Our Impressions of 15 Church Road
The busy A22 travels from Purley and Croydon in the north towards Caterham and junction 6 of the M25 to the south. The Caterham railway line runs a hundred yards to the west of the main road and beyond that is Church Road, a quiet country lane and the home of Whyteleafe Football Club.
In recent years the ground has seen significant development to attain the 'A' grading necessary to compete in the Ryman Premier Division. Nonetheless, the ground, surrounded by trees, remains one of the most attractive in the Rymans League.
Directions to 15 Church Road
From the M25
Whyteleafe lies in the far east of Surrey, and is a piece of cake to get to by car, especially if you're coming from the M25. Just leave at the motorway at junction 6, amble up the A22, bypassing Caterham (and all it's rather zippy little sportscars) to a large roundabout called Wapses Lodge. Go straight across (that the third exit) and continue down the sort of dual carriageway until the road narrows. I say 'sort of' dual carriageway because the outside lane is in fact closed to traffic after a few yards - so get over to the left if you aren't there already!
Anyway, where it narrows you want to turn off to the left by Whyteleafe South BR station and immediately go over the level crossing - that is unless the gates are down and the red light s are flashing. It might be prudent to wait for a couple of moments under these circumstances.
Once across, you climb up a narrow road (Salmons Lane) through the trees until it forks where you want to turn right into Church Road. The road drops gently back down and the ground appears on your right after a couple of hundred yards.
There are three, yes three stations in Whyteleafe: Whyteleafe itself, Whyteleafe South and Upper Warlingham.
Whyteleafe and Whyteleafe South are both on the Caterham line which runs just a few yards behind a the goal at Church Road. Both are walkable to the ground although the walk from Whyteleafe South lacks pavement and this website will not held liable if you get knocked over by a speeding motorist avoiding the ludicrous sleeping police on Whyteleafe Hill.
Upper Warlingham on the other hand is on the Oxted line which runs on t'other side of the valley. A short walk is all that's required passed the chippy.