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  • Start: Ryker’s car park, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6BX
  • End: Westhumble
  • Country: England
  • County: Surrey
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub: The Burford Bridge Hotel (01306 884561) or the King William IV (01372 372590) at Mickleham.
  • Ordnance Survey: Ordnance Survey, Explorer 146
  • Difficulty: Medium
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From water and wine to wildlife, there is much to enjoy on this scenic stroll

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2011


From water and wine to wildlife, there is much to enjoy on this scenic stroll


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Foot Notes: All you need to know...
Start:
Rykers car park, Dorking, SurreyRH5 6BX Grid reference: 171 520 Map: Ordnance Survey, Explorer 146 Length of walk: Four-and-a-half miles with a few hills, four stiles and spectacular views Route: Rykers caf car park, North Downs Way, Denbies, Old Dene, Chapel Wood, Crabtree Cottages, Norbury Park, Westhumble Food/drink: The Burford Bridge Hotel (01306 884561) or the King William IV (01372 372590) at Mickleham. Also nearby: Look out for Dorkings giant cockerel on a roundabout near the start of the walk; Denbies Wine Estate has a gift shop, restaurant and also offer tours; and if theres any strength left in your legs (or you could cheat by driving), visit to the top of Box Hill. Recommended by: Bob Hayward of Epsom and Ewell Ramblers Group Next month: Guildford


Viewpoint 1
Start your walk at Rykers caf car park, where free parking is available, if you can find room among the bikers who often use it as a base for their hill climbing excursions. Box Hill is another easy route from here, but on this occasion a quick jaunt along the A24 towards Dorking leads you in the other direction on to the North Downs Way.


Viewpoint 2
Follow the path leading to the famous Denbies Wine Estate the largest vineyard in England (pictured above). Remember to look back down the hill when you reach the top of the estate for a wonderful view; you could almost be in a French valley! Read on to learn more about Surrey wine when you get home.


Viewpoint 3
As you walk away from Crabtree Cottages, past laurel hedges and other pretty little houses, make sure to keep an eye out for more stunning views. Here, also, youll pass
Norbury Park the Surrey Wildlife Trust reserve is a great destination for another occasion.


Viewpoint 4
Passing through Westhumble, you can visit the Chapel of Ease (pictured above) and its small garden, dedicated to Queen Elizabeth on June 2, 1953.


Viewpoint 5
Continuing ahead, cross over the railway bridge past Westhumble station and down past the Stepping Stones pub, before heading back past the Burford Bridge Hotel (pictured above) at the foot of Box Hill. If you have time on your hands, and wish to risk the alternative river crossing, ask a local to point you in the direction of the picturesque stepping stones.



Why not share your reviews and photos from this walkbelow and suggest your own favourite Surrey rambles by sending an e-mail to matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk


Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2012


With views all the way to Leith Hill tower and the opportunity to visit Dorkings antiques hub, this is a walk for any season


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Footnotes: All you need to know...
Start/Finish:
Dorking main railway station Grid reference: 504171 Map: Explorer map 146 Length of walk: 5.2 miles with an incline and three stiles (2.5 hours at an easy pace) Route: Dorking main railway station, London Road, Willow Walk, Dorking FC, Chalkpit Lane, Ranmore Road, Denbies Hillside, Horleys Copse, Milton Court, West Street, Church Street, Archway Place, Old Pippbrook Mill, Dorking main railway station Food/drink: The stylish Little Dudley House (01306 885550), which has had a big impact on the local dining scene; The Star at the end of West Street (01306 889734) where they often have live music; or The White Horse (01306 881138), a three-star hotel housed in an 18th century coaching inn Also nearby: Look out for Dorkings giant cockerel on a roundabout near the start of the walk; Denbies Wine Estate has a gift shop, restaurant and also offers tours; and if theres any strength left in your legs (or you could cheat by driving), visit the top of Box Hill Recommended by: Walk devised by Bob Hayward on behalf of Surrey Area Ramblers: www.surreyramblers.org.uk Next month: Richmond

Viewpoint 1


With amazing views towards Leith Hill, the highest point in south east England, Denbies Hillside is named after John Denby, a 17th century farmer, and home to a great variety of plants and animals, including the Adonis blue and chalkhill blue butterflies.


Viewpoint 2


A Jacobean mansion in a beautiful setting beneath the North Downs, Milton Court was built for the Evelyn family in 1611 and extended in the Victorian era by leading designer/architect William Burges. It also has associations with Ralph Vaughan Williams, who composed music for Milton Court, and fascinating World War II history. It is now owned by life insurance company, Unum.


Viewpoint 3


Sondes Place Farm is a 320-acre mixed farm located between Dorking and Westcott. Farmed by the Broom family since 1897, it is currently managed by Hugh Broom part of the fourth generation to farm in Dorking.


Viewpoint 4


The Star is the home of the Culture Conspiracy arts movement, which was set up to promote creativity locally, and has become a popular venue for live music and local artists. The pub also happens to have a recording studio upstairs.


Viewpoint 5


Packed with ancient shops that brim with historic finds, West Street, the oldest road in Dorking, is frequented by restorers and collectors. As well as the regionally renowned antiques shops, there are also fashion boutiques, jewellers and Dorking Museum (which is set to reopen in the coming months after refurbishment).

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