Dorking to Merstham North Downs Hike 17 km, Total Ascent 630 m

Dorking to Merstham North Down Hike 17km Total ascent 630m over whole route
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Meet at 9:25 am Clapham Junction to purchase group saver ticket to Dorking and a return from Merstham

Route: There is always something new to explore on the North Downs trail. This particular stretch offers wildlife, heritage, hills, charming villages and a history that includes Keats and Pre- World War I tales. Not only is there a wealth of views and history this well-developed trail provides a good workout for your legs or great training for bigger treks with a total of 600 meters in hills. We have two steep hills that are nearly 150 meters each. As always will be moving at our usual fast group pace so should be a moderately challenging day. We pass along many landmarks including, Box Hill, Redhill, Reigate Hill and Gatton Park. A  picnic lunch is planned at the scenic outlook at Reigate Hill. If time allows we will pop in to cosy village pub in Merstham for a post drink hike.

Transport: (Train only as we do not return to Dorking Station- we walk to Merstham Station)
Depart Clapham Junction: 9:46 ( Please meet me by 9:30  if you want to participate in group saver approximately £15 not included. Please bring cash)
Alternatively depart London Victoria train at 9:38 am and organize your own tickets and group saver to Dorking
Return from Merstham trains to Clapham Junction at 16:42 or 17:42 if you stay at the pub too long. They arrive at 17:07 and 18.07 respectively

Drivers: It is easier to take the train as we walk one way to Mersham Station. If you insist upon driving you could meet us at 10:40 at Dorking Station and take  the 17:09 train from Merstham back to Dorking via Redhill station at the end of the walk.


What to bring:

• Pack lunch
• Daypack
• Waterproof Jacket
• Base layer and fleece
• Long trousers or gaiters to protect legs from sting nettles on the less trodden paths
• Water & snacks to keep your energy levels up
• Cash for group saver ticket and post hike pub drinks in Merstham


Please note all hikes are pre-walked and tested for wow factor, challenge and safety. Alex, your hike leader has undergone Walking Group Leader training and holds a wilderness first aid certificate. She has been leading group hike for over 3 years and takes great pleasure in ensuring her guest have a awesome day on trails.

HEALTH & SAFETY. Hiking is a cardiovascular activity which may expose you to unpedictable weather, uneven surfaces, live stock and other risk that are found outdoors. When you RSVP you are also confirming you are in good health, of reasonable fitness and accept the risk exercise in the outdoors


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  • Liz K.

    Great fast paced walk as usual with great hills and views! We were also very lucky with the weather!

    October 22, 2012

  • Teya

    A great walk as always, thanks Alex!

    October 21, 2012

  • Marsha

    Good walk. Didn't know that that scenery existed in the UK until today. Worth the inclement weather.

    October 21, 2012

  • Alexandria M.

    Thanks hardy group! No rain but you handled those muddy puddles with grace. Worthwhile for the Scottish Cattle and some great Autumn views. Sorry to those who could not make hope you feel better soon and can join the fun on the trails again. X

    1 · October 21, 2012

  • Lev

    Fantastic walk. A beautiful route at good pace. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    October 21, 2012

  • Glenda

    Fabulous walk and the rain stayed away

    October 21, 2012

  • Mike H

    Hi. Is anyone going from Victoria tomorrow?

    October 20, 2012

    • Lev

      Victoria works nicely for me. Meet there at 9:15?

      October 20, 2012

    • Mike H

      Lev. I've just got home after a days walking to find I have a domestic issue I need to resolve tomorrow... Shame but no longer venturing out tomorrow sadly. sorry...

      October 20, 2012

  • Alexandria M.

    We have had a record number of cancellations with less than 24 hours to go and I am not able to write to you all individually. With such short notice it is unlikely that the many people who were on the wait list will have an opportunity to take your places. Sorry but the refund policy states that no refunds with less than 3 days notice, so unless someone takes your place I will not being issuing a refund. You can try to contact wait listed people and sell your place. I realise last minute cancelations cannot always be helped. Please also realise much prep and time is put into arranging these hikes and a I set limits to make the group intimate. However occupying a place and cancel last minute denies others of place and is admin intensive. If rain is a concern I can assure you that you will still enjoy your self? Hope to see you on you all again soon if you cannot make tomorrow. Many thanks

    October 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, I have a streaming cold, hoping to be better for tomorrow, but know that there was a waiting list....would it be possible to pull out and put my fee towards a future activity (where I won't give anyone else the lergy)? Best Rx

    October 20, 2012

    • Adrian C

      Just change your RSVP to NO, that should let someone off the waitlist. and email Alex anyway

      October 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Was going to keep my options open just in case I feel better tomorrow, but will do, thanks for the tip Adrian!

      October 20, 2012

  • Liz K.

    Glenda - I can return your socks to you!

    September 15, 2012

Your organizer's refund policy for Dorking to Merstham North Downs Hike 17 km, Total Ascent 630 m

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