West London Ramblers

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May

Saturday, 26th, 10:15am at Chigwell Underground Station (Central Line). Meet outside station. [TQ437930], London Loop - Chigwell to Harold Wood, Open Essex countryside, Hainault Forest and Havering Country Park, good views and majestic trees. There's a probable pub stop for a drink at Havering-atte-Bower, but bring a picnic lunch. There are 4-5 stiles en route. We finish at Harold Wood station where there is a replacement bus service into Liverpool Street or more direct bus options to Newbury Park (Central Line) or Hornchurch (District Line).Map: Explorer 174 Oyster card, 12mi/19.3km, Contact Jackie
Hilly
Monday, 28th, 10:20am at Tring Railway Station [SP951122], Tring Circular - Highlights of Ivinghoe Beacon, Ashridge and Albury, Outstanding circular along the Ridgeway, following the Chiltern Escarpment to Ivinghoe Beacon - one of the highest viewpoints in the Chiltern Hills. Picnic in Beacon's area. Return through part of the magnificent woodlands of the National Trust's Ashridge Estate via Duncombe Terrace to the Bridgewater Monument visitor centre with time for tea at the café. Descend through picturesque Albury to Tring. Superb views. Mobile on the day only 07752 249341.Depart Euston 9.34, Harrow & Wealdstone 9.46, arrive Tring 10.17.Map: Explorer 181 Return to Tring, 8.5mi/13.7km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 30th, 10:50am at Hatfield Railway Station [TL232087], Lea Valley Walk 3: Hatfield to Ware, Walking through Old Hatfield, Mill Green and Holwell Manor to Letty Green where we will have lunch (pub or picnic). After lunch, continue down the Lea Valley to Hazeldene and Hertford with its castle, finishing at Ware station.Depart 10.21 London King's Cross, arrive Hatfield 10.48.Single ticket to Hatfield, single ticket Ware to London.Explorer Map 193, 11mi/17.7km, Contact Chris Parnell

