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Over the Downs to Oxted Mill

MODERATE 2 reviews

Over the Downs to Oxted Mill is a 8.5 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Caterham, Surrey, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

8.5 km
270 m
Point to Point



partially paved


wild flowers

no shade

historic site

This linear walk through the North Downs begins at Woldingham station and ends at Hurst Green station, passing the historic High Street in Old Oxted and Oxted Mill. The route goes through ancient woodland and chalk grassland, both rich in wild flowers, and there are good views towards the south coast over the Sussex Weald. The return journey can be completed with a single 10 minute train journey. This walk is published through a collaboration with the Surrey County Council. The walk involves several climbs and descents throughout. The paths and tracks through the woodlands and fields are all unmade so stout shoes or boots are required and wellingtons with good grips are recommended in winter. There are a couple of short stretches of walking along country lanes so take care of traffic at these points. You will need to negotiate some steps, two kissing gates (one of which is very tight so be prepared to breathe in!) and three stiles (all of which have fence surrounds which should be ok for medium-large dogs to pass through. You will pass through some fields holding horses so take care with dogs. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours. If you are looking for refreshments there are several options. In Woldingham there is a tearoom within Knights Garden Centre, just a few minutes walk from the station along Woldingham Road (turn left from the ticket office). There are a number of pubs in Old Oxted High Street near waypoint 5, as well as the Haycutter pub at Broadham Green at waypoint 7. There are toilets and a snack kiosk at Hurst Green station, with shops nearby. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people's privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.

3 months ago

Lots of mud and a grey rainy day but still a great walk and we will do it again in the Spring when we can appreciate the views. We also had a great lunch at Old Bell.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lovely walk. Mostly easy with one very narrow squeeze belly gate!

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