Surrey Christian Rambling Club


Programme 2017

What to bring on a walk

Planning a walk

Leading a walk

If you would like to volunteer to lead a walk, please contact Geoff, who organises the programme.

Please note that you take part in walks at your own risk and the organisers cannot be liable for any injury or other distress which may occur.

Please be ready to start walking at the START time given.

The starting point for a walk is often not accessible by public transport but, provided reasonable notice is given, it will usually be possible to arrange to pick up those requiring transport. The group will set off at the departure time given unless someone expected has not arrived, in which case no more than 15 minutes later.

It is advisable to check before bringing a dog on a walk. 

Please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Be prepared for mud, overgrown footpaths, rain or even brilliant sunshine. Inappropriate footwear or clothing can ruin your day.

We ask you not to eat your packed lunch in pubs that sell food.

Saturday 14th January 2017

1015 for 1030

Surrey Hills
Starting from Westcott Village Green this walk will include the neighbouring hills and the option for a pub lunch at Denbies Wine Estate

This walk is led by Steve Moggs - contact details.

We have been invited back to his home in Westcott afterwards for some tea. Since it still gets dark early in January it may be as well to bring a torch.

Starting Point
Westcott Village Green TQ141486 (approx RH4 3NH)

10 miles
Saturday 21st January

0945 for 1000

Box Hill Munro
Yes, it's that time of year again! The Surrey Munro, where we walk over the Massif of Box Hill to ascend 3000 feet and walk until it gets dark - taking in Juniper Top, White Hill, Ashcombe Wood, Headley Heath and possibly the infamous Stepping Stones. Bring a picnic lunch and drink. After the walk you are very welcome to come back to our house in Ashtead for tea and cake, followed by supper (please let us know if staying for supper).

This walk is led by Duncan Parsons - contact details.

Starting Point
Box Hill & Westhumble Station (RH5 6BT) TQ167519.
NB. The station parking filled up quickly last year so do allow plenty of time to walk from alternative parking at the Stepping Stones if necessary (National Trust) TQ171513.
12 miles

3000 feet of ascent

Saturday 11th February

1015 for 1030

Blackheath and Shamley Green
Some hills. Lunch at Shamley Green (Red Lion, Speckeldy Hen Cafe, and picnic benches). At the end there is a tea shop at either the Lavender Goose at Gomshall (closes 5pm) or Abinger Hammer tea rooms.

This walk is led by Daphne and Heather - contact details.

Starting Point
Car park at the end of Blackheath Lane, (approx GU4 8RB) TQ036462
At Chilworth Station turn up Littleford Lane. Take first left at the crossroads onto Blackheath Lane. The car park is at the end. N.B. If for any reason, the minor roads are icy on the morning, we will start the walk from Chilworth Station less than a mile from the Blackheath Car Park. There is no car park here, but it is possible to park along the main road.

Contact either Daphne or Geoff (contact details) on the Friday evening between 6.30pm and 10pm if you think this might be the case but would like to confirm.

The train from Guildford departs at 0948, arriving at 0957; or from Dorking Deepdene leaving at 0945, arriving at 0959. Note the trains are only every 2 hours.

Approx 9 miles
Saturday 11th March

1015 for 1030
Tilford, Frensham and River Wey
Beautiful riverside walk beside the River Wey. Walk and lunch beside Frensham Little Pond with an opportunity to see the birds on the water. Good views across to Frensham Great Pond and surrounding countryside. Some inclines, but generally not very steep climbs.

Lunch at Frensham Little Pond, Tern Cafe (NT soup, drinks, light snacks) or bring a packed lunch to eat nearby.
After the walk, the Barley Mow on Tilford Green, will be available for further refreshments if wanted.

This walk will be led by Yvonne - contact details.

Starting Point
Tilford Green Car Park, next to the bridge beside the River Wey. (GU10 2BU) Grid ref SU873433
9 miles
Saturday 8th April

1015 for 1030

Toys Hill, Chartwell and Crockham Hill (Kent- Surrey border)
Bring a picnic lunch or snacks available at the Chartwell NT cafe.

This walk will be led by Caroline - contact details.

Starting Point
Limpsfield Chart, St. Andrews Church (RH8 0TB)
Grid ref TQ426517
Parking area opposite church or in nearby roads.

approx 9 miles
Saturday 13th May

1015 for 1030

Loseley Park and Compton
The walk starts along the River Wey, then through open farmland and bluebell woods to Compton. Bring a picnic lunch. We will take an early afternoon break at Watts Gallery which has a café as well as painting exhibitions. We have views of Loseley House on the return to Artington.

This walk will be led by Robert - contact details.

Starting Point
Artington Park and Ride south of Guildford (approx GU3 1LP)
Grid ref SU993475

10 miles
Saturday 10th June

1315 for 1330

Note later time!

