Surrey Bluebell Woods & Vineyard

Horsley to Boxhill Station

Full walk 10.3 miles / 16.6km
See shorter walk 6.22 miles / 10km

HIGHLIGHTS

Old Simm’s Copse Bluebell Woods  l Effingham Forest l Views from North Downs  l  Ranmore Common l Denbies Wine Estate

Introduction

Starting in East Horsley, Surrey just 25 miles from Central London, this walk takes you through some beautiful pine forests gradually up to the top of the North Downs with some fabulous panoramic lookouts, the largest winery in England and quite possibly the best bluebell woods in the country at Old Simms Copse and beyond. Not to be missed! 

Directions overview

This walk starts flat and follows the railway line before opening out into meadows, then on bridleways through woodland. After Greendene, the route climbs steeply towards the top of the North Downs and then continues through extensive bluebell woods. After this, it follows the North Downs Way Ridge Walk and then descends into Denbies Vineyard, ending at Box Hill Station.

Route details

Start Horsley Station South Western Railway
End Box Hill & Westhumble Station Southern & South Western Railway
OS Route  WALKING POST Horsley to Box Hill Bluebells
Difficulty Moderate
Length 10.3 miles (16.5km)
Average time 4-5 hours
Total ascent 1013ft

Old Simm's Copse

St Barnabus, Ranmore Common

Denbies Wine Estate

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WHY NOT TRY

SHORTER WALK 6.2 miles See details
Follow the walk until Old Simms Copse  then turn back on the North Downs Way and down hill to  Gomshall Station. Trains to London Blackfriars. Waterloo, Guildford and Reading. Great Western Railway

BY CAR 2 miles
White Down car park, Down Lane, Dorking RH5 6SL
Take the wide footpath straight into the woods from the back of the car park towards Old Simms Copse, approx 45 min return walk.

FOOD AND DRINK

 East Horsley
La Meridiana
Family-owned Italian restaurant offering pizza, pasta and salads.

Denbies Wine Estate
A choice of three restaurants, one of which serves light lunches. There’s also the opportunity for wine tasting and tours.

Box Hill & Westhumble
Stepping Stones pub
Village pub with real ales and and traditional pub dining.

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Along the way

Denbies Wine Estate has the largest vineyard in England, with 265 acres under vines, representing more than 10 percent of the plantings in the whole of the United Kingdom. The majority of the wine is sold from the shop in the vineyard. It’s not bad either!

This walk follows the North Downs Way for 4 miles (approx). This national trail is 153 miles long and runs from Farnham, Surrey all the way to the Kent coast at Dover.

TRANSPORT

Horsley Station is on South West train line to Guildford. Box Hill & Westhumble is operated by South West Railway running Waterloo to Dorking plus Southern trains running Victoria to Dorking. This means is that it would be best to buy two singles or take advice from your train station.

TOILET OPPORTUNITIES

Horsley Station has public toilets, Denbies Wine Estate has toilets for customers. Box Hill station has no toilets!

Best Bluebell Woods shorter walk

Horsley to Gomshall Station

North Downs – Surrey 6.2 miles

HIGHLIGHTS

Old Simm’s Copse bluebell woods  l Effingham Forest l North Downs  views 

Introduction

Starting in East Horsley, just 25 miles from Central London, this walk takes you through some beautiful pine forests gradually up to the top of the North Downs with some fabulous panoramic lookouts, time to wander around some of the best bluebell woods Old Simms Copse. This is a shortened version of the walk above.

Directions overview

This walk starts flat and follows the railway line before opening out into meadows, then on bridleways through woodland. After Greendene, the route climbs steeply towards the top of the North Downs and then via the  bluebell woods steeply down the south side of the downs to Gomshall Station.

Please note: Trains from Gomshall Station are irregular and run Reading to Redhill. Check timetable before travelling.

Route details

Start Horsley Station South Western Railway
End Gomshall Station Great Western Railway
OS Route  WALKING POST Bluebells Horsley to Gomshall
Difficulty Moderate
Length 6.4 miles (10km)
Average time 3-4 hours
Total ascent 817ft

St Mary's Church , East Horsley

Honeysuckle Bottom Sawmill

Effingham Forest