Walking The Ranmore SCC Trail

Start / Finish: Denbie’s Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking, RH5 6AA
Distance: 10km / 6.2 miles
Ascent: 220m
Duration: 3 hours at at leisurely pace
Other Routes Touched: Mole Gap Trail, North Downs Way, Prospects of Polesden SCC, Norbury Park Off-Road Cycle & Walk SCC,
Map: OS Explorer 146 Dorking, Box Hill & Reigate
See also: Explore Surrey - Ramore Circular (PDF)

The Explore Surrey’s guide to this walk starts the route at Boxhill and Westhumble station. If you’re driving, as we were, then Denbie’s Wine Estate is a great place to start. Denbies have obviously caught on to the benefits of attracting outdoor people as I’ve found myself visiting there 3 times in the last 6 months for different events. Most significantly for walkers, the visitors’ centre sits just off the North Downs Way and at the junction of 2 other trails.

From the Denbies car park the route heads North-West through the vinyard, joining the North Downs Way near the top of the hill. This 2 km section along the National Trail gives you some great views across to Box Hill, the Mole Valley and Dorking. Just past St Barnabas Church, the route leaves the North Downs Way and joins the Prospects of Polesden SCC trail down through the woods to the quaint Tanners Hatch YHA.

On the final section heading back East towards Westhumble we briefly diverted off the trail for a spot of Trigpointing. Trig Pillar TP2480 - Crabtree Cottages can be found about 100 metres down Crabtree Lane hiding behind bracken but easily accessible. After rejoining the main route there’s a steady descent down to Westhumble and a final 1km South through the houses back to Denbies.

Four a much better description of the route check out the PDF linked above. Its a really great walk in the Surrey Hills and we’ll definitely be back to do some of the other trails that we cross on the route.

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