Free Saturday walks from London

The below walks are by invitation via WhatsApp only, I will politely turn away anyone that have not been invited. Information for the next 4 free Saturday walks are below. Note, all free day walks will now be on Saturdays only as the trains are more reliable and frequent with less bus service (apart from 20th March).

Please check train times nearer to date.  For those that wish to take advantage of GroupSaver train ticket, I just need a member to volunteer for each event - just contact Michael.  Will send out more info nearer to date.  

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 2022

Saturday 26th February 2022: Box Hill to Guildford Downs walk (linear walk) 

(Starting from BoxHill & Westhumble station and completing the Box Hill Challenge before start our walk heading to Guildford.  This walk will have many great high viewpoints, crossing Mole river via the 16 stepping stones and finally a river section before entering Guildford.  We will end at a pub by the river at Guildford)

Sunday 20th March 2022: Box Hill Circular walk

Saturday 2nd April 2022: Guildford Downs Link walk

Saturday 23rd April 2022 (Last free day walk for until Oct 2022)

The below info is out off date

Saturday 8th January 2022 - 10am to 4:30pm: Merstham to Boxhill walk - 12 miles: An linear walk starting from Merstham station (MHM) and follows along the North Downs, with panoramic viewpoints at Reigate Hill, Colley Hill and Box Hill.  There will be several steep climbs.

There are a few places to get refreshments however the waiting times can be too long, so bring enough food and water for the whole day.  Hiking boots are essential as the trails can be muddy and slippery 

This walk will be cancelled if heavy rain is forecasted for the whole duration of the walk. Michael will give 12 hours advance notice. 

*Quick Facts*

- Walking Distance: approx. 12 miles linear walk (not return back to starting point).

 

- Walk Duration: Walking time of 4.5-5.0 hours with a 3 steep hills to walk up.  

 

- Terrain & Difficulty: starting with flat terrain through woodlands and 3 steep hills during the later part of the route. Paths can be muddy.  

 

This walk will be cancelled if heavy rain is forecasted for the whole duration of the walk. Michael will give 12 hours advance notice. Keep an eye out on messages posted on this information site

 

*Travel Options & Meeting Point*

Meeting at Merstham Station (MHM) for 10:00am outside at the car park.  

BY TRAIN: Trains departing London Bridge at 09:27 and arriving at Merstham at 09:56 - no change required (details collated on 1st April, check for any changes nearer to date) Michael will be driving to the station and will meet you at the station car park.  Possible to get a GroupSaver train discount if travelling with 3+ people.  Happy to set up a WhatsApp group for that day for those that wish to meet for the GroupSaver.  

If you missed your train, don't call me as we cannot wait for the next train, it will not be fair to keep the group waiting for late arrivals. However, we will wait if the train is delayed.

BY CAR:  For those that plan to drive, Michael can give you a lift back from Box Hill to Merstham station (you must book a seat back - only for drivers).  There many residential streets where you can park for free at Merstham.  

 

*What to bring*

- Waterproof jacket, hiking boots strongly advised as there are 3 steep climbs and sections of the paths can be very muddy.

- Waterproof trouser if you have a pair - not essential but good to have

- Walking poles, if you have but not essential

- Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized during the walk.  

- Plenty of water

No dogs allowed on any of my events, no matter how well behaved.  

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Box Hill Challenge Hall of Fame   

 

Top 135 times in order of speed

 

Ascending 110 metres in height ascent with 253 Steps

 

Simone, September 2017: 05:03 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Andy, December 2017: 05:03 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Jerome, March 2017: 05:11 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Michael W, from April 2008: 05.15, 05:50, 05:45, 05:50, 06:17, 05:42, 06:10, 05:58, 06:05, 06:21, 05:38, 06:05, 05:50, (06:35, 06:20 - Nov 2021)

Mike Ng, May 2015: 05:22 (after 15 miles bike ride)

Charlie Ho, May 2015: 05:23 (after 15 miles bike ride)

Sebastian W, March 2017: 05:26 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Katie C, May 2015: 05:35 (after 15 miles bike ride)  FASTEST WOMEN

Leon, December 2017: 05:40 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Dau: May 2015: 05:50 (after 15 miles bike ride)

Peng, May 2015: 05:52 (after 15 miles bike ride)

