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Explore the meadows around Reigate Hill
Explore the meadows around Reigate Hill on this walk | © Chris Worsley
Surrey

Reigate Hill from the train station walk

This vigorous climb up the chalk escarpment will reward you with memorable views. Then from the top, clamber down the hillside for a gentle stroll back along the bottom of the Downs, learning something of Reigate's mining history along the way. The well-marked route uses parts of three trails, including the North Downs Way and Reigate Millennium trail.

Steep ascent and descent

This walk has a steep ascent and descent on precipitous hillsides, so is not recommended for young children. Wear grippy footwear.

Total steps: 9

Total steps: 9

Start point

Reigate Station, Holmesdale Road, Reigate, RH2 OBD. Grid reference: TQ254507

Step 1

Come out of Reigate Station by the ticket office on the north side of the tracks. Turn left and walk to the T-junction with the main road. Turn right and walk over the road crossing to the Co-op. Turn right and then left down Somers Road. Walk past Micklefield School and then turn right along St Albans Road. At the crossroads turn right again along Brokes Road. Go through the gate and turn left up Beech Road. Take the second turning on the left into Underhill Park Road.

Step 2

At the T-junction take the footpath ahead of you which goes up the hill. This parallels the old road used by the miners of Reigate stone before the new road was laid. See the sunken road to your right in the undergrowth. As you climb, take a breather at the bench on your left-hand side near to the Simpson memorial and enjoy the great views over the surrounding countryside.

Enjoy the views from a bench on Reigate Hill, Surrey
Enjoy the views from a bench on Reigate Hill, Surrey | © Chris Worsley

Step 3

From the bench, carry on up the path, which bends round to the right, and there are some iron railings to the left, marking the edge of the quarry. You'll reach a gate. Through the gate, climb up the steps immediately to your right, which lead up the Inglis memorial. This is an excellent spot to catch your breath and maybe have a picnic before continuing your walk. Most of the hard work has been done now!

Step 4

When you're ready, walk away from the Inglis Memorial along the top of the hill, keeping the trees and copses to your right. Cross the shallow pit in the grass resembling a bomb crater, and you'll see a stile in the corner of the field, entering a wood.

Step 5

Climb over the stile and follow the narrow track. The hillside here is steep so take care. Follow the path forwards and then as it bends to the left you begin to descend with some steps on the way. You will come out at a T-junction on a wider chalky path: turn left and continue to walk downhill.

Step 6

After 100 yards you'll come to a Y-junction. Take the path to your left through the gate and you will come out into a meadow at the bottom of Reigate Hill and quarry. Follow the path across the meadow to a gate in the right-hand corner. Ignore the track to your right, bear left, walk up the bank and turn right along the track.

Step 7

You'll reach a crossroads, marked by a fingerpost. Turn left here and follow the path, now fairly flat, along the bottom of the Downs through yew woodland. Ignore footpaths to your right and left. You'll come to a yellow waymarker post for the North Downs Ridge walk. Follow the arrow and go down the steps. You'll see how the chalk and stone have been carved out by mining activity, now overgrown with beech trees. Continue along the path, following the yellow marker posts.

Step 8

You'll come to a crossroads of paths, with a huge pit cut out on your right-hand side. This is the Reigate hearth stone mine and there's an information board to read. There used to be an entrance here to one of the many mines in Reigate Hill dug to extract hearthstone, which was processed outside the mine entrance into small blocks, similar in size to a bar of soap. The stone was used to whiten the front doorsteps of people's homes. Take the narrow path down the hill to your right.

Step 9

You'll come out onto a surfaced roadway and turn right down Pilgrims Way through the barrier with the blue Millennial Trail waymarker. Walk down Pilgrims Way until you reach a crossroads then turn left along Somers Road to the end. Turn right by the Co-op, cross the main road and walk up Homesdale Road back to the train station on your right-hand side.

End point

Reigate Station, Holmesdale Road, Reigate, RH2 OBD. Grid reference: TQ254507

Trail map

Reigate Hill train walk map
Reigate Hill train walk map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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