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River Mole Stepping Stones, Boxhill Fort, Broadwoods Tower - hiking adventure

It's quite a demanding hike with climbs that can make you short of breath, but equaly reward you with views that will take your breath away.

Time: It should take around 3 hours, but allow extra time for stops and lunch. You should consider yourself commited for the day.

Lenght: 10 kilometres

Ascent: 352 metres

Descent: 468 metres

Lunch: We will stop for food at the end of the walk, so you may need some sandwiches to keep you going. I have booked a table at The Stepping Stones pub for 3pm. Please email them at [masked] with your order - to make sure they can prepare quickly for you.

Meeting point: We will meet at Clapham Junction Station at the main entrance, next to the ticket offices. It's the one that goes out to St John's Hill, with the Sainsbury's, Costa and Cafe Nero.

Fee: £12.80 includes the hike, train ticket and pay pal fees.

Difficulty: It is strenuous; climbing steep hills and dropping into deep valleys. The ground is rough in places and includes steep slopes, slippery paths and many steps. Please make sure you have suitable clothing, footwear and provisions. It can be very muddy at times, so good walking shoes are necessary.

Transport: We will be taking a train from Clapham Junction to Boxhill and Westhumble. The train leaves at 9:48 and takes 48minutes direct. We will arrive at our destination at 10:36am. Train tickets are included in the price.

Drivers: It's a circular walk, so if you drive you can meet us at Boxhill & Westhumble station, however you will have to sort out your parking and make sure you are there on time as we will only wait from 10:36am till 10:45am as it would not be fair to keep the entire group waiting any longer. I would suggest that if you drive you aim to arrive at least half an hour early to allow for any traffic/parking issues. The price is the same whether you are driving or taking the train.

I will be wearing a curious Kat's T-shirt and will be at the meeting point since 9:25am. Please be there sharp on time. We will make our way to the platform at 9:35am. If you are late I'm afraid we will not be able to wait but you will be welcome to catch up with us at the platform or at the destination.

If you have any problems please give me a call on[masked] . If you are trying to call and not getting through, this may be becasue 15 other people are also calling me to ask for the way, so please send me a text. As it gets quite hectic when everyone starts arriving and looking for the meeting point, please don't email me or leave a voice mail as I will not have time to check it until after the hike. If you realise last minute that you can not make it - please change your RSVP and text me.

Weather: Please make sure that you are dressed appropriately to the weather (make sure to bring either you waterproofs or a sunscreen). We will not cancel the trip unless the conditions make it dangerous for us to make the walk. If the trip was cancelled you would of course be refunded.

IMPORTANT: By taking part in this meet-up you agree to the following disclaimer: I acknowledge that hiking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. My decision to voluntarily participate in these activities is an informed decision and I am aware of and shall accept such risks. I agree to be responsible for my own actions and involvement in these activities. The organiser does not take any responsibility for my safety.

River Mole Stepping Stones:

There are different stories behind the name 'Mole'. The river may be named after the burrowing animal, as some stretches flow underground during dry periods. Another theory is that it is named after the Roman word for mill (mola).

Seventeen hexagonal stepping stones cross the river at the foot of Box Hill. If you are feeling nimble, hop across the stepping stones, looking out for fish on your way. You might be lucky enpough to see the electric-blue flash of a kingfisher darting past.

The Tower or Broadwood's Folly:

The Tower was built by Thomas Broadwood, a member of the family that manufactured quality pianos, including royal commissions. Built around 1815 it stands above Juniper Hall, the family home.

The tree now growing through the tower is an evergreen Holm Oak. This non-native species wasn't planted in the tower, but probably grew from a seed dropped by a passing bird.

The Box Hill Fort:

The fort was built in the late 1800s during a crisis period in British history. It was part of London defence scheme, literally a last ditch attempt to save the capital of the empire.

The nineteenth century saw revolutionary changes in military hardware and tactics. On the oceans wood and sail were giving way to steel and steam, large artilery guns were becoming more accurate and more destructive, infantry rifles became quicker to reload. Britan's construction of modern warship had not kept pace with her enemies, particularly the French. British forces were spread thinly across huge empire and London was vulenrable to invasion. If London fell, the whole empire was likely to follow. The capital had to be protected whilst naval forces were bolstered.

Box Hill was one of thirteen military instalations forming a series of defence seventy two miles long, known as London Defence Scheme. It was designed as a last ditch stop line to protect London from south and east.

Now referred to as Forts, these structures were oryginally comissioned as Mobilisation Centres. They were designed as supply depots, providing tools and ammunition to regular soldiers, volunteers and contracted labour.

The whole hillside would have been a line of defence and soldiers could be moved quickly along trenches to counter any enemy advance. The soldiers would have been in a very strong position, being equipped with rapid firing rifles, protected by an earth trench and occupying high ground.

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  • Fiona

    Hi kat
    I have changed my rsvp from yes to no. Twice ive offered my spot - once to someone who wanted it but went with another slot. If my slot is taken now ive changed my rsvp. Could i plse be given the refund minus charges? I dont think the swap system works very well as it is. Have a nice time tomorrow. Fiona

    June 1, 2013

    • Kat

      Hey Yoko, thank you for the suggestion, but it's not that easy as if there are no comments in the comments section and a couple of people change their mind and there are places left on the day I will have no way of knowing who took whose place and I really need a quick way of checking it. I'm working till midnight as it is on most of the days (as you can see) trying to deal with the queries so I need to be able to look thigs up quickly. Emails would not work as of I get back to the event after a couple of days to prices things I would have to trawl through 1000 of emails (I'm getting over a hundred a day) and simply have no database or an adminteam to manage it. Sorry, but this is the only way I can think of until is have my own website that will be better at tracking payments...

