The bus seemed to take forever ,but I eventually got off and crossed the road to join the Loop at Tithe Pit Shaw Lane.
After a short walk along the lane I enter Dipsley's Field and walk along the path.
A little way along I come across a trig point , they are the remains of a massive Ordnance Survey project to map Great Britain with absolute accuracy from 1935 onwards. The location of each trig point was selected so that at least two others would be visible from it. Using these, the surveyor could work out the angles on the lines of sight between the three points and create a triangular mapping grid – hence, triangulation.
Now there was a very heavy downpour and I stop beneath the trees to put on my waterproofs. I turn left and the valley opens up before me.
I now walk along Old Riddlesdown Road,still very heavy rain.This was the main coaching route to Lewes and Brighton.At the end I cross the road and enter Old Barn Lane and cross a bridge over the railway. I stop on the bridge and look back and looking back I see the chalk cliffs of an old quarry with a railway viaduct beneath.
I continue up along New Barn Lane and it is steep! At the top I stop for another picure of the Chalk Cliffs.
Now there is further steep climbing up via a set of steps up to Kenley Common.
Back on track I walk across the common and stop to take a picture of a Jay.
It is now used as a Glider School and Surrey Hills Gliding club.
I walk out onto Golf Road and up to the top where I turn right and walk along the verge for a bit before taking a path on my left into Betts Mead.Once a rubbish tip, now a landscaped area of meadows and woodland.
Up above there was a lone glider from nearby Kenley Airfield.
I exit out onto a lane and then immediately over a stile into another field of horses. I dont think there has been one section of Loop so far where I havent seen horses!
Now I head towards a white domed observatory in the field.
Nearby are remains of old bunkers belonging to Kenley Airfield.
I take an old track Waterhouse Lane to Rydons Lane.
There was once windmills standing on the common but theses have long since gone.
I now exit the common by a sign directly me to Happy Valley.
I enter Happy Valley and pass a trim trail, a series of exercises
.I stopped for a quick cup of tea before I came out to the slopes of the Happy Valley. Wow you can't help than be happy with views like that!
I follow the path and down and then sharply back up and follow the woods edge before entering Devilsden Wood. What a delightful wood with a good mix of trees.
|Leaving Devilsdon Wood onto Farthing Downs|
I walk along the downs parallel to the road.
|Some view across to London including The Shard,The Gherkin and more|
|View to Crystal Palace|
|Crystal Palace and Canary Wharf|
|Coulsdon South Station|
Up the top is the Jack and Jill PH.
|A iron plate of 1898 marking the boundary of a now departed district council.|
|The Woodcote Estate.It is divided up into smallholdings in the 1920s by Surrey County Council in abid to give returning heroes from world war I a chance to become farmers.|
I walk across some rough land and reach Carshalton Road and walk up this a bit before entering over a stile into the Oaks Farm.
I was doing so well almost finished without getting lost. But then the signs seemed to disappear and I took a wrong turning somewhere and ended up a few miles off track. I went pass HM Highdown prison as does the loop only on the wrong side I think.
|No easy way out|
Category B men's local prison.
High Down Prison was built in the 1990s on the site previously occupied by Banstead Lunatic Asylum. Banstead Asylum was built in 1877, and held psychiatric patients until its demolition in 1989.
I eventually found my way to Banstead Station, after a long 12 mile walk. Only to find I had a 30 minute wait for the train to London Victoria.