A climb straight from the off, as you are climbing a convex ridge (rather than Caterham’s concave ascent up a valley) - but it's not too arduous. Take the footpath on southbound platform 2 out of the station, L on Reddown Road, then R on busy Marlpit Lane and immediately R Downs Road. Farthing Downs are Corporation of London administered, an open access protected environment to provide Londoners’ lungs fresh air and their spirits a lift. Information and facilities 1.3.
Chaldon Church 2.4 has an exceptional mural on the west wall. R at crossroads 2.9 for a Cycle Orbital clockwise shortcut, but you miss views at the ridge over Redhill 3.3, and an off-road section of Pilgrim’s Way. Spinoff 6 and NCN 20 continues down Hilltop Road to join NCN 21 for Gatwick.