Programme 2016

Saturday 9th January 2016

1015 for 1030

Surrey Hills
Starting from Westcott Village Green this walk will include the neighbouring hills and the option for a pub lunch (location to be confirmed).

This walk is led by Steve Moggs - contact details.

We have been invited back to his home in Westcott afterwards for some tea. Since it still gets dark early in January it may be as well to bring a torch.

Starting Point
Westcott Village Green TQ141486

10 miles
Saturday 30th January

0945 for 1000

Box Hill Munro
Join us for our annual walk up Box Hill. As usual we will ascend 3000 feet and walk until it gets dark - taking in the Juniper Top, White Hill, Ashcombe Wood, Headley Heath and possibly the infamous Stepping Stones. It may be sunny, it maybe wet, it may be snowy, it may be cold but it will be fun. Do join us. Bring a packed lunch and a flask. Tea, cakes, etc. as usual afterwards in Ashtead.

Starting Point
Box Hill & Westhumble Railway Station (RH5 6BT) TQ167519.
There is alternative car parking at the Stepping Stones (National Trust) TQ171513.

12 miles

3000 feet of ascent

Saturday 13th February

1015 for 1030


1315 for 1330

Discover the gruesome tale of Hindhead. Figure of eight walk around the Devil's Punchbowl (am), and Gibbet Hill and woodland walk (pm). Some steep ascents, but leisurely pace. Picnic, NT Café, or Pub lunch available at the Devil's Punchbowl Hotel. Possible option for tea afterwards at the NT Café.

This walk is led by Barbara - contact details.

Starting Point (am and pm):
Meet on the grass opposite the main entrance to the Devil's Punchbowl NT Café. Café open from 09.00 (closed 16.00). 
Nearest Post Code: GU26 6AG (SU890357)
(Maps: LR: 186 / Expl: OL33)

By car: From A3, take A333 and cross over A287 onto London Road, Hindhead. NT Car Park on left. Pay & Display £4 or free with NT Membership sticker. (NB. There may be free parking available in the Council Car Park in Heather Way, off A287, GU26 6AW).

By public transport: Take trains to Haslemere, then catch the No 18 or 19 (hourly) bus from opposite the station to Hindhead Crossroads. (Check ‘Traveline South East’ for times). Walk back over the cross roads into London Road, and past the Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel. The NT car park and Café are on the left (approx. 6 minute walk from the bus stop).

Approx 8 miles

3½-4 miles (am)
4 miles (pm)

Saturday 12th March

1015 for 1030

Dunsfold, Hascombe Hill and Hambledon
The route takes in part of Hascombe Hill, then the Greensand Way to Hambledon. Option of a pub lunch at the Merry Harriers or packed lunch nearby. The return route travels southwards through some woods and then east back to Dunsfold, across fields. Option of tea/drink at the Sun Inn, Dunsfold, following the walk.

Starting Point
The church in Dunsfold, Explorer Map134, SU998364.
If travelling south, the turning for the church is right onto Hookhouse Road, just after Dunsfold Green, then first left to the church. There is limited space here and more space to park up to the northern end of Dunsfold Green.

This walk will be led by Daphne and Heather - contact details.

10 miles
Saturday 9th April

1015 for 1030

Puttenham Figure of Eight
Taking in the common and Watt's gallery. Lunch options are picnic or the pub in Puttenham, The Good Intent. 

Starting Point
The car park opposite The Jolly Farmer pub (GU3 1AJ)
Grid reference SU935477

This walk will be led by Helen - contact details.

10 miles
Saturday 16th April

1015 for 1030

Please note : This event has been deferred.

Joint London & Surrey Cycle Ride in the Chilterns
30 mile intermediate level cycle ride via Princes Risborough, Hambleden, West Wycombe and Saunderton. Expect some hills. Bring a packed lunch.

Starting Point
Princes Risborough (or Saunderton) station (starting point and time are provisional - please contact Armin nearer the date to confirm).

This ride is led by Armin - contact details.

30 miles (cycling)
Saturday 14th May

1015 for 1030

South Nutfield and Outwood
The walk will pass by the picturesque Outwood Windmill before heading off to the Jolly Farmer pub.

Late Update
Pub lunches won't now be available, but the pub will let you eat your sandwiches in the garden if you buy a drink. Hopefully there will be a chance to buy sandwiches at the start for those who have none

After lunch, we will pass through pretty farmland and have a chance to stop in some gardens and a small chapel. 

Starting Point
Nutfield Station (RH1 5RR)
Grid ReferenceTQ305492

This walk will be led by Luke - contact details.

10 miles
Saturday 11th June

1015 for 1030

Caterham to Redhill via Godstone
Option for pub lunch. Parking available near station and bus available at Redhill to return to start (fare approx £4.60).

Starting Point
Caterham Station (CR3 6LB)
Grid Reference TQ341554

This walk will be led by Tim - contact details.