Kuan L, April 2008: 05:53

 

Andy G, Nov 2021: 06:09 (wet)  2019: 06:40  May 2021: 06:39  Feb 2022: 06:41 (wet)  

Justin L, June 2011: 06:09

Stan: Nov 2021: 06:13 (wet, after 0.5 miles)

Rob: March 2017: 06:10 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Sean, December 2017: 06:20  (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Rahul, December 2017: 06:20  (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Adrian, December 2017: 06:20  (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Yazid, Feb 2017: 06:22 (after 10 mile hike, wet conditions)

Sass, March 2018: 06:22 (after 0.5 mile hike, wet)

Gordon C, June 2008: 06:22

Paul C, March 2018: 06:24 (after 0.5 mile hike, wet)

Jerome, Feb 2017: 06:25  (after 0.5 mile hike, wet conditions)

Tamara, May 2018: 06:30 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Annabelle Wong, aged 7.5, March 2022 06:33, 07:15 aged 6.5 May 2021: 07:34 (after 0.5 miles hike, dry)  Feb 2022: 07:22 (wet)

Siugi, May 2015: 06:36 (after 15 miles bike ride)

Fiona A, Oct 2013: 06:40 

Jason S, 06:40:Nov 2021 (wet, after 0.5 miles) + March 2019: 06:48 (after 0.5 mile hike, wet)

Vassilis, December 2017: 06:40  (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Wai L, May 2015: 06:41(after 15 miles bike ride)

Hok, May 2021: 06:42 (after 0.5 miles hike, dry)

Ben, May 2018: 06:50 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Mikel, March 2017: 06:52 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Juan, July 2017: 06:54 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Cheryl L, Feb 2022: 06:58 (wet)

 

Nuno, September 2017: 07:03 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Young T, June 2011: 07.08

Kent, Nov 2021: 07:09 (wet, after 0.5 miles)

Annette, Feb 2022: 07:10 (wet)

Mark, March 2022: 07:15 (dry)

Hansini, Nov 2021: 07:17 (wet, after 0.5 miles)

Marcos, July 2017: 07:13 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

David L, June 2013: 07:15 (after 10 miles walk) + Nov 2021: 07:58 (wet, after 0.5 miles)

Norbert, July 2017: 07:19 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Robin, July 2017: 07:19, 07:42, 07:45

Laura, April 2017: 07:20 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Cynthia, Feb 2017: 07:20  (after 10 mile hike, wet conditions)

Laura S, July 2017: 07:20 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Kristina, December 2017: 07:20  (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Annabelle Wong, aged 6.5 May 2021: 07:34 (after 0.5 miles hike, dry)  Feb 2022: 07:22 (wet)

Maciej, Feb 2022: 07:24 (wet)

PK, April 2017: 07:24 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Priscilla, March 2022: 07:28 (dry)

Marta, March 2017: 07:30 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Chris, April, 2017 07:30 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Kay M: June 2013 07:30 (after 10 miles walk)

Joseph, Feb 2015: 07:30 (wet conditions)

Nav March 2018: 07:30 (after 0.5 mile hike, wet)

Sherif, September 2017: 07:35 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Tina, May 2018: 07:35 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

ZH, April 2015: 07:36

Murrey, September 2017: 07:36 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Karen Wong, May 2018: 07:38 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Adriana, May 2021: 07:39 (after 0.5 miles hike, dry)

Yung Yao, May 2021: 07:38 (after 0.5 miles hike, dry) +  Feb 2022: 07:57 (wet)

Jo T, September 2017: 07:42 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Bijoux, March 2018: 07:45 (after 0.5 mile hike, wet)

AMY W: April 2008: 07.47

George, September 2017: 07:47 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Geraldine M, Nov 2021: 07:50 (wet) + 2017: 08:13 (dry) + Feb 2022: 08:26 (wet)

Mc, April, 2017: 07:50 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Andrea L, March 2022: 07:54 (dry)

Ash, March 2018: 07:57 (after 0.5 mile hike, wet)

Son L: April 2008: 07:57

Dirk: April 2008: 07:57

Ainara, Nov 2021 07:58 (wet) + March 2018: 09:55 (after 0.5 mile hike, wet) 

