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A 7 mile (12.5km) linear rail to ramble walk on chalk grassland from Dorking to Gomshall in the Surrey Hills. The scenery is spectacular and the area rich in wildlife.
In the first 3 miles you will walk on an old carriage road built in the 1800s by William Joseph Denison, one-time owner of Denbies House & Estate. A haven for wildlife, fossil sea urchins have been found here, a reminder that the North Downs was once covered by sea. Further along you will be walking on chalk grassland, which has developed as a special wildlife habitat due to grazing of animals. The chalk slopes are rich in orchids and chalk-loving butterflies such as Adonis and Chalkhill blues.
Allow 3.5 hours plus travel.
Start/Finish: Dorking Station car park
Finish Gomshall Station
Stiles/Gates: Some kissing gates and steps
Terrain: Some steep slopes & steps, challenging terrain can be slippery
Views: Many spectacular views
Toilets: At Dorking station
Refreshments: Dorking station & Lincoln Arms Inn at start, various pubs in Gomshall at end