NBH 10 Challenge. No. 2 The North Downs Way

  • March 1, 2014 · 6:30 AM
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The 'end' of the walk is inside Zone 6,
so you can use a 1 day Travel or Oyster card.


The NBH 10 Challenge

"10 Marathons in 10 Months, in 10 Hours"

Marathon No. 2 - March 2014


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: hilly and flat with well defined paths (5/10)

Endurance: Marathon (7/10)

Distance: 26 miles (41.8km)

Duration: 10hrs

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


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 http://www.travelwatchdog.com/Travel%20Regs.htm/


2014 Marathon Walks:

February – Seven Sisters

March – North Downs Way

April – Lewes

May – Hangers Way (Extended)

June – South Downs Way

July – Brighton

August – The Chilterns

September – To be decided

October – To be decided

November – To be decided

NOTE: The above monthly marathon walks are subject to change due to weather conditions, transport, etc…

Also, if members miss any of the marathons walks they can contact me at: [masked] and if there are enough people wanting to repeat a marathon walk I will arrange the walk at a later date.


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: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Landing.aspx

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  • Jennifer P.

    Fantastic day, thank you!

    2 · March 2, 2014

    • Michael.

      I hope your foot recovers soon, don't forget to return the socks :)

      March 2, 2014

    • Jennifer P.

      Thank you, it's much better already!! What is your address and I'll pop them in the post :)

      March 4, 2014

  • JonSea

    Lovely day, lovely weather, lovely people. :)

    1 · March 2, 2014

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