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Guildford - River Wey, North Downs Way and St Martha's church 10miles (16km) DAY

  • Apr 27, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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# £22 including return train tickets from London Waterloo #

Come and join us for an adventure starting at the County Town of Surrey and taking us into the Surrey Hills - designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. An area I know well having lived here for several years and grown up nearby!

We've timed this hike to get us back to London at 5:44pm, so ideal for people who are planning a night out afterwards.


Walk Description

Guildford is a town dating back to Saxon times that was once home to the Royal Mint. Guildford is best known for being a picturesque and quaint market town near London, but the countryside has far more to offer than most visitors discover beyond the cobbled streets and historical buildings. Famous past and current residents include Lewis Carroll - author of Alice in Wonderland, Jodie Kidd, Alan Turin, Terry Jones (the Monty Python writer) and Yvonne Arnaud

Once in Guildford we’ll walk along the picturesque River Wey canal, past the boat houses (and my old rowing club) and onto the optional detour to see the ruin of St Catherine's church. We'll then progress onto the Woods where we’ll join the ancient North Downs Way path along a ridge which has far reaching views. At the top of the hill we’ll come to the remote and isolated St Martha’s church (where a church has stood since Saxon times). From here there are spectacular views to the south – as far as the South Downs by Brighton and indeed on a clear day you can see eight counties from this point. We’ll then go onto Chilworth which was home to an extensive gunpowder factory since 1626, although it was closed in 1920 and is now an enchanting derelict site covering 27 acres with much to see including relics, tramways and buildings from it’s nearly 400 year history.

Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at 9:30 am at Waterloo Station under the main clock (in front of the departures board). We'll leave the meeting point at 9:45 for the 10:00am train.

Click here for a photo of the clock:

Click here for a map of where the clock is:

I will be available on [masked] (texts cannot be replied to)

Anticipated return to London of 5:44pm. We have a group ticket so please consider yourself committed for the day until then.


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: 10 miles (16 km)
Difficulty: 6.5 out of 10 (moderate)
Time: About 4.5 to 5 hours of walking
Terrain: A few hills, mainly gravel tracks



The walk will be £22.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Waterloo.  If you sign up before 14th April you qualify for an early bird price of £20


What to Bring

• Appropriate walking clothes and footwear (ideally hiking boots, could be muddy in places) - 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! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day :-)



Your safety is paramount 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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  • Graham

    Thanks for coming everyone and braving what turned out to be less heavy rain than expected. I've put some photos online at: where you can tag yourself etc. Hope to see everyone again soon!

    April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Graham, after doing many walks, I have to say this one was the most beautiful.

    April 27, 2014

  • Anne

    Brilliant day, thanks everyone! I will definitely feel it tomorrow :)

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Phil

    Lovely walk, great combination of flats and ups and downs with lovely views from the hill tops. More importantly wonderful company.

    2 · April 27, 2014

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