Leaving London for the odd day at the weekend, taking a train into its glorious green environs and walking through woods and pastures new in search of a nice pub and pint at the end, and possibly on the way (not excluding the possibility of tea-rooms either). Oh, and meeting all sorts of people.
A word to the wise, though: while pub food and pints are part of the package, the walking is moderately ambitious. Except for the shortest winter months when sundown looms large on our horizons, the walks tend to be 10-15 miles (16-25 km) - and on the odd occasion, when midsummer madness strikes, more.
Waterloo Station, near main ticket office opposite plat 17
The Surrey Hills are a delight at any time of year, but never more so than on a delicious May day, when the wild flowers are beginning to bloom and in their moistest spots the scent of wild garlic starts to permeate the air.
This approximately 16-mile (25-km) wander takes in some of the Surrey Hills' very best bits, starting with the iconic Box Hill (beloved of cyclists and scene of a famously disastrous day out in Jane Austen's "Emma"), and proceeding via the North Downs Way and Ranmore Common before dipping down to the lower, heathier climes of Holmesdale. A final steep climb over St Martha's Hill to our end point in the semi-mythical city of Guildford.
If the distance and the climbs seem offputting, don't be put off: there'll also be pub stops aplenty, including of course once for lunch, and the views, company and fresh air will make it all highly worthwhile. As ever, I'll get group train tickets for us all once we're assembled on the day. Marvellous- see you there!