Box Hill, Denbies Vineyard, Ranmore Common, Netley Heath and Shere

This stunning walk takes us on a linear trail from Dorking, taking in the steep ascent to Box Hill where you will have unparalleled views over the downs, we follow the winding and tranquil River Mole and join the North Downs Way. From here a climb takes us to Denbies hill, following the rolling Surrey hills through woodland and heath, past churches and picturesque villages, before we finally arrive in Gomshall.

Meeting point, 08.45 London Waterloo Railway station under the main clock. We will be taking the 09.24 train arriving in Dorking at 10.12, journey time 48mins.

Cost, £4.35 for a group of four people traveling together ( I cannot guarantee you will be in a group of four - individuals or non-groups of four will have to pay the full fare). £1.70 return from Gomshall to Dorking £5 organiser fee. Total £11.05

Walk details, 13 miles/21 KM with some steep ascents mainly on good paths. Grade-moderate.

From Dorking Station, we'll head north and cross the famous Stepping Stones across the River Mole before ascending the 275 steps up to the top of Box Hill, stoping en route to take in the magnificent views from the viewing point and paying our respects at Labilliere's grave. Passing the Victorian Box Hill Fort, we'll make a sweeping descent down the ridge of The Whites, catching glimpses of Zig Zag Road, part of the 2012 Olympic cycling route.

We'll then stroll alongside the beautiful River Mole until we join the North Downs Way and begin the slow and long climb up Denbies Hill, taking in the spectacular views of Denbies Vineyard. Dating back to Roman times, the vineyard is the largest in the UK. As we pass Denbies Mansion, we'll approach the stunning St Barnabas Church, built in 1859 as a 'High Victoriana' scaled-down cathedral to serve the people who worked on the Denbies Estate.

Once past the church we'll stop and take in the views from the top of Ranmore Common, a Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Continuing along the North Downs Way, we'll enter the woods and follow the path past White Downs, Hackhurst Downs and onto Netley Heath, along the way passing numerous World War II 'Pill Boxes'. At Netley Plantation we head south, down into the beautiful village of Shere, where we will stop for a while and admire this picturesque village. Shere is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, when it was held by William The Conquerer and today it still retains many historic Tudor buildings and has featured in numerous films. In Shere, there will be time enough to explore the village;  paddle in the stream, feed the ducks, visit the ice cream parlour, look around the famous church or grab yourself a tea and slice of cake in the tea room. From Shere we'll take a short walk to Gomshall, where we will take the train one stop back to Dorking, where there will be the opportunity for a well earned pub visit before taking the train back into London.

What to bring,

http://www.meetup.com/GO-London/pages/Kit_List%27s

Terms and conditions http://www.meetup.com/GO-London/pages/Terms_And_Conditions/

Group Tickets. 
Group tickets are normally available for groups of 3 or 4 adults traveling together As you arrive at the meeting place I will send you as groups to the ticket office. Please arrive early as it cannot be guaranteed that we will have complete groups of 3 or 4. In these circumstances e.g. 2 persons or less you will unfortunately have to pay full fare



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  • Paolla

    Thank you for organising such a beautiful walk :) it was also nice meeting everyone.

    1 · April 20

  • Cel

    It's a great day and meet lovely people. I'm new to hiking but I enjoyed it much... Hope to join you more soon. It's good to see you all!

    2 · April 20

  • Teresa

    Superb! Beautiful places, very nice walk and great company. Thanks Bill for an amazing day!

    2 · April 20

  • Rui L.

    I had a great day and met lovely people! See you next time!

    1 · April 19

  • Praful

    Another enjoyable walk, at a good pace and amiable company! Thanks Bill.

    3 · April 19

  • Deb

    Thanks Bill, great walk and fab group, hope to see you all again soon.

    1 · April 19

  • Pedro P.

    Very enjoyable walk with great company.

    3 · April 19

  • Jean-Jacques B.

    Great walk with lovely people, hope to see you again soon

    2 · April 19

  • Milen

    It was a nice walk at a good pace. Thank you Bill.

