The Camp site is ideal to walk into from most groups in Reigate District with lots of path leading to the site.
We have lots of different routes and walks available at the site for you to use free of charge.
below are just a few idea's.
Car park owned by the National Trust. Access from Margery Lane car park via footbridge over M25. Magnificent views from the top of Reigate Hill and Colley Hill from reasonably level unmade paths. The slope from the car park is a lengthy but gradual incline. Refreshments and accessible toilet facilities at nearby Wray Lane parking area.
Colley Hill is managed by the National Trust. "The Inglis Folly" was donated to the Borough by Lieutenant Colonel Inglis in 1909. It was originally a drinking fountain but now houses a direction indicator.
toilets/accessible at Wray Lane car park
refreshments at Wray Lane
Millennium Trail North
The Millennium Trail North, is one of the council's special walks to mark the new millennium.
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has developed the Millennium Trail to celebrate the new century and to give everyone an opportunity to stretch their legs and to take in some marvelous countryside.
The Millennium Trail is suitable for walkers young and old, expert or novice. It takes you from Banstead Downs in the north to Horley in the south, a distance of 28km (18 miles).
The Trail has been split into north and south sections. Each section is of manageable length and has plenty of welcoming pubs, picnic areas and stopping places to let you catch your breath.
The Millennium Trail is thoroughly waymarked and together with this leaflet, you can be confident that you won't lose your way.
Both sections have public transport connections at either end, so getting home again will not be a problem.
You start the north section of the Millennium Trail from beautiful Banstead Downs
Your walk winds its way southward ending in the historic town of Reigate.
As you stroll along you'll see an old wellhead dating back over 300 years and walk through meadows and parks dedicated to eminent local characters.
Royalist's final retreat.You'll pass the site of an old Royalist Captain's final retreat and you may get steamed up over an historic railway line that you'll have to cross.
Strolling down pleasant country lanes you'll pass through Gatton Park with its 'Capability' Brown landscaping.
Climbing the valley, you'll find yourself on the North Downs, passing an abandoned fort and the memorial Glade - a tribute to American airmen of World War 2.
Breath-taking views abound. Latterly you'll pass monuments that overlook steep valleys.
Finally, after a walk along the Pilgrims Way, you find yourself in Reigate town centre where your walk finishes near a welcoming public house.
Millennium Trail booklet available from camp site
Reigate Priory Park Circular Walk
This walk is 2.14 miles around Reigate's Grade II listed park.
Traverse the Ha Ha but perhaps avoid Break Neck Hill in this 58 hectare park.
Mr Randall Vogan donated some of this land to the people of Reigate 'for their quiet enjoyment' so you can now enjoy this hour long walk.
Reigate Hill Walk
Depart the site and turn left walking along the lane and then turn left again up the hill to the top of Reigate Hill. Turn right
Continue on the main track and, you are now on the NDW and the Millennium Trail. Eventually, the path crosses
the main A217 road via a cast-iron bridge and reaches the Wray Lane National Trust car park Here there are some good.
refreshments, such as Mövenpick icecream, and some colourful deckchairs.2 Cross Wray Lane to a path opposite
by a NT sign for Gatton Park. At a black post, keep right downhill, at the next two black posts, keep left and, at the next black post, merge with a track from the left. Eventually,at a T-junction, by cottages,turn right on a drive. You have great views here south across a valley.Go through a metal gate into Gatton Park itself, staying on the main drive.Gatton Park is one of Surrey’s hidden
treasures. The Gatton estate is partly owned by its own trust and partly by the National Trust. The Park, of approximately 600 acres (240 ha), was designed in about 1750 by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown and its several fine gardens are Edwardian. The main routes through the estate are freely accessible and the gardens and the Hall can be visited on the first Sunday of each month, February to October.After passing a ring of stones on the right (The Millennium Stones) turn sharp right under lime trees. The route passes interesting features, such as the Hop Garden Pond on the left, the Burpit and the Bundle Planted Oak on the right, some of them
old sites for stone mining. Go by a metal gate past woodland on the right and continue past a wooded hill on the right. On meeting a wooden garden fence on the left, fork right up to another black post and keep straight ahead there, ignoring the sharp right turn indicated. Keep ahead through woodland on the North Downs Ridge Circular Walk. After some distance, by wooden a barrier on the right, a path crosses diagonally. Fork left here, shortly going down beside a fence. At the end of the fence, turn left to a road.
