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Dorking - Guildford North Downs Hike with Picnic & Swimming- 14 Miles (22km)

  • May 17, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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The Great British Summer is finally here, so let's all turn gently rosy cheeked together while being kissed by the sun (or lashed by hail!), with some hilly N Downs hiking, a picnic and outdoor swimming!

The hike mostly follows a heavily wooded section of the N Downs Way, with sweeping views our reward for the stiff climb up onto the ridge. The hike indeed has several testing climbs, but is mostly on well maintained national trails.

We will stop briefly during the hike at a pub for toilets and drinks only - please bring food along for a picnic lunch.

Our end of the hike swimming and chilling destination is Guildford Lido (at ~16:30), one of the last remaining Olympic sized 1930's lidos in the UK, set in 4 acres of parkland, where the energetic can enjoy healthy outdoor activities such as volleyball, minigolf, frisbee, or of course splash in the expansive 165 x 100 foot pool, heated to a pleasant 24C (£4.80 extra admission).  The pool apparently has new slides for this season too (another £2)!

After the swim, those who want to head straight home can do so (eta Waterloo 19:00), whilst the rest of us will find a suitable establishment to socialise in and take further refreshments before heading home an hour or two later.

As usual, our hike is train assisted to and from London. Our outward train departs from London Waterloo at 09:54 and is due to arrive in Dorking (Main) at 10:41.  The cost, including the return train tickets (traveling as a group), is £15.  The organisers will purchase the tickets for the group - please pay them in cash on the train.  We will return to Waterloo on one of the four fast trains per hour from Guildford, taking ~40 minutes.

If, like me, you need a coffee to join the land of the living at this time of the morning, getting a free Bite card gets you 20% off at many station outlets: https://www.bitecard.co.uk/Home

Extra things to bring this time:

Picnic blanket, food and drinks - sharing is encouraged!

Park game for the lido, such as a Frisbee

Swimming gear, including pool shoes

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  • Paul R

    A really wonderful hike, very sad I couldn't make the swim, thanks again Andy for organising and everyone for the wonderful conversations. Paul

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Lotta

    Wonderful summer's day outing - beautiful walk, lovely swim, pub dinner and great company! Thank you Andy, Paul and all!

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Olga

    Thanks for organizing the hike, Andy!! And thanks to everyone for great company. It was fun!! :-)

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • bradley

    Thanks Andy.Lovely Day

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Katie

    Thanks to Andy and Paul for guiding and keeping us together. Thanks to all for a thoroughly fantastic day. Beautiful scenery and weather is lost without great company :-)

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • L.E.

    Fab day in the countryside! Thank you Andy and Paul, looking forward to the next one!
    (...but who ate the strawberries?)

    May 18, 2014

  • Andy

    Another most enjoyable day with an energetic hike, fine vistas and inspirational company on a fine Summer's day. The swim and pub at the end were a particularly lovely end to the day. Thanks everyone who came along and I hope to see you all soon!

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Robinski

    Well done Andy for leading/guiding, and Paul for rounding the group (and not losing anyone intentionally :D). A pleasure meeting everyone, see you next time! Cheers.

    May 18, 2014

  • Emmylou

    Beautiful route and lots of good chat... Thanks to Andy, Paul and everyone for a lovely day :)

    May 18, 2014

  • Judy

    Thanks Andy for another great hike. Shame I had to rush off but hope you had fun.

    May 18, 2014

  • Kuldip

    Lovely day! I'd forgotten how relaxing it is to end the hike with a swim. Then onto the pub. Six stars!

    May 18, 2014

  • Henning

    I was quite sure what the point was about going for a swim after the hike, but it turned out to be great. Great hike. Thanks, Andy :-)

    May 18, 2014

  • Tim

    I'll be getting the train from Clapham Junction and will therefore sort out my own ticket.

    May 16, 2014

  • Katie

    Hi All. For me, it's easiest to meet you in Dorking. I may well bump into you on the train as I'll be getting on in Wimbledon.

    May 16, 2014

  • Louisa

    Hi am definitely coming to this. I live next to Clapham Junction station so I will buy my own return ticket and find you on the train/at Guildford. I tried to find the 09.54 from Waterloo train but can't see it. are you instead getting the 09.45 or am I being an idiot?

    May 15, 2014

    • Andy

      Thanks Martin, this is a linear walk, so we will be starting from Dorking and returning from Guildford. Anyone getting their own ticket from Clapham Junction or Wimbledon should get a return to Chilworth or Gomshall, ensuring that it is valid via both routes.

      1 · May 15, 2014

    • Louisa

      Yes, being an idiot! I've got a return to Gomshall, thanks for the advice.

      May 16, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Nice day

    May 15, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Unfortunately, Im not in a position to attend. I hope you all have a

    May 15, 2014

  • Paul h.

    Sorry I cant make it andy some work stuff has come up so gutted I was so looking forward to this walk will be on anther walk some time soon

    May 15, 2014

  • Judy

    I'm definitely coming to this Andy and will meet you all at Dorking Station - looking forward to it :)

    May 15, 2014

  • Grae

    Apologies too - can no longer make this.
    Have fun!

    May 15, 2014

  • vanessa

    My apologies, just realised I double-booked for today.

    May 15, 2014

  • Javier G.

    I finally have to work this Saturday so, unfortunately, I can not make it!!! I feel sorry about that!!!

    May 14, 2014

  • Palma

    No, no I can't do it. Sorry

    May 14, 2014

  • Andy

    Hi everyone, as always with the hike now only a few days away, please update your RSVP if your plans have changed for the weekend. The weather is set fair for our lido visit too, so remember to pack the swimming gear!
    See you all on Saturday, Andy

    May 13, 2014

  • Kinga

    Hi everybody. Unfortunately I have to pull out due to some last minute family matters, have alovely time on saturday

    May 12, 2014

  • Lisa

    I'm sorry I will no longer be able to join you I was looking forward to it :(

    May 11, 2014

  • Steve M.

    Hi Guys Sorry - have to cancel. Something came up on Saturday. Happy hiking!

    May 10, 2014

  • Dul

    Shame I cannot join for this one! I will be doing the 20mi Pink Ribbon Walk raising money towards Breast Cancer Charity...
    Here is the link, if anyone fancies sponsoring me :)
    http://www.justgiving.com/Dulcinea_Ortiz

    April 28, 2014

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