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NBH Monthly Marathon Walk - The North Downs Way

The 'end' of the walk is inside Zone 6,
so you can use a 1 day Travel or Oyster card.

The North Downs way is a long distance footpath through Surrey to the Kent Coast at Dover. It is 156 miles long, including a loop via Canterbury at the eastern end.

This walk follows a 26 mile (41.8km) section of the North Downs Way (NDW) south east of London, along the edge of the North Downs Escapement. The walk is very rural despite  finishing in "Zone 6". It has fine views to the south, and some pretty woods.

Escape the hustle and bustle of London to discover inspirational landscapes and a peaceful walk along the North Downs Way.

With spectacular downland views, and within the M25 from Box Hill to Knockholt, the North Downs Way is the perfect way to provide superb walking experiences amongst the finest landscapes in the country.

The dramatic landscapes of the North Downs have long inspired artists, poets and writers ranging from J. M.W.Turner to Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Charles Darwin and Winston Churchill lived close to the Downs and were also moved by the landscape.


The walk starts from Box Hill station and heads up Box Hill, which is the perfect place to discover and explore the beautiful Surrey Hills. Forming part of the North Downs. Box Hill has breath-taking views across the surrounding countryside with many fine viewpoints.

We will end the walk in Knockholt were we will take a bus to Caterham (on the edge of zone 6). The end of the walk (bus and train) is within Zone 6, so you can use a 1-day Travel / Oyster card for your return journey.


Overall Level: Intermediate - (6/10)

Underfoot: mostly flat with well defined paths (5/10)

Endurance: Marathon (7/10)

Distance: 26 miles (41.8km)

Duration: 11hrs

Start: Box Hill Station

Finish: Orpington (via bus from Knockholt)

Lunch: Pack Lunch


Meeting Time: 6.30am.

Train departs from London Victoria at 06.47 and arrives at Box Hill at 07.42am. Returning to London Victoria at 20.30.

Meet: on the "main concourse"
(next to the main ticket office and Cafe Nero)

Please see link below:

RAIL/BUS TRAVEL - The end of the walk is inside Zone 6 - so you can use a 1 day Travel card or an Oyster card for your return journey.


Price includes:
Outward Bound Rail Travel and NBH costs

(To be paid in advance when you RSVP)

* * * Payment required when you RSVP * * *

NOTE: If you are paying via NBH Bank or GoCardless send me an email to confirm your payment and I will add you to the RSVP list.

£12.00 via NBH bank transfer
Payment for this trip can be made to the following account:
Account Name: NBH
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Account Number:[masked]
Reference:[masked] + Your Meetup Name.

GoCardless - £12.00

PayPal - £13.00
If you are paying via PayPal please add £1 (£13.00) for PayPal charges.


Please check the planned engineering works when planning your journey:


NOTE: Please remember to change your RSVP if you are no longer able to make the event. No shows are recorded and may affect your RSVP status for future events. After three “no shows” you may be moved to the waiting list for events that are full.


Things to bring:
Pack Lunch
Water and snacks
Head Torch
Walking shoes / Boots
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
Warm tops (layers)
Money (food and drinks)
Camera (optional)

Natural Born Hikers operate within:
The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

For more information:

Look at the following site for the simplified explanation


IMPORTANT NOTE: We consider safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.

We recommend that everyone participating in outdoor activities obtain appropriate insurance. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at very competitive rates:

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  • Alannah

    Forgot to write when I got back, but was pretty wiped out from such a great hike, had a fantastic time thanks so much! Would recommend to everyone and will be doing another hike as soon as I can!

    October 9, 2013

  • Michael.

    Hi everyone, I've finally uploaded the photos from The North Downs Way Marathon onto our Facebook page. See Facebook link in the left-hand column and remember to "LIKE" our Facebook page :)

    October 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great walk and great people to walk with. Thanks guys

    2 · September 22, 2013

  • Jemma

    What a great but challenging hike!! Non stop laughter! Great fun! :)

    2 · September 22, 2013

  • Arrvind

    I missed the Liverpool- Southampton game to do this walk. I'm glad I did, not because Liverpool lost but because it was a fantastic walk with lovely people! Thanks Michael and fellow hikers. Bring on the next marathon. Double marathon hike through?

    2 · September 22, 2013

  • Prema Claire P.

    Lovely people as always and what a great pub to finish the walk in! Can't wait till the next walk!

    2 · September 22, 2013

  • Parveen

    thank you Michael and wonderful group for brilliant hike !

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Anna

    It was great! Looking forward to next one!

    1 · September 21, 2013

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