This walk is part of the trek The Route of the London Green Belt Way.
From the start, we climb thru' the village of Westhumble and up onto the Downs behind Denbies Vineyard. From the West Hanger picnic area we continue along the North Downs Way for just over half a mile then turn right to go north and gradually downhill off the Downs. Then, enjoy the views of West London and Heathrow Airport to the right and Woking in front. You can also stop off for refreshments at the Tillingbourne Brewery at Old Scotland Farm. It's a beautiful route, but be warned, it's hilly.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) From Boxhill & Westhumble Station go out to Westhumble Street and turn left, soon crossing over the railway.
(1) After another 820 yards, immediately after the chapel ruin and opposite the old post box at Chapel Farm, turn left to follow a tarmac drive (it does say private, but it’s also a public bridleway) uphill. After 470 yards follow the drive left, ignoring the path straight on.
When the drive turns right, stay straight on. 150 yards later turn right onto a wide path (North Downs Way). From here the route follows the North Downs Way (NDW) for the next 7.75 miles. After 40 yards stay right along a metalled lane (at 1 mile). Follow this lane (NDW) for 0.9 miles to the westernmost point of the vineyard, where it is crossed by a wide gravel track. Turn right, onto this track, finger-posted North Downs Way.
(2) After 200 yards, out onto a concrete land (at 2 miles). Turn left, soon past a metal barrier and out onto a road. Go straight on past the entrance to Denbies House to your LHS. Then after another 350 yards past the tall Church of St Barnabas.
On reaching a T-junction cross straight over the road and veer diagonally right across the grass on a worn path. Follow the NDW sign through wooden kissing gates onto a wide grassy path with a fence and a tall hedge to your RHS. After 80 yards turn right behind houses. Follow NDW for 280 yards, past a bench and across a field to go through a wooden kissing gate and into a wood.
(3) The path is easy to follow through the trees for the next 1.4 miles. Just stay straight on avoiding other paths going off to the left and right. If in doubt it is signed North Downs Way, by fingerposts and acorns, at all junctions. At 4.2 miles go through a wooden gate (next to a metal gate). Bear right past the White Down Nation Trust sign to your LHS. After another 470 yards go through a wooden kissing gate and straight on. The path continues through woods for another 600 yards, then veers right and down to a road (White Down Lane).
(4) Turn right along the road and after just a few yards go left onto a path. The path climbs and veers left along follows an old sunken track. After 50 yards stay straight on past a path going off to the right. Then follow the path as it turns left, then right and on through the woods.
After 175 yards go through the wooden kissing gate, on the right of a metal gate and straight on through White Down Lease (National Trust) (at 5 miles). After 0.53 miles go through a kissing gate across a bridleway (Hackhurst Lane) then through another kissing gate and onto Blatchford Down.
(5) After another 50 yards stay straight on past a left fork. After 320 yards, enter woods and through the kissing gate to exit Blatchford Down. Then follow the main path for 450 yards to cross a wide track / public byway (Beggars Lane, at 6 miles) and straight on finger-posted North Downs Way.
After 300 yards stay straight on past a kissing gate to LHS. 90 yards later go left at the T-junction of paths. After another 70 yards stay left, along a wide track/bridleway. After 500 yards stay straight on over a crossing track. There’s a North Downs Way sign on the LHS. Follow the main track straight on for 0.85 miles to a metal barrier. Go past and straight over a wide crossing track (at 7 miles). Stay on for 400 yards, then past a metal gate and straight on past a farm (Hollister Farm).
(6) At the junction of tracks follow the lane as it turns right (now going north). After 75 yards go straight on past track to LHS. Then in another 160 yards at the fork, stay right signed North Downs Way (still going north). Out onto the road, after 225 yards, turn right. Then after just 25 yards turn sharp left onto bridleway through the trees, signed North Downs Way. After 190 yards cross straight over a road (Staple Lane) and into the car park at West Hanger. Go straight on through the car park and continue to follow the North Downs Way west for 0.55 miles, ignoring any other paths.
(7) Then at a crossroads of paths, turn right, signed Public Footpath. We have now left the North Downs Way and joined The Fox Way. The Fox Way is marked by yellow disc with fox head, crown and route name. We follow The Fox Way for 0.6 miles to The Tillingbourne Brewery at Old Scotland Farm. After 500 yards miles go straight on past New Scotland Farm to your RHS. Follow the wide track. After 300 yards it veers slightly right and soon through Old Scotland Farm.
(8) Just after passing the farm buildings, and where the road veers right, turn left onto a path going directly north through woods (DO NOT follow the path going left, signed the Fox Way).
The path emerges from the woods into a field. Go straight on downhill across field - still going north. After another 560 yards follow the path out of field and turn left along a road (Staple Lane). Staple Lane descends and after 950 yards meets the busy A246 (Epsom Road).
(9) Turn left on a narrow path along the grass verge for 100 yards to just after a bus stop. You will see a crossing place where you can cross the dual carriageway in two parts. Cross with extreme care and go straight on through the hedgerow and out onto a quiet road (Old Epsom Road). This is the Finish of the stage.(A)
D : km 0 - alt. 53m - Boxhill & Westhumble Station
1 : km 0.88 - alt. 65m - Chapel Farm
2 : km 3.28 - alt. 183m - North Downs Way
3 : km 4.49 - alt. 192m - The Spains
4 : km 7.78 - alt. 186m - White Down Lane
5 : km 8.86 - alt. 216m - Blatchford Down
6 : km 12.53 - alt. 201m - Hollister Farm
7 : km 14.09 - alt. 189m - The Fox Way
8 : km 15.19 - alt. 171m - Old Scotland Farm
9 : km 16.6 - alt. 95m - A246
A : km 16.74 - alt. 93m - East Clandon
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