      June 2, 2013

    • Kat

      Sorry for typos - they come as a courtesy of my iPhone, and I'm just too tired to re-write it.

      June 3, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Excellent trip. As always, well-planned by Kat. Thanks, Kat!

    June 2, 2013

  • Kat

    Excellent day and fantastic people! :) Thank you all for coming!

    June 2, 2013

  • Keanu S.

    As always I had a brilliant hike with Kat, enjoyed the company of new friends. Awesome day!

    June 2, 2013

  • violetta

    hi KAT...I overslept- unfortunately I haven't your nmber.:(((
    that's why I post here that I wouldn't be able to come Today...very sorry for that....:(((

    June 2, 2013

  • gary c.

    Guys I cant make sunday,,,twisted ankle bouldering today ,,can hardly walk...maybe I should stick to climbing with ropes haha... Will see you next weekend though as im hoping it be ok by then...

    June 1, 2013

  • Kate

    I now have rehearsals all day tmrw do can't make it, anyone on waiting list I've got two tickets I've paid for that I need to sell if you'd like them please get in touch. Thanks

    June 1, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Kate, It's a pity you can not make it. Please note that any sawps will be accepted only if the correct procedure is followed: http://www.meetup.com...­

      1 · June 1, 2013

    • Kate

      Thanks for the link & I've altered my RSVP. Really wish I could make if but hopefully someone will be able to take the spots.

      June 1, 2013

  • Fiona

    Hi - i still have my slot available, I think the person who wanted it doesnt' need it, ..please let me know if you would like my ticket. And I will change my RSVP. You have to reply to my message.

    June 1, 2013

  • Eva

    Hi Fiona could I have your place? cheers Eva

    May 30, 2013

    • Eva

      Hi. How can we handle the swap? Do we have to log in at the same time?

      May 31, 2013

    • Fiona

      Hi Eva...do you still want my place? I will turn my RSVP to yes, and you have to confirm on this post that you will take my place. then you take the RSVP and pay up as normal. Let me know if this is still ok with you?

      May 31, 2013

  • Anton

    there doesn't seem to be much point in doing this swapping of places the polite way?

    May 31, 2013

  • Bel

    Hi, I have to work this Sunday. I cannot make it :-( Is anyone happy to take my place? cheers

    May 31, 2013

    • Anton

      hi Bel, I will happily take your place. Do you want to change your RSVP so that I can claim it and pay for it?

      May 31, 2013

    • Bel

      Sure. Will do that now. Thanks

      May 31, 2013

  • Angelo

    Hi I cannot make it to this event anymore, anybody want to take my place? cheers

    May 30, 2013

    • Angelo

      Hello Anton, were you able to take my spot? when i released it last night, somebody has taken it. Thanks

      May 31, 2013

    • Anton

      no, looks like someone else jumped in. i'm trying to grab Bel's spot now. thanks :)

      May 31, 2013

  • Andrea

    Im such a moron - I double booked! Does anyone want my place/Kat can you give me a refund and give my space to someone else? Sorry for being such a pain!

    May 13, 2013

    • Andrea

      Robert Myler is having my place :)

      May 29, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Andrea, no problem, once Robert signs up I will process the refund.

      May 31, 2013

  • Fiona

    Hi
    Not able to make this now :( anyone want my lplace? Letme know.

    May 30, 2013

  • Rinal P.

    I sprained my ankle last week so as beautiful as it sounds I won't be able to make it.

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunalelly I won't be able to attend. Does anyone want my place? I hope you all enjoy the walk. Csilla

    May 28, 2013

  • wendy s.

    I'm afraid I won't be able to atten afterall - something has come up -I hope you all enjoy the day and look forward to joining you on another event soon.
    Regards Wendy

    May 20, 2013

  • Rebecca J.

    Sounds nice, hope the sun is out with us

    May 11, 2013

  • violetta

    thanks..I will pay by Saturday....:))))

    May 10, 2013

  • violetta

    HI Kat...I have been try join this event but y paypal doesn't work..please could U reserve the space for me or I can sent U money by different way...vioetta

    May 10, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Violetta, you could pay directly to my account: http://www.meetup.com...­

      May 10, 2013

    • Kat

      Please drop me an email once you will have made the payment so that I can add you to the list.

      May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    UNFORTUNATELY i AM IN THE ISLE OF WIGHT AT THIS TIME - SORRY TO MISS

    May 8, 2013

  • Michelle

    Hi, I will dive to Boxhill, where shall I meet you an what will the be ow that I have excluded the train travel?

    April 17, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Michelle, the meeting point is at Clapham Junction and the train tickets are included. If you would like, you can meet us is boxhill, but the price will be the same - I just haven't got the admin support necessary to mange different prices.

      May 8, 2013

  • Julie P.

    Don't need the train tickets as coming from Sussex by car, would the price be adjusted?

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am going to drive and park at Box Hill. Could you let me know how much do I need to pay for the hike - without train fees. Thanks.

    February 12, 2013

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