Get out of London! South to Gatwick

Walked — July-September 2019

rebirth
Rebirth in Brockwell Park

This route starts by going through Horse Guards and past the Palace of Westminster to Lambeth Bridge, then crossing to Kennington Park and on to Brixton. Brockwell Park leads to Dulwich and up to Crystal Palace Park, then by Penge and South Norwood Country Park, the route takes the east side of Croydon to Lloyd Park. By Sanderstead, Riddlesdown and Kenley Common, the route climbs to Coulsdon Common before crossing the North Downs and dropping into Merstham.

Though Merstham plugs into the national network with the North Downs Way, extending the route to Gatwick brings more paths (including the Sussex Border Path) into the mix.

The distance to Merstham is over 40km; the full route to Gatwick pushes the total over the 60km mark, with 875m ascent.

1: Trafalgar Square to Herne Hill (8.29km; 40m ascent)
Urban, with Kennington and Brockwell Parks
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2: Herne Hill to Penge West (7.91km; 152m ascent)
Parks predominate over suburban streets
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3: Penge West to Lloyd Park (8.77km; 86m ascent)
Streetscapes alternate with parkland
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4: Lloyd Park to Godstone Road (8.10km; 206m ascent)
Green zones, linked by short bursts of suburbia
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5: Godstone Road to Merstham (9.68km; 234m ascent)
Almost street-free all the way
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6: Merstham to South Nutfield (5.63km; 79m ascent)
Rural paths and lanes
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7: South Nutfield to Smallfield (8.29km; 73m ascent)
Rural, and without refreshment facilities
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8: Smallfield to Gatwick (5.25km; 22m ascent)
Rural lanes and fields before making a dash for the airport.
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