- Start: Nutfield station (station code NUF, postcode RH1 5RR)
- Finish: Gatwick Airport station (station code GTW, postcode RH6 0RD)
- Distance: 13.09km
- Total ascent: 91m
- Naismith time: 2h 46m
- London termini: London Bridge; Thameslink; Victoria (change at Redhilll for Nutfield from all termini)
- Ticketing: Day return to Gatwick, plus single from Redhill to Nutfield
- Intermediate transport: Bus at Weatherhill (8.33km from Nutfield) to Gatwick, Horley and Redhill stations
- Facilities: Convenience shop in South Nutfield; all facilities at Gatwick Airport
The landscape to the north-east of Gatwick Airport is pleasant and pastoral: there is little in the way of hills to tax the legs — in fact, the steepest climb is possibly the set of steps up to the railway embankment near the start of the route. On the way, there is a mix of fields, woodland and small lanes, with some interesting buildings to see. The approach to Gatwick Airport has only a short stretch of lineside walking and airport roads.
Avid map-readers may notice an apparent alternative (and marginally shorter) route south-west of Smallfield by way of Thundersley Castle, rejoining the main route just east of Balcombe Road. This alternative route cannot be recommended: I bore multiple slashes and punctures from briars and brambles to prove its worthlessness.
This walk comprises a part of the southbound route in my collection of walks entitled Get out of London!
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