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Oct
14

Oxted Lengthy Circular (Surrey/Kent) (38047)

Event Overview

Join me in a small group for a nice long 18 mile hike in the beautiful M25 borders ! It's hard to believe that nestled right next to the M25, and only 30ish mins from London by train, you can find such beautiful walking.

Note that we will need to set a good pace of around 3 mile/hour over to cover the distance in good time with the shorter days - so please keep this in mind when signing up.  

Hopefully this time of year of the leaves will be starting to turn and we should be rewarded with color as the plentiful woodlands put on their yearly show.

We'll head off east towards Westerham, a pretty market town where Chur...

Join me in a small group for a nice long 18 mile hike in the beautiful M25 borders ! It's hard to believe that nestled right next to the M25, and only 30ish mins from London by train, you can find such beautiful walking.

Note that we will need to set a good pace of around 3 mile/hour over to cover the distance in good time with the shorter days - so please keep this in mind when signing up.  

Hopefully this time of year of the leaves will be starting to turn and we should be rewarded with color as the plentiful woodlands put on their yearly show.

We'll head off east towards Westerham, a pretty market town where Churchill used to drop in to buy his Sunday papers (not verified ... but he did use to live at nearby Chartwell ... which explains his statue on the village green).

From Westerham we head south east and ascend Toy's Hill, an extensive woodland owned by the National Trust.  From here there are great views over the Weald in the distance.

Toy's Hill marks the farthest reach of our walk - we now turn back west and take a directish route back towards Oxted following along the Greensand Ridge, admiring the views of some of the lucky houses perched on the ridge.

Time permitting we might drop into the Carpenter's Arms, about an hour outside of Oxted, to try some brews from the local Westerham Brewery.

 

 

 

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What to bring

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. 

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke. 

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Food & Drink

Bring a packed lunch and plenty of water.

Meeting & Times

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Media

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Event Reference No:
38047