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FAST paced HIKE. Boxhill & the Hills of the North Downs Way. Alex hosting

  • Nov 3, 2012 · 9:15 AM
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# £18 including train tickets from London Victoria #


A good number of our members have been to over 10 of our day walks and with the improved fitness and stamina they've obtained from regular hiking some now find them both too short and not physically demanding enough anymore. We're therefore going to start organising fast paced and longer hikes (12 to 18 miles) with a smaller group of 20 maximum. They will be identified by the word "FAST" in the event title.

For the first of these hikes we'll exploring an area officially designated the "Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". We'll also pass the famous Denbies Vineyard and are delighted to have a highly experienced professional Personal Trainer to lead this walk who is also a trained Walk Group Leader and Outdoor activity First Aider.

Alex is already known to some people in the group for her hike leading (for which she has great enthusiasm, spirit and experience of). In fact she single handedly runs all of the UK day hikes for the world's largest trekking company as well as having done many of the worlds greatest treks herself.

During the week Alex is a very successful and in demand personal fitness trainer and is very fun, engaging and personable. It's a real pleasure to have her along leading one of our hikes!

Walk Description

This is a challenging 13 mile hike through an area that has been officially designated the "Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". It passes the North Downs Way, Denbies Vineyard, Norbury Park, Ranmore Common, White Hill and Box Hill.

We will explore a varied landscape of rural fields, cross the quaint Stepping Stones river crossing and explore the fabulous hills of Mickleham and Boxhill with their far reaching views and atmospheric woodland. We'll also follow the River Mole through Norbury Park as well as taking in the North Downs hills at Ranmore Common.

A very diverse and scenic route and at this time of year we should see some stunning and vibrant shades of fiery red, gold and bright yellow in the trees on our Autumnal woodland trail.

PACE - PLEASE NOTE: This walk is only for those who want a fast and more demanding hike than our usual walks. By joining this hike you agree to keep up with the pace of the group which will be fast

Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at 9:10 am at Victoria Station. We'll leave the meeting point at 9:20 for the 9:31am train.

We'll meet in front of WHSmith (no 34) and between this and the stall labelled on the map "A Piece of Cake" no 29 (note, it's now actually become "Bread Box" at the station):

http://www.networkrail.co.uk/documents/For%20Passengers/Station%20Maps/4510_Victoria%20Station%20Map.pdf

Our hiking group will be easy to spot with there being 20 of us with rucksacks and hiking boots on. You'll be meeting Alex here who is leading this hike

Anticipated return to London Victoria of before 8pm so please consider yourself committed for the day.

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: 13 miles (21 km)
Difficulty: Tough, fast paced
Terrain: Mainly gravel paths and woodland tracks with a number of hills

Cost

The walk will be £18.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Victoria.

What to Bring

  • Appropriate walking clothes and footwear (ideally hiking boots)
  • Water (at least 1 litre)
  • Packed lunch/picnic
  • Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk
  • That's it! We'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 paramount to us and this walk is led by a trained Walk Group Leader (MTE) with Outdoor Activity First Aid training and extensive hike leading experience. A First Aid kit is carried and the walk is well known to the walk leader.

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http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/TermsConditions/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent! I was not prepared for THAT speed, at times slightly excessive, but all in all a good work-out and great people. Alex knows her route and she is great company. I'd definitely chose again something as challenging, but with the time to take in the beautiful (?) surroundings, which I hardly had the time to glimpse at.
    I preferred the comfort of a pub to the winery, at the end (four of us detoured and spent some time at the pub close to Dorking train station - not a bad place and a bit of fun and socialising after all the rush).

    November 5, 2012

  • Carol

    Definitely fast paced as advertised - I enjoyed the challenge / work out and would come back for more (maybe not for every walk though!) A good pub at the end was the only thing missing.

    November 4, 2012

  • Karen C.

    Far faster than I felt it should have been - Graham said "not a speed walk, but the speed of the front group of a usual hike" (or words to that effect). This was literally jogging on the downhill stretches with not a second to look at the beauty of the scenery, or even to pause and get a snack from the backpack or whatever. 13 miles up & down some pretty steep hills completed in 3.5 hrs (not including lunch stop) - too fast to count as a "walk"! - then 45 mins at Denbies instead of our expected pub stop, so not as billed. Great route, though, apart from the seemingly pointless "Grand old Duke of York" bit near the end where we went up a steep hill then back down it again. One participant said it was about 30% faster than Graham's usual walks, and he'd been expecting 10-15% faster. Not for me, but others clearly loved it :)

    November 3, 2012

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