Jenny S, Nov 2021: 07:58 (wet, after 0.5 miles)

Tee,  Feb 2022: 07:58 (wet)

Adam, May 2018: 07:59 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

 

Angelin T, Oct 2013: 08:00

Frank, April 2015: 08:00

Giana, July 2017: 08:00 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Jenny, April 2008: 08.03

Joshua P, Nov 2021: 08:04 (wet, after 0.5 miles)

Yan, July 2017: 08:05 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Kasia, March 2022: 08:08 (dry)

Pete (12 stones): May 2021: 08:22 (dry) + Feb 2022: 08:08 (wet)

Kenny Lee, March 2016: 08:12 (wet conditions)

Carman, March 2016: 08:12 (wet conditions)

Kasia, April, 2017: 08;12 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Kup, Oct 2013: 08:15

Lauren, March 2022: 08:17 (dry)

Myar, April 2008: 08:25

Sabina, September 2017: 08:25  (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Rax,March 2017: 08:28 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

ANNABELLE WONG 08:30 age 6.5 (after Box Hill bike challenge) : April 2021

Yvonne D, Nov 2021: 08:31 (wet, after 0.5 miles)

Dee, March 2018: 08:32 (after 0.5 mile hike, wet)

Marcos,April, 2017 : 08:33 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Carl, July 2017: 08:34 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Boon: Feb 2022: 08:35 (wet)

Nguyet, Nov 2021: 08:40 (wet, after 0.5 miles)

TJ, March 2018: 08:40 (after 0.5 mile hike, wet)

William, April, 2017: 08:40 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Christine age 8, September 2017: 08:40 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Steeve Ng, Nov 2021: 08:41 (wet, after 0.5 miles)

Wendy, Nov 2021: 08:48 (wet, after 0.5 miles)

Ket, July 2017: 08:50 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Sharon, July 2017: 08:50 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Bala, Feb 2022: 08:52 (wet)  March 2022: 08:55 (dry)

Ania M, July 2017: 08:52 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Lisa T, March 2017: 08:52 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Karen W, September 2017: 08:52 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Leo, Nov 2021: 08:54 (wet, after 0.5 miles)

Lyn, July 2017: 08:55 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Ken Chow, Nov 2021: 08:56 (wet, after 0.5 miles)

 

Ashish, March 2022: 09:05 (dry)

Ania W, Nov 2021: 09:11 (wet, after 0.5 miles) Feb 2022: 09:19 (wet) 

Chi, March 2016: 09:12 (wet conditions)

Ken, April, 2017: 09:12 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Zabeen, September 2017: 0912  (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Christine Cheung, Feb 2022: 09:14 (wet)

Anita, March 2016: 09:14 (wet conditions)

Daniel, March 2017: 09:15 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Yindi, March 2016: 09:16 (wet conditions)

Sumbo, March 2022: 09:17 (dry)

Baharak, Feb 2022: 09:18 (wet)

Elaine, March 2016: 09:18 (wet conditions)

Michelle, April 2015 09:20

Hin, April, 2017: 09:20 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Zeynep, September 2017: 09:21 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Sylvia, April 2015: 09:25

Christelle M,  March 2022: 09:35 (dry) + Feb 2022: 10:25 (wet)

Shahenda,  Feb 2022: 09:35 (wet)

Annalisa, May 2021: 09:30 (after 0.5 miles hike, dry)

Shabnam, Feb 2022: 09:51 (wet)

Christina, April 2015: 10:15

Denise, March 2022:10:17 (dry)

Viorelia, September 2017: 10:19 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Johnathon T, March 2022: 10:22 (dry)

 

Jun Ping, April 2015: 10:45

Kalesha, Feb 2022: 10:53 (wet)

Sonia, March 2017: 11:12 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Raymond, April 2015: 11:26

Nada, Feb 2022: 11:47 (wet)

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Information for the next 4 free Sunday walks are below.  Priority for members already signed up to a weekend event for 2021. The group size is limited 25 members. Covid precautions will be adhered to.  Michael will brief everyone at the beginning of the walk.  Please check train times nearer to date.

