Limpsfield Common and the Carpenters Arms
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.
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.
Limpsfield Chart Golf Club
Limpsfield Chart Golf Club dates back to 1889 and is one of the oldest clubs in England laid out on land owned by the Lord of the Manor, Granville William Gresham Leveson Gower. The club became very popular with local wealthy gentlemen and ladies and golfing Londoners. At weekends horse-drawn carriages were lined up at Oxted station to convey golfers and their kit to the course. The club house dates back to this Victorian period. Playing was not allowed on Sundays until 1948.
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.
As you walk along the hedge by the golf course keep a watch out for old beech trees which have been pollarded together to form a fence to keep out deer. You will also see that these beeches are planted on a small bank of soil marking an ancient boundary.
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.
Family fun spot
In the woodland by the pillar box is a family fun spot, where you can climb on dead trees, build a den, hunt for bugs, make a trail, catch a falling leaf or explore within a tree. In late winter look around you on the ground and you may see small green shoots pushing up through the soil. These are the early signs of bluebells which flood this area in May. Make a note to come back and see them in their full glory!
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.
Homes for woodland creatures
Why is there this funny little home in the wood? One of our volunteers decided to do something creative with the left over cut timber from a woodland management day. He made a little hotel for hedgehogs, and then a post office for the animals and a barracks for the badgers. Now there are a number of them in Ridlands Grove.
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
The Vanguard Way
The Vanguard Way is a 66 mile long distance trail connecting East Croydon to Newhaven on the South Coast. The walk was developed in 1980 to celebrate 15 years of the Vanguards Rambling club, named after an incident when a group of walkers travelled home in the guard's van of a crowded train.
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
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.
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.
Pains Hill Chapel
This chapel was established in 1823 to serve a local community of Protestant dissenters who had been meeting in the open air. The first priest was the Rev S A Dubourg of the Surrey Missionary Society. It was a very simple building. The baptistry was filled with rainwater until 1903. Lighting was by oil lamps until the 1920s, with electric lighting only coming in the 1950s. Nevertheless the congregation have been very committed with some attendees becoming overseas missionaries in China and Africa.
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.
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.
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.
Grub St car park RH8 0SL
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