Ockley Railway Station
Direct trains from London Victoria leaving (for us, on a Saturday), once every hour taking roughly 1h10.
Leith Hill Tower
Beautiful views of all of South East England. The Tower (£3 entry, card accepted) takes you to the highest point of the SE (and higher than the shard above sea level). Good views even in cloudy weather.
Main road walking
There's 100m or so walking along a main road's verge without a path. Cars were kind!
The King's Arms
A lovely pub, in fact the oldest in Dorking, with good food for the end of the hike.
Dorking Railway Station
Trains left every 15 minutes or so for us (on a Saturday late afternoon), and went direct to London Victoria.
On Saturday we went for day hike across Surrey Hills, from Ockley Station to Dorking, via the beautiful vistas of Leith Hill Tower. It was such a lovely hike!
Being just over an hour from Victoria Station in London made it easy to get to and back from within a day, and it gave us the opportunity to visit the highest point in South East England — all 304m of it 😂
Surrey Hills is an Area of outstanding Natural Beauty—one of the nearest to London—and it's easy to see why. As the brief rainfall that welcomed us onto our hike faded away we came across Barn Cottage, with a helpful QR code carefully posted to a tree at its entrace. It pointed us to a website describing the history of this stunning Orné style "chocolate box" cottage, and the landscape before us.
The hike was easy most of the way, with a half an hour of noticeable incline, and 15 more minutes right before the tower that definitely let us know we were travelling vertically. Nothing as severe as the 2,100m two-day hike Chris was taking on at the same time near Vancouver, but still very enjoyable — and a wonderful view for lunch!
We finished off our hike in Dorking. Sadly Denbies Vineyard closes at 5pm, so we missed out on a tour, but we did briefly visit the sunny Star Inn for a refreshing half, and then the charming The King's Arms for a tasty bite and another celebratory tipple.
All in all, an extremely good day!