22 July 2012: Dormansland, Dry Hill and East Grinstead

This is the first post on the new Red Rope London Day Walks blog, which aims to be a simple record of the walks we have been on.

Sunday 22nd was a very fine day, after several wet ones, and Mark Alexander took us down to the Surrey/Sussex border, changing at Croydon to catch a train to Dormans, the last station before East Grinstead. This was not just the first walk to be written up on this blog — the really high-tech part was that Mark did not have a paper map, just an iPad displaying an Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 map.

An early start meant a fairly small group: just six, or seven including Woody. We headed east from Dormans station through Dormansland village, then through the woods around the old hill fort at Dry Hill. This cottage was about a mile to the south. Passing Old Surrey Hall and the northern edge of East Grinstead, the last path of the walk followed the railway line back to Dormans.

Humphrey Southall


About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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