8 - 10 miles
Saturday 9th July

1315 for 1330

Tilford Common including village fete
The Tilford Fete Carnival Parade starts at 1pm so arrive early if you wish to watch it. Information and timings are here.
The walk will be a figure of eight to enable us to have a break and watch some of the afternoon activities at the fete.
The walk will be followed by the option to eat at The Mill at Elstead (GU8 6LE, SU905438).

Starting Point
Tilford Common car park near bridge and The Barley Mow, postcode GU10 2BU, Grid Reference SU874435. You may need to park at the car park at the start of the path to Stock Bridge SU874430.

This walk will be led by Robert - contact details.

10 miles
Saturday 13th August

1015 for 1030

Chichester to Pagham Beach
The route heads south along Chichester canal path to Hunston, across countryside passing South Mundham and Homer Farm to Pagham Wall, round Pagham Harbour, alongside Pagham Lagoon to Pagham beach. It continues further along the coast towards Aldwick and back to Pagham beach. Return by bus No 60 to Chichester railway station (expected fare: £4). Picnic lunch, optional swim at Pagham beach (mainly sandy). Tea stop at Pagham cafe.

Starting Point
Chichester Railway Station (PO19 8DL) Explorer 120.
Grid Reference SU858044 
Parking: At railway station and in multi-storey car park between the station and Waitrose. 

Note: This is a joint Surrey-Hampshire walk.

This walk will be led by Ben - contact details.

10.5 miles
Saturday 10th September

1015 for 1030

Leith Hill and Abinger Common
The morning section of the walk will include Leith Hill. Lunch at The Abinger Hatch (Abinger Common) or bring sandwiches. Shorter afternoon walk back to Westcott. Likely to go for tea at Abinger Hammer post office. Overall this will be shorter than Gareth’s recent walks. Apart from one ascent of Leith Hill it is otherwise relatively gentle.

Starting Point
Westcott Village Green (TQ141486)

This walk will be led by Gareth - contact details.

10 miles
Saturday 8th October

1015 for 1030

The Dabbling Duck Shere and Peaslake Trail
The walking route follows long stretches of beautiful ancient lanes which criss-cross this area of the Surrey Hills. You'll pass through sections of heath and woodland with the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife and enjoy views across the landscape.

The walk has many fairly gentle climbs and descents throughout plus just a couple of short, more challenging gradients. The vast majority of the route follows ancient lanes which are fairly wide, but are rocky and uneven, and can be muddy in winter. There are no stiles on route, just a handful of gates including one kissing gate.

Lunch in Peaslake (options of pub or tea from village shop) and tea shop in Shere ¾ miles before the end of the walk.

Starting Point
Gomshall station (GU5 9NX)
Grid Reference TQ089479

This walk will be led by Robin - contact details.

8 miles
Saturday 29th October

0945 for 1000

Note earlier time!

Surrey McNevis
The objective for this walk is to clock up as much ascent as climbing Ben Nevis from sea level. We shall therefore thoroughly explore the hills of Headley Heath, Box Hill, part of the North Downs and Mickleham Downs. This will be a tough but enjoyable day in the Surrey Hills. Bring a packed lunch. Afterwards, I plan to have a pub meal in The Tree, Box Hill. Do let me know if you would like to join me so I can judge whether or not it would be sensible to reserve a table. This will be the last day of 'Summer Time' (the clocks change on the 30th) so let's make the most of it. Sunset is reckoned to be 1745 so do bring a torch just in case we run late

Starting point
Meet 0945 to start walking promptly at 1000 at the Headley Heath National Trust car park (TQ205538). The car park is opposite the cricket pitch and there is a daily charge of £4.00 for non-National Trust members. NT members can park for free. 

This walk will be led by Chris - contact details.

Less than 16 miles

Lots of hills

Total ascent
1344m (4409 ft)
Saturday 12th November

1015 for 1030

Normandy and Henley Park Lake
Variety of terrain with possibility of mud which can be dodged on wide paths. Bring a picnic lunch to eat in the vicinity of Henley Park Lake (but if the weather is bad the Royal Oak at Pirbright would be an option). 

Starting Point
The main car park in Normandy village. Grid Ref SU926516, on the corner of Hunts Hill Road.

This walk will be led by Geoff - contact details.

8 miles
Saturday 10th December

1000 for 1015

Note earlier time!

Linear walk from Tattenham Corner to Chipstead
(out by train).
This walk will include Epsom Downs, Walton on the Hill, lunch at the Wellhouse Inn (Mugswell), and Banstead Woods. Tea and mince pies available afterwards at Geoff’s home in Banstead.

Starting point
Meet at Banstead Woods car park (TQ273583; free) promptly to catch 1027 train from Chipstead to Tattenham Corner (£2.30 or £1.80 with Oyster), or meet at Tattenham Corner at 1040.

This walk will be led by Geoff - contact details.

10 miles