A ram­ble around


Surrey Life - - Inside - WORDS AND PIC­TURES: Chris Howard

Ex­plor­ing the Thames Path Walk

En­joy this lin­ear rail to ram­ble sec­tion of the Thames Down Link route tak­ing the short train-ride from Box Hill & Westhum­ble to Ashtead be­fore walk­ing back

This fairly flat walk takes you through Ashtead Park pub­lic open space and past Ju­niper Hall Field Stud­ies Cen­tre at the base of Box Hill Zig Zag.


Exit Ashtead Sta­tion and turn right onto Wood­field Lane by the rail­way sta­tion car park. Con­tinue straight along Wood­field Lane at first round­about, then turn left on to Meadow Road at next round­about.


Walk along Meadow Road, bear­ing left on to Bram­ley Way after about 180 yards. Walk along this un­til you reach the Ep­som Road.


Cross Ep­som Road with care at the traf­fic is­land and you will see a stag­gered wooden bar­rier that goes into Ashtead Park. Fol­low the path straight ahead for about 150 yards across Ashtead Park un­til you reach the sur­faced track where you meet the Thames Down Link path. Turn right to fol­low track all the way across the Park to reach a road. Turn right to reach a set of white gates. Go through th­ese and turn left up Park Lane (path on right). At Chalk Lane turn right and fol­low this to meet Grays Lane. Con­tinue ahead down a nar­row bri­dle­way to Cramp­shaw Lane. Cross over, turn left and fol­low path that runs through the trees along­side road. Fol­low this un­til it rises up out of Ashtead, carry on at first cross­roads. At the sec­ond, turn right into Stane Street.


The Thames Down Link fol­lows this straight Ro­man Road nearly all the way from now on, with lovely views across the coun­try­side to the west. Fol­low Stane Street straight on, ig­nor­ing all side paths, cross over the M25, Headley Road, The Drive and Mill Way un­til the track bends to the left. At this point the track

be­comes Downs Road. Fol­low this around to the right and con­tinue straight to go grad­u­ally down­hill to meet Headley Lane.


Turn right and cross over Lon­don Road to take the path below the road to the left. You’ll be pass­ing Ju­niper Hall Field Stud­ies Cen­tre, where en­vi­ron­men­tal cour­ses are held. Where the path ends, con­tinue along the pave­ment to the junc­tion with Box Hill Zig Zag.


Cross over and take the path to the right that runs par­al­lel to Lon­don Road. Fol­low this to reach a gap in the fence lead­ing back on to the road. Con­tinue on past the Bur­ford Bridge Ho­tel. Con­tinue on along the pave­ment run­ning par­al­lel with the main road, cross­ing over the River Mole to reach a sub­way. Go through to reach Box Hill & Westhum­ble sta­tion where you started your jour­ney.

You will see the signs here for the North Downs Way Na­tional Trail, a 153 mile long dis­tance route run­ning from Farn­ham to the coast at Dover.

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