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Unwind with walks through Surrey’s rolling hills and woodland trails...

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple options available
    1 - 2

Just a stone’s throw from London, Surrey is a walking wonderland filled with tracks through rolling hills, quiet woodland and great pubs to finish up at, so we thought this might be pretty much perfect for a weekend’s exploring in winter and early spring.

Hop on a train out from the Big Smoke and we’ll collect you for two days’ of easy ambles, or more serious hikes for those who want a full-on day, through scenery that will leave you relaxed and switched off from urban life.

It matters not whether you’re a relative newbie to countryside walking or an experienced hiker as we’ll have walks to suit all levels and as we have exclusive use of a very smart hostel, there’s plenty of opportunity to chill out and chat with other members of the group.

In a nutshell:

  • Unwind in countryside that’s only a short distance from London.
  • Discover the delights of winter walking in the company of expert guides.
  • Savour plenty of post-walk downtime – whether it’s lifting a pint in a pub, slinking into the hostel’s comfy seats or tucking into cake at a mighty fine cafe.

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It’s a smidgeon over one hour from central London by train to Gomshall station where we will be offering a free collection for guests at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.

Of course you’re also free to arrive by car (any time after 5pm) at our abode for the weekend – the very smart YHA Holmbury St Mary between Guildford and Dorking which is set in acres of woodland within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Our host will offer cups of tea as soon as guests step through the door and help make introductions to the other members of the party, before then conjuring up a feast of a meal for the group’s first night.

During dinner we’ll outline the walking options for the following days so you can decide whether you’d prefer an easy amble, tougher stride-out or a full-on days’ hiking.


After a good old walkers’ breakfast we bring out enough food that would frankly sink a battleship so that each member of the group can pack up their own lunch.

Packed lunch made – tick; walking gear on – tick; we then head out into countryside. There are umpteen routes we can choose but for the three walks we’ll be leading today we’ll aim for:

  • Easy amble – 5-6 miles following gentle terrain ending up at a pub or tearoom – suitable for those new to countryside walks or who want to up their fitness.
  • Moderate walk – 8-10 miles
  • Bigger hike – 10-15 miles.

The exact routes we choose will depend on the weather and the numbers in each group but all will venture into Surrey’s delightful surroundings.

Think chocolate box villages (including Shere which some will remember as the place where Hugh Grant strode out from in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral); rambling lanes, beauty spots such as the Devil’s Punch Bowl and hills offering panoramic views.

For those whose idea of a good day out is made all the better with a visit to a tearoom or pub, well you’re in luck as we build-in sufficient ‘reward’ time after walking to enjoy the local hospitality.

Once back at base our host then turns attention to preparing the group’s evening meal which is usually three courses and a final flourish with a cheeseboard groaning with a choice of cheeses that will be hard to resist!


Ok so today you’ll be a well-honed team – breakfast, packed lunch, kit on – you know the routine.

We then divide the group into two – one heading out for a gentle ramble finishing at a pub around lunchtime while the other strides out for a full day finishing around 4pm.

Rested, relaxed and ever-so slightly elated at having been in the great outdoors all weekend, it’s then time journey back home (for those travelling by train we will offer a free shuttle service back to the station).

Good to know:

Venue Address:

Holmbury St Mary YHA
Radnor Ln,

Free Train Station Collection:

We will have a limited number of free collections from Gomshall Train Station. We will be collecting at 3:45pm and then again at 7:15pm. These must be booked and are available on a first come first served basis.

What’s Included:

  • 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
  • 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
  • Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
  • As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

Useful Links:

Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page

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  • The Basics:

    Age Limit:  You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.

    Dogs:  I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

    Arrival Time:  You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

    Solo Travellers:  This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.

  • Dietary:

    Vegetarian or Vegan: 

    We will always supply a vegetarian or vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked at least 7 days in advance.


    Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for a wide variety of diets. Therefore, if you follow a particular diet and wish to know what we will be serving please contact the office the week before your trip. If you don’t feel the menu is suitable then you are of course welcome to bring your own meals.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions, then please contact the office.

    Halal or Kosher:

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

  • Ticket & Room Types:

    Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel-based trips.

    If you make one booking for a group of people, we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

    Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.

    Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…

    Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

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What our members have to say...

  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
    Member Since 2018
  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
    Member Since 2016
  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
    Member Since 2016
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