Saturday 5th January
11 miles, Circular Moderate 10:00 Holly RH5 6SY
Meeting point: Ranmore West Car Park
We start walking at 10am - please arrive with plenty of time to get ready beforehand.
We are picking up North Downs Way as it menders across the White Downs and Dunley Wood on the top of the ridge before dropping down from the top of Old Simm's Copse. We head south onto Broomy Downs and onto the pretty village of Abinger Hammer where will we stopping for a packed lunch.
Continuing south though Southbrook Farm we will be walking across the fields with excellent views of the surrounding countryside and back up to the North Downs. We circle around Raikes Hollow to the pub at Sutton Abinger, stopping for a drink only. The afternoon is longer than the morning as we follow the footpath back though the countryside to Paddington Farm.
The afternoon is hiller than the morning and first hill of the day is the climb up to Abinger Roughs, we head east though Deerleap Wood and across Coombe Copse before the second and the biggest hill of the day. The path takes us across Dean Farm and up The Roundabouts to the top of the ridge and North Downs Way which following this takes us back to where we begin.
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.