3 Cross the road to a footpath opposite. The path curves right and runs beside several gardens, sometimes affording good views south. It reaches a drive by houses. Keep ahead here a fenced path. After a long enjoyable stroll through fine woodland, the path reaches another drive which leads out to the A217 main road.Turn left on the road. In under 150m, at a left bend, ignore a 2-way fingerpost on
the right, cross the road carefully and continue 20m more to another fingerpost.The cosy Yew Tree pub is a little further down the road. It provides food ‘all day every day’. Turn right on a track here and immediately fork left on a track past cottages. The path runs for some distance past houses, through woodland and with some fine views. Eventually, the track comes to a 4-way junction before it joins a lane coming from the left. Here you could turn right through white metal posts to to Colley Hill Continue along the lane which becomes a track again. Stay on the main level path (the Pilgrims Way) at all times, ignoring many paths leading off.
In under 200m, you pass a major junction on the left. The path now narrows and bends left with Colley Hill looming up to the right. Soon you come to a 4-way junction with two wooden posts, one path left and another diagonally right. Take the right fork uphill. You are following a looping route which is dramatic and interesting but will soon rejoin the main path. There is a deep wooded ravine below, and several lines of railings along the way. The path runs close to the open hillside, descends a bit, goes up steps, and finally rejoins the main path you were on where that path comes up a steep flight of steps on your left. Continue onwards for some distance, avoiding several stiles on the right leading onto the hillside.Later, at a junction, leave the North Downs Ridge Circular Walk where it turns left beside a meadow, by keeping straight ahead through the woodland. In another 200m or so, you arrive at a 4-way fingerposted junction. Turn right here uphill on the North Downs Way.Where the NDW turns left by a wire fence, leave it by going up a bank and steps on a narrow path directly ahead. After a level section, there are many more steps. Eventually, at the top of the steps, the path bends right and goes through a wooden gate. You are now on the exhilarating open hillside once again. Keep straight ahead along the sharp edge of the hill, admiring the views south. The edge of the hill rises gently,curves left and passes a bench. Soon you pass the National Trust Reigate Fort.Reigate Fort was one of thirteen ‘mobilisation centres’ built in the 1890s to protect London from invasion. The ‘entente cordiale’ was not yet in effect and the French had been building up their navy, so they were perceived as the major threat. The fort is open most days. Then turn right and back down the hill turn right again and back to the camp site.
Map: Explorer 146
North Downs Circular
Depart the site and turn left walking along the lane and then turn left again up the hill to the top of Reigate Hill.Turn left pass some houses Soon you pass the National Trust Reigate Fort.Reigate Fort was one of thirteen ‘mobilisation centres’ built in the 1890s to protect London from invasion. The ‘entente cordiale’ was not yet in effect and the French had been building up their navy, so they were perceived as the major threat. The fort is open most days.The track runs past the Inglis monument and through a gate. You arrive at
Colley Hill. At once you have a terrific view south into Sussex and west to the other hills. Leith Hill is over on the right, the town of Reigate on the left and ahead in the distance the South Downs. The windmill on Reigate Heath is visible in the valley, a fraction to the right. Go forward to the very edge of the hill and turn right along the grass, staying on the sharp edge, following the gentle downward slope but staying on the contour as it follows a wide curve. Eventually you reach the end of the grass at a tree line and reach a small wooden gate. Go through the gate and take a steeply descending path through the woods using a long series of steps. Much care is needed, especially if the surface is damp. Eventually you reach a track at a U-bend. This is the North Downs Way (NDW) which soon coincides in this area with the ancient Pilgrims Way. You will be following this route for some distance.Follow the track downhill. At the bottom, at a fingerpost, turn right through railings, following the sign for the NDW. Follow the NDW first through woods, then across open hillside, then through thorn bushes. You pass some steps on the right at a crossing path. At the next fingerpost, turn left as indicated for the NDW, follow it through more bushy terrain and finally go down a few steps and turn right at a T-junction. Half way up a gentle rise, take a left fork with the NDW (don’t miss this!). The NDW now takes you left at a T-junction,between fields, through a gate into a pleasant grassy meadow and right over a stile. Follow this pleasant woodland path until you reach a road.Turn left on the road.By the entrance to The Weald, an art deco house, cross the road to take a footpath on the other side which runs parallel to the road through woodland.On coming back to the road, continue a little further and, where the road curves left, turn right into The Combe. Shortly after, take the left fork, still on the NDW. Follow the track past houses and then through a swing-gate.You are now close to the ancient Betchworth Quarry, now partly a nature reserve and a site of industrial history, as you see from the tower chimney
