North Downs and Banstead Heath Circular

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North Downs and Banstead Heath Circular is a 16.9 kilometer loop trail located near Reigate and Banstead, Surrey, England that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Distance: 16.9 km Elevation Gain: 530 m Route Type: Loop

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This circular walk in Surrey combines historic parkland, hill-side woods, grassy commons, and far-reaching views. If you don't know this area you will be amazed by the amount and variety of green space this close to London. Sections of this walk will be muddy after wet weather, and a couple of the climbs can get slippy. There is one busy road to cross, and a couple of other road crossings where care is needed. There is one steep climb (up Colley Hill). You will probably encounter horse riders and mountain bikers, but our route does not go through any farm fields containing livestock. Surrey Wildlife Trust sometimes grazes Belted Galloway conservation cattle on the final stretch, but this is the busy North Downs Way so the cattle are normally accustomed to walkers and dogs. You will need to negotiate steps and gates but there are no stiles on route. Allow 5 hours. There is a very nice cafe at the start (outside seating only), the Junction 8 cafe. The car park also has toilets. The other opportunities to get food and drink on the route are The Yew Tree (Reigate Hill just off the route), The Blue Ball, Spaghetti Tree and the Sportsman. It is recommend to stock up at the Junction 8 cafe before you set off and on a cold morning their toasted banana bread with honey will set you up perfectly.

6 months ago

Great walk ,80%pretty flat ,one really steep hill ,and one flight of steps ,some road walking ,but this walk is not hard ,I'd class it as moderate ,when I had completed the walk I did not feel exhausted!!

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6 months ago

Decent walk, not too much elevation. only two downfalls is the couple of roads you have to cross. otherwise not too difficult. thanks!

7 months ago

The trail is hard and strenuous as described but it is worth it as there are nice views on a way. I am giving it 3 stars though as the trail is quite noisy because most of it in in vicinity of M25. So it you are after peace and quiet, don’t bother with this trail

8 months ago

great walk, group of eight of us from 15 to 70. We started at The Sportsman and returned to The Sportsman cutting out the loop down to the Blue Ball. A great time had by all with interesting views.

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