West London Ramblers

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July

Wednesday, 25th, 10:45am at Waltham Cross Railway Station [TL364003], Lea Valley Walk 5: Waltham Cross to Tottenham Hale, Along the towpath to cross the boundary into Greater London, then past Romney Marsh and Enfield locks and the King George's Resevoir to Ponders End where we will probably have lunch (pub or picnic). Continue on the towpath to Pickett's Lock and Tottenham Marshes with good views of the City ahead. Mobile on the day only 07739 130011.Depart Liverpool Street 10.12 , arrive Waltham Cross 10.37. Buy a single to Waltham Cross. Oyster or Freedom Pass for return from Tottenham Hale.Maps: Explorer 173 & 174, 9mi/14.5km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 28th, 2pm at Osterley Underground Station (Piccadilly Line). Meet outside. [TQ145771], Osterley Park to Brent Lodge Park, This is one of the London National Park City Week walks and goes through some of West London's most attractive green spaces enjoying some interesting sites along the way including a Georgian country estate, a nature reserve, a canal, a little-known river, a Grade 1 listed railway viaduct, a maze and a zoo. There will be a short refreshment stop towards the end of the walk at Brent Lodge Park where there is a small café or bring a picnic. Mobile on the day only: 07956 203488.Map: Explorer 173. Oyster Card., 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Tuesday, 31st, 2pm at Rayners Lane Underground Station (Piccadilly/Metropolitan Lines). Meet outside. [TQ129875], Rayners Lane to Uxbridge, Along the Yeadng Brook and across Ickenham Marsh. For those wanting a shorter walk, the route passes Ruislip Gardens and Ickenham stations. Mobile on the day only: 07719 193235.Map: A-Z Oyster card, 6.5mi/10.5km, Contact Jackie

August

Wednesday, 1st, 10:50am at Colchester Town Railway Station. [TL999248], Colchester City Stroll, A tour around this historic market and garrison town exploring its history from Roman to Victorian times. Choice of picnic, pubs or cafés for lunch. The Playhouse pub is a particularly interesting place for lunch. Mobile on the day only, 07751 957380.Train from Liverpool Street 9.38, arrive Colchester Town 10.49. Map: Explorer 168 Day return to Colchester Town., 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 2nd, 10:10am at Great Missenden Railway Station [SP892013], Great Missenden Circular, Circular from Great Missenden via Hyde Heath, edge of South Heath, Pednor Bottom, Chartridge to Asheridge. Lunch at the Blue Ball or picnic nearby. Return via Ashotts Lane, Capps Lane skirting Lee Common to Great Missenden. (Originally one of Ken Royce's walks and we will pass through the kissing gate donated by our Group in his memory). Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Marylebone 9.27, Harrow on the Hill 9.39, arrive Great Missenden 10.09..Map: Explorer 181 Return Great Missenden, 10mi/16.1km, Contact Jackie
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Saturday, 4th, 10:15am at Dorking (Main) Railway Station [TQ170504], Greensand Way 6: Dorking to South Nutfield, Via Betchworth, Reigate Heath and Priory Park to South Nutfield. Mid-morning snack/toilet stop, picnic lunch and pub by station at the end. Undulating with some ridge walking and good views. Mobiles on the day only: 07963 909814 or 07952 839653.Train: Waterloo 9.24, Clapham Junction 9.33, arrive Dorking 10.11. Buy return to Dorking, adding single Nutfield to Redhill for return.Map: Explorer 146, 11.7mi/18.8km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 11th, 9:50am at Henley-on-Thames Railway Station - meet outside. [SU763822], Henley- on -Thames Circular, A gently undulating first half walking south from Henley via Harpsden, Shiplake Woods and Copse to pass Binfield Church, descending to Sonning Eye and the Thames, crossing to Sonning for lunch, probably at The Bull pub or picnic near the river. Hopefully time to look at the village. Easy return along the north bank of the Thames Path via Shiplake. (Drop our point at Shiplake Station after 10 miles). Continue to walk alongside Marsh Lock returning through Mill Meadows to Henley Station. Lovely views along one of the most scenic sections of the Thames Valley. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Paddington 8.52, change at Slough and Twyford for 9.38 to Henley-on-Thames OR Ealing Broadway 8.50, change at Twyford for same train to Henley arriving 9.50.Map: Explorer 171 Return to Henley- on -Thames., 12.5mi/20.1km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 15th, 10:40am at Teddington Railway Station [TQ160708], Teddington Circular, Thames Path to Hampton Court for lunch (café or picnic), returning via Home Park and Bushy Park.Depart Waterloo 9.57, Clapham Junction 10.05, arrive Teddington 10.35.Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 9mi/14.5km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 18th, 10:50am at Hever Railway Station [TQ465445], Eden Valley Walk, A flat walk along the valley passing St Mary's Church in Hever and getting a glimpse of the castle, then on to Leigh via Penshurst Place. It is advisable to bring a picnic lunch as our café stop at Penshurst (small and likely to be crowded) will probably not be until after 1pm. There is a pub at the end of the walk in Leigh.Depart London Bridge 10.07, arriving at Hever at 10.49. Returning from Leigh so 2 single tickets will be required. Mobile on the day only 07814 605106.Map: Explorer 147., 7.5mi/12.1km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 22nd, 6:30pm at Osterley Underground Station [TQ145771], Osterley to Hanwell linear, A 3 mile stroll through west London enjoying some interesting sights on the way ending in a pub for a natter. Meet at Osterley Station ticket office. Map A-Z Oyster card., 3mi/4.8km, Leader Martin Harris 020 8863 6523
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Saturday, 25th, 10:45am at Brighton Railway Station [TQ310049], Brighton To Hassocks, Walk to Churchill Square where we catch a bus to the start of the walk, climbing up to Devils Dyke. After a brief pause to admire the wonderful views, walk down into Poynings for a pub or picnic lunch. Some steep hills then down into Hassocks for a drink at a local pub. Mobile on the day only 07948 603126.Train London Victoria 9.44, arrive Brighton Station 10.37.Explorer 122 Return to Brighton., 10mi/16.1km, Contact Chris Parnell
Wednesday, 29th, 10:45am at Tottenham Hale underground station. [TQ344894], Lea Valley Walk 6: Tottenham Hale to Limehouse Basin, This last section of the LVW is less rural than the earlier ones, but still full of interest offering both nature reserves and industrial archeology sites. We may detour to visit particular places. Café or picnic lunch. Finish at Limehouse station.Map: Explorers 174/162. Oyster card., 7.5mi/12.1km, Contact Jackie

