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Nov
5

Sunday walk and wine (38429)

Event Overview

A great way to spend a Sunday combining a relatively easy 6 mile morning walk enjoying the stunning scenery around Box Hill, combined with an afternoon visit to Denbies wine estate and the option of taking a Winery Tour.

Box Hill is a summit of the North Downs in Surrey, and around 19 miles south-west of London. The western part of the Hill is owned and managed by the national trust. An estimated 850,000 people visit each year to enjoy the stunning scenery and fantastic views. In 2012 Box Hill was also the site of the Summer Olympics cycling road race events, and the was the setting for the picnic scene in Jane Austen's Emma.

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A great way to spend a Sunday combining a relatively easy 6 mile morning walk enjoying the stunning scenery around Box Hill, combined with an afternoon visit to Denbies wine estate and the option of taking a Winery Tour.

Box Hill is a summit of the North Downs in Surrey, and around 19 miles south-west of London. The western part of the Hill is owned and managed by the national trust. An estimated 850,000 people visit each year to enjoy the stunning scenery and fantastic views. In 2012 Box Hill was also the site of the Summer Olympics cycling road race events, and the was the setting for the picnic scene in Jane Austen's Emma.

Denbies Wine Estate has been open since 1984, and has become one of the largest wine producers in the UK. There are 7 miles of public footpath which trail through the vineyard, and we shall have lunch in the Estate's cafe. 

Itinerary

The walk will start promptly at 11am from Dorking main train station, and we shall follow a track through to Denbies Wine Estate along the Mole Gap Trail. We shall pass Boxhill and Westhumble station and pass the Burford Bridge Hotel where John Keats finished Endymion.

The next section will be a relatively steep climb up Box Hill, and we shall reach the gravestone of Major Peter Labelliere who was buried here, upside down in 1800. Considering the world to be topsy-turvy" he thought that he would eventually end up the right way up!

We shall pass Swiss Cottage which was the home of John Logie Baird, the inventor of the TV before reaching the summit viewpoint and making our way back to Denbies for around 1.30pm and lunch. 

While at Denbies there is the option of a "Classic Wine Tasting Experience" tour starting at 2pm. This lasts approximately one hour, and includes a cinema screening, opportunity to pass through the working winery and a cellar tasting. The cost is £11.25 or if there is a group of 10 or more it is £8.50. Please email the leader when booking if you would like to do the tour. 

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What to bring

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. 

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke. 

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Food & Drink

We shall have lunch at Denbies cafe which serves a range of sandwiches and hot meals. You can bring your own picnic lunch if you prefer, but will not be able to eat this in the cafe. 

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Event Reference No:
38429