on your left. Reigate Windmill is just visible here through a gap in the trees to your left. Soon after, you come to a 3-way fingerpost. Turn left here,thus leaving the NDW. Follow the path round to the right where it runs under ancient yew trees. The path goes up a few steps and passes two 4-way fingerposts which you ignore. This route is full of botanical interest and it is worth taking time to marvel at the rich flora, including many orchids and uncommon ferns, much of it under the protection of the Surrey Wildlife Trust. Eventually you reach Brockham Lime Works.Brockham Lime Works were built around 1889 to a design by Alfred Bishop and were in use until the 1930s.(Some Of DR Who was filmed here) The remains of the lime works show two batteries of eight kilns on one side and two on the other. They are being restored.Go through a gate on the left onto a driveway, a permissive footpath. Follow the drive past a gate and past houses until eventually you reach the main A25 road. Cross the road carefully to a footpath opposite. If you are walking barelegged,you may prefer to avoid nettles by turning right on the road and left at the next junction. Follow the narrow slightly overgrown footpath until you join a road into Brockham. Left here into Brockham Big Field (NT) and go parallel to the road under the
ash trees. Rejoin the road and cross to the other side. Shortly you cross the wide River Mole via a wooden footbridge with an
excuse to pause.The Borough Bridge on the left that carries the road is a single carriageway bridge, built in 1737 by Richard and Thomas Skilton and strengthened in 1991 by Surrey County Council. This is a noted site for pipistrelle bats which swoop
over the river at dusk.Continue into Brockham village green where a fine vista opens out. Brockham, originally named 'Brook Ham', was a stop-off for travellers between Dorking and Reigate, and stayed a small hamlet for many years, occupied first by farm workers and servants to the many large houses in the area (Wonham Manor, Betchworth House, Betchworth Castle and the Deepdene Estate in
Dorking), then by workers for the nearby limeworks and brickworks. The new roads spurred growth in the 1920s and, despite the 1980s housing boom,Brockham has retained its small rural community charm.Brockham church is relatively new, the architect being Benjamin Ferris, an associate of Augustus Pugin who designed the Houses of Parliament.A circuit of the Green will show you the many different architectural styles that were installed by the prosperous settlers at various stages, most made from
local materials. The village surrounds the Green with its two pubs (the Royal Oak and the Duke’s Head – both Friary) and its local shop. It is bordered to the north by the River Mole. Brockham is famous throughout the South East for its annual Guy Fawkes Night.
Leg Brockham to Skimmington 7 km (4 miles) 1 Take the lane past the pubs. On the right is The Pound where grazing
animals where impounded pending a fine on the owners, as only poultry were allowed to browse the Green. Immediately after a white gate, turn left and go over a small brick bridge and then a bridge over the Mole. Follow the track round and, at a fingerpost, veer right on a path above the river, going past houses, including an aviary and a 1960s-style box-shaped house. Follow the path through a metal gate and beside fields. At a field corner by a fingerpost, g straight ahead on an enclosed path and over a drive, arriving at St Michael’s Church Betchworth. Betchworth church dates back to at least Norman times. Some lancet windows, pillars and arcades are 13th century. It once served Brockham as well as Betchworth, hence its size. Inside are many fascinating and marvellous
artefacts, which accounts for the church usually being closed. Betchworth itself is an L-shaped cluster of houses, the south part extending round the church with Betchworth House and the River Mole at the far end. Betchworth Castle (not on this walk) is further west, a romantic ruin. Take the path through the Lychgate to the left of the church. After passing several interesting cottages (which you would have missed without this small diversion), turn right at the main road opposite the fine Old House, and pass The Dolphin, a Youngs pub .Take the footpath running close to the wall on the right – it begins by the entrance to the churchyard. (Betchworth Church appeared in the film Four Wedings and a funeral) This is the wall of Betchworth House, a large estate with a garden landscaped by Humphrey Repton. Soon you cross the Mole via Betchworth Bridge which dates from 1842. Immediately turn
