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Guildford - River Wey, North Downs Way and St Martha's church 10miles (16km) DAY

  • December 3 · 9:15 AM
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#£28 including train travel from London Waterloo #

Come and join us for an adventure starting at the County Town of Surrey and taking us into the Surrey Hills - designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Trip Highlights

• Visit the picture postcard St Martha's church on top of an isolated hill

• Visit Guildford - Surrey's most significant ancient town with Saxon roots

• Discover the beautiful Surrey countryside which is an officially designated Are of Outstanding Natural beauty and see for yourself why Lewis Carroll - author of Alice in Wonderland, Jodie Kidd, Alan Turin, Terry Jones (the Monty Python writer) and Yvonne Arnaud

• Visit the enchanting ruins of the 12th century St Catherine's Chapel

• Follow the dream and meandering River Wey as it gently flows past willow trees through rural Surrey

Photos - All photos were taken by an Outdooraholics hike leader on previous trips so are the actual views that you will see from the route that you'll be hiking

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Walk Description

Guildford is a town dating back to Saxon times that was once home to the Royal Mint. Guildford is best known for being a picturesque and quaint market town near London, but the countryside has far more to offer than most visitors discover beyond the cobbled streets and historical buildings. Famous past and current residents include Lewis Carroll - author of Alice in Wonderland, Jodie Kidd, Alan Turin, Terry Jones (the Monty Python writer) and Yvonne Arnaud

Once in Guildford we’ll walk along the picturesque River Wey canal, past the boat houses (and my old rowing club) and onto the optional detour to see the ruin of St Catherine's church. We'll then progress onto the Woods where we’ll join the ancient North Downs Way path along a ridge which has far reaching views. At the top of the hill we’ll come to the remote and isolated St Martha’s church (where a church has stood since Saxon times). From here there are spectacular views to the south – as far as the South Downs by Brighton and indeed on a clear day you can see eight counties from this point. We’ll then go onto Chilworth which was home to an extensive gunpowder factory since 1626, although it was closed in 1920 and is now an enchanting derelict site covering 27 acres with much to see including relics, tramways and buildings from its nearly 400 year history.

Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at 9:10 am at Waterloo Station under the main clock (in front of the departures board). We'll leave the meeting point at 9:25 for the 9:45am train.

Click here for a photo of the clock:

Click here for a map of where the clock is:

Planned return time to London Waterloo of 6:40pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then)



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: 10 miles (16 km)
Ascent: 285m
Grading: Beginner/Intermediate >click here for details<
Difficulty: 6.5 out of 10 (moderate)
Time: About 4.5 to 5 hours of walking

Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):


The trip is £28.00 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from the group departure station listed above.

What to Bring

• Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots, could be muddy in places) - for more info please click here

• Water (at least 1 litre)

• Packed lunch/picnic

• Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk

• That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day :-)

Safety and Terms and Conditions

This walk is led by a trained hike leader (most of our hike leaders are Mountain Leader trained as a minimum) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider with extensive hike leading experience. A First Aid kit is carried and the walk is well known to the walk leader. 

Payments are non refundable and non transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale to another member. Please follow the instructions in our FAQ page and email us with your Pay Pal “invoice ID” immediately after you change your RSVP to “NO”.

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  • Celeste G.

    It has been absolutely fantastic! The places I have seen were astonishing, Francesca is an amazing, friendly and well-prepared guide. The weather was on our side and it became to be a really enjoyable Saturday out! Thanks to everyone!

    6 days ago

  • Tracey

    A lovely winter walk in good company. Thanks.

    2 · December 3

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