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Boxhill, Denbies Vineyard, the Woods of Mickleham Down and Norbury Park DAY HIKE

  • Mar 8, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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# £20.00 including train tickets from London Victoria #

 

The beauty of Boxhill has inspired many greats artists, writers and musicians for hundreds of years. Jane Austen based the picnic scene from Emma here, George Lamberts famous painting of Boxhill in 1733 (now in The Tate Gallery) and it's even had several songs written about it, the most recent being "On Box Hill" by Everything but the girl. It's also inspired the poet Keats and the writer G.K. Chesterton. Come and discover the magic of Boxhill for yourself.

A diverse hike through a designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" taking in woodland, rolling downs, Norbury Park, the River Mole and of course Box Hill itself where there are some stunning views to be had from Salomons Memorial right across the Weald to Devils Dyke by the South Coast. We'll also cross the famous Stepping Stones over the River Mole as well as walking through Denbies (England's largest Vineyard that won best Rose wine in the world in 2011)

 

 

Walk Description

Box Hill is located on the North Downs and lies within the Surrey Hills area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is also part of the Mole Gap to Reigate Escarpment Site of Special Scientific Interest. As well as it's natural beauty, Box Hill also plays host to a more recent fort built in the 1890s to help defend England from a possible French invasion and a semi derelict folly from 1815.

We shall be passing by the route for the 2012 Olympics cycling race - at the steepest point, considered to be the best for viewing due to the reduced speed of the riders

Please note: This walk does have some tiring hills and requires a reasonable level of fitness. It will also finish at around sunset so a torch is advisable in case we are delayed 


Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at Victoria station at 10:00am and leave our meeting point at 10:20 prompt for the 10:31 train.

Planned return time to London of 6:18pm (We have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then)

We'll meet between WHSmith (no 34) and the stall called Breadbox (no 29).

Click here for a map of our meeting point: http://goo.gl/LCf81

 

Food

We'll stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshments.

 

Distance, Difficulty and Terrain

Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Total ascent: 487 metres
Difficulty: 7 out of 10 - tough in places (several hills, a good level of fitness required)
Walking time: About 3.5 to 4 hours of actual walking

Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):


Cost

The walk will be £20.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Victoria.

 

What to Bring

Appropriate walking clothes and footwear (ideally hiking boots, could be muddy in places), waterproof jacket trousers and hiking boots are strongly advisable in case of rain - for more info please click here

Water (at least 1 litre)

Packed lunch/picnic

Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk

That's it! I'll take care of all train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so just turn up, bring a smile and we'll have a fun day hiking :-)

 

Safety

Your safety is very important to us and this walk is led by a trained Walk Group Leader(MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider with extensive hike leading experience. A First Aid kit is carried and the walk is well known to the walk leader.

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  • claire

    It was a lovely hike, fantastic weather and very friendly people. Thank you Graham!

    March 10, 2014

  • Hilary

    Fabulous hike! Great weather and good company.

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • Kym F.

    Wickard!

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Graham

    pretty much the perfect weather for a hike and hopefully we're out of this long rainy season :-) Great to see some new faces and many regulars. Thanks so much for choosing to join us on this hike today and hope to see everyone out on a trail again soon!

    3 · March 8, 2014

  • Lorraine T

    Thanks for organising a great walk Graham. Had a brilliant time. Can you please arrange for all future walks to have weather like today?!

    March 8, 2014

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