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Summary

The Surrey Hills near Dorking

Stunning landscapes & villages on London’s doorstep

No of Nights: 1-3

Stay: Hotel or B&B

Grade: Moderate

Why not combine with 2 or 3 nights walking from nearby Guildford for more walking.

Information

Walking in the Surrey Hills from Dorking you will discover many hidden treasures of South-East England. These hills are relatively unknown and yet enjoy the status of an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. They are also very accessible, being only 45 minutes from London. The Surrey Hills offer many spectacular views; from Leith Hill you can see the London skyline to the North and the sea to the South. Then there's Box Hill, part of the great ridge of the North Downs, beloved by Keats, Jane Austen and George Meredith. In the Surrey Hills you’ll discover one of England's finest landscapes with spectacular scenery, picturesque villages and glorious rolling countryside.

A few days of self-guided walking in the Surrey Hills, following our carefully-crafted routes, will provide you with fresh air and exercise, tranquility and beauty. You'll return home refreshed, relaxed and restored.

Enjoy

  • Two days of scenic walking in and around the market town of Dorking, noted for its antique shops
  • Expertly-crafted self-guided walks in some of England’s most beautiful and most accessible countryside
  • Peace of mind knowing that routes are accurate and easy to follow, so you can be sure you will not have problems finding your way!
  • Routes through beautiful scenery, accompanied by printed commentaries highlighting features of special interest (it's like having your own personal guide)
  • Freedom to walk at your own pace, lingering over lunch, admiring a flower
  • A choice of accommodation
  • Country pubs for lunch
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Itinerary

Day One: Arrival Day & Self-guided Walk around Dorking

Having settled into your accommodation, explore the fascinating historical heart of Dorking. Our included town tour will help you to discover the various delights of this old market town. (Grade easy: 2 miles/3 km)

Day Two: Box Hill – 8 miles/13.5 km

A wonderful walk in one of Surrey's most well-known areas of outstanding natural beauty - Box Hill. Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen as you traverse Juniper Top, a little-known part of the North Downs. The views from grassy hilltops are superb. In contrast are beautiful woodland trails featuring fine box, yew and beech trees. Discover and walk Roman Stane Street on your way to the ancient village of Mickleham for lunch at an ancient hostelrie.

The trail finally takes you down hill to cross the River Mole by the famous stepping stones. If you prefer, there's a footbridge. There's the option to finish your day with a visit to Denbies Vineyard where, you may like to stop for tea or even a tour of the vineyard!

(Grade moderate: 8 miles/13.5 km)

Day Three: Leith Hill – 8 miles/13.5 k 

This is a favourite walk through unspoilt countryside still quite wild and remote. Our route keeps you well away from traffic. It's hard to believe that you are so close to London; in fact people say that the countryside reminds them of Scotland!

The walk takes you to a variety of habitats and landscapes. There's additional historical interest, including Leith Hill Tower. This is the highest point in southeast England. From here you can make out central London and the English Channel, some 26 miles away.

"At this time of year the autumn colours are spectacular and a wide variety of wild mushrooms are beginning to appear. You will probably see flocks of woodland birds including coal tits, blue tits, great tits, long tailed tits, nuthatches, treecreepers and goldcrests."

(Grade moderate: 8 miles/13.5 km)

 

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Hotels

Enjoy a luxury bedroom at  a choice of a four-star hotel or an excellent B&B in the beautiful market town of Dorking. The B&B is located in the heart of England's largest vineyard in a uniquely peaceful setting. The Burford Bridge Hotel is ideally located at the foot of Box Hill in the heart of the Surrey Hills. It boasts three acres of landscaped gardens and its décor pays homage to the literary roots of the area and a historical background dating back to 1254.

 

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Grade of the walks

Grading of Walks: these routes are suitable for anyone of average fitness, able to walk around 8 miles on varied hilly terrain. Allow 4-5 hours with a break for a pub lunch. As this is hilly country some ascents and descents are to be expected.

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Tour price and costs

Price per person:  from £279 for 2 people sharing a twin or double room

Price includes:

  • En-suite luxury accommodation with full English breakfasts
  • Two full-day self-guided walks
  • Comprehensive walks pack containing detailed route directions and commentaries in A5 booklets
  • Commentaries to accompany the route directions
  • Marked-up Ordnance Survey map and map case
  • Recommended old inns for lunch
  • Pocket guide to flora and fauna
  • Travel information
  • Personalised itinerary
  • Telephone support
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Flights

Rail Travel

By rail:

trains twice an hour from London Victoria or Waterloo with a journey time of 45 minutes.

20 minutes by train from Guildford.

(Easy access from Gatwick Airport).

Road Travel

By road:

total mileage from central London: 30 miles (1.5 hours). Ample car parking available.

 

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