From Holmwood station, the walk crosses fields and woodland to the village of Coldharbour [2 miles]. It is then a steady climb past the cricket pitch up to Leith Hill [3m]. This will the first part of the lunch stop - as there is seating and a snackbar for hot/cold drinks and cakes. It is £1.50 to climb the tower and worth it (in my opinion) if the weather is clear for some of the best views in Surrey. You can see all of London from Wembley to Canary Wharf. It is claimed 13 counties are visible on the best days - though on the bad days, you may see only one!
A walk through the woods brings us to the pretty hamlet of Friday Street with its hammer pond [5.5m]. There will be a pub stop here (lunch part two) where beers from the Surrey Hills Brewery are available. Heading North, we pass Westcott village and cross the train tracks up to Ranmore Common viewpoint [9.5m]. Be aware that it is a fairly steep climb of 120m. It is then downhill all the way around Denbies vineyard back to Dorking. There is a pub next to the station.
Pub stop for drinks only, bring packed lunch.
Drivers should park at Dorking (main) station and get the train one stop to Holmwood. Start time is timed for the 10.32 arrival. Travel in the front 6 coaches due to a short platform at Holmwood. Expect muddy paths at times - and possibly wet socks if your boots don't cover your ankles.
Length: 12.5 miles, linear
Start: Holmwood station - southbound platform
Postcode: RH5 4RB
Grid ref: TQ174437