Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has developed the Millennium Trail to celebrate the new century and to give everyone an opportunity to stretch their legs and to take in some marvelous countryside.

The Millennium Trail is suitable for walkers young and old, expert or novice. It takes you from Banstead Downs in the north to Horley in the south, a distance of 28km (18 miles).

The Trail has been split into north and south sections. Each section is of manageable length and has plenty of welcoming pubs, picnic areas and stopping places to let you catch your breath.

Well waymarked

The Millennium Trail is thoroughly waymarked and together with this leaflet, you can be confident that you won't lose your way.

Both sections have public transport connections at either end, so getting home again will not be a problem.

You start the north section of the Millennium Trail from beautiful Banstead Downs

Your walk winds its way southward ending in the historic town of Reigate.

As you stroll along you'll see an old wellhead dating back over 300 years and walk through meadows and parks dedicated to eminent local characters.

Royalist's final retreat

You'll pass the site of an old Royalist Captain's final retreat and you may get steamed up over an historic railway line that you'll have to cross.

Strolling down pleasant country lanes you'll pass through Gatton Park with its 'Capability' Brown landscaping.

Climbing the valley, you'll find yourself on the North Downs, passing an abandoned fort and the memorial Glade - a tribute to American airmen of World War 2.

Breath-taking finish

Breath-taking views abound. Latterly you'll pass monuments that overlook steep valleys.

Finally, after a walk along the Pilgrims Way, you find yourself in Reigate town centre where your walk finishes near a welcoming public house.

Millennium Trail booklet