addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramFill 1linklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

The Vanguard Way Section 1 – East Croydon to Oxted

The Vanguard Way

This is a great 66 mile route encompassing a variety of landscapes and points of interest from East Croydon down to Newhaven on the Sussex coast. We’ll bump it up to 85 miles or so with links to and from the railway stations on six separate hiking days. There are trains out from London and back for the whole of the route. The journey time gets up to one and a half hours each way by the end.

 

Section 1 - 13.6 miles

This is only for people who are OK going up and down hills. The path begins very conveniently at East Croydon station and during the course of the morning threads its way out of the suburbs into the open country beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a nicely situated pub lunch stop we go up and over the North Downs, then leave the path to duck under the M25 on our way to the railway station at Oxted.

There is a £1 charge payable to the organizer on the day.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings

Meet Up: Arrive between 9.00 and 9.25 a.m. at Victoria Station, by the ticket office. I will be wearing the floppy hat and moustache for recognition. Ideally get into groups of 4 for buying tickets.

Buy Ticket: Day Return to Oxted. From £9.50 for 1 adult down to £4.75 each in a group of 4.

Outward Travel: 9.40 a.m. train from Victoria platform 17 to East Croydon platform 4. Arrive at 9.59. There are toilets on platform 3 & 4. The Ladies is inside the café.

Meet for Start of Hike: From 10.00 to 10.10 a.m. by the taxi rank. Turn left out of the main exit on to the main road facing the tram stop. Go round the corner of Whistlestop Food and Wine. Meet under the projecting roof, by the ticket machines and taxi rank.

Part 1: 6.8 miles. We'll have to crack on a bit faster than previously stated in order to get to the pub by 1 pm. Maximum 2 hours 50 minutes at an average speed of 3 mph on the flat, adjusted for the ups and downs and an occasional short stop to regroup and look around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch: 1 hour stop. You can choose to either order food in the pub or have your packed lunch outside. We'll leave by 14:15 or earlier.

Part 2: 6.7 miles. Maximum 3 hours 5 minutes in total.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Hike: Arrive at Oxted Station by 17:20

Post-Hike Refreshment: For those who wish, we walk on just over half a mile into the old town where there is a choice of pubs.

Return Travel: 17:28 train to London Victoria or hourly thereafter. 41 minutes journey time.

 

Click on the Pages tab for some hiking tips.

Join or login to comment.

  • Matthew S.

    I really enjoyed the walk and meeting everyone who came along. We walked through some very scenic areas, I'm looking forward to section 2.

    May 25, 2012

  • Deven

    Hey christopher infact we shld thnk u for organising such adventureous wlk at such a beautiful location thoes houses, woods, hills still fresh in my eyes...

    May 22, 2012

  • Christopher

    Deven - thanks for being the official walk photographer. You captured so many of the good scenes and moments. It's much appreciated!

    May 21, 2012

  • Deven

    Hi all, I hv uploasded some pictures

    May 21, 2012

  • Moni

    looking forward to seeing them!!! thanks

    May 21, 2012

  • Deven

    hey monika though u missed it but i hv got sum pic u can see them will upload in a while

    May 21, 2012

  • Deven

    Ye will post it tonite

    May 21, 2012

  • Sanjiv

    Deven and others - could you please post photographs from the trek when you get a chance? Thanks a ton!

    May 21, 2012

  • Sanjiv

    We had a fantastic hike and everything went absolutely according to plan. Everyone I met seemed to be really interested in hiking and Christopher was of course an excellent leader - extremely well organised and open to suggestions. I am really looking forward to the next one on 3rd June

    May 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great walk - turned out to be more scenic than expected

    May 21, 2012

  • Christopher

    That's fantastic Mathias! It shows the complete route and stats in a nutshell.

    May 21, 2012

  • Christopher

    A lovely group of people if I say so myself. Some unexpected pleasures such as woods full of bluebells, and good teamwork in finding the way at times.

    May 21, 2012

  • Mathias

    May 20, 2012

  • Moni

    Hi Guys
    Sorry I could not make this one, hope you had a good time!

    May 20, 2012

  • Deven

    GN all....C U at victoria sharp 9-15.....super excited!!!!!!

    May 20, 2012

  • Joanna O.

    Hey Philip!

    Didn't know that you are coming to the hike as well. Great! See you tomorrow :)

    May 19, 2012

  • Philip C.

    Hi, I will meet you at East Croydon as I am travelling north from Gatwick.

    May 19, 2012

  • Christopher

    Hi there,

    In my experience with other walking groups it's easier to just form the groups of 4 as people arrive at the station on the day. The most important thing is to get there in good time. Aim for 9.00 to 9.15.

    My phone number in case of difficulty on the day is 0797 1357104.

    Ok, we're on our way soon!

    May 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Monika, we two would be the two more if that is OK.

    May 14, 2012

  • Deven

    Also guys pls lemme knw wht all things I need to carry

    May 14, 2012

  • Deven

    How much will it cost

    May 14, 2012

  • Joanna O.

    Hello!! Yan Ma and myself are in as well, thanks!! :)

    May 14, 2012

  • Moni

    great! we need 2 more :)

    May 14, 2012

  • Deven

    M in

    May 14, 2012

  • Moni

    Hi
    Is anybody up for forming 4 pps group to get cheaper train ticket?
    thanks
    Monika

    May 14, 2012

18 went

Your organizer's refund policy for The Vanguard Way Section 1 – East Croydon to Oxted

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy