9 mile hike, Vineyard tour, tasting & picnic

  • September 15, 2012 · 9:15 AM

Hello!

I've joined up with a expert hiking group called Outdooraholics to offer this work hard-play hard combo It's a 3 hour hike and a 2 hour vineyard tour and tasting via train from Victoria. The best part is at the end of the day, you will be able to look at the hill you've climbed from the vineyard!

I've hired the vineyard for an exculsive after-hour tasting for 25 lucky Tastourians!

Tickets are limited and will sell out fast.

CLICK HERE TO PAY

There is only 2 tickets left!!!!

About the Hike:

A delightful walk taking in woodland, rolling downs, the River Mole and of course Box Hill itself where there are some stunning views to be had from Salomons Memorial as far as Devils Dyke by the South Coast.

Box Hill is located on the North Downs and lies within the Surrey Hills area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as being part of the Mole Gap to Reigate Escarpment Site of Special Scientific Interest and has inspired poets like Keats and writers like G.K. Chesterton. 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 this summer - at the steepest point, considered to be the best for viewing due toe the speed of the riders and also the steep banks to watch from with 15,000 spectators expected here!

Please note: This walk does have some strong climbs and requires a good level of fitness and as it can be slippery strong and appropriate footwear too.

About the vineyard:

Denbies is the largest vineyard in England. It's won many awards and features on high-end restaurant list such as Claridges.

At the vineyard:

It's like Disney Land here. The train ride around the vineyard is magical and will be a well deserved rest after the hike.

The tour inside will last 50 minutes and the train rain will also last 50 minutes. Total time at the vineyard is 2 hours

Food

We are bringing a bring and share picnic lunch for the walk.  However there will be time to have a coffee or light bite inside the Cafe at Denbies before the tour.

After the tour:

There is an upmarket village pub very close to the train station. We will be stopping for a drink and nibbles after the tour.

Transport:

Please note: The tickets are only valid on this train, so you need to be on time please.

We'll meet at 9:10 am where you can grab a coffee. We'll leave the meeting spot at 9:20 prompt for the  9:31 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

***If you do not need train travel, buy a ticket at full price, then email me and I will refund you the difference.

Return to London We will be catching the 8pm train, returning to London Victoria at 8:48

Food

We'll stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink to share. There will be time for a coffee and light bite before the vineyard tour.  After the tour you are welcome to join us at the pub near Box Hill after the walk.

Distance

The walk is 9 miles and has some hills in it. Hike level: 6/10 Please ensure you're happy keeping up a reasonable pace over this distance.  The walk should take 3.5 hours, however we are allowing 4.  No hiking experience is required, however, if the thought of walking from Westminster/South Bank Centre to Tower Bridge scares you, then it's probably not the best walk to start with.

Cost:

£42.00, if booked by 1st September. £46 if booked after.

Bon Vivant Members save £5

Includes: 4 hour guided hike by an expert.  1 hour train ride around the vineyard (with views of our trek) an exclusive tour and tasting in the winery (normal tours have 40 people, whereas ours will only have 20) Return train ticket from London Victoria. Booking Fee. Insurance for the group.

CLICK HERE TO PAY

What to bring:

Appropriate WARM walking clothes and footwear

We are likely to encounter mud in places on this walk and there are some steep climbs that can be slippery. Sensible footwear - ideally hiking boots!

Water (at least 1 litre)

Packed lunch/picnic (to share if you wish)

Money for pub and food later on

Camera advisable as there are some great photo opportunities

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  • Julia

    I am still aching can you believe!! BUT... a great day out, gorgeous weather, beautiful scenery, lovely group of people, the vineyard trip was definitely best bit i must say :-) I'd probably do the whole trip again.... but need to fully recover first! Thanks everyone, esp Kelly & Graham, for making it such a wonderful day!

    September 17, 2012

  • Fraser

    Excellent

    September 17, 2012

  • Agnieszka

    What a fine event it was! The hike, vineyard tour, people, wine and amazing weather created a truly perfect combo! :)

    September 16, 2012

  • Celine

    My first tastourian tour and I loved every minute of it. Great company, perfect weather, a hike that was just the right level of challenging, with an interesting wine tasting at the end.

    September 16, 2012

  • Craig

    Amazing day out!

    September 16, 2012

  • Marie-Anne

    Excellent day. Turns out wine and walking make a perfect combo.

    September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first Tastourian Meetup. Fabulous day out with a lovely group of people. Very well organised by Kelly. Exceeded expectations.

    September 16, 2012

  • dkayuk

    Had a great time despite all my leg muscles aching even 12h later :) thx to Kelly and Graham for organising this even.

    September 16, 2012

  • jade

    Amazing. Test of endurance and fitness. The reward came after - wine tasting. The view of Box Hill and Denbie is a beauty too.

    September 15, 2012

  • Graham

    Great fun day out and some very interesting conversations. I've put a few photos up at:
    http://www.meetup.com/Tastour/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=10732642

    Graham

    September 15, 2012

  • Kelly

    Hello! Very excited for the event tomorrow! We are meeting inbetween WHSmith and number 29 on the map http://www.networkrail.co.uk/documents/For%20Passengers/Station%20Maps/4510_Victoria%20Station%20Map.pdf - It should be called Bread Box. If you exit WHSmith, it we will be on the left. The weather looks beautiful, but do bring layers and waterproofs just in case! See you at 9:10! Kelly[masked] (text only)

    September 14, 2012

    • Kelly

      PS - if you miss the train, you can meet us at the vineyard at 3pm. Denbies in in Dorking. If you are making your own way to the walk, the train is Box Hill and West Humble. We are talking the 9:31 train, arriving at 10:21 (please text me if you do not plan to meet us at Victoria)[masked]

      September 14, 2012

  • dkayuk

    thx for the advice. You've obviously done this before :)

    September 14, 2012

  • Agnieszka

    Dkayuk - wear layers so if it gets sunny and hot you can take the top one off It's not a long hike but if it starts raining/gets cold it's long enough to get sick so better to carry extra clothing than catch cold :) Besides we'll be coming back in the evening so I think it will eventually get too cold for shorts & t-shirt

    September 14, 2012

  • dkayuk

    A rather basic question, weather forecast for Surrey (Guildford) is 19 degrees Celsius (sunny), any particular reason not to wear shorts/t-shirt? I have hiking boots/thick socks and will wear them. This is only my 2nd hike ever so not sure what best thing to do is...

    September 14, 2012

  • Agnieszka

    Julia - trainers don't provide the support proper hiking boots give you, if we walk over rocks or mud trainers might slip or give you blisters But if they have perforated, rubber sole and a good grip, with thick socks, they might be enough Hope this helps :)

    September 10, 2012

    • Julia

      Thanks Agnieszka - that does help! I shall prob have to make do with my trainers tho as i don't have a pair of hiking boots :-(

      September 10, 2012

  • Kelly

    Hello! Don't forget your thick socks and hiking boots - this is not a walk in the park and it may be muddy in places!

    September 6, 2012

    • Julia

      Hi Kelly, i dont have a pair of 'proper' hiking boots so will pair of (old) trainers do? Thanks!

      September 10, 2012

  • Kelly

    Ohh, almost forgot, if you are planning to meet us in Box Hill at 10am, would you kindly reply to this post (don't make a new one), so that I don't buy your train ticket. Thanks!!!

    September 6, 2012

    • Kelly

      Hi, just to confirm, I am buying a train ticket for everyone who bought a ticket. You only need to contact me if you are NOT going by train.

      September 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Kelly
    Anyone interrested in the place, please let me know on[masked]

    September 1, 2012

  • Kelly

    Hello! If you thought the Box Hill/Denbies Vineyard was sold out, I've just added more tickets. I am not able to add any more, so once they're gone... they're gone! Really looking forward to this hike! (and the reward after!) Cheers, Kelly

    August 10, 2012

  • Julia

    Hi Kelly - are there any places left? I am interested and wud like to bring a friend as well if there are. Please let me know, thanks!

    August 3, 2012

    • Kelly

      Hello, There are 4 more tickets for the Denbies Hike. You can buy your tickets on www.tastour.com

      August 6, 2012

    • Julia

      Thanks kelly - have booked my place now!

      August 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kelly, I've just joined and this looks great. Are there any more places available? Thanks, Jenny

    August 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Kelly, I've registered. Looking fowre

      August 6, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Looking forward to the hike!

      August 6, 2012

  • Kelly

    Hello, There are 4 more tickets for the Denbies Hike.

    August 6, 2012

  • Kelly

    Hello! I'm very pleased to see so many interested in the vineyard & hiking trip - With 9 tickets going in 2 days, and only 11 tickets left, if you're keen don't delay. Cheers, Kelly

    July 27, 2012

  • Kelly

    Hello! I've booked 20 tickets for this event. I've managed to organise a private tasting at 5pm (usually there would be 40 people) Please don't let me down - if you've signed up and can't make it, please change your rsvp. Tickets will be on sale this weekend. YIPPEE!!! I can't wait. - Kelly

    1 · July 19, 2012

  • Kelly

    Hi Craig, re: driving - no problem. When I put the ticket on sale, just pay full price and I will refund you the train ticket. Anyone else that wants to meet us at the train station, just let me know. Hi Thierry, Welcome to London and I look forward to our new discoveries and taste adventures!

    July 17, 2012

  • Craig

    This sounds good, but for me it might be easier to drive and meet you for the hike.

    July 17, 2012

  • Thierry R.

    Being French, it's a great occasion for me to discover this beautiful country, I almost only know London so far... I am a wine lover so the mix is perfect, especially with nice people:-)

    July 17, 2012

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