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    Guildford to Dorking - Challenge Walk

    Saturday 6th May

    Distance 20 miles, Linear Grade Strenuous Start Time 10:00 Host Holly Start Time GU1 4UT

    Meeting point: Guildford Station

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Starting in the capital of Surrey, we head south along the River Wey to the village of Shalford passing the Mill, we walk along east around the bottom of the Cantries. We will get a glimpes of Chilworth Manor before climbing up to the top of St Martha's joining the Pilgrims' Way along the bottom of Western Wood. Turning north at Albury to Silent Pool we again climb up pass the vineyard.

We join the North Downs Way though West Hanger and onto Netley Heath, there we will drop down the hill into the small village of Gomshall stopping at the pub for a drink. We head off around the back of Southbrook Farm and turning north at Paddington Farm we make our last climb of the day up to White Down on the North Downs Way. 

We continue for a while until at the edge of Ranmore Common we drop down south into the village of Westcott before joining the Greensand Way around the back of the village and over The Nower into Dorking.


Stay for a social afterwards.

Our walk gradings

  • E


    Easy Walks are for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.

  • L


    Leisurely Walks are for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths.

  • M


    Moderate Walks are for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are highly recommended.

  • S


    Strenuous Walks are for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rought country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the walk leader in advance.

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About our walks

Non-members are welcome to join us for 3 "trial" walks before deciding to join us. You don't need to book in advance - just turn up on the day.

All our walks are graded to give you an idea of what each one will be like. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short, easy walk first. It's better to find a walk too easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.

Please remember

  • Bring appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather conditions.
  • Bring something to drink, even if the walk has a pub stop. On most full day walks you'll need to bring a picnic lunch. The walk details will show this.
  • If you wish to bring your dog on a walk, you must ask the walk leader in advance as some walks are not suitable for dogs.
  • Please arrive early so that the walk can start on time. We'll wait up to 10 minutes if you let us know you've been delayed en-route.

All our walks are led by SYW members. Please follow their instructions, don't walk ahead of them, and let them know if you decide to leave the walk before the end.

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