STAGE 1 Carshalton Beeches to Kingswood  7.5 miles
STAGE 2 Kingswood to Box Hill 8.7 miles
STAGE 3 Box Hill to Ockley 11.7 miles
STAGE 4 Ockley to Horsham 9.1 miles
STAGE 5  Horsham to Haywards Heath  13 miles
STAGE 6 Haywards Heath to Hassocks  10.5 miles
STAGE 7 Hassocks to Brighton  10.1 miles

STAGE 1 
Carshalton Beeches to Kingswood  7.5 miles
STAGE 2
Kingswood to Box Hill 8.7 miles
STAGE 3
Box Hill to Ockley 11.7 miles
STAGE 4
Ockley to Horsham 9.1 miles
STAGE 5
Horsham to Haywards Heath  13 miles
STAGE 6
Haywards Heath to Hassocks  10.5 miles
STAGE 7
Hassocks to Brighton  10.1 miles

This walk is a continuation of our North to South London Trail

Carshalton Beeches to Kingswood

Stage One – 7.5 miles / 12 km

Out of the suburbs and up the North Downs

 

Mayfield Lavender Fields

Stage one overview

This section quickly climbs up the North Downs, leaving views behind to London. It’s a perfect walk for July as you pass by not one but two lavender fields (Oak Tree and Mayfield), both of which are accessible from the footpath. The route also goes through ancient Banstead Woods, a medieval deer park which, it was believed, once belonged to Ann Boleyn. Near Kingswood you pass the enormous ex HQ of Legal & General in a field – surprising!

Route details

Initially on roads and concrete paths until Mayfield Lavender field, which has an entry fee but if you stick to the footpath, it’s free. After that it’s paths across rolling fields, commons and woodland until you reach Kingswood.

Start Carshalton Beeches Station
End Kingswood Station
OS Route  LONDON TO BRIGHTON Carshalton Beeches to Kingswood
Difficulty Easy
Length 7.5 miles
Average time 3-4 hours
Total ascent 774 ft

Oak Tree Lavender Farm

Mayfield Lavender Farm

Parks Down, Chipstead

Aslan, Banstead Woods

Banstead Woods

Legal & General Building, Kingswood