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Explore Farthing Downs and Happy Valley, Coulsdon

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Date(s) - 07/05/2017
10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Farthing Downs car park Coulsdon CR5 1DA

Join Surrey Hills Society walk leader Pete Lambert and Diane Cooper, from Surrey County Council’s Countryside team to enjoy this free, 3 mile plus (5km) 2 hour walk and discover the wonderful rolling chalk grassland of Farthing Downs and Happy Valley, near Coulsdon.

We will meet with Sean Grufferty from the Downlands Partnership’s grazing team and possibly a City of London Ranger to learn about their management of the area using sheep for conservation grazing. There may be a short diversion into one of the grazing fields to meet the sheep.

Farthing Downs and Happy Valley are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to them being part of the largest area of chalk grassland habitat remaining in the Great London area. As it’s early May, there should be displays of bluebells in the woodland areas of our walk and the chalk grasslands will be beginning their annual display of many kinds of wild flowers, amongst them chalk-loving orchids.


There will be an option to stop at Denbies Vineyard for refreshment just before the completion of our walk at Dorking main station.

Trains leave Dorking main station for Leatherhead on a Sunday at 7 minutes past the hour and the journey takes 7 minutes.  An alternative option would be for walkers to leave their cars at Dorking station before the walk starts. Both Leatherhead and Dorking main rail station car parks cost £2 all day on Sundays, Randalls Road car park (Leatherhead) is free on Sundays.

We will meet at Leatherhead Railway Station. Grid ref: TQ163568. Postcode for Sat Nav: KT22 7SQ at 10.30am for an 11.00am prompt start and the walk will finish at 2pm. This timing does not include a Denbies refreshment break option.

The event is free and open to all reasonably fit walkers.  Please note there are a couple of fairly short hills.  Dogs are welcome on the walk.

To book your place and/or get more information, contact info@surreyhillssociety.org.

Please note that the Surrey Hills Society and its Event partners accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or personal injury during events. Participants are requested to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and take due care and attention.

The Society uses members’ photographs on social media and on our website. If you are not happy to have your photo taken during this event, please notify us in writing prior to the event and make the event organiser aware on the day.