Start - Oxted
Finish - Merstham
Geocaches - 16
Pubs - 2
Previous Stages - Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4
Stage 4 of the London Countryway ended unceremoniously in the Oxted Wetherspoons. A place tainted by the tipsy, reeling and drop down pissed at 2pm on a Saturday afternoon.
It left an undeserved sour taste in the mouth for Oxted. At 9:30am, a mere two stops from London Bridge, I was more taken by its black and white independent shops and a lovely looking Everyman Cinema. I could potentially live here, if I was ever minted enough.
And the nicer pubs are out to the West on the Godstone Road.
|West Oxted's Pair of Pubs|
|Climbing Tandridge Hill|
The walking is easy, the paths are perfect and the Geocaches are imaginative. I have an endless roll of photos looking down to the South Downs and when there's a gap in the trees, a few of an unexpected vista of the City.
|Picking out the landmarks looking North|
8 miles in, with the Water having expired at 5, I'm provided with welcome refreshment at the Harrow, Chaldon. Reach the folly tower of Whitehill, take a 160m detour to enjoy a freshly changed London Pride that was worthy of its name.
|Of no historical importance, a mere folly built in 1862|
A simple drop down into the ending point at Merstham, taking advantage of a trig point for a selfie.
|North Downs Way Selfie|
|Dropping down into Mestham|
Mersthams a small village that had two pubs but only the Feathers remains. A Food & Football place to wait for the 30 minutes train back to the Smoke.
|Pub and Dining at the Feathers|
Let's just say the best so far...