The journey so far…
Section 7 – 16.5 miles
The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at Gomshall at the end of the hike.
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This is a another very long hike and very hilly. Be prepared for a strenuous all-day trek at a consistent medium fast pace.
We pick up the Greensand Way where we left it at the pub last time round, then it's through some more nice countryside into Dorking and out the other side. A couple of miles further on we turn South and start the ascent through the woods towards Leith Hill. Half-way up we turn off the Greensand Way and walk for several more miles on wooded slopes and rolling meadows down to Gomshall.
After more than seven hours including a break for a picnic lunch out on the path we will get to the village of Gomshall which offers both a pub for a much-needed drink and a railway station for the train journey home.
You must bring a packed lunch.
Some general recommendations and tips.
Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings
Meet Up: Arrive between 8:50 and 9:15 at London Bridge Station, by the railway ticket office. I will be wearing the floppy hat and moustache for recognition and will get you into groups of 4 for buying tickets.
The ticket office is outside, as in the photo below. We will meet here. To get to it from the underground keep following the signs to 'Rail Tickets and Info'.
Buy Ticket: Return to Gomshall. Price £11.90 down to £5.95 in a group of 4.
Outward Travel: 9:35 a.m. train from London Bridge Station platform 8 to Redhill, arriving at 10:09 a.m.
Change to platform 1B for the 10:19 to Betchworth, arriving at 10:27
Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:30 to 10:35 a.m. at Betchworth Station.
Full Day Hike: 16.5 miles. 7 hours 30 minutes, including a stop for a picnic lunch.
End of Hike: Arrive at Gomshall by 18:10.
Post-hike refreshment: A compulsory recuperative session at the pub for the best part of an hour.
Return Travel: All those going back to London by train will get the 19:11 from Gomshall platform 1 to Redhill, arriving at 19:36.
We change to platform 2 for the 19:49 to London Victoria, arriving at 20:17.
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