Each month the SCRP will focus on one of our lines and feature news about a station partner, volunteer, or project to highlight the work that we do. This month it’s the Tonbridge to Reigate Line. We are focusing on the towns along this line.
The Tonbridge to Redhill line is a little surprise, it runs straight as a dye from Tonbridge to Leigh, then Penshurst, on to Edenbridge (top station as the locals call it, not to be confused with Edenbridge Town station), then to Godstone and Nutfield before arriving in Redhill. For onward travel to Reigate and Gatwick change at Redhill, the service to both is regular.
Tonbridge is an historic town situated on the river Medway, a travel hub for trains to London stations, Ashford, Maidstone, Kent and the Kent coast. Also connections to Tunbridge Wells and the towns and villages all the way to Hastings and St Leonards in East Sussex. Alternatively, wander around the town, admire the castle, walk along the river path, visit the E M Foster theatre, or enjoy the open spaces of the Castle Fields and Haysden Country Park
Leigh – a beautiful Kentish village built around a picture perfect cricket pitch.
Penshurst – not in Penshurst but the village of Chiddingstone. If you want to visit either the famous Penshurst Place or beautiful Chiddingstone Castle it is best to use the bus service no. 231 or 233 from outside the station www.metrobus.co.uk
Edenbridge – an ancient town on the Kent/Surrey borders. A short walk to the Town station for trains to Eridge, Crowborough and Uckfield or in the other direction Oxted, East Croydon and London Bridge. The town is home to the Eden Valley Museum which houses a fascinating collection of rural life in the area through the ages. A series of long or short distance walking leaflets is available from www.edenvalleykent.org.
Godstone – situated some way from Godstone village. Visit the Outwood windmill or the Bay Pond nature reserve.
Nutfield – visit Priory Farm but be prepared for a lengthy walk www.prioryfarm.co.uk
Redhill – A busy, bustling town which holds a street market several days of the week. Just outside the station is the bus hub, for connections to locations in Surrey, Mid and West Sussex. Situated within the Surrey Hills see www.surreyhills.org for walking/exploring suggestions.
Reigate – a pretty little town of historic, timbered buildings, built around the site of the old castle. Priory Park is the setting for many events and activities. Easy access to the famous North Downs Way, walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims all the way from Farnham to Dover www.northdownsway.co.uk
To see more about the work of the Tonbridge to Reigate Line keep checking the News on our website. For more information about volunteering on this Line please contact Sharon Gray (Line Officer) – firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like to join any of our station partnership groups across the SCRP, or have an idea to enhance a station, please contact us.