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Box Hill, Ranmore Common & Woodland of the Surrey Hills
Walk length 10 miles/16 km approx. Circular. A chance to explore a section of the North Downs with panoramic views from the summit of Box Hill and across Ranmore Common. Ranmore Common is a wooded area just above the UKs largest vineyard at Denbies. The walk also passes the striking St. Barnabas Church, built by the famous English Gothic revival architect George Gilbert Scott who built the former Midland Grand Hotel now part of St Pancras railway station in London. The walk follows a part of the North Downs Way, a long distance footpath of 156 miles long running along the chalk ridge of the North Downs. This walk is reasonable in length but does contain some considerable hill climbs going up to both Ranmore Common and Box Hill. Cost: meetup, organizer fee: £5.00. Train from London: £11.90 return from Victoria to Dorking, or with a third off with a group save, or network railcard, should be about £7.85. Lunch and Finish Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish at about 4.30pm and include an early snack lunch stop at the visitor centre, however time will depend on the weather and pace. Meeting at London The organizer will be at London Victoria Train station from 9.00am. Meet at the official meeting point symbol. It is directly opposite the Upper Crust shop & the Gatwick Express entrance close to platform 13 & 14 (see photo below). The 9.46am train from London Victoria gets to Dorking for 10.43am. Please arrive with sufficient time to get tickets, you may have to queue. Times correct at publication, please check before travel. National Rail Enquiries: www.nationalrail.co.uk Meeting At Dorking Meet outside Dorking Main Station from 10.45am for walk to start at 11.00am, after the train arrives from London at 10.46am. Parking: Dorking main station car park is charges on Saturday, side streets may be free (please check for restrictions before parking). We will use a pub in Dorking after the walk, there are regular trains back to London Victoria. Please make a note of the organizers numbers -Leon[masked]. RSVP: The organizers monitor non-attendance; please update your RSVP beforehand. Please see our RSVP policy (http://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/pages/RSVP_for_Walks/) Weather: See BBC Weather (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/) Please see our weather policy (http://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/pages/Weather/) Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy (http://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/pages/Dog_Policy/) Walking Safety Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You should wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking shoes, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions (http://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/)

Dorking Station

Station Approach, Surrey, RH4 1TF · Dorking

£5.00

What we're about

Welcome to Chiltern Explorers a walking social group aiming to do a wide range of guided walks across the Chilterns and further afield exploring other fantastic British countryside.

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Most of our walks start at a convenient tube or railway station and aim to get the best deals on any group save tickets for trains and try when possible to look for free car parking giving you as many travel options as possible.

All our walks are well researched, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the lovely scenery or urban views in the company of other like-minded individuals and of course you will be keeping fit. Most walks end with a well-deserved pub stop with a strong social ethos.

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The walks are very varied with a relaxed feel, mainly around ten miles and at the weekend but some short walks from seven miles to longer faster paced walks of up to 20 miles and some mid-week walks. We are enthusiastic about photography and encourage sightseeing.

We are twined with a more city urban walking group London Explorers (http://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/) and often do events together. Chiltern explorers is based to the west of London in the gorgeous Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and also does a wide range of weekends away to other UK National Parks and other AONBs.

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Chiltern Explorers is unusual for many outdoor meetup groups in that it currently only arranges the walks and leaves the accommodation up to the members giving members the option to go on the days they want and stay according to their budget, many members also car share for trips away. The weekends have a good social atmosphere and comradery.

The country walks have covered the Chiltern and Surrey hills, the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head and the Lake District amongst many others.

I hope you decide to join us!

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