Walking in Surrey
- Beautiful Boxhill
Take in the panoramic views across the North Downs as you walk towards Boxhill.
- Denbies Vineyard Estate
Walk through Britain’s largest vineyard.
- Glorious British countryside
Enjoy walking through the scenic landscapes of ancient woodland, farmland and rolling hills.
- The Federation House Hotel
This striking hotel near the edge of the Surrey Hills has won awards for its architecture.
- No fly
- Half board
Lace up your walking boots and head for the hills...
Enjoy a short stay at the locally-rated 3-star Federation House Hotel, a striking venue close to the leafy Surrey Hills. Its superb location makes it a perfect base from which to explore the picturesque Surrey Hills on foot. Look forward to walking through Denbies Vineyard Estate, the largest in Britain, along the Pilgrims Way and enjoying stunning views of the Surrey Hills, and towards National Trust Boxhill.
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Three half-day walking excursions
- Introduction to Nordic Walking
- Saga Host
- Local walking guide
- Welcome drink
- Porterage at your hotel
- Cancellation rights.
Federation House, Highbury Dr, Leatherhead KT22 7UY
Federation House is a stunning architectural venue in an enviable location. It is close to some superb transport links with the capital but also moments away from the leafy greenery of an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Surrey Hills. The Federation House Hotel is unique in that during the week it is the Police Federation Training and Conference Centre. It is modern with a large, airy atrium with a bar, restaurant and small garden in which to relax. The bar also has a balcony.
The 55 hotel bedrooms are climate-controlled and en-suite and come with:
Tea coffee making facilities
Iron with Ironboard
Food and Drink
The stylish Atrium Restaurant boasts a fresh contemporary and modern environment, creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for diners. The Atrium’s menu provides healthy, seasonal dishes prepared using fresh local produce wherever possible. Afterwards you might like to unwind in Langley’s Bar. Perhaps relax with a choice from the wide range of beers and extensive cocktail list. Langley’s also serves bar snacks and light meals.
The hotel is a short stroll from the town centre and just a four-minute walk from Leatherhead train station which has regular services to London – a trip to Waterloo taking around 45 minutes. The hotel is also close to the M25 and just 21 miles from Heathrow and Gatwick airports using the M25.
Out and about
The picturesque town of Leatherhead, surrounded by greenery, is located at the gateway to the Surrey Hills where the rolling chalk hills of the North Downs meet the Thames lowlands. The River Mole is just a few minutes from the town centre and a leisurely stroll along the riverside path is the perfect way to relax after a busy day of shopping. There are many hidden gems within Leatherhead and many of the buildings with architectural or historic interest, including the busy Theatre, are mentioned on the town’s Heritage Trail.
Your walking programme
Enjoy three half-day walks and an introduction to Nordic Walking. Transfers for all the walks are included but if you do decide to enter Denbies Vineyard and/or the National Trust's Polesden Lacey then admission is at your own cost. The walks have been designed so that entrance to these sites is not required but there is the option to visit and omit a walk if you choose to.
Day 1: Arrive at the hotel and settle in to your surroundings.
Day 2: On the first morning of your break, walk from Denbies Hillside, and after lunch at Denbies Vineyard (at your own expense), walk through the village of Westhumble.
This morning take a delightful walk through the largest vineyard in England, along the Pilgrims Way below the chalky downland of Denbies Hillside with stunning views of the Surrey Hills and valleys. Follow the North Downs Way to Denbies with panoramic views towards Boxhill and Dorking. The morning walk is around 11 kilometres and mainly on good footpaths, with some uneven areas, gentle descents/ascents and possibly one or two short, steep ascents.
This afternoon take a shorter walk through the village of Westhumble, through delightful farmland close to and over the River Mole and below Norbury Park, a swathe of mixed wooded and agricultural land associated with its Georgian manor house, which appears in the Domesday Book of 1086. It occupies mostly prominent land reaching into a bend in the Mole and is divided between the parishes of Mickleham and Westhumble. Enjoy wonderful views towards National Trust Boxhill, through woodlands paths and fields to Chapel and back though the vines of Denbies. The walk is around 9.5km on mainly good footpaths with some uneven areas and gentle ascents and descents.
Day 3: This morning walk in the grounds of Polesden Lacey and then after lunch at your own expense, look forward to your Nordic Walking experience in the afternoon.
Take a delightful walk through the historic National Trust estate of Polesden Lacey and beyond; wonderful valleys, ancient woodlands, farmlands and rolling hills.
The walk is around 11km on mainly good footpaths, some rough tracks, some uneven areas, with gentle descents/ascents and possibly one or two short, steep ascents.
After lunch you can join a taster session during which you can learn the basics of Nordic Walking. Poles are provided and you can look forward to a short guided Nordic walk in the beautiful grounds of Polesden Lacey to finish your session. Saga would not recommend buying Nordic walking poles until you have completed your taster session.
Day 4:Depart after breakfast to begin your journey home.