Walks past Surrey’s abandoned railway stations that will enchant and excite you

Surrey is a county rich in history with its stunning castles, enigmatic ruins and a magnificent Tudor palace.

But it is also home to some lesser known buildings including disused railway stations. Fascinating for train lovers as well as historians, visiting abandoned sites, coupled with a walk and a picnic, makes a great day out.

It is particularly ideal for parents wanting to educate their children while they are off school. Families can explore the great outdoors, look out for wildlife and discover rail from a bygone era when it was once the most popular form of travel across Surrey.

Below are three superb walking routes that incorporate a visit to an abandoned railway station.

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Ash Green Halt

In west Surrey hidden in a little village just outside Guildford is Ash Green Halt station.

Originally called Ash station – not to be confused with the current Ash station – it opened in 1849 as a request stop between Guildford and Farnham.

The station house survives as private residence as does The Drovers Way overbridge to the west of the station, according to website disused stations. It is located off White Lane near College Copse in Ash Green.

There is a fantastic circular route that combines the suburbs around the village of Ash, the old railway path, a canal towpath and a riverside path.

The 8.4km loop is relatively flat with a few gentle slopes and it’s great for bird watchers.

You can download a map of the route from All Trails website.

Downs Link

Downs Link is a 59km/ 37 mile shared route linking the North Downs Way with the South Downs Way.

The trail follows two disused railway lines and crosses the Surrey Hills, the Low Weald, the South Downs and the Coastal Plain. You can hop on the route at various stages to enjoy a slice of history alongside nature.

Stage two passes through the former Bramley station and stage four includes West Grinstead Old station.

At West Grinstead Old station you will be able to see a railway carriage that has been turned into an information centre.

You can download a map and guide of the route from West Sussex County Council’s website.

Staines West station

Located north of the county, Staines West station opened in 1885 and closed in 1965. The original platform has been demolished, however the main station building has been refurbished and converted into an office.

You will find it in Wraysbury Road at the junction with Moor Lane in Staines.

Located within walking distance of the River Thames and Runnymede Pleasure Grounds, a visit to the disused railway can perfectly be combined with a waterside stroll.

You can fuse old with new by starting your walk at Egham station (still in operation) and exploring Runnymede nature reserve before heading to the disused railway.

On route you will come across a 2,500 year old Ankerwycke Yew tree as well as the ruins of St Mary’s Priory.

For more information on this super historical route, click here.

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