November 2021

Saturday 20th November2022 - 10:30am to 4:30pm - Box Hill circular walk - 12 miles

Box Hill is most famous for the panoramic far-reaching views to the South. From the stone structure viewpoint you can see for more than 15 miles ahead; with Surrey and East Sussex stretching out beneath you.  From here we will walk down to the foot of Box Hill and cross the river Mole via the 16 hexagonal stepping stones. We will walk pass Polesden Lacey, a Georgian National trust building and after another few hours walking we walk through Denbies vineyard wine estate.  The first six images are of my Box Hill walk.  There will also be the optional 'Box Hill Challenge" for anyone that wish to test their fitness level (walk up the 254 steps over a distance of 500 metres and a accent of 105 metres in your fastest time).  During the past 12 years Michael has recorded times for the fastest 100 members, names of fastest 30 at the end of this page)

*Quick Facts*

- Walking Distance: approx. 12 miles circular walk.

- Walk Duration: Walking time of 4.5-5.0 hours with a few steep hills to walk up.  

- Terrain & Difficulty: starting with the steep climb then flat terrain through the vineyard woodlands  Paths can be muddy.  

This walk will be cancelled if heavy rain is forecasted for the whole duration of the walk. Michael will give 12 hours advance notice. Keep an eye out on messages posted on this information site

 

*Travel Options & Meeting Point*

Meeting at Box Hill & Westhumble station (BXW) for 10:00am outside at the car park.  

BY TRAIN: 

Meeting at Box Hill & Westhumble station (BXW) for 10:30am outside at the car park.  

​BY TRAIN: Train leaving London Waterloo (WAT) at 09:24 and arriving at Box Hill & Westhumble station (BXW) for 10:11 - no change required.  
OR
Train leaving London Victoria (VIC) at 09:25 and arriving at Box Hill & Westhumble station (BXW) for 10:19 - no change required.  

Please check for cancelations or delays before you set off

 

 Michael will be driving to the station and will meet you at the station car park. 

Possible to get a GroupSaver train discount if travelling with 3+ people.  

 

If you missed your train, don't call me as we cannot wait for the next train, it will not be fair to keep the group waiting for late arrivals. However, we will wait if the train is delayed.

BY CAR:  For those that plan to drive, THERE IS VERY LIMITED CAR PARKING AT BOX HILL STATION.  Post code for the station: RH5 6BT.  The car park is free.  

 

*What to bring*

- Waterproof jacket, hiking boots strongly advised as there are 3 steep climbs and sections of the paths can be very muddy.

- Waterproof trouser if you have a pair - not essential but good to have

- Walking poles, if you have but not essential

- Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized during the walk.  

- Plenty of water

No dogs allowed on any of my events, no matter how well behaved.  

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DECEMBER 2021

Sunday 12th December 2021 - 10am to 3:00: Happy Valley and the North Down walk - 10 miles:  Starting and ending at Coulsdon South Station (zone 6).  We will be walking through fields up to the North Downs with good viewpoints. There are several hills and fields to walk across so hiking boots will be essential.

 

Train leaving London Bridge at 09:28 and arriving at Coulsdon South (CDS) for 09:53 - no change required (details collated on 1st April, check for any changes nearer to date) Michael will be driving to the station and will meet you at the station car park - head towards the ticket office.  There are no places for refreshments so make sure you bring food and water for the whole day.  

 

*Quick Facts*

- Walking Distance: approx. 10 miles circular walk.

 

- Walk Duration: Walking time of 4.0 hours with a few steep hills to walk up.  

 

- Terrain & Difficulty: starting with flat terrain through woodlands and 1 steep hill during the later part of the route. Paths can be muddy.  

 

This walk will be cancelled if heavy rain is forecasted for the whole duration of the walk. Michael will give 12 hours advance notice. Keep an eye out on messages posted on this information site

 

*Travel Options & Meeting Point*

Meeting at Coulsdon South station (CDS) for 10:00am outside at the station car park.  

BY TRAIN: Train leaving London Bridge at 09:28 and arriving at Coulsdon South (CDS) for 09:53 - no change required (details collated on 1st April, check for any changes nearer to date) Michael will be driving to the station and will meet you at the station car park. For the car park, cross over the footbridge to the ticket office.

Will not have WhatsApp group for that day as this station is Zone 6 (you can use your Oyster card) and will not be much cheaper with a GroupSaver.  It is also possible to get off at Coulsdon Town station which is only 5 minutes walk to Coulsdon South station. 

