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Walk: West Wickham to Hamsey Green (9 miles)
Saturday 18th March @ 9:45 am to 5:00 pm
This walk is our next stage of the London Loop:
We pick-up where we last left it at West Wickham Common and continue probably to Hamsey Green (which is about 9 miles), although if wished could go a little further to Kenley or even The Fox pub, south of Old Coulsdon. On this stage we shall leave Kent behind us, and enter Surrey, and get to about 5.30 o’clock on an imaginary clock face that is the LOOP!
The LOOP guide book says [apart from…]:
“…You can leave [or join?] the route at Coombe Lane tram stop after 4.2 miles, or at several bus stops [along the way].
“Cafes at Hayes, Coney Hall Village, and Hamsey Green. Pubs at Shirley Hills, also Farleigh (half a mile OFF the route). Toilets at Hayes rail stn [which may be closed]. Best picnic opportunities at Addington Hills viewpoint, and Farleigh Common.
“Through woodland in the foothills of the North Downs, [and across] commons. The going is fairly level, mostly on rough footpaths and on grass, with two stiles, however there are some rather steep ascents, reaching 500 feet or more, and several long flights of steps [so make sure you’ve had your weetabix!]. You cross the Greenwich Meridian, enjoy a great view from Addington Hills, and enjoy the lovely gardens of Heathfield.”
Meet at East Croydon rail stn FOYER area (as per usual) at 9.45am. At 10 o’clock we will saunter across to the bus stn to catch a 119 bus to Hayes, getting off near near the rail stn (several each hour). If you join this bus en route come upstairs to make yourselves known, or if you are coming to Hayes (Station Approach stop) by any other means, also tell me…you may see why this is important). (And remember NOT Hayes, Middlesex!!!!)
At Hamsey Green we come back to Croydon on a 403 bus (several each hour).(If we go any further then it’ll be either the 407 or 466 buses).
Bring usual food and drink supplies, etc.