Mole Valley Ramblers

friendly walking in the heart of Surrey

40th Anniversary of the NDW

In 2018 the North Downs Way National Trail celebrates 40 years since its official opening on 30th September 1978 on Wye Downs. In celebration there will be a programme of walks along the trail, lead by local experts and coordinated by the NDW Trails Manager.

Each walk will be slightly different, on some walks you will learn about the landscape and wildlife, others will focus on the stories of Pilgrims and their journeys along this ancient trackway. Along the trail you will have the opportunity to soak up local knowledge, learn about the heritage and culture of the landscape and sample the local produce.

With more than 10 walks already confirmed and more in the pipeline there will be the opportunity to participate in back to back walks, over several days, with options to sleep in rural Churches and visit rustic country pubs. Full details of the walks and booking details will be published here on the NDW National Trail website as the programme evolves.


The Trail runs for 150 miles in total, with a loop section in Kent. The total distance from Farnham to Dover is 125 miles via Wye, or 130 miles via Canterbury. Think what an achievement that would be to complete the full distance! Or more modestly you could start with the Surrey sections, which together add up to some 50 miles, and can be managed with returns by train.

What we can tell you now is that Mole Valley Ramblers will be offering three linear walks as part of these celebrations, two being during our Spring Walks Festival and organised in partnership with the Surrey Hills Society. A fourth walk will be led by East Surrey Walkers. The aim is to cover all the Surrey sections of the NDW, i.e. between Farnham and Oxted, with a final celebratory event at Botley Hill Farmhouse, which is renowned for its excellent cream teas!  The dates for MV walks are: 

Sat 24 March  Farnham to Guildford  12 miles (including return to rail station 
Sat 5 May Dorking to Reigate 10 miles
Sun 6 May Guildford to Dorking 15 miles

The walk led by East Surrey Walkers will be on Thurs 14 June, covering 12 miles from Reigate to Oxted.

There is also the potential of some Kent sections in future MVR walks, for example on our Midsummer coach trip on 20 June – details coming soon.

Fiona Spencer

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Walking For Health

The Walk for Health scheme is a programme of fun, free and accessible volunteer-led walks, bringing people together to socialise and motivate one another.  For more information on this scheme in the Mole Valley area, please read this article.

MVR Diary

Click on an event for more details:
Sun 29 July  No MVR walks (Ride London)
Mon 30 July  Summer Lunch
Sat 18 Aug  Walk Leaders Training Course
 Sat 6 Oct  Three Hills Experience 
    - details to follow
Sat 27 Oct  MVR Group AGM
    - details to follow
Wed 24 Apr   2019 Walks Festival begins


SCC Car Parking Charges

Have been introduced at Newlands Corner and are being introduced at other SCC countryside car parks during July. More information here - scroll down to see details

Young Street closure

Young Street, Leatherhead will be closed for bridge repairs from 1 Aug until 5 Sept. This might affect those travelling to our walks from Sheepleas on 1, 11 and 12 August or from Polesden Lacey on 1 or 26 August. For more information on the planned road closure, please see here.

Update from Ramblers CEO

Vanessa Griffiths, Ramblers CEO, is now sending a monthly newsletter to volunteers for onward transmission to group members. The latest edition (dated 20 July) can be viewed here.

Celebrating the Festival

Our 2018 Spring Walks Festival was another great success, much enjoyed by those who took part. A summary of the action-packed 10 days can be seen here.

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Monday, July 23, 2018