right through a swing-gate on a path across fields. The path enters woodland where you go over a bridge and comes to a meadow with
fine oak trees. Keep to the right-hand edge, ignoring a fingerpost and reach a fine viewpoint where you have sight of the River
Mole and the North Downs beyond. Here,at a fingerpost, turn sharp left to another fingerpost at the edge of the meadow,where you turn right, parallel to a road. (Locals tend to cut this corner.) Just before a clump of trees, exit left via a stile, turn right on the road for 30m, then left over a stile onto a track. You are now in a land of oak trees. They line all the fields like guardsmen as far as you can see and give this area a memorable atmosphere. Cross a road and continue on a path the other side across a grassy meadow. Go over a double stile in the corner (one of them can be squeezed past) and continue on the left-hand side of the meadow. After another oak-lined field, look out for a fingerpost indicating that you have to veer right across the centre of the next field. Just before the far edge of the field, the path veers left to an unneeded stile into a small strip of woodland. At the end of the woodland, cross the Mole via a concrete bridge.bridge Betchworth church bridge Soon after, at a junction, go straight ahead up some steps and over a stile into a meadow. The River Mole snakes nearby on the right, but you need to keep to the left of this elongated meadow. You reach a stile in the hedge. Go left over the stile and right along the edge of a field. At the field edge, turn left and, on reaching a track, turn right. The track zig-zags leftright by a house and reaches a road by Littleton Grange. Cross the road,join a path on the other side, follow a diagonal path across a meadow and go over a stile by a wooden gate and ahead on a wide fenced track. Join a concrete track coming from Littleton Manor Farm. At the end, go through a small wooden gate and turn left on a track uphill, avoiding a footpath on the
left. The track goes downhill and joins a lane by the Skimmington Castle pub. A few hours spent at “The Skimmie” is one of the essential experiences of English life. It began as a farm 400 years ago and became a pub in 1825. It is noted for many real ales and Addlestone's Cider and also for great food. This is a cosy pub with loads of atmosphere, enhanced by low ceilings and a real fire.
Skimmington to Margery Wood 5 km (3½ miles) 1 Turn left in front of the pub and take a fenced path marked as the Greensand Way (GW). At a group of houses, veer right on a footpath (still the GW). Join a lane running past The White House to a T-junction with a road across Reigate Heath. You could turn right on this road to meet the A25 but the slightly longer next stretch shows you
the Windmill and gives you some feeling for the landscape of Reigate Heath.Cross the lane and take a wide sandy track opposite, ignoring the fingerposted path on its right. The track curves right uphill. Near the top, fork left on a narrow path towards the red-tiled house. Go round clockwise in front of the clubhouse and turn sharp right at the corner past the benches of the club’s private café. The windmill is now close by on the right.Reigate Windmill is a post mill which is used as a chapel, probably the only consecrated windmill in the country. (So that couple who said they got married in a windmill were not pulling your leg after all!) It was built around 1765,bought in 1900 by the golf club and is now owned by Reigate Borough Council. In the middle distance, you can see a long wide green open space ahead with a path running along its left-hand side by the tree-line. You need to go down to take this path and you have a choice of various small golfers’paths. If you keep straight ahead, you can go very carefully round the edge of two rectangular golf tees, down some steps and over a junction to join the path. When you reach a corner under oak trees where the wide green
space curves to the left to distant pines, keep straight ahead, crossing the green space and joining a wide path on the other side running between more oaks. The path curves right and goes over a heather-strewn clearing,crossing several paths. It then runs past a bench and several large conifers. Soon a car park comes into view Just before the car park, turn left, go through trees and veer left to join a track that runs along the right of the cricket green towards a line of houses.On nearing the A25 main road, turn right to a minor cul-de-sac and turn right on the A25, past the Black Horse pub. Cross the busy main A25. Continue up Colley lane go over the railway line and pass the Rugby Club.Turn into the Cleves and theninto Coppice lane. turn left and then right along a football this will bring you out in Under Hill Park Road. Then take the left hand track and continue along to the camp site on your left.