This large area of chalk grassland is located near Coulsdon in south London. It is crossed with various walking trails and bisected by National Cycle Network route 20. The area is surrounded by attractive woodland and countryside. As such it's a nice place to go for a short cycle or walk in a large open space in south London. You can start the route from the car park at the southern end of the downs. Use the street view link below to virtually explore the downs from here!
The whole of this route is designed for walkers but you can cycle through the area on Ditches Lane which runs through the centre of the site.
The London Loop runs over the downs so there is scope for extending your walk on this long distance trail. You could head to the nearby Happy Valley Park where you will find Devilsden Wood and more chalk grassland with interesting flora such as the rare man orchid and round-headed rampion. Just beyond Happy Valley you will find Coulsdon Common which has some nice woodland walking trails to try. Our Coulsdon South Circular Walk starts from the nearby train station and visits the Downs, Couldson Common and Tollsworth Manor. It makes use of the North Downs Way which runs just to the south of Farthing Downs and is another good option for continuing your walking in the area.
PostcodeCR5 1DA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Farthing Downs Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Farthing Downs Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Farthing Downs OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Farthing Downs Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
If you follow the London Loop south east from the Downs you could visit Coulsdon Common where you'll find The Fox. Although most accounts of the pub's history come from the Victorian era, the Fox alehouse has been recorded at the same site on Coulsdon Common from as far back as 1720. You can soak up the sun in the beer garden, with plenty of seating, shaded tables and outdoor dining available. It's dog friendly with water and treats available too! You can find the pub next to the common at postcode CR3 5QS for your sat navs.
The Downs are a popular spot for dog walking and you will probably see several other owners on your walk.