North Downs Viewpoints Walk

Date

Sat Mar 2nd

Organiser

Sandra and Rob

Cost

Free to members and prospective members, £6 supplement for attendees from Meetup

Activity

Sandra and Rob are leading their first walk for the group. An enchanting 8 mile walk from Guildford to Shere via St Martha's Hill and Newlands Corner. The walk explores the beautiful Surrey countryside firstly along the river Wey, then short sections of the Pilgrim's Way and the North Downs Way. There are 2 gentle ascents, rewarded by wonderful views over the Surrey hills. The pace will be moderate. After walking along a pretty section of the river Wey, we will ascend the Greensand ridge to St Martha's Church, arguably one of the most scenic and unusual settings for a church in the whole of the UK. Following a picnic lunch stop on the chalk escarpment of Albury Down, we will follow the chalk ridge until a final descent to the 'chocolate box' village of Shere. This is the ideal place to tarry a while with its lovely tea room, historic pub and terrific ice cream, weather permitting! Direct return bus to Guildford. Also the option to walk an extra 25 minutes to the village of Gomshall. Here there is another historic pub and quirky tea room, followed by the choice of bus or train back to Guildford.

Refreshments

Tea shop and pubs at end. Bring packed lunch.

Travel

SW trains from Waterloo departs 10:00 arrives Guildford 10:30. From Shepherds Bush take 09:26 service changing at Clapham for Guildford. See trainline for all details. Regular trains back from Guildford to London. Bus back from Shere to start.

Start

10:35am at Guildford station (main entrance), postcode GU2 7NN

Finish

Around 4:00pm at Shere village hall (bus stop), Shere, Surrey, postcode GU5 9HZ

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