Our Impressions of Merland Rise
The ground is quite basic and open. Along one side there is a small covered terrace, and on the other a small Main Stand which straddles the half way line. The goal end nearest to the entrance is covered, but the far end is open to the elements. I was lucky that on my visit the weather was great but it is probably not the most pleasant place to be when the heavens open.
Neither club has a particularly large fan base, but the people who are here are friendly and it's generally a relaxed day out, although the atmosphere is a little flat. There is a tea hut, unfortunately located outside the entrance, which sells hot food and drinks and there is a small hut near the entrance which sells all manner of old videos, programmes and footy stuff and is well worth a look.
Directions to Merland Rise
From M25 Junction 8
Exit M25 at Junction 8 and turn north onto A217 heading towards Sutton. Continue Straight Ahead over three roundabouts staying on A217. Continue on A217 for half a mile after third roundabout, until you reach traffic lights by a Petrol station. Turn Left at these lights on to A240 (Reigate Road) and turn left again at next traffic lights, into Great Tattenhams. Take third turning on left (Merland Rise). Ground is a about 500 meters on left next to Banstead Sports Centre.
The nearest station is Tattenham Corner. This is on the end of the line and is served by trains through Charing Cross, Waterloo East (NOT Waterloo mainline!), London Bridge and East Croydon.
The ground is walkable from the station, and will take about 10-15 minutes. Turn right out of the station and walk up the High Street. Then take the first right and walk all the way along this road until you come to the end. The road you come to Merland Rise. Bear right into Merland rise and then walk up the road. The ground is about 200 yards up the road on the left near the Sports centre. Beware: the ground entrance is quite hard to find.