Oxted Circular Walk
This circular walk from Oxted explores the countryside and woodlands to the east of the Surrey town. You'll visit Limpsfield Common, Crockhamhill Common and the 17th century Squerryes Court. The route runs for about 10 miles and follows a mixture of waymarked trails and public footpaths with some moderate hill climbs on the way. From the high points there are splendid views of the surrounding countryside of the High Weald and the North Downs.
The walk starts from Oxted train station which is about 20 miles (32.69 km) from London Bridge. There are regular trains from the capital to the commuter town, taking about half an hour.
From the station you head south through the town to meet up with the Greensand Way. Follow the waymarked trail east and it will take you through Limpsfield Common, Tenchleys Park, Limpsfield Chart and Crockhamhill Common. Limpsfield Common is owned by the National Trust and includes hundreds of attractive beech trees and carpets of bluebells in the spring. At the eastern end of the common you will find a lovely community orchard which is a haven for wildlife and wildflowers.
At Crockhamhill Common you turn north toward Westerham where the route visits Squerryes Court. This fine 17th century manor house is surrounded by extensive gardens which are well worth exploring.
After exploring the gardens you head south west to Limpsfield Chart before turning north west past the golf course. The final section heads west through Oxted to return to the train station.
Oxted Circular Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Oxted Circular Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Oxted Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Oxted Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Carpenters Arms on Limpsfield Common is a nice place to stop for refreshments on the walk. The 19th century pub does very good food and also has a large garden area to relax in on warmer days. You can find it on Tally Rd, Limpsfield Chart with a postcode of RH8 0TG for your sat navs.
The trails on this walk are great for dog walking with lots of woodland and common land to explore. The Carpenters Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Chartwell House is located near to Oxted and a great place to continue your exercise. Chartwell is the family home of Sir Winston Churchill and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. You can find it just to the east of the route near Crockhamhill Common.
Just to the north of the station you can pick up the Botley Hill Walk. This circular route visits the highest point on the North Downs. There's also the 16th century Botley Hill Farmhouse for post walk refreshments.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North Downs Walks page.