September

Saturday, 1st, 10:20am at Nutfield Stetion [TQ305491], Greensand Way 7: South Nutfield to Hurst Green, This stage of the Greensand Way takes us nearly to the Surrey / Kent border. Over undulating countryside via Bletchingley, Tilburstow Hill, Tandridge and Oxted, with short stops at viewpoints and other places of interest. Please bring a picnic lunch, and we will probably make a pub stop for drinks near the end of the walk. Mobile on the day only 07761 809 151.Depart St. Pancras 09.05, London Bridge 09.21, change trains at Redhill for 10.00 to Nutfield.. A return ticket to Nutfield should suffice. Maps OS Explorer 146, 147; Landranger 187, 11.2mi/18km, Leader Howard Densley 020 3286 1567
Saturday, 8th, 10:30am at Cambridge station [TL462572], Cambridge City and Grantchester, A walk around Cambridge city and colleges in the morning, lunch in Cambridge (cafes, pubs or picnic), then a longer walk to Grantchester in the afternoon. Option to join the whole walk or either just the morning or afternoon walks. The morning will be an urban walk and may be busy and on roads/pavements. In the afternoon the walk is a circular route alongside the River Cam with an option for tea in Grantchester.OS Explorer Map 209 (Cambridge, Royston, Duxford & Linton)09:42 train from Kings Cross station arriving Cambridge at 10:30. Buy super off-peak day return to Cambridge. Return from Cambridge station (2 fast trains per hour)Mobile (day of walk only): 07899 798298, 9mi/14.5km, Contact Jackie
Tuesday, 11th, 2pm at Streatham Common Railway Station - meet outside. [TQ296705], Streatham Common to Gipsy Hill, Explore Streatham Common and Norwood Park. Mobile on the day only 07719 193235.Map: Explorer 161/A-Z Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 15th, 11am at Ely Railway Station [TL543793], Fens and the City of Ely, An easy stroll by the side of the Great River Ouse to the cathedral city of Ely. Lunch (picnic, cafés and lots of pubs) in Ely and plenty of time to explore this wonderful city. Mobile on the day only 07751 957380.Take the 9.44 train to King's Lynn from King's Cross. Make sure you travel in the front four coaches as the train divides at Cambridge.Map: Landranger 143. Day return to Ely., 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 20th, 10:30am at Chalfont & Latimer Underground Station [SU996975], Best of Chess Valley Circular, Walking through some of the most scenic sections of the Chess Valley via Latimer Place, Latimer Village, Mill Farm to ascend to the Cock Inn at Church End for lunch, or picnic nearby. Descend to cross the Chess and rise up valley slopes to Chenies and returning to Chalfont & Latimer. Mobile on the day only 07939 904414.Depart Marylebone 9.57, Harrow-on-the-Hill 10.09, arrive Chalfont & Latimer 10.28.Map: Explorer 171 Oyster Card, 9.5mi/15.3km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 22nd, 10:10am at [TQ431054], Southease to Exceat, Climbing up to the South Downs Way with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, passing Itford Hill and Red Lion Pond. Picnic lunch after around 5 miles and drink later in Alfriston around 7 miles. Then follow the Cuckmere River passing Charleston Manor, West Dean finishing at Exceat where you can catch the bus back to Seaford station. For the more energetic, walk back to Seaford along the Cuckmere river and Seaford Head - an extra 4 miles - and tea stop at café on beach front.Please note, strenuous in parts of the walk.Explorer Map 123CDR SeafordTrain London Victoria 8.46 Clapham Junction 8.52. Change at Lewes for the 09.59 to Southease (Platform 3)., 10.5mi/16.9km, Contact Chris Parnell
