Nutfield to Gatwick Airport

Descending to Rookery Lane, Outwood


  • 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!

Animals beside the abortive alternative route stare out as if to ask, “What makes you think that is a good idea?”.


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