I decided to retrace a walk that I did with a friend a few years ago. Many of us who watched the road cycling event during the London 2012 Olympics can recall the steep hill which the mens cyclists climbed 9 times. The walk is starting from Westhumble and Boxhill station however the walk don’t go up the Boxhill side but the opposite Ranmore Common side.
The walk is kind of broken into three sections.
1) Walking through the woods – a wonderful section of walk during nice wooded area. Glimpses and views from the walk down valleys and hills as well as the autumnal colours with all the trees and leaves changing colour.
|Fields with horses|
|Oak tree mark the direction|
2) The second part of the walk is the views from Steers Field and walking past St. Barnabas Church.
|Stunning views of the rolling North Downs hills|
|Cattle in Steers Field|
|Someone Saying “Hello”|
|St Barnabas Church|
3) The last part is the wonderful jewel at the end of the walk. Denbies vineyard is stunning and producing lovely British Wines. What a wonderful way to end the walk.
|View over Dorking from Denbies Vinyard|
|Some of the vines in Autumn Colours|
|A view up the vine|
I would suggest to allow 3 hours if you walking with a dog and also the way gets really muddy. This is however a great way to see the English country side and also to end up maybe buying a bottle of two from Denbies.
There is no where along this way to get water, so take your own. At the end of the walk there is a nice pub which is perfect for lunch or just a glass of beer/wine/water – Stepping Stones Pub to continue your English Country walk experience.