If you missed your train, don't call me as we cannot wait for the next train, it will not be fair to keep the group waiting for late arrivals. However, we will wait if the train is delayed.

BY CAR:  For those that plan to drive, you can park at a free residential street (4 Marlpit Avenue CR5 2HE - park on the right side of the road) only 5 minutes walk to the station.   

 

*What to bring*

- Waterproof jacket, hiking boots strongly advised as there are sections of the paths that can be very muddy.

- Waterproof trouser if you have a pair - not essential but good to have

- Walking poles, if you have but not essential

- Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized during the walk.  

- Plenty of water

No dogs allowed on any of my events, no matter how well behaved.  

Sunday 25th April 2021 - 10am to 4:30pm: Merstham to Boxhill walk - 12 miles: An linear walk starting from Merstham station (MHM) and follows along the North Downs, with panoramic viewpoints at Reigate Hill, Colley Hill and Box Hill.  There will be several steep climbs.

There are a few places to get refreshments however the waiting times can be too long, so bring enough food and water for the whole day.  Hiking boots are essential as the trails can be muddy and slippery 

This walk will be cancelled if heavy rain is forecasted for the whole duration of the walk. Michael will give 12 hours advance notice. 

*Quick Facts*

- Walking Distance: approx. 12 miles linear walk (not return back to starting point).

 

- Walk Duration: Walking time of 4.5-5.0 hours with a 3 steep hills to walk up.  

 

- Terrain & Difficulty: starting with flat terrain through woodlands and 3 steep hills during the later part of the route. Paths can be muddy.  

 

This walk will be cancelled if heavy rain is forecasted for the whole duration of the walk. Michael will give 12 hours advance notice. Keep an eye out on messages posted on this information site

 

*Travel Options & Meeting Point*

Meeting at Merstham Station (MHM) for 10:00am outside at the car park.  

BY TRAIN: Trains departing London Bridge at 09:27 and arriving at Merstham at 09:56 - no change required (details collated on 1st April, check for any changes nearer to date) Michael will be driving to the station and will meet you at the station car park.  Possible to get a GroupSaver train discount if travelling with 3+ people.  Happy to set up a WhatsApp group for that day for those that wish to meet for the GroupSaver.  

If you missed your train, don't call me as we cannot wait for the next train, it will not be fair to keep the group waiting for late arrivals. However, we will wait if the train is delayed.

BY CAR:  For those that plan to drive, Michael can give you a lift back from Box Hill to Merstham station (you must book a seat back - only for drivers).  There many residential streets where you can park for free at Merstham.  

 

*What to bring*

- Waterproof jacket, hiking boots strongly advised as there are 3 steep climbs and sections of the paths can be very muddy.

- Waterproof trouser if you have a pair - not essential but good to have

- Walking poles, if you have but not essential

- Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized during the walk.  

- Plenty of water

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Sunday 2nd May 2021 - 10am to 4:00: Happy Valley and the North Down walk - 10 miles:  Starting and ending at Coulsdon South Station (zone 6).  We will be walking through fields up to the North Downs with good viewpoints. There are several hills and fields to walk across so hiking boots will be essential.

 

Train leaving London Bridge at 09:27 and arriving at Coulsdon South (CDS) for 09:53 - no change required (details collated on 1st April, check for any changes nearer to date) Michael will be driving to the station and will meet you at the station car park.  There are no places for refreshments so make sure you bring food and water for the whole day.  

 

*Quick Facts*

- Walking Distance: approx. 10 miles circular walk.

 

- Walk Duration: Walking time of 4.0 hours with a few steep hills to walk up.  

 

- Terrain & Difficulty: starting with flat terrain through woodlands and 1 steep hill during the later part of the route. Paths can be muddy.  

 

This walk will be cancelled if heavy rain is forecasted for the whole duration of the walk. Michael will give 12 hours advance notice. Keep an eye out on messages posted on this information site

 

*Travel Options & Meeting Point*

Meeting at Coulsdon South station (CDS) for 10:00am outside at the car park.  

