood opposite. Go straight ahead along the bridle path keeping to the edge of the wood with the fence on your left. After 300 years, turn sharp right at a kissing gate on your left. The path heads uphill and is marked the Vanguard way.

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Bluebells on Limpsfield Common


Continue walking up the path through the woodland. This is a great place to look for fungi. Enjoy the autumn colours of the beech trees There are some magnificent examples here. You will come to a row of huge beech trees by a fork. Take the left hand path then follow the blue bridle path marker. From here you will spot some houses up ahead

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Limpsfield Common has some mighty beech trees


You come out of the woodland onto Stoneleigh Road which then crosses Moorhouse Road. Walk alongside the houses keeping the cricket pitch to your left. At the end of the houses turn right onto Tally Road and you will see the Carpenters’ Arms ahead of you. The Carpenters Arms dates back to the 1800s and is a traditional countryside pub

The Carpenters Arms is a traditional dining pub on Limpsfield Common


Turn right just past the pub down a track and then turn left following the Greensand Way. Cross over Ridlands Rise and then the path will come out on Ridlands road. Turn right alongside the road for 50 yards and then cross the road by a bus stop to follow the Greensand route through some scrubland. Follow the broad path past some houses, over a drive and ignoring a public footpath to your right. You will come out at a point where four paths meet at Paston’s cottage.

Squirrels have harvested the sweet chestnuts on Limpsfield Common


Turn right still following the Greensand Way down a very broad road. At the end of a long beech trimmed hedge on your right you will come to Oast Cotttage. Turn right here and follow the narrow footpath down between the fences. The path ends at a road by Pains Hill chapel.

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Follow the wide road at Pains Hill


Cross the road and bear left and continue past a fingerpost. The path goes by a tee area for the golf club and then dinks left through woodland by a finger post. In short while you will come to a road. Turn right and then in a 100 yards you’ll spot another finger post pointing left down Stoneswood Road. On the other side of Stoneswood Road is the path with a fingerpost.

Stroll through the beautiful autumn trees on Limpsfield Common


Continue following the signs for the Greensand Way through woodland going down into Happy Valley. Ignore paths to the right and left just keep straight ahead until you come up out of the valley at a road.

Savour the delights of autumn in Happy Valley on Limpsfield Common


As you cross over the road, your will see a bridlepath signpost. Just past here, there is a T junction and you turn right along a small path, parallel to the road on your right hand side. You will see the New Road car park to your right. Carry on straight ahead and when you reach the road, cross over and walk along the verge with some posts to your right. You will come to Kent Hatch Road near its junction with the A25. Cross over Kent Hatch Road and take the path round the back of the golf fairways. Continue past the No 1 tee, and you will see the car park ahead of you.

Enjoy the winter light on Limpsfield Common


Grub St car park RH8 0SL

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Limpsfield Common and the Carpenters Arms


Paths are wide and over sandy soil. Can be slightly muddy in places. A couple of small slopes to walk up.

Limpsfield Common and the Carpenters Arms

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Limpsfield Common and the Carpenters Arms

How to get here

Grub Street car park, by the Limpsfield Chart Golf Club house, Limpsfield, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0SL
By road

Exit M25 at J6, then at the Godstone interchange roundabout take A22, sign posted Eastbourne, and at next roundabout take A25 sign posted Westerham, Oxted. Grub Street car park (NT) is on the right hand side of the A25 by the junction with the B269 and by Limpsfield Chart Golf Club.

Limpsfield Common and the Carpenters Arms

Facilities and access

  • Car parking
  • No toilets