June

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Saturday, 2nd, 9:35am at Guildford Railway Station - meet outside the main entrance. [SU992496], Greensand Way 3: Bramley to Gomshall, From Bramley along good paths to rejoin the Greensand Way just north of Gateshead Farm. Then through fields, woods and across Winterfield Heath with spectacular views towards the South Downs. Hilly and quite strenuous in parts. Shortly after passing Ewhurst Windmill we leave the Greensand Way and head north through Hurt Wood to the attractive village of Peaslake and on to Gomshall for the 17.50 train back to London, hopefully with time for a drink in one of the attractive riverside pubs first. Please bring a picnic and plenty of water as there is no opportunity to buy refreshments before Peaslake. Mobile on the day only: 07796 264917.Depart Waterloo 9.00, arrive Guildford 9.33. (or 8.57 from Clapham Junction, change at Woking). We will then walk together to the Friary Bus Station to catch the No 53 bus at 10.00 to Bramley.Map: OS Explorer 145 Return to Gomshall, 12mi/19.3km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 3rd, 2pm at Langley Railway Station. Meet outside the booking office in the car park. [TQ012797], Family Friendly Walk: Langley Park Country Park, Exploring this lovely part of the Colne Valley Regional Park passing the lake, wondering through the arboretum and discovering the Temple Gardens. Walking across grasslands and on soft footpaths. Mobile on the day (text only) 07756 386400.Train: Paddington 13.30, Ealing Broadway 13.38, arrive Langley 13.57.Map: Explorer 172, 5mi/8.1km, Leader Maureen Brook
Thursday, 7th, 10:10am at Great Missenden Railway Station [SP892013], Chiltern Heritage Trail Section 4 - Great Missenden to Chesham, A delightful section through many villages, crossing ridges and valleys. The walk rises out of Great Missenden via Ballinger Common to The Lee, across to Lee Common for early lunch at Chartridge at The Bell pub or picnic (5.5 mls). Bus option for return to Chesham. Long afternoon via Asheridge, skirting Buckland Common to Cholesbury (possible short refreshment stop). Continue on easier route down a long valley towards Hawridge Bottom to Chesham Vale with 2 miles road link back to Chesham. Mostly good paths with some lanes/roads. One long slow climb and two short climbs with brisker pace in the afternoon. Mobile on the day only: 07713 025494.Train: Marylebone 9.27, Harrow on the Hill 9.39, arrive Great Missenden 10.09.Map: Explorer 181, 14mi/22.5km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 9th, 10:45am at Canterbury East Railway Station. [TR146572], Canterbury to Shepherdswell, The first stage of completing the final loop of the North Downs Way. It's mostly gentle walking on agricultural land, with pleasant views, passing farming communities and crossing the defunct Snowdown coalfield towards the end. There's a steady ascent into Shepherdswell but it shouldn't be too taxing. There's a shortage of refreshment points so bring a picnic lunch and plenty of water. Mobile on the day only: 07946 386621.Train: London Victoria 9.10, arrive Canterbury East 10.39. Day return to Shepherds Well.Map: Explorers 150 & 138., 11mi/17.7km, Contact Jackie
Tuesday, 12th, 2pm at Elmers End Railway Station [TQ357683], Elmers End Circular to South Norwood Country Park, An interesting walk taking in ancient woodland and a country park. Mobile on the day only: 07719 1932135Regular train services from Charing Cross station.Map: OS Explorer 161 Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Brisk pace
Wednesday, 13th, 10:15am at Wendover Railway Station [SP865077], Wendover Circular, Long circular east from Wendover along the Ridgeway via Hale Wood and Hastoe to Wiggington. Pub lunch at The Greyhound or picnic nearby. Return across Tring Park, skirting Tring to join the Wendover Arm of the canal returning to Wendover. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Marylebone 9.27, Harrow on the Hill 9.39, arrive Wendover 10.15.Map: Explorer 181 Return Wendover, 14mi/22.5km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 14th, 5pm at South Ealing Underground Station (Piccadilly Line). [TQ175793], South Ealing to Brentford Evening Walk, An easy walk from Ealing to Brentford via Gunnersbury Park with the opportunity to enjoy a few of Brentford's historic pubs at the end. Mobile on the day only 07751 957380. Map: A-Z Oyster card, 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 16th, 10:25am at Taplow Railway Station [SU916813], Taplow Circular, An interesting walk through attractive South Buckinghamshire countryside and villages. Lunch at the Oak and Saw pub in Taplow village or picnic on the Green.Depart London Paddington 9.42, Ealing Broadway 9.50, arrive Taplow 10.18.Map: Explorer 172. Return to Taplow., 6mi/9.7km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 20th, 10:05am