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A circular walk heading first up Holmbury Hill, then across to Pitch Hill before dropping into Peaslake and back to Holmbury St Mary. Some steep ups and downs.

Starting Point:

Start Time: 1:30 pm
Grid Ref: TQ107441
Nearest Post Code: RH5 6PG

Holmbury St Mary village hall car park.
The postcode will take you to a lane called Felday Glade, follow the lane to the very end to reach the car park.
If you are unfamiliar with the area please allow plenty of time to find the car park, I will start on time.
No mobile reception at the car park, if you are going to be late, I won't know, I'll be gone!!

Distance and Terrain:

7 miles. Moderate to brisk (mostly brisk) pace. Fairly hilly but mostly on sand so we should avoid the worst of the mud, however there could be patches.


The first in a series of walks marking the 60th anniversary of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Today's walk links two areas of unspoilt heathland, Hankley Common and the Devil's Punchbowl, where we'll discover the story of the Surrey Hills oak boundary sculptures.
Not suitable for dogs.
This walk will be jointly led by Lesley M and Mark P.

Lunch at National Trust cafe or picnic at Hindhead

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: SU890410
Nearest Post Code: Not Specified

Hankley Common Training Area Car Park, off Thursley Road, Thursley. Nearest postcode GU8 6LW.

(Postcode is half a mile north of turning for car park. Turning for car park is at a sharp bend in Thursley Road near Truxford Wood Farm. Look for sign to 'Hankley TRG Area DZ Huts'. From here, drive half a mile northwest on army road. Ignore first turning to the left, Houndown Lane.)

Distance and Terrain:

9 miles. Moderate


This is an attractive circular walk on the Surrey Hills with views, woodland and heath. We climb gently up to the North Downs Way and pass the old Betchworth quarry as we head towards Box Hill. Our lunch stop will be at NT servery/cafe or bring a packed lunch. After lunch we drop down to the Greensand Way through Betchworth and back over Reigate Heath.

Cafe or packed lunch

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:00 am
Grid Ref: TQ238501
Nearest Post Code: RH2 8RL

Car parks, either side of Flanchford Road, Reigate Heath
(off A25, west of Reigate, turn into Flanchford Road by the Black Horse pub)

Distance and Terrain:

12 miles. Not particularly brisk as we shall want to admire the views in several places, the morning section is steepish in places

Mon 7 May 2018: SURREY HILLS PICNIC WALK (11miles)

As part of our Surrey Hills weekend a circular walk in the AONB without too many hills. We walk across heathland and woodland taking in Frensham & Hankley Common on the way to lunch at Tilford Green. After lunch we head for Tilfordmill Bridge and Farnham Heath Nature Reserve, across Tankersford Common and if time is on our side we can stop for tea at the Turn Café at the Frensham Little Pond before returning to the star

Picnic Lunch

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: SU844405
Nearest Post Code: GU10 2QB

Visitor Centre (NT members free, £4.00 otherwise, cash only)
Frensham Great Pond
Bacon Lane

Distance and Terrain:

11 miles. Moderate+ pace, a few small hills, could still be muddy in places


We begin our walk as the sun sets low over the Burpham Bushlands, trekking north we following the edge of the wetlands, later crossing over the top of the mighty Portsmouth Road we soon find ourselves on the banks of the River Wey. Walking silently along the river’s edge disturbed only by the occasional owl’s hoot we discover a woodland path, following this we emerge out of the dense foliage to be confronted by a huge lake shimmering in the moonlight. Here we will have our first encounter with flying bats swarming over the lake. Following along the lakes edge we later turn on to a boardwalk taking us through the fenlands under starry skies till we meet the River Wey again. At this point we view even larger bats caught in the beams of our torches. Resuming our walk we find a tunnel back under the mighty Portsmouth Road and to the safety of the Spectrum game lodge and a well-earned drink at the bar, phew!
Bar Refreshments at the end
Please bring a torch but do not wear headlamps,they can ruin night vision

Starting Point:

Start Time: 7:45 pm
Grid Ref: TQ005510
Nearest Post Code: GU1 1UP

Outside Main Entrance
Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre
Parkway, Guildford
Nearest Postcode: GU1 1UP
Grid Reference: TQ005510

Distance and Terrain:

3.5 miles. Leisurely pace on level ground


The walk starts from West Byfleet Station taking in fields, part of the River Bourne and plenty of open views around Woodham and Ottershaw. It is mainly flat following public footpaths but can be muddy after heavy rain. Option of refreshments after walk at one of the many cafes in West Byfleet.

Starting Point:

Start Time: 1:45 pm
Grid Ref: TQ041610
Nearest Post Code: KT14 6DY

West Byfleet Station. Free parking in Station car park.

Distance and Terrain:

5.5 miles. Leisurely pace on level ground


Led by Philip H of Surrey Young Walkers, this leisurely walk through the picturesque Surrey hills starts and ends at the quaint village of Shere. The first part of the walk is 4 miles starting with a climb up to the North Downs Way. We then circle back down to Shere for lunch where there are options for a pub lunch, a cafe lunch or a picnic beside the river. After lunch we walk another 5 miles on mainly level ground through woodland, farms and villages before returning once again to delightful Shere for a final pub stop and a well deserved drink.

Pub, cafe or picnic lunch in Shere

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: TQ073479
Nearest Post Code: GU5 9HF

Shere recreation ground car park. Note that the car park is free, but can get busy at weekends. There is also free on street parking on Gomshall Lane, if the car park is full.

Distance and Terrain:

9 miles. Moderate terrain. Leisurely pace

Mon 28 May 2018: THE BOX HILL HIKE (8miles)

A beautiful circular hike around the Box Hill area, climbing quite a few hills and dropping down into deep valleys. Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from the hill tops. The ground is rough in places and includes steep slopes, slippery paths and steps, although there are also stretches of easy walking..
An ideal practice walk if you are heading for a mountain or hill walking holiday later in the year!

Pub or picnic lunch in the latter part of the walk

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:00 am
Grid Ref: TQ178513
Nearest Post Code: KT20 7LB

Car park at National Trust Visitors' Centre, Box Hill. Free parking for NT members, otherwise parking for the day is approximately £4-5 (machine and parking app in use).
Or park in the free Ryka's Cafe car park at the bottom of the hill (RH5 6BY) and hike up to join us at the start of the walk.

Distance and Terrain:

8 miles. Hilly with rough terrain in places. Moderate pace on the hills, bouts of brisk elsewhere.

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