Saturday 20th May Chelsham Common to Limpsfield Chart

Thirteen Poly ramblers met at East Croydon Station to catch a bus to the start of our walk at Chelsham Common. We were lucky to have brilliant sunshine, and a dry spell had reduced likelihood of mud. We followed the good signage for the Vanguard Way through woodland with plenty of Bluebells still vividly coloured. We came out of the woods and into open land taking care to look for some land marks as there was no visible path. At the top of the hill, we enjoyed clear views of the London landscape. At this point we joined the Greenwich Meridian Trail. We began descending steeply, crossing a road and then gently climbing again following a ridge between two steep valleys. At the top of the rise, we had reached the highest point at about 853 ft. We continued following the route until we reached our lunch stop Oxted Downs, where we had our lunch against the backdrop of the M25. Following lunch, we descended a steep slope with steps cut into it called Whistlers Steep to join the North Downs Way. We continued along the edge of a very large field with Titsey Woods and the M25 to our left. In 600 meters we reached a set – back plaque indicating the Greenwich Meridian. We continued passing the entrance to Titsey Place. The Vanguard way crosses the line of the Pilgrims Way at this point. We crossed several grassy fields following a faint footpath, before following a track next to a high fence with the roar of the adjacent M25 before climbing up to a footbridge to cross the motorway close to the Clacket Lane Services. We kept ahead down a broad track along an access road with the huge Moorhouse Sandpits on our right. We were now crossing the Greensand Ridge. After climbing through woodland, we at last came out to the outskirts of Limpsfield Chart. We finished the section conveniently at a bus stop opposite a pub. There was considerable anxiety as to whether to bus would arrive on time to take us to Oxted station so the majority of the group opted to walk back, a small number of us enjoyed a drink in the pub garden, the bus arrived at the correct time and we enjoyed a leisurely trip back to join the rest of the group at Oxted Station.