4.5 of 5 (2 votes)

Reigate Station to Merstham Station

A leisurely walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting and finishing in Surrey, England, about 6.60km (4.10 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:15h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 146m (479ft)
Loss 139m (456ft)
Max. Elevation 240m (787ft)
Elevation (total) 285m (935ft)
Start
Reigate
End
Merstham
Distance 6.60km
(4.1mi)
Duration ~2:15h
Difficulty  
Leisurely
3Created by John Walker on 30 Aug 2015
To get to the start of this section at Reigate Station from London you can take trains from Clapham Junction or East Croydon. As the North Downs Way gets closer to London the density of main roads rises alarmingly. We were surprised to find that, although on this stage there is almost always a background hum of traffic the walk along the Downs can be surprisingly solitary.

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Walk Map

Waypoints

OS Grid TQ254507
On leaving the train station head up Reigate Hill but immediately beyond the level crossing head west along Somers Rd.
OS Grid TQ249509
2. After 500m turn right up Pilgrims Way, a private road lined with large detached houses.
About 0.59 km (~0.37 miles) from
OS Grid TQ249516
At the top of this road go straight ahead onto a chalky path that climbs steeply through trees. There is a bench near the top of this stretch giving great views to the South.
About 0.68 km (~0.42 miles) from
OS Grid TQ248518
Nearing the top of the hill the rutted chalky path detours around a simple stone memorial to a soldier, erected in 1910.
About 0.27 km (~0.17 miles) from
OS Grid TQ249520
The path crosses a brick-built embankment onto the open downland of Colley Hill. You can dogleg to the top or take a steep short cut across the grass.
About 0.22 km (~0.14 miles) from
OS Grid TQ252520
Colley Hill turns imperceptibly into Reigate Hill with a memorial to a US aircrew killed in WWII when their B17 crashed into the hillside. Two solid wooden wing tips with a stone memorial between.
About 0.32 km (~0.2 miles) from
OS Grid TQ255521
A little further along the path is Reigate Fort, a relatively recent defensive earthworks built in the early years of the 20th century when the government felt an invasion might threaten.
About 0.25 km (~0.16 miles) from
OS Grid TQ258521
Remarkably, although the constant roar of traffic on the M25 has been apparent for the last couple of km it is only now that you even glimpse the 8 lane highway.
About 0.26 km (~0.16 miles) from
OS Grid TQ260522
Looking North East on a clear day you can glimpse the City of London some 25km away. The hazy group of office towers looks like some mystical ‘shining city’, but in a bowl, rather than on a hill.
About 0.23 km (~0.14 miles) from
OS Grid TQ261522
The track descends a little through open country. You take a footbridge over the busy A27, again relatively unnoticed in a cutting.
About 0.17 km (~0.11 miles) from
OS Grid TQ268528
The path goes through a NT car park on the edge of Gatton Park, a large landscaped parkland area. You can see a large lake lower down the hill. Part of the park belongs to a boarding school.
About 0.84 km (~0.52 miles) from
OS Grid TQ272529
The NDW joins a minor road through the school grounds, past sports fields & a hall to reach a cross-roads where it turns left. Continue North East to the North Lodge and exit right onto a minor road.
About 0.45 km (~0.28 miles) from
OS Grid TQ276532
After only around 100m the path goes off left into Reigate Hill Golf Course. It wends between holes before exiting between cricket pitches.
About 0.50 km (~0.31 miles) from
OS Grid TQ286533
The path becomes a minor metalled road and meets a T-junction where you turn right to come to a main road. You are now in Merstham. On the opposite side of the road is a pub, the Feathers.
About 1.00 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid TQ289533
For Merstham station, cross the main road to the pub, going left then turn right down Station Road after 50m. At the end of this road is the station which has a good service into East Croydon.
About 0.24 km (~0.15 miles) from

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