Yoga, Hiking & Wine Tasting in Box Hill
Yoga & Hiking are a perfect pair but throw in a tour of one of Britain’s largest wineries (including a tasting!) and it’s a recipe for a perfect Saturday out. If you’ve not been to Box Hill in Surrey you’re missing out on a local gem. Perhaps best known to cyclists, it was part of the Olympic course and on any given day you’ll see some serious speedsters making their way around the hairpin turns. Off the beaten path, there are loads of lovely trails, views and vistas and a fantastic place to stop for ice cream at the top of the hill.
Box Hill is also famously mentioned in Jane Austen’s Emma as, ‘Emma had never been to Box Hill…she wished to see what everybody found so much worth seeing.’
So if you’re like Emma, here’s your chance to see what is so much worth seeing!
We’ll meet at Box Hill & Westhumble station (50 minutes journey from Victoria Station). From there we’ll head out on our walk which leads up and down some rather steep paths – more on this later. At Mickleham Downs, weather permitting, we’ll stop for a yoga break before carrying on up Box Hill. At the top of Box Hill is a National Trust café so you can either choose to bring a pack lunch or buy one there, and then we’ll go for lunch with a view.
Our yoga practice takes place at the top of Box Hill, a gentle practice to stretch and restore. In the colder months the yoga may be a bit more ad hoc, with some standing stretches to keep us warm and limber before heading out on our wine tasting.
One of the most iconic landmarks of Box Hill, the stepping stones, will lead us to the Denbies winery.
Then on to our final treat – a tour and wine tasting at Denbies. The indoor tour includes a short film on The Vineyard Through the Seasons where we learn about the history of the estate, see the vineyard through the seasons and learn about the wine making process.
From there we pass though the working winery and see the wine production line 🙂 before finishing in the cellars with a guided wine tasting.
Particulars: This hike has a mix of some fairly difficult stretches of uphill and a few steep down hills too. There’s also varying terrain, some woody and some stretches of road at the beginning, middle and near the end but there are also some really stunning views and peaceful places. The decent to stepping stones is 275 steps – and they can get slippery and/or muddy.
Walk length: 9 km or just over 5 miles – it should be about 3 hours of hiking time.
Schedule: Meet at Box Hill & West Humble station for 10.30. If you are taking the train, there is a 9.31 from Victoria / 9.37 Clapham Junction that will get you there on time. We will aim to be on the return train that departs 17.28 and arrives back in London Victoria at 18.21.
Challenge: See above – if you are concerned about whether you’ll be comfortable joining us feel free to drop me an email. We’re not going for record speed on the walk but it will be at a decent pace.
Yoga: Class is a hybrid hatha/vinyasa sequence, suitable for beginners.
What happens if it rains? It’s England… it often rains! Bring waterproofs and we’ll make the best of it.
What should I bring? You’ll need to bring water for the hike and a yoga mat or towel will do for the yoga class. Bring a packed lunch or, if you prefer, you can buy one at the café at the top of Box Hill.
Not Included: Transport to/from Box Hill or Lunch.
Cancellations: No cancellations; you can replace your spot at any time. If you cancel within 3 days of the trip it may be possible to credit you for a future event less a fee (wine tastings are booked in advance). If for any reason we need to cancel (weather or other emergencies) you will be offered a full refund or the opportunity to book into another hike. Last minute cancellations are non-refundable.
Please note it is not always possible to book last minute for these trips. Tasting tours need to be reserved in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment!