BOAT: Clifton's Lane

Location: Clifton's Ln, Reigate, Surrey RH2, UK
  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Location: Reigate, Surrey.
  • OS Explorer Map 146, 'Dorking, Box Hill, & Reigate'.
  • Starting OS Grid Reference: TQ238506 
  • Starting GPS Co-ordinates: N51 24' 10" W000 22' 80"
  • Finishing OS Grid Reference:  TQ240517
  • Finishing GPS Co-ordinates: N51 25' 10" W000 22' 50"
  • To see: the Inglis MemorialReigate.
  • ALWAYS follow the Greenlane Code!
It's a real shame that this lane is a dead-end, as it ends up near the top of Reigate Hill and offers fantastic views in every direction on a fine day.

Starting as an indescript metalled road lined with a few cottages, the byway passes under the railway and is shortly afterwards blocked by a gate across the lane preventing further access where the tarmac ends. As such we really can't recommend anyone drives this byway from a greenlaning point of view.

However, some interest is provided in the Inglis Memorial. Originally a horse trough, turned into a folly by Lt Colonel Sir Inglis to commemorate himself (ego, much?), and now housing a direction indicator, this particular spot on the North Downs, just to the east of this byway, really is awesome. You're much better off parking up at the gate and walking the remainder with a picnic than you are greenlaning up there. Alternatively go and explore the pleasant market town of Reigate for an afternoon.

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Anonymous said...

The gate has always been unlocked when I've passed this way: did you try it?

Dempo said...

It was indeed fastened with a chain and padlock on the day that I tried to access it. Whether or not this is a new thing for this lane or a disgruntled land owner/prank I don't know, but I've come across this once before somewhere else.

There's little lost to greenlaners either way, however, since it's a dead end and therefore not much of a drive.

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