Farthing Downs and Happy Valley

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Happy Valley Park

Farthing Downs and Happy Valley is a 3.2 mile loop trail located near Croydon, London, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running.

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A circular walk near Coulsdon, taking in the beautiful rolling chalk grassland of Farthing Downs and Happy Valley. This walk is published through a collaboration with Surrey County Council. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout including a couple of quite steep sections. The route follows wide paths throughout, including one path across the centre of crop fields. There are no stiles or gates on the route, just one flight of steps (which runs alongside a steep path). The chalk path surfaces can get very muddy and slippery when wet so good boots are a must. Allow 1.5 hours. There are toilets in the car park at the start of the walk. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill and Reigate. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people's privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.

The walk starts and finishes at the free Farthing Downs car park on Ditches Lane, managed by the City of London. The car park opens at 7am and closes at dusk. Leave the A23 at Coulsdon and at the roundabout take the B276 (signed to Caterham). Take the second right turn, Downs Road, and keep left at the fork into Ditches Lane. Follow this single track lane over a cattle gird and along the top of the downs. Just before you reach cottages on your left, you will come to the car park on the right. Approximate post code CR5 1DA. If you are coming by train, Coulsdon South rail station is about a one mile walk from the starting point.

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Laura Foster
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Joanna Yuille
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Austin Leirvik
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Nicola Broodbank
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Selvavinayagam Vireswer
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With Akkamma and Niels

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Rachel Branigan
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Good trail but definitely muddy!

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Kirsty Walker
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Beautiful. But v muddy so sturdy or welly boots highly recommended

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Leonard White
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Radu Floroiu
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Angela Clark
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Bid muddy - toppled a couple of times!

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Andrew Tulloch
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Agnieszka Rozanska
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Dee Moloney
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Leanne Chandler
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Angela Clark
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Lovely trail - a few steep hills but a nice stop at Chaldon Church.

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Jess Ringwood
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Forgot to record a little bit after the tower but easy to find the footpath.

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Lauren Vasquez
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HikingGreat!

Great views of the hills and valleys. Easy to follow the path and some decent climbs thrown in. Mostly open field, don't recall much wooded area. Took us just under 2 hours

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Suswati Basu
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Lovely walk through varied landscape, lucky enough to have dry weather so no trailing through mud! From corn fields to valleys, hills, and forests. A lovely treat for the eyes.

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Alireza Mo
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it was great place. we walked across pastures with beautiful sceneries. the parking is free which is really good.

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Han Solo
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Mud, mud and more mud but it is early February. Nice view at the car park but the valley is a little boring.

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Ess Gee
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Decent elevation gains if you go up and down more than designated path. Friendlier people than most paths this close to central London, which is a definite plus!

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Alexandria Campbell
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Really enjoyed the views and beautiful scenery along the way.

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Konstantinos Parsalidis
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A pleasant walk but very muddy beginning of February. Some steep sections but nothing seriously exhausting... 😊

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Jesse Harley
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Aga Wozniczko
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Cian Leahy
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Catherine Kennedy
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Angela Clark
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Jack Casey
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Rianna Biggs
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