The 2 rings of Dorking

Sat 25th Aug 2018

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
20ml.
Start Time
9.11
Route
Dorking Main station (take the 8.24 from Waterloo)

Two loops of about 10 miles each; in the morning to the east with a tea stop on Headley Heath; lunch in Mickleham (pub/picnic/shop); afternoon to the west

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The Two Rings of Dorking, Saturday 25th August 2018
8.5 walkers (as one joined at lunchtime), 19 miles - leader Jerome Ripp (br)> Ideal walking weather, splendid views, lots of hills (c2500 feet of ascent). The steep route up Box Hill from Pixham End gave a taste of what was to come. North Downs to Headley Heath where despite the vast quantity of paths on offer, the leader decided to add a few new ones in an off piste section of" bundu bashing” for the benefit of our South African new comer. On Gavin's GPS it looked like the aimless wanderings of an inebriated walker, but with the leader's judgement (or pure luck!) we soon returned to the correct west path and down to Mickleham for lunch at the Running Horse or church for picnic opposite. A wedding party gave the opportunity for a vintage car photo shot, then the Mole valley and up to the gloomy vegetation of Druids Grove. A few more loops and the great spire of Ranmore common church acted as a beacon as we rejoined the North Downs and a final stroll through Denbies vineyard. Photographs by Gavin Fuller; more by Gavin on the group Facebook page.

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