South and south-east
After the streets and parks to Chislehurst, this set of walks is predominantly rural, crossing the headwaters of the Croydon Basin (and therefore with much ascent and descent as the valleys are traversed). Note that between Farnborough and Sanderstead, and again between Coulsdon and Maldon Rushett, there is a dearth of public transport, and what little there is tends to be Oyster-invalid. Despite this constraint, and sucking up the extra transport costs necessitated by these days, these sections (and their extension to Kingston) make for excellent winter walking on bright frosty days. Ashtead Common deserves great respect: map and compass are needed, plus severe attention to topographic detail, or you are likely to get lost with the Star Inn nowhere in sight.
|07: Sidcup station to Farnborough — 11.33km; 161m ascent|
Streets, parks and woods
|08: Farnborough to Tatsfield — 13.41km; 323m ascent|
Rural and, for London, remote with few facilities
|09: Tatsfield to Sanderstead — 13.13km; 186m ascent|
Woodland, downs and farmland, with some streets
|10: Sanderstead to Chipstead — 13.57km; 290m ascent|
Parkland, woodland and short stretches of streets
|11: Chipstead to Malden Rushett (Star Inn) — 14.19km; 192m ascent|
Almost entirely in woods and farmland
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