Unwind with walks through Surrey’s rolling hills and woodland trails...
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Difficulty LevelsMultiple options available
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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.
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:
Holmbury St Mary YHA
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.
- 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.
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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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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember 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!ClaireMember 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.ElizabethMember Since 2016