Sunday 4 January 2009

Godstone and Tandridge walk, Surrey

You can park next to the large picturesque village green in Godstone for three hours - plenty of time to amble around this three to four mile walk, stopping for a pint half way round. From Godstone you follow the lane eastwards past the large pond down to Church Town - a hamlet made up of handsome Eighteenth century houses and some beguiling Victorian timber-framed almshouses clustered around a substantial medieval church. Walk through the churchyard, a knot of trees, under the A22 and into Tandridge. A narrow footpath behind the houses in the village takes you down to an unremarkable, but friendly, pub, the Barley Mow. Almost opposite the pub, you can take a different footpath west, back across the rolling fields, the A22, past another clutch of ponds, through the woods and up a minor road into Godstone. 7/10