At Mole Valley Ramblers we offer a varied walks programme, with walks on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. These are generally half day morning walks, together with full day walks on Saturdays. Where volunteers come forward we may in addition offer walks on other days, figure of eight walks or afternoon walks. Being situated in the midst of the glorious Surrey countryside we take full advantage of the many and varied opportunities for walking in the open spaces of the North Downs, in addition to the myriad of footpaths through other woodland and farmland.
Wednesday and Saturday half day walks generally start at 10 am, have a mid-morning refreshment break, and conclude before lunch. The length of walk is pre-published, and is usually between 5 and 7 miles. We appreciate that participants like to have an approximate idea of when walks may end, and this can be estimated to an extent from its length. But the pace of walking may vary according to the size of the group, terrain, conditions underfoot, numbers of stiles etc. Sunday morning walks generally start at the earlier time of 9.30 am.
Our Saturday full day programme enables us to walk further afield, especially during the longer summer days, and we may go into the neighbouring counties of Sussex, Kent and Hampshire, plus the occasional walk alongside the River Thames or in London. Unless otherwise specified, walks begin at 10 am, and conclude between about 4 and 5 pm. We take our own picnic lunches, and where the walk route allows, we have a pub or cafe refreshment break after lunch. We also aim to offer full day walks on Bank Holiday Mondays, and organise occasional coach trip walks in mid-summer.
The Mole Valley Ramblers walks programme is planned quarterly in advance. Our programme coordinators invite walk leaders to submit their walks, and these are uploaded on to a database that enables access both from this website and from the national Ramblers website. The current programme is displayed in a choice of formats, and can be printed off in table form. The walks programmes are also published quarterly in printed form and circulated as a pdf file by email, along with a newsletter, and by post where specifically requested. However, because the walks programme is compiled several months in advance, it is always best to check the web version of the programme in case there have been any changes.
In most cases our walks are circular, starting from car parks specified on the walk details. We encourage informal car sharing and can help put people in touch with others open to this. Where there is the demand from members and subject to the availability of leaders we are always open to new suggestions to supplement our programme. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our walking group. The richness of the Mole Valley Ramblers walks programme is a reflection of the willingness of volunteers to lead walks and the regular participation we have from members and visitors. Do please make contact with us if you have any suggestions or queries about our walks programme.