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With panoramic views of London's skyline, ancient history, wildlife-rich chalk grassland and expansive countryside walks, Farthing Downs offers something for everyone.

Situated at the tip of the North Downs on the edge of London and Surrey, this chalk spur is home to an array of birds, butterflies and wildflowers; combined with neighbouring Happy Valley, Farthing Downs has the most extensive population of greater yellow-rattle in London which can be seen among brightly coloured orchids, bedstraws and scabious in spring and summer.

Farthing Downs is open all year round and is easily reached by public transport direct from Central London. You'll find a visitor car park, site information and toilet facilities at the southern edge of the site just off Ditches Lane. The car park is open each day from 7.30am and closes at dusk (see timeboard at the car park).

From Monday 25 January a new parking system will be in place and a daily parking charge will apply - see our car parking and season ticket page.


Getting here

There are regular Thameslink and Southern service trains from central London (Victoria, London St. Pancras International, London Bridge) and Brighton. Alight at Coulsdon South station for Farthing Downs. From here, it is a short 5 minute walk to Farthing Downs via Reddown Road. For travel times, please see the National Rail Enquiries website.

The no.60 Bus runs from Croydon towards Coulsdon and there are several stops within walking distance to Farthing Downs alighting at Marlpit Lane and Chaldon Way. For travel times, please see the Transport For London website. 

From Monday 25 January a new parking system will be in place and a daily parking charge will apply - see our car parking and season ticket page.

Farthing Downs can be easily reached from junction 7 of the M25. There is a pay and display car park on Farthing Downs. The number of spaces is limited and it can be busy at weekends and on bank holidays.

Alternatively, you can use on street parking on residential roads near to Coulsdon South station within parking restrictions or nearby parking at Coulsdon Common by the Fox Public House or Happy Valley Park.

Biking is a popular way of reaching Farthing Downs and is part of the London-Paris long distance cycle route. Cycle racks are available in the car park.

Get in touch

In an emergency - out of our normal office hours - contact the West Wickham and Coulsdon Commons Rangers on 01372 279488 (24hrs)

Contact Merlewood Estate Office

The Office is situated on the edge of Coulsdon Common in Caterham on the Hill and is the central hub for both the Coulsdon and West Wickham Commons staff. Here you will find a small information point where you can speak to a member of staff, pick up maps, visitor guides and other publications about each of the commons.

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm.