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    Walk into the Dark to the Brockham Bonfire

    Saturday 4th November

    Distance 8.5 miles, Linear Grade Leisurely Start Time 15:30 Host Andrew D Start Time RH2 0BD

    Meeting point: Reigate Station Entrance, RH2 0BD


Brockham Bonfire and Firework display is one of the largest in the country and is well worth seeing. You can find out more at their web site. However before that spectacle we will enjoy a late afternoon walk through the autumn countryside that starts from Reigate Station. The walk will take in Reigate Castle and Reigate Park before heading west and picking up the Greensand Way. After wending our way across a golf course and through woods we will arrive at the village of Betchworth as it is getting dark, where we will stop for a quick drink at the Dolphin Inn. We will then make a short journey in the gathering darkness across to Brockham and their very large bonfire.
Following the bonfire and firework display we will complete our evening's activities by walking a final 2 miles to Dorking Station (across another golf course!) We should arrive at the train station at 21:30.
Remember, large parts of this walk are in the dark so you will need a torch. It is also likely to get cold in the evening so make sure you wrap up warm and bring a hat and gloves. There will be food stands in Brockham and at the Dolphin Inn. However we will not be stopping for a full meal so I suggest you eat a hearty lunch. There is a voluntary donation of £5 per person to support the bonfire and their charities.

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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