|From:||South Croydon (TQ325632)|
|To:||Four Elms (TQ466483)|
|Via:||Sanderstead, Warlingham, Limpsfield, Limpsfield Chart, Crockham Hill|
|Distance:||14.5 miles (23.3 km)|
|Meets:||A235, A2022, B270, B2024, B2025, A25, B2026, B2027, B2042|
|Old route now:||B2027|
|Route outline (key)|
The B269 runs for 14½ miles from South Croydon to the village of Four Elms in Kent, crossing the North Downs ridge on its way. Although designated a B-road it is constructed to A-road standard for most of its length, and carries quite a heavy traffic load, especially on the section between South Croydon and Warlingham. It is S2 throughout.
South Croydon - Warlingham
The B269 begins as Sanderstead Road at what used to be the Red Deer public house (now a supermarket) in South Croydon, branching off the A235 Brighton Road. We pass under two railway bridges (the first carrying the main London-Brighton line, the second the London-East Grinstead line) and begin to climb up Sanderstead Hill, reaching the suburban village of Sanderstead at a roundabout with the A2022. The road continues over the roundabout as Limpsfield Road, passing through Sanderstead and Hamsey Green. We cross from the London Borough of Croydon into the county of Surrey, and then enter the village of Warlingham, with its pretty village green sitting in the middle of a triangular one-way system, on which we meet the B270. We exit the one-way system and reach a large Sainsbury's to our left and a small roundabout, which marks not only the end of Warlingham, but also the end of London's suburban sprawl and the start of the green belt. The contrast in scenery on either side of the roundabout is remarkable; in an instant we go from built-up suburb to open country. The speed limit changes accordingly; we go from 30 mph to NSL.
Warlingham - Limpsfield
We are now high up on the North Downs and have quite spectacular views of the countryside rolling away to the south-west, to our right. We reach Botley Hill, the highest point on the North Downs, and at the Farmhouse pub (which was converted fairly recently from a real farmhouse) we cross the Greenwich Meridian from west to east, and arrive at a recently added roundabout. The first exit is the B2024 towards Westerham. We take the second exit and start the steep descent of Titsey Hill. As the ground levels out at the foot of the hill, we pass underneath the M25 and arrive in the village of Limpsfield. Some tight bends and traffic calming in the village deters the use of this road for heavy north-south through traffic, which instead uses the A22 about three miles to the west. We meet the A25 at some traffic lights, and turn left onto the A25 to multiplex with it on a short dualled section, before turning right to continue on the B269 Kent Hatch Road.
Limpsfield – Four Elms
The road then passes through the village of Limpsfield Chart, and through the Chart itself, which is an area of woodland. After meeting the B2026 which joins from the left, we enter the village of Crockham Hill. The next junction is a TOTSO – the B2026 continues straight on, towards Edenbridge, but we turn left here onto Spout Lane, to stay on the B269. The road then becomes Pootings Road, which after two miles brings us to the end of the B269 at Four Elms, at a crossroads formed of the B2027 (straight ahead and right) and the B2042 (left).
The only significant change to the B269 since classification has been a short rerouting of the B2027 to run via Four Elms, cutting off the last section of the route.