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Saturday, 25 May 2019

Effingham Junction to Boxhill and Westhumble via Polesden Lacey

With many of our regular walkers away on the Scottish trip, here's a leisurely  alternative with a brief excursion onto the North Downs escarpment before descending through Denbies vineyard for tea and Boxhill and Westhumble station.

Getting there

Catch the 10:33 Guildford train from London Waterloo (10:41 from Clapham Junction) to Effingham Junction, arriving there at 11:15 

Getting back

Direct trains depart from Boxhill and Westhumble to London Waterloo at 5 minutes and 35 minutes past. There's also a cheeky little hourly train to London Victoria at 40 minutes past the hour. Both services stop at Clapham Junction and the Waterloo service also calls at Wimbledon. Journey time is about 50 minutes.


Buy a return ticket to Effingham Junction, and be prepared to buy a single from Boxhill and Westhumble to Leatherhead on the return journey

Length 9 and a bit miles (15 km)
Toughness 3/4 out of 10


After a fairly flat beginning across common and woodland, the walk crosses a golf course before arriving at Polesden Lacey a magnificent Edwardian House run by The National Trust. Non-members may eat at the Granary cafe here and there's some meadow land before the house for those with packed lunches. NT members may wish to take the opportunity to visit the gardens at the house. 
The afternoon is slightly more hilly with good views back to the house after climbing the first hill. After Ranmore Common, there are fine views from the North Downs Way before the walk descends through Denbies Vineyard where tea can be taken at the visitor centre there.

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Anonymous said...

n+15 walkers, including two second timers. It was w=warm_and_sunny_getting_hotter_as_the_day_went_on. The shady bits were welcome and there were just enough open stretches to enjoy the sun. The morning section offered lots of buttercups on Effingham Common, skylarks singing and an atmospheric walk through Great Ridings Wood. We all opted to head to Polesden Lacey for lunch and those who ate in the restaurant seemed happy with their fare (the fruit crumble is highly recommended). Afterwards, one peeled off to do an alternative afternoon route with tea at Pilgrim Cycles and the rest followed the usual route to Denbies, where some sipped bubbly and others tea. Thanks to Mike for posting and to everyone for the company.

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