Programme 2018

Saturday 13th January 2018

1015 for 1030

Surrey Hills
The walk includes Ranmoor, Denbies and Box Hill with fabulous views throughout. Lunch will be at the Watermill (TQ179502). At the end of the walk everyone is invited back to Steve's house for refreshments. 

Starting Point
Westcott Village Green TQ142486 (approx RH4 3NH) for a prompt 1030 start.

This walk is led by Steve - contact details.

11 miles
Saturday 20th January


1015 for 1030

Surrey Munro
Dear friends and fellow walkers,

Come to join us for the 2018 Surrey Munro by an exploratory route. Past years have shown this trek to be about 12miles with just over 3000 feet of ascent; in fact the same as a Scottish Munro.

This year, to prepare us, we will meet in the Denbies conservatory restaurant at 0930 for a hearty breakfast (Postcode: RH5 6AA) Map: TQ165512

The walk will begin at 1030 sharp from Denbies and will cover White Hill, Juniper Top, Box Hill and more. Bring a packed lunch. After the walk tea and cake will be served at our house, followed by supper (please let us know if you will be staying for supper).

Starting Point
Denbies (ample parking). 
Alternatively it is a short walk from Boxhill and Westhumble station, or the National Trust Stepping Stones car park.
Map: (TQ171513) (free to NT members).

This walk is led by Nicky and Duncan - contact details.

Approx 12 miles

Just over 3000 feet of ascent

Saturday 10th February

1015 for 1030

Gomshall and Holmbury Hill
A walk from Gomshall to Holmbury Hill, via Hoe and Hurt Wood. Lunch at the Royal Oak, Holmbury St Mary, or sandwiches on the green. Return via Abinger Common and Sutton Abinger.

After the walk
We are proposing to go to Gomshall Mill after the walk, for tea/coffee/drink - they also serve puddings but not cakes. 

Starting Point
Gomshall Station (TQ873478)
Some parking (currently free) is available at the station. 
It is possible to travel by train from either Guildford or Dorking, but the service is infrequent (please check National Rail Enquiries for train times).

This walk is led by Daphne and Heather -  contact details.

10 miles
A few hills, but not too strenuous
Saturday 10th March

1015 for 1030
The route will go via Chilworth, through the old gunpowder works, to Shere for lunch, where there is a choice of pubs, café’s and shop, returning to Blackheath in the afternoon.

Starting Point
Blackheath village car park (TQ036462) - approx GU4 8RB

This walk is led by John R - contact details.

8 or 9 miles
Saturday 14th April

1015 for 1030

Banstead Wood, Oaks Park and Woodmansterne
Lunch stop in Banstead with shops and cafes. Afternoon tea-stop at Oaks Park café..

Starting point
Banstead Woods Car Park at the bottom of Holly Lane (TQ273583) - approx CR5 3NR.
Chipstead station is only a 5-minute walk away. 

This walk is led by Caroline- contact details.

9 - 10 miles
Saturday 12th May

1015 for 1030

Seale to Elstead
(Note updated details)
We will walk to Elstead via Puttenham Common and then go back via Sands. Bring a picnic, but there will be chance for a drink and 'facilities' stop along the route. There will also be the opportunity for afternoon tea back at Seale at the end of the walk.

Starting Point
The main road entrance of Seale Church - approx GU10 1HZ. There is plenty of roadside parking especially along Seale Lane.

This walk is led by Helen - contact details.

9 miles
Saturday 9th June

1245 for 1300

Note start time!

Cranleigh, Shamley Green
Outward route using Wey-South path through open farmland. Break at Shamley Green to visit the village fete.

Return via Winterfold Wood.

(Buses from Shamley Green to Cranleigh every 20 minutes if you only wish to do half the walk)

Starting Point
Cranleigh Leisure Centre GU6 8AF (TQ058389)
There is seating in the park opposite the entrance to eat a packed lunch, or you may wish to use the café.
Parking charges apply: £4.80 for 6 hours

(Maps: LR: 187 / Expl: 145)

The Three Horseshoes is very close to the car park, so I encourage you to join us for dinner. The pub has asked that I give our meal choices before we start our walk.

This walk will be led by Robert - contact details.

11 miles
Saturday 14th July

1015 for 1030

Hydon’s Ball, Winkwork Arboretum, Hascombe and the Greensand Way
The walk will include the Octavia Hill Memorial Seat on Hydon’s Ball; Winkworth Arboretum (National Trust, but you do not need to be a member to access the public right of way through the grounds. NT members please bring your membership card to be scanned as the Arboretum can thereby claim £2.40 from NT); St Peter’s Church, Hascombe – an attractive with a very ornate interior, described by John Betjeman as “a Tractorian Work of Art” and by Pevsner as “one of the best high Victorian interiors in the country, combined with an austere closely reasoned exterior. The bridleways are likely to be muddy.

Starting Point
Hydon’s Ball Car Park (SU979402) at the junction between Salt Lane and Clock Barn Lane. The nearest postcode for SatNavs is GU8 4BB
If wishing to use public transport, Milford station (0915 from Waterloo arrives at 1005, please check nearer the date). Milford Station is 2 miles from the start of walk. Lifts both ways can be arranged.

Three options: An early packed lunch at Winkworth Arboretum, or NT café (hot & cold food) at about 12.00; packed lunch round Hascombe village pond, or a pub lunch in the White Horse at Hascombe (both at about 14.00).
Non pub-lunchers can opt to extend the walk by two miles with a circular route to the viewpoint of Hascombe Hill.