BY TRAIN: Train leaving London Bridge at 09:27 and arriving at Coulsdon South (CDS) for 09:53 - no change required (details collated on 1st April, check for any changes nearer to date) Michael will be driving to the station and will meet you at the station car park. For the car park, cross over the footbridge to the ticket office.

Possible to get a GroupSaver train discount if travelling with 3+ people.  Happy to set up a WhatsApp group for that day for those that wish to meet for the GroupSaver.  It is also possible to get off at Coulsdon Town station which is only 5 minutes walk to Coulsdon South station. 

If you missed your train, don't call me as we cannot wait for the next train, it will not be fair to keep the group waiting for late arrivals. However, we will wait if the train is delayed.

BY CAR:  For those that plan to drive, you can park at a free residential street (4 Marlpit Avenue CR5 2HE - park on the right side of the road) only 5 minutes walk to the station.   

 

*What to bring*

- Waterproof jacket, hiking boots strongly advised as there are sections of the paths that can be very muddy.

- Waterproof trouser if you have a pair - not essential but good to have

- Walking poles, if you have but not essential

- Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized during the walk.  

- Plenty of water

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Sunday 9th May 2021 - 10:00am to 4:30pm - Box Hill circular walk - 12 miles

Box Hill is most famous for the panoramic far-reaching views to the South. From the stone structure viewpoint you can see for more than 15 miles ahead; with Surrey and East Sussex stretching out beneath you.  From here we will walk down to the foot of Box Hill and cross the river Mole via the 16 hexagonal stepping stones. We will walk pass Polesden Lacey, a Georgian National trust building and after another few hours walking we walk through Denbies vineyard wine estate.  The first six images are of my Box Hill walk.  There will also be the optional 'Box Hill Challenge" for anyone that wish to test their fitness level (walk up the 254 steps over a distance of 500 metres and a accent of 105 metres in your fastest time).  During the past 12 years Michael has recorded times for the fastest 100 members, names of fastest 30 at the end of this page)

*Quick Facts*

- Walking Distance: approx. 12 miles circular walk.

- Walk Duration: Walking time of 4.5-5.0 hours with a few steep hills to walk up.  

- Terrain & Difficulty: starting with the steep climb then flat terrain through the vineyard woodlands  Paths can be muddy.  

This walk will be cancelled if heavy rain is forecasted for the whole duration of the walk. Michael will give 12 hours advance notice. Keep an eye out on messages posted on this information site

 

*Travel Options & Meeting Point*

Meeting at Box Hill & Westhumble station (BXW) for 10:00am outside at the car park.  

BY TRAIN: Train leaving London Waterloo (WAT) at 08:33 and arriving at Box Hill & Westhumble station (BXW) for 09:48 - 2 change required (details collated on 1st April, check for any changes nearer to date) Michael will be driving to the station and will meet you at the station car park. 

Possible to get a GroupSaver train discount if travelling with 3+ people.  Happy to set up a WhatsApp group for that day for those that wish to meet for the GroupSaver. 

 

If you missed your train, don't call me as we cannot wait for the next train, it will not be fair to keep the group waiting for late arrivals. However, we will wait if the train is delayed.

BY CAR:  For those that plan to drive, THERE IS VERY LIMITED CAR PARKING AT BOX HILL STATION.  Post code for the station: RH5 6BT.  The car park is free.  

 

*What to bring*

- Waterproof jacket, hiking boots strongly advised as there are 3 steep climbs and sections of the paths can be very muddy.

- Waterproof trouser if you have a pair - not essential but good to have

- Walking poles, if you have but not essential

- Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized during the walk.  There is a pub after 2.5 hrs but we only have time for a drink.

- Plenty of water

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River Wey & Downs Link Walk 17th October 2021 10:00am to 4:00pm - Circular walk 

Starting and finishing at Guildford station we will walk along the River Wye, into woodland and sandy paths before reaching St Martha’s Church for lunch. St Martha’s Church is one of the highest church with a panoramic views of the Surrey Hills. This walk has many good high viewpoints.  After the walk we will be visiting a lovely pub by the river. 

The last 6 photos are from this walk.

*Quick Facts*

- Walking Distance: approx. 12 miles circular walk.