Effingham - Farmland, lakes and woodland with evening meal option
Walk through farmland, woodland, lakes and heathland. Pub option for early tea then meal option in Cobham at end of walk at a pizza restaurant. Numbers needed for meal option so please contact Luke if you are coming to the meal. Thanks.

This walk is led by Luke - contact details.

Starting Point
Effingham Junction Station (KT24 5HX) having had lunch
8 miles
Saturday 8th July

1015 for 1030

St Martha’s Hill, Blackheath and Shere
Circular route starting along the North Downs Way to St Martha's-on-the-Hill and then Blackheath and Shere. Returning via Gomshall and Netley Heath. Some hills (approx 1,000ft of ascent/descent).

Lunch - Shere village (pubs, cafes, benches). 

This walk will be led by John - contact details.

Starting Point
Possibly Newland's Corner car park TQ043493 (approx GU4 8SE) but check again nearer the time.

11 miles
Saturday 12th August

1015 for 1030

Littlehampton and Arundel
Joint Hampshire and Surrey Walk. Walk along the River Arun to Arundel, follow river to Wildlife Reserve, pass lake heading north-west and then climb hill to Arundel Park. Walk back to Arundel passing Arundel Cathedral and Arundel Castle. Return to Littlehampton by bus. (£3.70 fare).
Bring a picnic lunch. 
Afterwards: Tea shop in Arundel or Littlehampton. Inspect longest bench (yes, bench) in the world along Littlehampton sea front and swim in the sea. Optional meal at Harbour Lights/ Look and Sea restaurant next to Littlehampton Youth Hostel in Surrey Street with mini-quiz.

This walk will be led by Ben - contact details.

Starting Point
Littlehampton Railway Station (BN17 5BS) Explorer 121 map TQ025022. There is free parking in side streets to the north and north-east of the station about 10 minutes walk away or in station car park.
10 miles
Saturday 9th September

1015 for 1030

Tandridge Figure of Eight
Including sites of old mills and farms.
Packed lunch or snack in pub as it is a figure of eight.
Possible tea out after walk. 

This walk will be led by Ron and Hilary - contact details.

Starting Point
Tandridge Village near the Barley Mow pub (RH8 9NJ).
Please park considerately in the road. Grid ref TQ374508.

About 10 miles

Some hilly paths

Saturday 14th October

1015 for 1030

Sheepleas, Shere, Gomshall and Netley Heath
Lunch options – pub/café/picnic lunch in Shere.
Note: Although the lunch stop is the same as 8th July, the walk itself is quite different.
This walk will be led by Armin

This walk will be led by Armin - contact details.

Starting Point
Public Car Park behind St Mary’s Horsley on A246 - approx KT24 6AH (TQ087526)

10 to 11 miles with climb in the afternoon
Saturday 28th October

0945 for 1000

Note earlier time!

The ‘Greensand Corbett’
The objective for the walk is to clock up as much ascent as one would otherwise have to do in order to climb a Scottish Corbett from sea level (2500-3000ft). We shall therefore thoroughly explore the hills around the Holmbury area and, as the title implies, our route will include many sections of The Greensand Way. This will be a tough but hopefully enjoyable day in the Surrey Hills. Bring a picnic lunch. 
As is the custom for these ‘end of summer time’ walks, I plan to have a pub meal in one of the Holmbury Pubs afterwards (the choice will be confirmed nearer the time). Do let me know if you would like to join me so I can judge whether or not it would be sensible to reserve a table. This will be the last day of 'Summer Time' (the clocks change on the 29th) so let's make the most of it. Sunset is reckoned to be 5:45pm so do bring a torch just in case we run late.

This walk will be led by Chris - contact details.

Starting Point
The Royal Oak, Village Green, Holmbury St Mary, RH5 6PF (TQ109445). Please allow plenty of time to find a suitable parking place.

Less than 16 miles (hopefully)

Total Ascent: 
At least 762m (2500ft)

Saturday 11th November

1015 for 1030

Leith Hill
The first part of the walk is mostly field paths passing Broom Hall lake and Leith Hill Place. We will ascend Leith Hill on the Greensand Way. Our descent is via Anstiebury Farm.
Bring a packed lunch.

This walk will be led by Valerie - contact details.

Starting Point
Holmwood station RH5 4RB (TQ175438). There is not a car park there but plenty of road side parking.

9 - 10 miles
Saturday 9th December

1015 for 1030

Horsell Common
We will walk to the edge of Chobham Common via Fairoaks Airport for a lunch stop with light lunch available in the Hanger Cafe (TQ001624). In the afternoon we will walk through the nature reserve by McLaren's park and on to the Muslim cemetery / Basingstoke canal.

This walk will be led by Helen - contact details.

Starting Point
We will start and finish at the Heather Farm car park (approx GU21 4XY) on the A3046 between Chobham and Woking (SU993605) where there is the Waters Edge cafe open from 0830 which we can use for a pre-walk coffee and/or afternoon tea

8 miles