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This walk is one of three from The Green, at Godstone (click here for directions) to The Barley Mow, at Tandridge.  The Barley Mow is a very dog-friendly pub.  The three walks are also described in the opposite direction.  "Mix and match" them to make the circular walk of your choice.

  • Cross the road from The Green and enter the path to the right of The White Hart.  Enter the path between the White Hart Barn and the St. Nicholas Youth Centre and walk along the tarmac path alongside The Bay Ponds nature reserve.  At the far end, cross Church Road and enter the churchyard.  Follow the path to the right of the church and continuing downhill, exiting from the rear of the churchyard at the bottom of the hill.  Follow the path across a footbridge and alongside a lake to your left.  At the end of the lake, bear right until you reach a gate ahead.  Bear left up the hill, keeping to the fence on the right, and at the top of the hill the path bears to the right along a track through some trees.
  • At the far end of the path, you will emerge into an arable field.  Turn right and follow the right-hand field boundary downhill, exiting to the right by a telegraph pole and onto a track.  Turn left onto this track and follow it round to the left alongside a single storey building.  Continue to a barrier across the track with an enclosed path to the right just after it.  Enter the path and walk along it, descending to a tarmac road at the end.
  • Turn right onto this road a follow it until you reach a public road (B2236).  This is the road that used to be the A22 until the Godstone by-pass was built.  Turn right onto the road and follow it until you have crossed the end of Church Road.  Then turn left to cross the main road and enter a footpath to the left of a house which is on the corner of a side turning.  Follow this path uphill through the trees.  Ignore the first waymarked footpath to your left but take the second waymarked path left (it is a bridleway), ignoring the cross path shortly before it.  If you reach the top of the hill, you have overshot.
  • Follow this path until it bears left, then right, between a pair of gateposts.  Do not pass through these but turn right immediately before them to follow the path downhill in a gully.  At the bottom of the hill pass round a gate across the path and, ignoring the path off to the left, continue ahead.  Near the top of the hill you will come to a second gate and stile on your left.  Cross this stile to enter a large field.
  • Walk diagonally to your right downhill across the field towards a twin gap in the trees.  When you have passed through this gap, continue in the same direction until you reach the far corner of the field.  Cross a stile here to enter another field.  The A22 runs along the far side of this field and there are two possible paths from this point.  One runs diagonally to your left towards two bus stops on the A22 and the other runs ahead and slightly to your right.
  • Take the right hand path and follow it to a stile exiting onto the A22.  Cross the road to the footway on the far side.  Turn left and follow the footway back to the bus stops at Wonham Place.  As you will be crossing the A22 and walking to the left to the bus stops, it may be tempting to take the left hand path and to cross the road by the bus stops.  Do not do so.  The crossing from west to east is very dangerous at the bus stops as the sight lines are very bad.  The road is on a left hand curve for traffic coming from the right, which keeps the traffic in to the left.  There is no footway, so you emerge from the bushes straight onto the carriageway and, as the road is curved with walkers crossing from the inside of the bend, you can only see a very short distance to the right.  Having reached Wonham Place, continue a few yards past and enter the footpath to the right.
  • Walk straight ahead across the field and pass through a gap in the hedge on the far side.  Once through the gap continue across the next field, bearing gently to the right (ignore the path more sharply to the right).  There is a stile in the far fence which has a bush growing in front of it and which obscures your view until you are close to it.  Cross this stile and continue ahead along the right hand side of the next field.  Turn left at the end of this field and, after a few yards, cross a stile to your right, into a field which is at a slightly lower level.
  • Walk straight ahead along the left hand boundary of this field and cross a stile at the far end (there may be an electric fence just before the stile which you can step over).  Once into the next field, walk a short distance straight across to a bridge over a stream in the corner of the field.  Beyond the stream, the path meanders gently uphill through a patch of trees, to emerge into another field.  Turn right and follow the right hand field boundary until you reach a stile.  Cross this stile to emerge onto a road (Tandridge Lane).  Cross the road and turn left to walk to The Barley Mow, which is a distance of about 250 yards.
  • The Ramblers Rest bar is at the rear of the pub and there should be buckets of water outside for washing the worst of the mud off your boots.