British wine….delicious…award winning and just off the M25…Denbies vineyards it is then


With a forecast of rain-rain-rain it was all weather gear for our trek to…well just to the hills of the North Downs above Dorking, Surrey, for a short 8 miler past the glorious regency house, Polesden Lacey and onto the footpaths of the Denbies wine estate, no little tourist trains to save our young legs thank you, but plenty of degustation and cream teas for those less focussed on their figures!

Grapes glorious grapes

Striding out from Boxhill and Westhumble train station – no parking fees – and easy access to London,  it became evident that the sun had got his hat on and the team were more than over dressed for the day, not Annie who was travelling light of course (don’t worry I had my apples).

Polesden Lacey, come on down for geo caching adventures and a host of other bizarre National Trust attractions, or just stroll by in the Autumn sun, it is a stunner.  (Sorry forgot to take a picture… so more vines).

On on and up to the vineyards where we were treated to a personal infomercial by Phillipa, oenophile extraordinaire and well versed in the story of Denbies, (was she being paid).  Notable facts…Denbies are the first UK vineyard to attempt to grow/produce Sauvignon Blanc, they have now planted Pinot Noire (the exalted grape of the Burgundy region), the estate is the largest single owned estate in Northern Europe..etcetera etcetera, however, she could not or would not testify to the quality of the cakes served in the tea shop…shame.

Gorgeous Autumn colours of the North Downs

This is not a challenging walk but a walk that is well worth doing, not least as planned correctly it can end in a fabulous wine tasting with cream tea….bizarre yes but apparently it works.

I am not sure I can guarantee everyone the ending we had but a double rainbow finished the day off for the team – wow.

We all chased the leprechaun but the only gold was found on the label of the award winning wine (such wit)..

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