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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday Walk - from Guildford to Box Hill along the North Downs Way

Book 2, Walk 13d: Guildford to Boxhill, via Chantries Hill, Shere, Gomshall and Ranmore Common

Length: full walk: 22.5 km (14 miles).
Ending in Gomshall: 13.7 km (8.5 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10

London Waterloo:  10-15 hrs   Haslemere train.    Clapham Junction 10-22 hrs
Arrive Guildford: 10-50 hrs

Return  Box Hill and Westhumble to London Victoria:  15-59, 16-28, 17-03, 17-33, 17-58, 18-28 and 18-57
Return Dorking (Main) to Waterloo: 16-04, 16-34, 17-04, 17-34 and 18-04 hrs. Change at Epsom for Victoria
Return Dorking (Main) to Victoria: 4 mins before the Box Hill to Victoria service

Return Gomshall to Waterloo:  15-53, 16-53 via Guildford.
Return Gomshall to Victoria: 14-04 and 16-04 via Dorking Deepdene and Dorking (Main)

Rail ticket: try a day return to Guildford. You may have to pay a supplement from Box Hill to Leatherhead.
If returning from Gomshall make sure your rail ticket is to Gomshall via Guildford (or Dorking Deepdene).

Hopefully we will come upon some late bluebell woods along today's route, particularly late afternoon.. If not, this is still a lovely hybrid-of-a-walk, with a mix and match of Book 2 and SWC walks.

Setting out from Guildford, we will make for the River Wey, which we soon cross to go up Chantries Hill - SWC Walk 57, with some lovely views on top. From there we head for the church of St Martha-on-the-Hill, in the middle of nowhere. Then we follow the main Book 2 walk along the North Downs Way to the village of Shere for lunch at the White Horse - best 'phone ahead with numbers, your e.t.a 1 pm - 01483-202044.
After lunch you walk uphill past the village church to Gomshall where you can conclude your walk by making for the railway station. Otherwise, it's uphill and down dale and along the North Downs Way, passing  numerous WW2 pillboxes, all the way to Ranmore Common, with some good bluebell woods en route. You then head down to Denbies for tea. From the tea rooms you can head either to Box Hill and Westhumble, or Dorking (Main) stations, for your journey home.
Enjoy !
Walk Directions here: L=2.13

You should also bring along SWC Walk 57 (for the Chantries Hill leg) - directions here.

Next Week, Wednesday 24 May: Book 1, Walk 25 - Rye to Hastings

1 comment:

Marcus said...

Our fair weather walking colleagues stayed in bed today, so just 3 regulars alighted from the train at Guildford, to be met by another at the station and another en route, so that's n=5 . Yes - it did w=rain-for-most-of-the-day, but our friends who stayed in bed missed a lovely morning's walk, helped by the rain refreshing the countryside. Bluebells were on their last legs, as expected, but there were plenty of other woodland flowers along the way, but no rhododendrons - now out in impressive displays on the Holmwood to Gomshall walk. All five of us enjoyed a good lunch at the White Horse in Shere - and then a bit of common sense befell us. As the rain, which had briefly relented, started up again, we decided to end the day's walk in Gomshall, instead of carrying on in the wet to Box Hill. Tea was taken at the Compasses in Gomshall as we waited for the 15-53 train to Guildford. A good connection there and we were back in Waterloo in no time. An enjoyable day in quality company - and no complaints over the rain - the South-East needs a lot more of it.
Three from our small party of five are off to Glencoe this weekend: we hope they have a most enjoyable time - and the rain holds off up there !!.