    3 · April 19

  • Monia

    Really good, enjoyed fast walk, views and the company

    1 · April 19

  • Stacey

    Great walk and great people :)

    1 · April 19

  • Steve

    Hi, I only saw that I was added from the waiting list this morning and too late to join you. Have a great day.

    April 19

    • Cindy

      Same here :-(

      April 19

  • Louise

    Hi, I will meet the group at Dorking, I already live in surrey so dont want to go into London just to come back out again :-)

    April 18

    • Bill W.

      See you there Louise.

      April 19

  • Carmel

    Sorry too ill to make it on the walk today

    April 19

    • Bill W.

      Sorry to hear that Carmel, get well soon.

      April 19

  • Christina I.

    Running a little late but should be at Waterloo under the clock at 9!

    April 19

    • Bill W.

      No problem Christina, see you then.

      April 19

  • Erica R.

    I'm under the clock in front of the Rail Information :)

    April 19

    • Bill W.

      I'll be there at 08:40 Erica

      1 · April 19

  • Stacey

    Morning ill meet u all at Dorking station :)

    April 19

    • Bill W.

      See you there Stacey.

      April 19

  • sinbad

    Hi Bill, I will probably be on the train that arrives at 10.12 at Dorking (I will be coming from Clapham Junction), is there a number I can call you on whilst on the train to meet up with you guys?

    April 17

  • Amanda

    Hi, I can't go anymore and have just cancelled, so the next person on the waiting list now has the opportunity to join. Hope its a good day out!

    April 18

  • Giny

    Possible to join directly @ Dorking? Apparently, I am on the waiting list...

    April 17

  • Neil

    Unfortunately away this weekend hope not to late to cancel

    April 17

  • Angie

    Still searching for a spot on this trip...

    April 16

  • Clive

    Sadly cant make it anymore so my place is up for grabs

    1 · April 15

    • Clive

      I think my place will go to the next on the wait list Glen

      April 15

  • Angie

    Hi there, anyone have a spare ticket? Would love to join this hike...

    April 15

  • stacey b.

    The list jumped me from going to waiting, i accidently changed my rsvp :(

    April 15

    • Bill W.

      Stacey please feel free to attend and use my +1 as i no longer require it and i can see you were an early RSVP and guessed you must of made a mistake to put yourself back on the Waitlist!

      1 · April 15

  • Sofia

    Hello, I want to bring a friend with me, how can I do this? I have already got a place...Please let me know, many thanks, Sofia

    April 14

  • Bill W.

    Just a reminder, that those on the Waiting List can attend only if someone on the 'going' list changes their RSVP to 'No' - and then a position is available on a first come basis to those on the Waiting List. So look out for a notification if a space becomes available and respond promptly.

    1 · April 8

    • Paolla

      hiya Bill, I just saw I moved to the Going list, just want to double check as I was on the Waiting list but didn't get a notification. Paolla

      1 · April 13

    • Bill W.

      Hi Paollo, you are definitely on the going list. See you Saturday!
      Bill.

      1 · April 14

  • sinbad

    Hi if anyone wants to buy a 4 person group saver I am in??

    1 · April 3

    • Paolla

      Ok, I see myself on the RSVP list :), so I am up for a 4 person group saver too.

      April 13

    • sinbad

      great guys lets meet up at the station and buy our tickets earlier...

      April 13

  • Nic R.

    Ahh... Looks like I've been relegated back to wait list so will miss out on this one. Not sure what happened there.. Maybe the next walk!

    April 13

  • Celeste

    I've just found out my boss is getting married at Denbies Vineyard on the 19th!! I can't make the walk but if you see a wedding happening, please photo bomb them for me :)

    3 · April 10

  • Bill W.

    My number is[masked] if anyone needs it. Look forward to seeing you on the 19th.

    April 8

  • yvonne h.

    will meet you at dorking

    March 18

    • Bill W.

      Thanks Yvonne, there will be a couple of others meeting directly at Dorking too.

      March 19

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