Greensand Way

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Greensand Way
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Crossing the Medway- The Twyford Bridge, Yalding, Kent
Length 174 km (108 mi)[1][2]
Location South Eastern England, United Kingdom
Trailheads Haslemere, Surrey
Hamstreet, Kent
Use Hiking
Elevation
Highest point Leith Hill, 294 m (965 ft)[3]
Hiking details
Season All year

The Greensand Way is long distance path of 108 miles (174 km) in southeast England, from Haslemere in Surrey to Hamstreet in Kent.[1][2] It follows the Greensand Ridge along the Surrey Hills and Chart Hills. The route is mostly rural, passing through woods, and alongside fruit orchards and hop farms in Kent and links with the Stour Valley Walk near Pluckley in Kent. The trail was opened on 15 June 1980.

The trail is jointly managed by Surrey and Kent Councils who fully updated it in 2012 (route, waymarking, online guide). Note that the waymarks alone are not sufficient to follow the trail - a OS map, or the online guide with maps, is required.[4]

An updated guide with maps and walk directions is available online from the Kent and Surrey Council websites. Public transport information, OS maps and GPS data is available online from the Saturday Walkers website. The original guidebook is out of print.[5]

On Ordnance Survey Explorer map 145, a spur - also labelled Greensand Way - is shown from Thursley to Farnham. This is not part of the path.

Much of the land is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The stretch from Hindhead to Leith Hill has formed part of the Surrey Hills AONB since 1958. The Sevenoaks Ridge, from the Surrey-Kent border to Borough Green, is included in the Kent Downs AONB.

Places en route[edit]

The Greensand Way, and the other long-distance footpaths in Kent

Places passed along the trail include: Hindhead, Thursley, Wormley, Hambledon, Hascombe, Shamley Green, Holmbury St Mary, Wotton, Westcott, Dorking, Brockham, Betchworth, Earlswood, South Nutfield, Bletchingley, Tandridge, Broadham Green, Limpsfield, Crockham Hill, Toys Hill, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks Weald, Knole Park, Shipbourne, Dunk's Green, West Peckham, Nettlestead Green, Yalding, Linton, Sutton Valence, Egerton, Pluckley, Little Chart, Hothfield, Kingsnorth and finally Hamstreet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/countryside_and_coast/walking/greensand_way.aspx
  2. ^ a b http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/greensandway
  3. ^ National Trail
  4. ^ http://www.walkingclub.org.uk/long-distance-path/greensand-way/index.shtml
  5. ^ Drewett, J (1985). "Chapter 1: Landscape and Countryside". Surrey. Shire County Guides (2nd ed.). Princes Risborough: Shire Publications. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7478-0051-4. 
  • The Greensand Way in Kent, 1992, Kent County Council, ISBN 1-873010-23-0 (Out of print)
  • Colton, Adam Mud, Sweat and Beers

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°10′38″N 0°22′33″W / 51.17722°N 0.37583°W / 51.17722; -0.37583