The journey so far…
Section 6 – 19 miles
The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at Betchworth Station if you aim to get the first train back at the end of the hike.
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This is a truly massive walk – 19 miles and some of it quite hilly. Be prepared for a strenuous all-day trek at a consistent medium fast pace.
After seven and a half hours including a break for a picnic lunch out on the path we will get to a nice country pub, with about an hour for recovery and refreshment before the last mile to the station for the journey back.
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As usual we pass through a variety of farmland, parkland, heathland, woods and villages as the path twists and turns through the East Surrey countryside.
You must bring a packed lunch.
Some general recommendations and tips.
Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings
Meet Up: Arrive between 8:45 and 9:05 at Victoria Station, by the railway ticket office. Get into groups of 4 for buying tickets.
Buy Ticket: You need to get two singles as follows:
Single to Hurst Green. Price £9.90, down to £4.95 in a group of 4.
Single from Betchworth to Victoria. Price £8.60 down to £4.30 in a group of 4.
The total return travel cost is £18.50, down to £9.25 in a group of 4.
Outward Travel: 9:23 a.m. train from Victoria Station platform 17 to Hurst Green, arriving at 10:05 a.m.
Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:05 to 10:10 a.m. at Hurst Green Station.
Full Day Hike: 19 miles. 7 hours 30 minutes, including a stop for a picnic lunch. Then a stop in the pub and another 15 or 20 minutes' walk to the station.
End of Hike: Arrive at Betchworth railway station by 18:20 or 19:20 depending on how long you stay at the pub.
Post-hike refreshment: One mile before the railway station by the footpath route, or three-quarters of a mile on the road.
Return Travel: There are two options for the return train journey to London, as below.
Earlier slow journey: If you don't stop in the pub or only very briefly you can get the 18:28 from Betchworth platform 1 to Dorking Deepdene, arriving at 18:31. Walk to Dorking Main station (6 minutes). Get the 18:45 from platform 3 to London Victoria, arriving at 19:45.
Later fast journey: If you stay for an hour in the pub you can get the 19:26 from Betchworth platform 1 to Redhill, arriving at 19:36. Change to platform 2 for the 19:49 to London Victoria, arriving at 20:17.
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