After the walk
Finish time should be before 17.00. Post-walk tea back at Winkworth NT café (closes 17.30).

This walk will be led by Phil and Hilary - contact details.
9 miles with three ascents


7 miles with two ascents

Sat 11th Aug

1000 for 1015

Note start time!

Chichester area – Joint Surrey and Hampshire walk
The walk will head northwards to Stubcroft Farm, then Hale Farm and Holmes Farm, crossing the B2179 and heading to Itchenor House and west to the Chichester Channel. We will take the coastal path around West Wittering, East Wittering and back to Bracklesham Bay.

Starting Point
Meet at Bracklesham Bay car park (car parking all day: £5 – 2017 prices, prices to be increased in April 2018), but free parking in side streets southwest of B2179 close to junction with B2198. 
(Map: Explorer 120 SZ804963)

Picnic lunch.

After the walk
Tea shop at Billy On The Beach Café.
A swim in the sea opportunity.

This walk will be led by Ben - contact details.
11 miles
Sat 15th Sep

Note change of date!

1015 for 1030

Thursley Nature Reserve
The walk is on the reserve which is one of the largest remnants of heathland in Surrey. The habitat includes wetland bog (there are boardwalks here!), heath and woodland. It has several species of dragonfly and many birds and reptiles make their home here. The walk is fairly flat with one or two hills.

We will picnic on a small green in Thursley. The pub The Three Horse Shoes is open for drinks. There may be an option for tea after the walk.

Starting point
The Moat Pond Car Park
Grid Ref. SU899416, Explorer Map 145. 
Approx. Post Code: GU8 6LW.
From the A3 six miles south of Guildford take the B3001 to Elstead. In Elstead turn left into Thursley Road. After 1.5 miles the Moat Car Park is on the left.

This walk will be led by Daphne - contact details.

approx 8 miles

(4 miles in the morning and 4 miles in the afternoon)

Sat 13th Oct

1015 for 1030

Ashtead & Epsom Common and Chessington
Figure-of-eight walk in Ashtead and Epsom Common, Horton Country Park and South Chessington. Visit Epsom Well and walk past Chessington World of Adventures. Woodland walk - No major hills

Starting Point
Stew Pond car park, Christ Church Road, Epsom Common (TQ183611).
Nearest railway stations - Epsom 1.5 miles, Bus E10 to Chertsey Lane or Chessington South 2 miles, Bus 465 to Malden Rushett.

Picnic lunch at Horton Country Park.

This walk will be led by Armin - contact details.
10 - 11 miles
Sat 27th Oct

0915 for 0930

Note start time!

“The Downs and Weald”
Why do one when, with a bit of extra effort, you can do both? For our ‘end of summer challenge’ this year we will walk through some of the best countryside that Surrey has to offer, taking in parts of The Weald, The Greensand Ridge and the North Downs. Don’t be put off by the mileage. Although the terrain will be fairly hilly we won’t be contriving to do quite as much as ascent as with previous challenges. In terms of total effort, I’ll aim to make this walk no more difficult than previous challenges. So, do join me to enjoy the final ‘light(ish) evening’ and the early autumn colours. 

Starting Point
Meet at the Friday Street car park (TQ125458)
Please bring a torch just in case; it’s a little dark as we walk the final stretch through the trees.

Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water for the day.

As is the usual custom, we will enjoy a pub meal after the walk – details of which will be posted nearer the time.

This walk will be led by Chris - contact details.

20 miles
Sat 10th Nov

1015 for 1030

A circular walk from Walliswood, first visiting St John the Baptist church at Oakwood, dating from 1220, but it is thought to have been a Christian site prior to that. Mid-morning coffee break at Ockley, then onto Forest Green for lunch. The afternoon section of the walk follows an anticlockwise route across fields and through woods back to Walliswood.

Stating point
The start is at Walliswood village car park. Grid ref TQ118381 post code RH5 5RG. There are no public transport options to the start of the walk, but a lift may be possible from either Guildford or Dorking railway stations.

Please note that Thames Water is planning on closing Walliswood Green Road (with diversions in place), which is just to the south of our meeting point. This will be a problem for anyone travelling to the start of the walk from the south.

Please bring a packed lunch. Unfortunately the Parrot pub in Forest Green is currently closed for refurbishment, but the farm shop next door is open and sells pies, pastries and hot and cold drinks. They also have tables outside (and a WC) for customers only; otherwise a picnic lunch on the village green.

This walk will be led by Yvonne - contact details.

Approx 10 miles
Sat 8th Dec

1015 for 1030

Newland Corner and Shere
The walk will take in the North Downs Way, downhill past Cole Kitchen Farm to Gomshall and onto Shere for lunch. The afternoon will go beside Albury Park past the River Tillingbourne to Silent Pool and back up onto the North Downs Way and a return to the start.

Starting Point
The walk starts from Newlands Corner (TQ045495) where the charge for parking will be £5 for over 3 hours. (You need a contactless bank card to pay the parking fee.)

In Shere, where there are tea shops and pubs for lunch as well as benches for a picnic if preferred, but it could be cold in December.

After the walk
We intend to visit a tea shop at the end of the walk. 

This walk will be led by Robin - contact details.
7 - 8 miles