Hikes of Surrey
Exploring the Surrey Hills
Due to the ever-evolving situation with Covid-19, we are very sorry to say that we are suspending all walks at this time. The health of our walkers comes first, and we feel this is the best way to ensure everyone's safety.
This was a very difficult decision given how much we enjoy walking with you. However, as we saw on our walk this past weekend, there are so many people out and about that it is difficult to maintain this distance within our group not to mention with everyone else who are also using the hills. We hope this decision will help reduce the amount of time we are told to stay away from each other.
We will credit everyone's account to use towards future walks on the other side of this pandemic.
Hopefully you will still be able to take short walks with your families as we know the benefit that walking in nature has on our physical and mental well being. Please share with us pictures you take when you do so; it would be great to be a part of each other's rambles, even if it's from a distance.
Take care and stay safe.
Michael and Wendy Vergien
At Hikes of Surrey, we want people to leave our walks with a new and refreshed love of the outdoors. Our walks are centred around the natural and historical wonders of the North Downs Way and Surrey Hills. While we value the health benefits of walking, our ethos places emphasis on the beauty of the landscape and the importance of sense of place. In our fast paced society, we feel it is important to slow down and absorb the beautiful world around us. Walking with Hikes of Surrey isn’t about getting from point A to B as quickly as possible. Rather, we help foster a bond between the walker and this amazing part of the world through observation, learning, and camaraderie.
We offer a free walk once a month, paid walks that offer more in the way of service, and provide uniquely designed walks for group and corporate events.
We hope you will join us on a walk soon.
See you in the hills!
Free walks are held once a month. They range from 4-12 miles in length, and are designed for a mixed level of participants. These walks are a great way to get some fresh air, meet some new people, and learn a bit about the area. See the upcoming events for more details.
We also host walks that offer a little more in the way of service. Walks typically range from 6-14 miles. You will walk away with a great sense of place, history, and atmosphere. See our upcoming walks for more details.
PRIVATE GROUP WALKS
Need an activity to bring your team together? Looking for a fun challenge for your organisation? Walking can be a great activity for your group. Regardless if you're looking for a historical or natural experience - relaxing or adventurous outing, Hikes of Surrey can provide your organisation with a walk they will remember. Great for corporate events!
PRIVATE GROUP WALKS
We can design a walk that is perfect for you and your group! However, here are a few ideas that may help you find what you are looking for.
DORKING AND THE SURROUNDING HILLS
A difficult to moderate 9-10 mile walk will take us to three of the best viewpoints in Surrey: Box Hill, Denbies Vineyard, and Ranmore Common. These breathtaking views will be accompanied by the natural, historical, military and literary history surrounding Dorking.
DORKING TO GOMSHALL
A moderate walk along the North Downs Way National Trail to the small town of Gomshall. This is a great 6.5 mile walk that ends with lunch at the historic Gomshall Mill pub. Participants can then choose to take the train or walk back to Dorking along the Greensand Valley.
COUNTRY PUB CRAWL
The Surrey Hills are filled with great country pubs. What better way to visit them than a nice ramble through the woods! These walks can include as many or as few pubs as you would like. Distance will depend on how many pubs are planned, but can range from four to twenty miles.
“I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least—and it is commonly more than that—sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.”
Henry David Thoreau
"Very well organised, informative and friendly"
"I totally enjoyed it. As an expat and new to this country, these walks help a lot in learning the history around us."
"Relaxed, good natured, social walk, great workout too!"
"Another great walk Mike. Enjoyable company and more insight into the history and geology of this amazing area. Looking forward to the next walk 😀"
"I thought it catered for everyone really well ... The lunch venue was delightful: the information shared along the way was enough to be interesting but not too much/often to be intrusive on the walking itself."
Great walk along the North Downs Way guided by Mike and Wendy on the Remembrance Walk! Thanks for a great day and looking forward to the next one soon!
Just been on an evening ghost walk - and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Perfect mix of interesting information and scary facts! Led by Mike and Wendy who were infectiously enthusiastic, highly professional and very knowledgeable.
Really looking forward to joining more walks in the near future.
Thank you 😊 x
PLACES TO STAY IN DORKING
Coming from out-of-town and need a place to stay? Check out these local accommodations.
MERCURE BOX HILL BURFORD BRIDGE HOTEL
Discover the stunning beauty of the North Downs at the prestigious 4-star Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings coupled with the divine detail of the hotel itself, with striking wooden beams in the Tithe Barn making this a perfect place to stay in Box Hill. Ideal for couples, the hotel boasts an outdoor heated swimming pool which is available to all guests between May and September.
THE WHITE HORSE
The White Horse set at the head of Dorking’s famed High Street is an ideal spot for walkers with its close proximity to the North Downs and Surrey Hills. Following a full refurbishment in 2017, the hotel has been restored to its former Dickensian glory as one of England’s most storied coaching inns and now has 56 luxury en-suite rooms, a large restaurant and bar known as The Dozen with a drink /dine/deli combination serving a range of traditional British and modern European dishes.
The Waltons Bed and Breakfast was built in the 1830s and offers a flexible variety of comfortable rooms, it is the ideal destination for relaxing, refreshing and recharging from a busy life.
The Waltons is the perfect base from which to explore the richly historic town of Dorking, with many independent restaurants, pubs, antique and gift shops. The beautiful surrounding countryside including Box and Leith Hill make The Waltons a favourite overnight stop for those walking The North Downs Way, The Green Sand Way and The Pilgrims Way.
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