THE Vanguard Way

Please note: this route was created by the Vanguard Way Association, we have adapted it into sections linking to transport and accommodation.

Part 2 – Oxted to Lingfield

Day hike 12.3 miles / 19.8km


If you started at the beginning of the Vanguard Way, you’ll really feel like you’ve left any signs of urban sprawl behind as you head south from Oxted on the Kent/ Surrey border. The route takes you along the edge of the Surrey Hills (with great panoramic views just out of town) and then on through plenty of bucolic scenery with numerous bluebell woods (in season). Arriving in Lingfield, you can either catch a train home or tag this day onto section 3 of the Vanguard Way, a weekend walk to Buxted in Sussex. We have included an overnight suggestion below if you decide to carry on.


Our route goes through the back streets and parks of Oxted to join up with the Vanguard Way just south of the M25. The track ascends a little to reach Limpsfield Chart and then the path gradually descends through fields and small areas of woodland. At Starborough Castle, you turn right off the Vanguard Way towards Lingfield.

Route details

Start Oxted Station
End Lingfield station
OS Route  Vanguard Way Oxted to Lingfield
Difficulty Moderate
Length 12.31 miles 
Time  5-6 hours
Total ascent 838ft


Accommodation & food

The Star Inn, Lingfield
Church Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6AH
A large comfortable pub, popular with families and with a big beer garden. Lovely rooms upstairs in the pub and more simple rooms in an external building. Great pub food and super-hearty breakfast. Recommended.

Bengal Village, Lingfield
64 High St, Lingfield RH7 6AA
One of THREE Indian restaurants in Lingfield. Good food, friendly fast service, interesting decor.