Bletchingley - Godstone - Brewer Street - Bletchingley

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This walk shows that there is more to the Surrey Hills than just the more widely known North Downs. The Greensand Hills lie to the south of the North Downs, forming a ridge from Haslemere in Surrey to Hamstreet in Kent. This walk follows The Greensand Way for approximately 2.5 miles from Castle Hill, Bletchingley, along Tilbustow Hill to Brakey Hill. Here we depart from the Greensand Way and head north to Godstone. En route a series of ponds are passed before entering Church Town, the older part of Godstone. It has quite a selection of period cottages and houses, some dating from the 16th Century, as well as the church of St Nicholas.

Right on Godstone's doorstep sits Bay Pond, a nature reserve managed by the Surrey Wildlife Trust. Godstone Green is an ideal place to stop and have lunch. There are two pubs here, one on either side of the green, both serving meals. On summer Sundays the green makes a good picnic spot where you can enjoy your lunch and watch a game of cricket!

After Godstone, we head westwards over open farmland. It is here that we travel between the North Downs and the Greensand Hills. At Brewer Street, a half-timbered farmhouse can be seen, dating from the 15th Century. The walk ends at the village of Bletchingley, which has several buildings of historic interest.

England - South England - Surrey - Greensand Hills


Birds, Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Pub, Wildlife
8/30/2021 - david poole

Lovely 3 hr walk for my son and I. Only stopped for 15 mins en route at Godstone’s lovely green. A short drive from the London suburbs and most enjoyable!

8/22/2021 - Stephen Harris

Walked 22.08.2021. Directions checked. All still correct. During summer months, the waypoints look quite different to the pictures in the guide (which we took in December 2020), and some of the paths are a little overgrown. All passable and a truly lovely walk. Be cautious of the road sections as sadly drivers today don't seem to know the rules about giving pedestrians space when they overtake! Still a lovely walk, great directions, well worth the effort!

3/17/2021 - Walkingworld Admin

A big thank you from Walkingworld to Steve Harris and Liz for all their recent updates and great new photos on this walk.

3/6/2021 - Stephen Harris

Walked 20.12.2020. A simply lovely walk with stunning views and variety. It is in fact one of the best walks in the area. Directions should be good as we updated them for WW and pictures are as of Dec 2020 so should be current. No livestock encountered, just peaceful countryside and fresh air!. 10/10.

7/9/2017 - Anne England

We did this walk today on a very hot day and unfortunately missed out on the ponds mentioned on the route because we took several wrong turns. We'd chosen it because our dog likes to swim on hot days, and consequently he got quite uncomfortably hot. I think this walk could do with a few updates. At WP4, the open grassy area, it should be clear you TURN right. We BORE right, as suggested, and took the wrong path (there are numerous choices here). At WP8 the gap in the field edge was so overgrown we assumed it wasn't correct and continued on the bridleway (particularly as there's a sign on a tree-stump making it clear the bridleway continues to the left). We then had to use the OS map extract to make our own way to Godstone. Perhaps the contributor could walk the route (maybe in summer) and update it with some more precise instructions. Thank you

4/10/2008 - Ian Williams

The route has been corrected between North Park Lane and Place Farm Road to cover a footpath diversion around a new quarry, but note that the OS map still shows the path carrying straight on.

4/10/2008 - Ian Williams

Did this wonderful walk today and agree with all the above comments. Especially satisfying as it was in an area which did not look so promising from the map. Red Lion Pub near the start was very pleasant with good service, good food and prices which were OK for Surrey. Another good pub (Hare and Hounds) in Godstone.   

11/5/2006 - Stephen Harris

A truly rewarding walk with an unprecedented level of variety. You walk in and out of woodland, fields, paths, footways, roads and this really makes the walk rewarding. There are a few updates required (we have emailed walking world) but what a great walk!. 9/10. Excellent! (oh and watch out for the chickens!)

6/30/2004 - Vincent Hill

Today I went on walk ID 537 - Bletchingley/Godstone/ Brewer Street and return. It was a beautiful morning and I took the map and walking steps with pictures, which I had printed out. The Contributor undersells it. The views were magnificent, only 3 stiles in 5.5 miles, the path was firm - the Greensand Way - and at one point, I watched a hawk circling just a short distance away. I got used to the way the steps are written and thoroughly enjoyed myself. A feature of this route is that you walk under the cover of trees for approx. 75% of the way. An ideal walk for a very hot sunny day or a showery day. The views to the south are panoramic - from Reigate Hill round to Tilburstow - and once north of the A25, you have views of the North Downs and the Bletchingley area. Sadly, the small workshop unit, which produced specialist equipment for airports (down a little lane just outside the village of Bletchingley!) appeared to have closed when I passed on 29 June. The building is still there, but the signs have been taken down.

1/30/2004 - marilyn sarai

We did this walk just after the mad snow blizzard on a crisp sunny day.... beautiful! Regards Maz

1/25/2004 - Chris Christodoulou

Hi, This walk is really very rewarding. Regards ......Chris. (Other comments and updates have been incorporated into the walk. Thanks from Walkingworld.)

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