at Alexandra Palace Railway Station - meet at ticket barriers. [TQ302904], The New River, Follows the New River and its previous course, from Alexandra Palace to New River Head in Finsbury, via Hornsey, Finsbury Park, Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve, Clissold Park and the "heritage section" in Islington. Coffee stop in Finsbury Park; lunch in Clissold Park (picnic or cafe). Mobile on the day: 07733 263256 Train: Moorgate 9.40, Finsbury Park 9,51, Alexandra Palace 10.01.Map: A-Z Oyster card., 8mi/12.9km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 21st, 1pm at Hampstead Underground Station [TQ263857], Hampstead Circular + meal at 'The Swing' at West Hampstead, A leisurely mid-summer afternoon walk exploring the historic parts and cultural/literary connections of Hampstead and the Heath. Refreshment stop at Kenwood House café and finishing the main walk in the old part of Hampstead village. Optional extension to West Hampstead for an early evening meal at 5pm at the popular restaurant 'The Swing' which serves Pan-Asian food (meat, vegetarian and vegan). The meal must be pre-booked by contacting Jyoti Gudka either by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or mobile (07939904414) by 18th June., 4.5mi/7.2km, Contact Jackie
Hilly
Saturday, 23rd, 10:15am at Eastbourne Railway Station - meet by the ticket barriers. [TV609991], Eastbourne Circular, A hilly cliff-top walk with spectacular views via Beachy Head. Lunch at Birling Gap (picnic or NT café), then Seven Sisters (actually eight) to Exceat for tea. Return through Friston Forest and East Dean. Possible drop-out points at bus-stop at Exceat (9 miles) or East Dean (13 miles).Depart London Victoria 8.46, Clapham Junction 8.53, arrive Eastbourne 10.14Map: Explorer 123 Day Return to Eastbourne, 16mi/25.8km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 24th, 2pm at Tottenham Hale Underground Station - exit by ticket barriers [TQ344894], Walthamstow Wetlands Wander, A short afternoon wander around London’s newest and biggest wetlands to see the reservoirs and wildlife (free entry). We’ll have a break for tea in the Engine Room café (or your own refreshments outside). A generally flat walk on good paths (some steps/slopes up to paths around the reservoirs). No dogs allowed in the wetlands (except guide dogs). OS Explorer 173 (London North, The City, West End, Enfield, Ealing, Harrow & Watford). Oyster card (Zone 3).Mobile (on day only): 07899 798298, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Tuesday, 26th, 2pm at Meet at Coombe Lane Tramlink Stop [TQ351640], Coombe Lane to East Croydon, LLoyd Park and nearby open spaces make for a pleasant walk. Mobile on the day only: 07719 193235.Regular train service from London Victoria to East Croydon station. Leave the station and outside take the tram (New Addington service) to Coombe Lane.Map: OS Explorer 161 Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Tuesday, 26th, 2pm at Meet at Coombe Lane Tramlink Stop [TQ351640], Coombe Lane to East Croydon, LLoyd Park and nearby open spaces make for a pleasant walk. Mobile on the day only: 07719 193235.Regular train service from London Victoria to East Croydon station. Leave the station and outside take the tram (New Addington service) to Coombe Lane.Map: OS Explorer 161 Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 27th, 10:25am at Ware Railway Station [TL359139], Lea Valley Walk 4: Ware to Waltham Cross, Tjhis section enters the Lee Valley Regional Park at Ware, then towpath walking via Stanstead Abbotts (on the Greenwich Meridian) and Rye House for a lunch stop at Dobb's Weir (picnic or pub - to be confirmed). We cross the Meridian again and walk via Carthagena Lock, Nazeing Marsh and the Lee Valley White Water Centre to Waltham Cross Station. Mobile on the day only: 07780 944484.Depart London Liverpool Street 9.42, Tottenham Hale 9.55, arrive Ware 10.25am. Frequent trains from Waltham Cross (zone 8) approximately every 15 minutes. Freedom pass holders: return ticket to Ware from Enfield Lock; Oyster cards can be used to Ware.Map: Explorer 174., 11.3mi/18.2km, Contact Jackie
Hilly
Saturday, 30th, 9:45am at Dorking Main Station [TQ170504], Box Hill Circular, Along the Pilgrims' Way, with fine views across to the South Downs, past the disused Brockham Lime Works, now an SSSI site. Steep climb to Headley Heath, which is an important area of acid heathland (picnic lunch stop) with drinks stop at Headley pub shortly after. Across Nower Wood to Mickleham Gallops, an historic area with burial mounds from the Bronze Age and nearby Cherkley Court, once the home of Lord Beaverbrook. Steep descent to Headley Road, Juniper Top to Box Hill, Pixham and Dorking. Mobile on the day only: 07810 173753Train: Victoria 8.54 Clapham Junction 9.03, arrive Dorking 9.41.Map: Explorer 146 Return to Dorking, 12mi/19.3km, Contact Janet Clark

