Dorking to Merstham North Down Hike 17km Total ascent 630m over whole route
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Meet at 9:25 am Clapham Junction to purchase group saver ticket to Dorking and a return from Merstham
Route: There is always something new to explore on the North Downs trail. This particular stretch offers wildlife, heritage, hills, charming villages and a history that includes Keats and Pre- World War I tales. Not only is there a wealth of views and history this well-developed trail provides a good workout for your legs or great training for bigger treks with a total of 600 meters in hills. We have two steep hills that are nearly 150 meters each. As always will be moving at our usual fast group pace so should be a moderately challenging day. We pass along many landmarks including, Box Hill, Redhill, Reigate Hill and Gatton Park. A picnic lunch is planned at the scenic outlook at Reigate Hill. If time allows we will pop in to cosy village pub in Merstham for a post drink hike.
Transport: (Train only as we do not return to Dorking Station- we walk to Merstham Station)
Depart Clapham Junction: 9:46 ( Please meet me by 9:30 if you want to participate in group saver approximately £15 not included. Please bring cash)
Alternatively depart London Victoria train at 9:38 am and organize your own tickets and group saver to Dorking
Return from Merstham trains to Clapham Junction at 16:42 or 17:42 if you stay at the pub too long. They arrive at 17:07 and 18.07 respectively
Drivers: It is easier to take the train as we walk one way to Mersham Station. If you insist upon driving you could meet us at 10:40 at Dorking Station and take the 17:09 train from Merstham back to Dorking via Redhill station at the end of the walk.
What to bring:
• Pack lunch
• Waterproof Jacket
• Base layer and fleece
• Long trousers or gaiters to protect legs from sting nettles on the less trodden paths
• Water & snacks to keep your energy levels up
• Cash for group saver ticket and post hike pub drinks in Merstham
Please note all hikes are pre-walked and tested for wow factor, challenge and safety. Alex, your hike leader has undergone Walking Group Leader training and holds a wilderness first aid certificate. She has been leading group hike for over 3 years and takes great pleasure in ensuring her guest have a awesome day on trails.
HEALTH & SAFETY. Hiking is a cardiovascular activity which may expose you to unpedictable weather, uneven surfaces, live stock and other risk that are found outdoors. When you RSVP you are also confirming you are in good health, of reasonable fitness and accept the risk exercise in the outdoors