Duke of Edinburgh Scheme-Walliswood Village Hall

Walliswood Village Hall

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

TQ13 GR (113,383)
From Spring 2020 we are opening the Village Hall and large secure field that surrounds Walliswood Village Hall to students who are undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.WVH_(2)

The site is located in the village of Walliswood, in the heart of the Surrey Hills, ideally situated for expeditions in and around Leith Hill.  Walliswood is a small quiet hamlet nestled between Ewhurst, Horsham and Dorking with local villages offering circular routes with tried and tested route planning options.
Locally, the Sussex border path runs just to the south, to the west you'll find the Downs Link bridleway, whilst a host of local footpaths and bridleways cross the area.  Walkable distances are possible for those expeditions using public transport, including train station start and end points such as Holmwood (Beare Green), Ockley, Warnham on the commuter lines or Abinger and Chilworth stations on the east/west lines.WVH_(3)

The site itself is in the centre of the village and has a well maintained flat grassy field, secluded by a high perimeter hedge.  At about 150m square, the site offers considerable space for large groups of participants to camp and allow for a degree of separation from their leaders.  Only one booking will be accepted per night, avoiding disturbed nights when other groups on nearby pitches don't adhere to campsite etiquette after dark.
The Village Hall has an outside water tap available for use by the participants and inside there is hot and cold running water as well as toilet facilities for males and females and those with disabilities.  The kitchen is modern and fully equipped to cater for the leaders' needs with 2 sinks available for the students to wash their trangias, plates, cutlery etc.  Food waste, recyclable waste bins are on site too.WVH_D_of_E_(1)

The main room in the hall could serve as a meeting room for leaders to discuss progress to date with the walking groups, whilst offering a degree of space and privacy for the staff who have given up their time.  Opposite the field is the Scarlett Arms where adults monitoring the youngsters can quench their thirsts and satisfy their hunger.
There is a small car park, (access from Froggetts Lane) offering space for around 10 vechicles including minubuses.
The cost to use the facilities for a D of E expedition is 6 pppn.  A 50% deposit would be required at the time of booking to secure the date.
Please email valerie@fivemiles.co.uk to check availability.