Chiddingfold 8m / 13km circular

This amble through iconic villages, magical woodland glades and ancient wild forests is at its best in mid / late spring, when you will be rewarded with one of the less common treats of spring – vast crowds of woodland Fritillaries, offering the most amazing, rich show alongside banks of joyful daffodils and crocuses.

Half an hour’s drive away, this walk is further than most of our recommendations – but it is well worth the drive. Chiddingford is one of Surrey’s most beautiful Wealden villages. Picture book perfect – in the centre is a pretty duck pond and large green, surrounded by perfectly symmetrical, beautifully pristeen houses; each one reminiscent of a grand dolls house, with it’s own impeccably kept garden and attractive brickwork.

Parking around the green is plentiful, and there are a couple of welcoming pubs for an after walk restorative stop. The butcher’s home made sausages are highly rated, and the village church, parts of which date back to the 14th century, is worth visiting too – as is its graveyard, with ancient vaulted graves.

Just off the green, the houses are more modest; pretty cottages with interesting, well tended gardens compliment their grander counterparts playing the lead roles in the heart of the village.

This walk is an absolute delight, offering surprise after surprise as the route unfolds through enchanted woods, across open fields (some with sheep or horses) and past magnificent homes set in awe inspiring, imaginatively designed, pristeen grounds.

Even on a dull afternoon, the Fritillaries shine!

In early April, both sides of the final woodland stretch will be adorned with crowds of blooming Fritillaries – alongside swathes of daffodils and crocuses, which would usually themselves be more than enough seasonal highlight. On this occasion, however, they provide a very pretty, if predictable seasonal backdrop to the more unusual and surprising, undoubted stars of the show!

Follow this link for the full route, on the Fancy Free Walks website.

As directed, the Chiddingford circular forms the first part of the longer route given.

The Wildlife Trust

“It was not so long ago that the spring markets of Covent Garden were overflowing with the nodding, pink-and white-chequered blooms of snake’s-head fritillaries. Handfuls picked from meadows beside the River Thames were taken to London by local children to be sold for a pretty penny or two. But, today, the carpets of is this flower that once straddled our rivers and adorned our wet meadows have become a rare sight.”

7 thoughts on “Chiddingfold 8m / 13km circular

  1. I used to live not far from here, but never did that walk. Heading south before too long and I think your site contains so much inspiration, if my son runs out of plans for us!

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    1. Thank you Mike – at last, we are allowed to travel for pleasure again! Have a good trip Down South and I’m sure you will get some wonderful walks in; nice that your son is nearby!

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  2. We used to have the darker one in our UK garden, Emma. I’ve never seen them growing in the wild. 🙂 🙂

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    1. How lovely, Jo!
      No, I haven’t seen them growing wild, either – such a treat;
      there are so many on this walk – just wonderful!

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  3. You had me with the fritillaries – and the rest lived up to expectations. I hope you are able to take bookings

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    1. Thank you, Derrick. Yes, and it’s wonderful weather for all those woodland walks; aren’t we lucky?!

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