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Disc with letters GW in Surrey; oast-house in KentGreensand Way

173 km / 107 miles

Kent, Surrey
The Greensand Way follows the ridge of greensand rock across Surrey and Kent, to the edges of Romney Marsh and almost to the Kent coast. The Way takes its name from the layers of sandstone in each of which is found the green coloured mineral glauconite. The Greensand ridge runs broadly parallel to and south of the North Downs ridge.

It traverses two areas designated as areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Hindhead to Leith Hill in Surrey and the Sevenoaks ridge from the Kent-Surrey Border to Borough Green in Kent). Excellent views can be obtained of the North Downs and across to the Weald to the South. Although much of the route passes through quiet and almost remote areas, there are links to towns providing opportunities for accommodation and refreshment. Much of the walk is accessible by public transport.

In Surrey the Way passes the Devil's Punch Bowl and crosses Hascombe Hill and Winterfold Heath then traverses the main Surrey tops of Pitch, Holmbury and Leith Hills, where Leith Hill's tower reaches 1000ft, before descending north to Dorking. In Kent it crosses Toys and Ide Hills, descends to Sevenoaks Weald and crosses the Medway Valley to Yalding. Then ascending the ridge it passes through villages, orchards and hop gardens and views over the Weald are achieved. The ridge becomes indistinct beyond Great Chart but the route crosses a rolling landscape of farmland and woodland.

There are a number of link routes with the North Downs Way National Trail. A further link is provided by the waymarked Reigate and Banstead Millennium Trail (18 miles), a route between Banstead Downs and Horley. The Way meets the Saxon Shore Way at Hamstreet near to the Royal Military Canal. At its start, the Serpent Trail provides a 64-mile route on the Sussex greensand hills and heaths. The Four Stations Way (12 miles) links Haslemere to Godalming.

The former well-produced 1997 Greensand Way publication is out of print, but may still be available on the internet via a book search (eg, To mark the 20th anniversary of the Greensand Way, Explore Kent has produced a new walking guide, 'Six Circular Walks along the Greensand Way'. The first part of a free online linear walk guide to the Kent section of the Greensand Way is available on the link below to download and print at home (PDF, 15MB). This covers Westerham to Shipbourne. The full route is shown on OS mapping.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Disc with letters GW in Surrey; oast-house in Kent Waymark: Disc with letters GW in Surrey; oast-house in Kent
Attributes: Downland/Wolds
SU905328 - Haslemere, Surrey
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TR002334 - Hamstreet, Kent
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Web Sites: Kent CC - Greensand Way - Interactive Map
  Kent CC - Greensand Way - PDF
  Surrey CC - Greensand Way
  Surrey CC - Greensand Way - Downloadable PDFs

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Booklet: Circular Walks Along the Greensand Way (Kent County Council - 2009)
Booklet: Along and Around the Greensand Way (Surrey County Council - 1997)
Hardback: Walkers Britain (AA Publishing - 2011)
Leaflets: Reigate & Banstead Borough Council Millennium Trail (Reigate and Banstead Borough Council - 2000)
Route cards: Four Stations Way (Ramblers Godalming and Haslemere - 2000)
Certificate: Certificate (Kent County Council - 2010)

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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
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OS Landranger: 186187188189
OS Landranger Active: 186187188189
OS Explorer: 125133134136137145146147148
OS Explorer Active: 125133134136137145146147148

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Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Beks Treks UK)

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Hostel Accommodation: Hindhead YHA, Devil's Punchbowl,Thursley, Godalming < 1 Km 6 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Holmbury St Mary YHA, Radnor Lane, Dorking, Surrey 1 Km 38 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Tanners Hatch YHA, off Ranmore Road, Dorking, Surrey 3 Km 48 Km

Connected Paths:

Path Highlights: Greensand Way Highlights
E Routes: E-Route 9 UK Section Dover to Plymouth
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Downs Link; Medway Valley Walk; Saxon Shore Way; Stour Valley Walk (Kent); Vanguard Way; Wealdway; Wey-South Path
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Other Paths: 1066 Harold's Way; Coast to Coast - Southern England; Four Stations Way; Goring to Goring; Greenwich Meridian Trail; London Countryway; Nelson Way; Reigate and Banstead Millennium Trail; Serpent Trail; Socratic Trail; Socratic Trail - Eastern Varient; Tandridge Border Path; Walking the Castles of Kent; Walking the Disused Railways of Sussex; Wealden Round; Wintershall Pilgrimage
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Anytime Challenges: Founders Footpaths; Haslemere Circular Walk; North to South Surrey Walk


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Route Profile:

178.6 Km (111.0 miles)
3,359 m (11,020 ft) ascent
289 m (948 ft)  maximum height