Going Out Out

Escape the city and explore the South Downs

Did you know that someone who lives in London is twice as likely to go to the Lake District than the South Downs?

That's why we're supporting #GoingOutOut - highlighting the amazing landscapes less than an hour from the city. Like the South Downs - an Area of Outstanding National Beauty, walking paradise, and all-round instagrammable viewspot. Or Box Hill - on the 2012 Olympic road cycle race route, with its famous Zig Zag road giving your next cycle trip a real Alpine twist.

So why not stay in this Friday evening, start early on Saturday and Go Out Out to one of these stunning locations - right on our doorstep?

Getting to the South Downs

With regular trains between London Waterloo and Portsmouth, it's easy to travel to the South Downs. Many of our stations fall within the South Downs National Park area - we recommend:

What can you find in the South Downs?

  • 11 bike hire spots
  • 3,300 kilometres of walking route through some of the most stunning scenery in the South
  • 4 routes that are accessible to everyone, whether you have a pushchair or a wheelchair
  • Its own bus service - the South Downs Rambler - running from Winchester to Petersfield through the heart of the South Downs

Getting to Box Hill

We run regular trains between London Waterloo and Dorking that stop at Box Hill & Westhumble, just half a mile from the station. Our trains can carry four cycles per four coaches on a first-come, first-served basis.

What can you find at Box Hill?

  • Zig Zag Road - an Alpine road cycling challenge in the heart of Surrey. A steady climb of 120 metres over 2.5 kilometres, it's been likened to a miniature Alpe d'Huez.
  • For those who like a steadier pace, there's an incredible variety of walks around, many of which can be started from the local train stations.
  • Purple emperors, adonis blues - Box Hill is also an amazing spot for a bit of butterfly-hunting, with its sweeping areas of woodland and grassland paddocks. Try the butterfly walk for the best chance of spotting rare wildflowers and butterflies together. Just remember to take your camera!

Getting to the Surrey Hills

The Surrey Hills are well-served by local train services, with three train operators running trains through the area. South Western Railway trains serve Box Hill & Westhumble, Dorking, and Guildford (including the London Road station)

What can you find in the Surrey Hills

On top of everything you can find at Box Hill, you also have the wider Surrey Hills to enjoy. You'll find:

  • Denbies Vineyard, home of award-winning English wines, is just a short walk from Dorking. They also offer accommodation if you're inspired to extend your stay!
  • The Lovelace Bridges - originally built to help transport timber, 10 of these bridges remain and can be found around the Surrey Hills
  • Frensham Ponds - a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) - a sanctuary for endangered wildlife that thrive on the heathland around it
  • The Mount - just a mile west of Guildford town centre, offers some stunning views over the town and the surrounding countryside. You'll also be able to enjoy its abundance of Pyramidal Orchids - as well as getting an education at the Henley Fort educational centre!