WALKER DUNELM makes a gentle start to the weekend with this short ramble in the Surrey countryside
This is a pleasant, mainly level walk, using part of the Greensand Way ramble route, which starts from the lovely village green at Brockham, with views of Box Hill.
From the village green walk towards a bus shelter, cross the road, turn right and follow the left hand edge of the road and turn left down Old School Lane.
Immediately after crossing a bridge, turn right on a bridleway by Elm Grove Farm. Ignore a stile on the left and continue, past a pond on the left, on the broad track (known as Old Coach Road) which crosses Betchworth Park Golf Club.
On reaching the golf club access road, cross to a signposted footpath opposite. Where the path forks near the club house, ignore the left hand path and walk straight ahead and continue on the clear path to reach a road (Punchbowl Lane) opposite Ladyegate Road.
Turn left and after 40 yards, pass a 40mph sign, and turn left on the drive to Park Farm (Greensand Way sign). Pass to the left of the barns and a pond and follow a cart track through a gate. Continue on the track ignoring a path over a stile on the left and go under a railway bridge. Go ahead with a raised bank on the right to the end of the field and turn right and immediately left over a stile.
Walk ahead with a hedge on your left, through a gap at the end of the field and along the left hand of the next field. Cross a stile by Pondtail Farm and turn left to pass in front of the farmhouse. Cross the farm road and follow the left hand hedge of fields, over two stiles to a T junction with a bridleway. Turn right on this stony track between hedges and, on reaching a road, turn left into Brockham.
Distance: 3 miles Time: 2 hours Grade: Easy
Terrain: Bridleway, short section of lane and field footpaths
Start/Parking: Brockham village. Parking around the village green or roadside on roads south of the village (Grid ref: TQ197494)
Nearest town: Dorking
Refreshments: Brockham: The Royal Oak or The Inn on the Green (formerly The Duke’s Head)
Public toilets: None
Maps: Ordnance Survey Explorer 146
- Weekend rambles: Oaks Park and Clockhouse (3 miles; easy) (insidecroydon.com)