July

Wednesday, 4th, 10:30am at Otford Railway Station [TQ532593], Otford to Eynsford, Mainly along the Darent Valley Path but maybe one or two inclines. Pub or picnic lunch at Shoreham before enjoying the lavender fields around Castle Farm and perhaps lavender ice-cream or other goodies at the Hop Shop. Possible tea stop at Lullingstone Visitor Centre.Depart Victoria 9.55, arrive Otford 10.30. Buy CDR to Otford or Swanley-Otford return for Freedom Pass holders.Map: Explorer 147, 7.5mi/12.1km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 5th, 10am at Chesham Underground Station [SP960015], Chiltern Heritage Trail Section 5 - Chesham Circular, Start along 2 mile road link to Chesham Vale to rejoin the Chiltern Trail via Ashley Green to Whelpley Hill. Picnic or pub lunch at The White Hart. Look for the disappearing Iron Age Fort as we continue to Ley Hill and Tylers Hill, with good views, before descending to Chesham. One long easy climb and three short climbs. Mostly good paths but could be muddy in wet weather. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Baker Street 8.53, Harrow on the Hill 9.15. arrive Chesham 9.50.Map: Explorer 181 Oyster card., 9.5mi/15.3km, Contact Jackie
Hilly
Saturday, 7th, 10:05am at Gomshall Railway Station [TQ089477], Greensand Way 4: Gomshall Circular via Holmbury St Mary, Walking south across farmland and through Peaslake and Hurst Wood, we rejoin the Greensand Way just north of Pitch Hill. This section of the GSW is quite strenuous with steep ascents and descents rewarded by panoramic views to the south. Please bring a picnic and plenty of water as it is quite remote. Just south of Holmbury St Mary we leave the GSW and head north, stopping for drinks at a pub and then walk back to Gomshall to catch the 17.50 train back to London. Mobile on the day only: 07796 264917.Depart Waterloo 9.00, change at Guildford for the 9.48 to Gomshall, arriving 10.03.Map: OS Explorer 145 Return to Gomshall, 12mi/19.3km, Contact Jackie
Tuesday, 10th, 2pm at Denmark Hill Railway Station - meet outside. Served by London Overground, Thameslink & Southeastern train services. [TQ327760], Denmark Hill Circular, Ruskin Park to Myatt's Fields by way of Wyck Gardens. Mobile on the day only 07719193235.Map: OS Explorer 161/A-Z Oyster card, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
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Thursday, 12th, 10:20am at West Croydon Railway Station, meet near the ticket office. [TQ321660], River Wandle Walk from Croydon to Wandsworth, This flat walk includes the entire downstream route of the (sometimes muddy) River Wandle through a variety of landscapes including parks and woodland as well as more built up areas. Lunch stop in Morden Hall Park where there is a cafe but still bring a picnic as it can get very busy. Several drop out points along the way. We will finish where the river enters the Thames in Central Wandsworth.Train: Victoria 9.46, Clapham Junction 9.54, arrive West Croydon 10.18, or London Bridge 9.55, arrive 10.15. Alternatively use London Overground or Tramlink. Return by train from Wandsworth Town or buses.Map: Explorer 161 Oyster card., 12.5mi/20.1km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 14th, 11:30am at Shepherds Well station (Shepherdswell village) [TR257481], North Downs Way: Shepherdswell to Dover, A relatively short walk and gentle final section of the North Downs Way passing through undulating farmland and along the Roman Road and White Cliffs Country Trail to reach the ‘End of Trail’ marker on Dover’s impressive esplanade. Please bring a picnic lunch with a possible stop later for drinks at the Chance Inn, Guston plus a wide choice of refreshment opportunities at Dover.There is planned engineering work on the line from Victoria, so we recommend the 9.34 high speed train from St Pancras International to Dover and then the 11.18 to Shepherds Well.Map: Explorer 138,, 9.3mi/15km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 15th, 10:45am at Penshurst Railway Station [TQ519464], Penshurst Circular, An undulating walk in the Kent countryside, recrossing the River Eden. A late lunch at the NT village of Chiddingstone (picnic, pub or restaurant). Train from Charing Cross 9.40, arrive Tonbridge 10.23, change to opposite platform (be at front of train) to catch the 10.36 to Penshurst, arriving 10.44. Mobile on the day only 07751 957380. Map: Explorer 147. Day Return to Penshurst., 8mi/12.9km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 15th, 2pm at Kew Bridge Station - meet outside. [TQ189781], Family Friendly Walk: Thames Path from Kew to Ham, Walk part of the Thames Path passing Kew Gardens and Petersham meadows seeing different aspects of the river. Views of Syon House and Marble Hill before reaching Ham and walking down Ham Avenues to finish the walk. Mobile on the day (text only) 07756 386400.Kew Bridge Station - South Western Railway - 65 and other buses nearby. Return 65 bus to Richmond and Ealing. Map: Explorer 161, A-Z, 5mi/8.1km, Leader Maureen
Tuesday, 17th, 10:30am at Finsbury Park Station. Meet outside the Arsenal shop. [TQ313867], Finsbury Park to Tottenham Hale, Walk through Finsbury Park and along New River Path (may be muddy) to Woodberry Wetlands. Then via East and West Reservoirs to Clissold Park for a coffee stop. On to Abney Park Cemetery (nature reserve) and then suburban roads to Springfield Park for late lunch and/or tea in Markfield Park. Along the River Lea to Tottenham Hale station. Mobile on the day only 07989 060755.Map: A-Z Oyster card, 7mi/11.3km, Contact Jackie
Hilly
Wednesday, 18th, 10:30am at Tring Railway Station [SP951122], Tring to Berkhamsted, Following the Ridgeway to Ivinghoe Beacon and returning to Berkhamsted rail station via Little Gaddesden where we will have lunch at the Bridgewater Arms or picnic nearby. Mobile on the day only 07540 443825.Train Euston 9.34, Harrow & Wealdstone 9.46, arrive Tring 10.17.Map: Explorer 181 Return to Tring., 12mi/19.3km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 21st, 10am at Ealing Broadway Station (Central, District or mainline from Paddington). [TQ179808], Ealing Broadway to Richmond, This is one of the walks for London National Park City Week and goes via some of Ealing's delightful smaller parks - Walpole, Lammas, Blondon, Boston Manor - and then following the Grand Union Canal to Brentford Lock. We join the Thames Path and go past the magnificent Syon Park House, through the old town of Isleworth and on into Richmond, ending at the station. There will be a short refreshment stop at the Syon Park Garden Centre café at approximately 11.30 am. Mobile on the day only: 07585 790145.Map: Explorers 173/161 Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 21st, 10:05am at [TQ089477], Greensand Way 5: Gomshall to Dorking, This is an energetic walk along the Greensand way. The morning is spent on a steady ascent to Leith Hill, which is the likely picnic stop. (possible cup of tea & climb of the tower?). We then descend on a undulating route to Dorking.Get the 0900 Portsmouth Harbour train, changing at Guildford (arr 0933 dep 0948) to get a Redhill train to Gomshall arr 1003 Buy a return to Dorking. Mobile on the day only: 07913 613002. Map: Explorers 145/146, 14.5mi/23.3km, Contact Jackie
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
Hilly
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

 

 

Thursday, May 24, 2018