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Join us if you'd like to walk and meet people whilst passing through the Countryside, Parks and Rivers of Surrey and West London. Sometimes we will go further afield. We normally have a picnic lunch part way through our walks, and where appropriate, take a stop at the end for a well earned drink at a nearby hostelry. We hope you enjoy our walks.

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A Picturesque Walk from Dorking to Guildford 15.5 miles

Dorking Railway Station

Today's very long walk starts from Dorking Main Station and weaves its way through the Surrey Hills into the quaint Surrey market town of Guildford. We start by passing through Denbies VineYard and on into Ranmore Common. The walk takes us over the North Downs and through some spectacular scenery. We will stop in Shere for a 40 minute break. Bring a packed lunch or buy a sandwich at the local store. We can picnic by the stream. This is a long and relatively challenging walk with multiple hills and stiles for those that are capable of walking 15.5 miles. Join only if you know you can maintain a continuous 2.7 to 3.0 miles per hour. It will not be possible to leave the walk part way through. Ensure you have strong walking boots, clothes to match the weather, also ensure that you have at least 2 liters of water. Expect to arrive in Guildford some 7 hours after departing Dorking. The return journey is from Guildford Station back to Dorking (Deepdene) and trains run every half hour taking only 20 minutes, check the train timetable if you are pressed for time. Dorking Deepdene is just round the corner from Dorking main Station where we started. Free parking is possible in the side roads on the opposite side of the A24 to Dorking Main Station itself. If the weather is poor the event will be postponed and those that have RSVPs YES will be notified by email. The walk is a group event with walk guidance only, no service is inferred or risk assumed. You will need to be of reasonable physical fitness to participate.

Hampton Court to Twickenham, Riverside and Richmond Park, 13 mile walk

We start outside Hampton Court station and immediately pass through the palace grounds and on into Kingston some three miles down the river. https://youtu.be/1yk-ZzanV88 We will take a late lunch break in Kingston at the Artisan Market at around 12:45. There is usually a good choice of Indian, Japanese, Korean and European street food offerings on sale. After a thirty minute or so break, we carry on into Richmond through the park taking in the Isabella Plantations and Henry's Mound and it's protected view of St Paul's Cathedral. From here we carry on to Turner's view, on a clear day Leith Hill Tower can be seen some 30 miles away. A quick look at the homes of the Rich and Famous is followed by a descent down through Turner's view towards the river. At Richmond Bridge we cross and follow the riverside path into Twickenham passing Marble Hill and Ham House. We stop to marvel at the Statues in York House Gardens and have a quick gaze at the Plaque to the Legends of Eel Pie Island where our walk ends. Pink Floyd, The Who, David Bowie, all had residencies at Eel Pie Island Hotel in the 60s before it mysteriously burnt down.. Expect to arrive in Twickenham around 5:00 pm After the walk we will retreat to the much celebrated Eel Pie Pub in Church Street Twickenham for much deserved refreshments. The R68 bus can take you back from Twickenham directly to Hampton Court. Alternatively trains from Twickenham serve a wide variety of destinations. Twickenham Railway Station is a 7 minute walk from the end of the walk. You should bring sufficient drinking water. Dress for the weather. The walk is a group event with walk guidance only, no service is inferred or risk assumed. You will need to be of reasonable physical fitness to participate. Walk pace will be around 2.8 miles per hour.

Seaford, the Seven Sisters and Spectacular Beachy Head, 13 miles

We will be standing outside Seaford Station till 10:30am Why not spend your Sunday enjoying one of the most spectacular, dramatic and certainly the most iconic coastlines in Southern England? Then join us as we traverse the cliff tops that stretch between Seaford and Eastbourne The walk will take us along Seaford Promenade, up Seaford Head after which we will enjoy panoramic views on our journey down to Cuckmere Haven. Crossing the Cuckmere River, the Seven Sisters and Birling Gap before ascending to the iconic Beachy Head (which forms the back drop for the final scenes of the rock opera, Quadrophenia) https://vimeo.com/129319345 The walk ends with a dramatic descent into Eastbourne where we can enjoy some well deserved refreshments Meetup point is Seaford Station at 10:30. We will stop for a picnic break along the Seven Sisters so do bring a packed lunch and at least 1 litre of water to drink Walk pace: medium/fast at a steady 2.8 miles/hour and very hilly. Please do not attempt this walk unless you regularly walk similar distances over similar terrain and ensure you wear proper walking boots/shoes. The route is also very exposed to the elements so come equipped as appropriate There are limited establishments along the way where we can stop for a drinks/comfort break. Getting there: Both Eastbourne & Seaford have regular train services from London The nearest car park in Eastbourne is Trinity and there is plenty of free parking on the Seaford beachfront The walk is linear Seaford to Eastbourne and there is a regular bus service between Seaford & Eastbourne (12X). Fare is about £3.40 cash/card single. If travelling from Eastbourne to Seaford at the beginning of the day ask the Bus driver for Seaford Library to get the correct fare and then alight there. http://www.buses.co.uk/service.shtml?serviceId=6577 The walk is a group event with walk guidance only, no service is inferred or risk assumed. You will need to be of reasonable physical fitness to participate. If the weather is poor RSVP "YES" members will be emailed notice of cancellation the night before. We do try to avoid cancellations.

The Great Guildford to Shere Circular Walk ( 15 miles)

Guildford Railway Station

We start today's circular walk at Guildford Railway Station. Our walk begins to the west, towards Pewley Downs before turning south towards Chantry Wood and weave our way into Chilworth where we might just see grazing Alpaca and a disused Gunpowder Works. We cross over the outskirts of Albury Heath and through Little London down the Shere Millennium Trail into Shere itself. Here we take a short break for lunch by the stream. There is the Shere Delight Ice Cream Shop that often draws the attention of errant walkers. The 1995 Movie "The Holiday" was filmed in Shere and we can divert to the site of the farmhouse if the group wishes. Following our break, we will make our way to Silent Pool and very briefly visit the Micro Gin Distillery to see how they are fairing (they have been known to offer free samples). From Silent Pool, a steep ascent onto the North Downs emerges, then on past the legendary "Branch with Two Trees", before turning towards Newlands Corner. Agatha Christie famously went missing somewhere between Newlands Corner and Silent Pool in December 1926, we will be hot on her trail today. The mysterious story will be revealed... From Newland's Corner we will continue back into Guildford in time for a drink at The White House Pub before returning to Guildford station. Please plan to arrive ahead of our departure time. Make sure you are equipped with suitable walking boots for hill walking. You need to be capable of sustaining 2.8 miles per hour to join the walk. You should bring several liters of drinking water. Bring a picnic or buy a sandwich at the shop in Shere. Dress for the weather. Dogs are not permitted. The walk is a group event with walk guidance only, no service is inferred or risk assumed. You will need to be of reasonable physical fitness to participate.

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