Walks

Haycutter Circular, Oxted

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3 mile circular walk from The Haycutter pub in Oxted taking you past a golf course, woodland, a mill and a church. I have tried and failed to complete this walk 4 times so far – the first time we tried taking the buggy which despite our best attempts at carrying it over a stile is a definite no and the other times we weren’t wearing the right shoes (if it is muddy, wellies or walking boots are a must as the first field gets very boggy). I will keep trying though as this walk has loads of potential to work up an appetite before eating or work off the delicious food you would have eaten at The Haycutter.

Walk Length, Duration and Available Routes
3 mile circular walk – the-haycutter-oxted-trail
Walk Location
Oxted, RH8
Parking?
Free parking at the Haycutter Pub
Pubs or Coffee Shops?
The Haycutter Pub is an excellent, newly refurbished pub nearby and is dog friendly.
Suitability of walk for buggies?
Best to use a sling/ baby carrier
Walk Type
A real mix from woodland to field to some small stretches on the road
Fitness Required
Average level of fitness required

Blanchmans Farm, Warlingham

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Open grassy areas interspersed with wooded areas. Some disabled and buggy friendly pathways which seemed to start and stop with flat natural pathways in between. Would definitely be fine for buggies in dry weather and the summer months but when I went last week after a few days of particularly wet weather, the unmade pathways were a little flooded, muddy and slippery. I wouldn’t go out of your way to come here specifically for a walk but if you’re in the area and want to have a quick stretch of the legs and let the little ones have a run around then it would do the trick.

Walk Length, Duration and Available Routes
Pretty much one route to follow if you’re following the path with a couple of short offshoots but even at an amble you will do the whole circuit in 20-30mins
Walk Location
Warlingham, CR6
Parking?
Limited free parking just off Limpsfield Road opposite Bond Road. Additional entrances along Leas Road and Lime Grove.
Pubs or Coffee Shops?
Amanos is super kid friendly and a 5-10minute walk along Limpsfield road past Sainsbury’s – they do great all day brunches! You could also drive to Knight’s Garden Centre which is only a couple of minutes in the car as that also has a cafe.
Suitability of walk for buggies?
Buggy friendly
Walk Type
Woodland and grassy – very flat
Fitness Required
Low level of fitness required

Staffhurst Woods

Best when the bluebells are in bloom!

Walk Length, Duration and Available Routes
Lots of different pathways through the woods with walks of varying lengths
Walk Location
Edenbridge, TN8
Parking?
Free parking, a couple of different car parks in the area – I have always parked at the St. Sylvans car park.
Pubs or Coffee Shops?
The Grumpy Mole is an excellent pub nearby and is dog friendly.
Suitability of walk for buggies?
Best to use a sling/ baby carrier
Walk Type
Woodland – comes into its own when the bluebells come out!
Fitness Required
Low level of fitness required
Submitted by Lisa S

South Godstone to Crowhurst

Visit to the ancient yew tree in Crowhurst churchyard. After a slightly scruffy start along the busy A22 and through a muddy farmyard, the walk heads east along a low ridge to the first yew. It has a girth of over 10 metres and is at least 1,000 years old, although hollowed out it is impossible to date accurately.
Link to walk and onward walk to Tandridge and Oxted is as follows, although I can only vouch for S. Godstone to Crowhurst part for terrain and buggy suitability:
https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/godstone-to-oxted/

Walk Length, Duration and Available Routes
I did the initial part of the attached walk – South Godstone to Crowhurst Church – and back again. Approximately 7km round trip.
Walk Location
South Godstone, RH9
Parking?
Free parking at Godstone Train Station
Pubs or Coffee Shops?
None nearby – better to drive into Godstone before/after the walk
Suitability of walk for buggies?
Only suitable for off-road buggies
Walk Type
Mixture of terrain – bridleways and footpaths. Short distance on a relatively quiet road.
Fitness Required
Average level of fitness required
Submitted by Amy D

Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen

Hazlehead Park to Johnston Gardens and return same way. Starts at eastern end of Hazlehead Park, walk past the eastern car park and turn south before the recycling centre down the bumpiest road on the walk. At the end, cross the road and dog leg left then right onto a footpath with a brief steep downhill section. Cross Craigiebuckler Avenue and continue on the path . Cross another smaller road and continue on past Walker Dam. Eventually you will come out onto Springfield Road. Cross Springfield Road with care and follow signs down the opposite bank on the footpath to Johnston Gardens. At Rubislaw Park Gardens, follow what looks like a large driveway to the back entrance to the Gardens. There is a small play area at the top end of the Gardens which are really pretty in spring. Return the same route you came and have a lovely brew and a slice of cake at the cafe.

Walk Length, Duration and Available Routes
About an hour or so, diversions via suburban footpaths if terrain is difficult or weather turns.
Walk Location
Aberdeen, AB15
Parking?
Several free car parks near the park entrances within a few minutes walk.
Pubs or Coffee Shops?
The park cafe at Hazlehead Park.
Suitability of walk for buggies?
Only suitable for off-road buggies
Walk Type
If you don’t mind getting a bit muddy and bumping on some occasional rough terrain then you can do this with a normal buggy too, with a bit of effort. Mostly wooded paths, some short “hills” (like 10m sections!), across a couple of main roads so not good for accompanying toddlers.
Fitness Required
Low level of fitness required
Submitted by Kate E

Knole Park

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Part of the National Trust, Knole Park has over 1000 acres to explore and lots of very friendly deer roaming around the park while you walk. You could also visit Knole House whilst you’re there.

Walk Length, Duration and Available Routes
Lots of different routes of varying lengths
Walk Location
Sevenoaks, TN15
Parking?
Parking is £3 unless you have a national trust membership in which case it is free
Pubs or Coffee Shops?
There is a cafe by the house which does lovely cream teas, jacket potatoes, cakes etc. There is also an outside seating area so a great spot for a picnic in warmer weather.
Suitability of walk for buggies?
Excellent buggy terrain
Walk Type
Lovely walk although hilly in parts. Mixture of woodland and open grassland
Fitness Required
Average level of fitness required
Submitted by Lisa S

Hartfield

A lovely easy walk through woods, although hilly in places, and the added bonus of a few games of Pooh Sticks

Walk Length, Duration and Available Routes
The walk to Pooh Sticks bridge and back with toddlers took us around an hour and a half (including stopping to play Pooh Sticks) but you can walk for further if you wished to.
Walk Location
Hartfield, TN7
Parking?
Parking is actually on the right hand side of the road, not the left as indicated on google maps
Pubs or Coffee Shops?
Pooh Corner in Hartfield has great cream teas and more substantial lunches or The Anchor in Hartfield is a lovely little pub to enjoy a meal at
Suitability of walk for buggies?
Excellent buggy terrain
Walk Type
I would say that any buggy would be suitable however if it has been raining heavily then this may be different!
Fitness Required
Average level of fitness required
Submitted by Lisa S