Tuesday, 25th, 2pm at West Croydon Railway Station - meet outside. Regular train service from London Victoria. [TQ321660], West Croydon to Hackbridge, River Wandle and Beddington Park. Mobile on the day only: 07719 193235. Map: Explorer 161/A-Z Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 29th, 10:10am at Watton-at-Stone Railway Station [TL295192], Watton-at-Stone Circular, Walk northwards to Benington, then southeast to Dane End with lunch at The Boot pub or picnic. Return south along the valley slopes through Sacombe and Woodhall Parks to Watton- at- Stone. A lovely Hertfordshire walk with many paths following valley sides, passing four churches and two attractive villages. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Moorgate 9.10, Highbury & Islington 9.18, arrive Watton-at-Stone 10.10. .Maps: Explorer 182, 193, 194. Return to Watton- at-Stone., 12mi/19.3km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 30th, 2pm at H13 Bus Stop outside Ruislip Lido, Reservoir Road [TQ086891], Family Friendly Walk: Ruislip Woods and Lido, Exploring Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve, the largest single area of woodland in Greater London. Walking through Mad Bess Wood, Poor's Field and up to the highest point. Lovely views across the lake. H13 from Ruislip and Ruislip Manor Underground stations to Ruislip Lido where bus terminates. Mobile on the day (text only) 07756386400. Map: Explorer 172, A-Z, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Maureen Brook

October

Saturday, 6th, 11:20am at Exceat Country Park [TV519995], Exceat Country Park Circular, Climbing up to the Seven Sisters at Birling Gap, we turn left towards East Dean where we have lunch (pub or picnic). After lunch an undulating walk to West Dean finishing at Exceat Country Park. Bus Back to Seaford.For the more energetic, an option of walking back to Seaford and having tea on the seafront - an extra 4 miles. Mobile on the day only 07948 603126.Train London Victoria 09.16, Clapham Junction 09.22. Change at Lewes for the 10.29 to Seaford, arriving 10.47. Bus to Exceat 11.00 Arrive at Exceat 11.15 Map: Explorer 123 Return to Seaford., 8mi/12.9km, Contact Chris Parnell
Sunday, 21st, 10:30am at Richmond Railway Station (mainline and District Line). Meet in the Ticket Hall. [TQ180751], Richmond to New Malden: Joint Walk with the London Blind Rambling Group, Walking in the morning on the Thames Towpath, then up the hill into Richmond Park with a lunch stop at Pembroke Lodge. After lunch, continue through the Isabella Plantation to Robin Hood Gate and then along the Beverley Brook to New Malder.Map: A-Z, 8mi/12.9km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 27th, 11:10am at High Brooms Railway Station [TQ593413], High Brooms to Tonbridge, Passing through unspoilt countryside and Somerhill Park. Picnic at Tudeley Church with the wonderful Marc Chagall windows, After lunch, drinks at the Poacher and Partridge, then back along the Medway River ending at Tonbridge station. Mobile on the day only 07948 603126.Train London Charing Cross 10.15, arrives High Brooms 11.05. Map: Exploere 136 Return to High Brooms, 10mi/16.1km, Contact Chris Parnell

 

 

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