Saturday 18th November
8 miles, Circular Leisurely 10:30 Simon GU5 9NU
Meeting point: Gomshall Station Car Park
A fairly leisurely walk amongst the Surrey Hills, starting from Gomshall Station and heading east down the valley towards Wotton. The route takes us past the memorial of abolitionist Samuel Wilberforce and the excellent Wotton Hatch pub, before curving back past Friday Street and through the Abingers to Gomshall once more, passing by the Abinger Hatch and Volunteer pubs.
On the recce, at a reasonably brisk pace, the route took 3 hours with a brief pub stop. With lunch and a longer stop at one of the 3 pubs, we will still probably be finishing around mid-afternoon, with the option of retiring to either The Compasses or Gomshall Mill after the walk.
Trains run from Guildford to Gomshall for those not wishing to drive; the closest arrival to our start time is at 1003hrs.
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.
Leisurely Walks are for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths.
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.
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.
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.
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.