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