River Wey & Downs Link Walk 16th May 2021 10:10am to 4:30pm

Starting from Guildford station we will walk along the River Wye, into woodland and sandy paths before reaching St Martha’s Church for lunch. St Martha’s Church is one of the highest church with a panoramic views of the Surrey Hills. This walk has many good high viewpoints.  We will be walking in an area known for Blue Bells, they are out for a short time during April/May.  The last 6 photos are from this walk.

*Quick Facts*

- Walking Distance: approx. 12 miles circular walk.

 

- Walk Duration: Walking time of 4.5-5.0 hours with a 2 very steep hills to walk up. With breaks will be probably be back at the station for 4:30pm at the earliest. If the pub along the river is open we will have a drink after the walk.

 

- Terrain & Difficulty: starting with river tow paths then woodland with 2 very steep hills. 

 

This walk will be cancelled if heavy rain is forecasted for the whole duration of the walk. Michael will give 12 hours advance notice. Keep an eye out on messages posted on this information site

 

*Travel Options & Meeting Point*

Meeting at Guildford station (GLD) for 10:10am outside Costa Coffee, trains will leave from London Waterloo.

BY TRAIN:  train times to be confirmed: Please catch the 08:54 from London Waterloo (WAT) to arrive at Guildford (GLD) for 10:02.  One changes required

Meet at Waterloo early and get a GroupSaver ticket for 3 to 9 members. We will be returning back to Guildford station (GLD) after the walk so best buy a return ticket.  Michael W will NOT be travelling via train as he will be driving to Guildford so if you wish to travel with other members with the GroupSave discount.  Happy to set up a WhatsApp group for that day for those that wish to meet for the GroupSaver. 

If you missed your train, don't call me as we cannot wait for the next train, it will not be fair to keep the group waiting for late arrivals. However, we will wait if the train is delayed.

BY CAR: If you are parking at the station, park at the bays away from the station (100 metres away). Those bays are much cheaper. For your sat nav the post code address for the station is GU1 4UT.

 

*What to bring*

- Waterproof jacket, hiking boots strongly advised as there are 2 steep climbs and sections of the paths can be very muddy.

- Waterproof trouser if you have a pair - not essential but good to have

- Walking poles, if you have but not essential

- Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized during the walk.  There is a pub after 2.5 hrs but we only have time for a drink.

- Plenty of water

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Box Hill Challenge Hall of Fame   

 

Top 30 hikers in order of time

 

Ascending 105 metres with 254 steps over a distance of 500 metres

Simone, September 2017: 05:03 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Andy, December 2017: 05:03 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Jerome, March 2017: 05:11 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Michael W, from April 2008: 05.15, 05:50, 05:45, 05:50, 06:17, 05:42, 06:10, 05:58, 06:05, 06:21, 05:38, 06:05, 05:50

Mike Ng, May 2015: 05:22 (after 15 miles bike ride)

Charlie Ho, May 2015: 05:23 (after 15 miles bike ride)

Sebastian W, March 2017: 05:26 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Katie C, May 2015: 05:35 (after 15 miles bike ride)  FASTEST WOMEN

Leon, December 2017: 05:40 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Dau: May 2015: 05:50 (after 15 miles bike ride)

Peng, May 2015: 05:52 (after 15 miles bike ride)

Kuan L, April 2008: 05:53

 

Justin L, June 2011: 06:09

Rob: March 2017: 06:10 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Mason H, July 2020: 06:15 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

George A, July 2020: 06:20 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Sean, December 2017: 06:20  (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Rahul, December 2017: 06:20  (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Adrian, December 2017: 06:20  (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Yazid, Feb 2017: 06:22 (after 10 mile hike, wet conditions)

Sass, March 2018: 06:22 (after 0.5 mile hike, wet)

Gordon C, June 2008: 06:22

Paul C, March 2018: 06:24 (after 0.5 mile hike, wet)

Jerome, Feb 2017: 06:25  (after 0.5 mile hike, wet conditions)

Tamara, May 2018: 06:30 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Siugi, May 2015: 06:36 (after 15 miles bike ride)

Fiona A, Oct 2013: 06:40 

Andy, April 2017: 06:40 (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Vassilis, December 2017: 06:40  (after 0.5 mile hike, dry)

Wai L, May 2015: 06:41(after 15 miles bike ride)

Jason, March 2018: 06:48 (after 0.5 mile hike, wet)