|Length||Main walk: 16¼ km (10.1 miles). Four hours walking time. For the whole excursion including meals and trains, allow 8 hours.|
|OS Maps||Landranger 187, Explorer 146|
|Toughness||2 out of 10|
|Features||This walk in the Low Weald of Surrey in the Mole Valley provides broad paths through gently undulating country with glimpses of the North Downs ridge to the north. In the morning the walk passes through Hammond's Copse Nature Reserve, an ancient semi-natural woodland, with a wide variety of bird-life. The lunch stop is in the attractive village of Leigh with its village green, pub and church. In the afternoon the walk crosses the Mole at Flanchford Bridge and then rises on the Greensand ridge near Reigate Priory to give extensive views of the North Downs and on a clear day the South Downs near Devil's Dyke.|
|Transport||There is a hourly service on weekdays from Victoria to Holmwood via Dorking Mainline, journey time 59 minutes. Buy a return ticket to Holmwood, which is valid for the return journey from Reigate via Redhill. There are some direct trains back from Reigate to London Bridge, plus others where you change at Redhill for Victoria or London Bridge.
There are no trains to Holmwood on Sundays, so this walk can only be done on Saturdays or midweek.
|Suggested Train||Take the train nearest to 9.30am from Victoria to Holmwood.|
|Lunch||The recommended lunchtime pub is the Plough in Leigh, which has an attractive patio and serves excellent home-cooked food. Large groups are advised to phone ahead and book (01306-611348).|
|Tea||The suggested tea place is Café Rouge (01737-223700), 1 Church Street Reigate, which offers tea, cakes and light meals. There are many alternatives including the Vintage Tea Rooms (01737-226561) a few doors further along at 17 Church Street. The station is a 10 minute walk from Café Rouge.|
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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