£28 including train travel from London Victoria
Join us on our new exciting hike across Surrey's magnificent upland landscapes - designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!
Our Surrey Hills exploration will take us through picturesque woodland, heathland and farmland. We will hike to Leith Hill - the second-highest peak in South-East England. Standing at Leith Hill is a majestic tower built in the 18th century which is the highest point in South-East England!
The trails we've chosen will prove the significant landscape value of Surrey, which national importance has been officially recognised since 1958!
• Discover Surrey's Hills - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
• Conquer Leith Hill - the highest peak of the area and second-highest in South-East England.
• See Leith Hill tower - an 18th century masterpiece and the highest point in South-East England
• Hike to Tilling Springs - where River Tillingbourne begins
• Discover the North Downs way and its stunning views towards Dorking
• Hike through England's largest vineyard - Denbies Wine Estate
Photos - All photos were taken by the hike leader on previous trips so are the actual views that you will see from the route that you'll be hiking
We start off in Holmwood from where we head for Leith Hill and its famous gothic tower which stands at 329 meters. Our hike will take us across fields and woodlands before a strenuous ascent to Leith Hill. The summit is the highest of the Greensand Ridge and its tower is the highest point in south-east England.
Leith Hill will accommodate us for our lunch as it's been a renowned spot for picnic since the 19th century. Afterwards, if we're feeling energetic, we will climb the 74 spiral steps of the 18th century tower of Leith Hill to its top where through the telescope you can see the English Channel on a clear day. Many of London's landmarks could be seen with the naked eye, too.
After lunch, we descent Leith Hill to head north to Dorking via Greensand way. Much of the route passes ancient woods with amazing displays of colour. Greensand way will take us along paths which give unparalleled views across the Weald and towards the North Downs. The way passes through Tilling Springs - the source of River Tillingbourne which is 11 miles long and runs through several villages powering their mills along the way. From there, we will hike towards the hills upto the North Downs Way and pass by an old WWII pillbox. The path offers beautiful view points which overlook the valley towards Dorking.
Then, hiking through woodland for a while, the path comes to Ranmore Common and the beautiful church of St Barnabas built in 1860. From the Church, we continue through Denbies Wine Estate - England’s largest vineyard. The way through the Vineyard rewards with excellent views towards Dorking and Boxhill. Our hike finishes with the picturesque market town of Dorking located west from the Holmesdale hills range.
Transport and Meeting Point
We'll meet at Victoria station from 8:00am and leave the meeting point at 8:15 for the 8:31train
Planed return time to London of 6:34pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then)
We'll meet between WHSmith (no 34) and the stall called Breadbox (no 29) - both of which can be seen on the map here of our meeting point: http://goo.gl/LCf81
We will stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We will visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshments.
Distance, Difficulty, Terrain and Elevation plot
Distance: 14.8 miles (23.8 kms)
Grading:Moderate >click here for details<
Rating: 7/8 out of 10
Ascent: 650 metres
Walking time: Around 5.5 to 6.5 actual 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 station listed above.
What to Bring
Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots) >click here<. Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are strongly recommended in case of rain or mud
Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)
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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I like to get out into the fresh air and meet new people
Londoner and keen hiker. Bring the hills, bring the mud, love it!
love the outdoors
Hi I am a pretty cheerful bloke from south London
First time for me with outdooraholics... looking forward to it
Grew up by the mountains and miss the outdoors. Post-grad student in London
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