The journey so far…
Section 8 – 18 miles
The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at Shalford at the end of the hike.
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This is another very long hike and very hilly. Be prepared for a strenuous all-day trek at a consistent medium fast pace.
For the first few miles we head West out of Holmwood up the slopes and deep into the woods to find our way back onto the Greensand Way, then we follow it up and up right to the top of Leith Hill, emerging for panoramic views at the highest point on the Greensand Ridge and the second highest point in South-East England. For a small fee (£1 as far as I can ascertain) you can go up inside the tower to 1000 feet and an even better view.
We will have a short well-earned stop here. There is a kiosk with light refreshments but no toilets. We will have our main lunch stop in a village a couple miles further on, where you can either have your own packed lunch or go to one of the two pubs.
After the one-hour stop we continue on through the glorious Surrey Hills with two more tough ascents to above 800 feet and way back down again.
I am planning to get to Shalford just in time to miss the 19:03 train so that we will all have to go to the pub nearby for a drink or two before getting the next one at 20:03.
Some general recommendations and tips.
Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings
Meet Up: Arrive between 8:50 and 9:15 at Victoria 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.
Buy Ticket: You need to buy 2 single tickets as follows:
London Victoria to Holmwood. £11.70 down to £5.85 in a group of 4.
Shalford to London. Price £12.20 down to £6.10 in a group of 4.
Total cost: £23.90 down to £11.95 in a group of 4.
Outward Travel: 9:31 a.m. train from Victoria Station platform 11 to Holmwood, arriving at 10:32.
Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:35 to 10:40 a.m. at Holmwood Station.
Full Day Hike: 18 miles. Approximately 8 hours 30 minutes, including a stop on Leith Hill and a stop for lunch.
Lunch Stop: Picnic on the village green or pub lunch.
End of Hike: Arrive at Shalford Station by 19:10
Post-Hike Refreshment: A nice pub in Shalford near the station.
Return Travel: 20:03 train from platform 2 to Guildford, arriving at 20:08.
Change to platform 5 for the 20:17 train to London Waterloo, arriving at 20:50.
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