West London Ramblers

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January

Thursday, 25th, 10:30am at Meet on Kew Bridge, on the southern (Kew Green) side. [TQ190777], Kew Bridge to Hammersmith via the Putney Debates Church, Along the Thames Path on the south bank to Putney and St Mary's Church where important radical debates were held in 1647 on the future constitutional order and civil liberties. Lunch at the café in the foyer or picnic nearby and time to visit the Putney Debates Exhibition inside the church. Return via Bishops Park along the north bank of the Thames to Hammersmith, where there are good transport links and pubs and cafés. Generally good paths but could be muddy in places.Map: A-Z Oyster card, 7mi/11.3km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 27th, 9:50am at Rickmansworth Railway Station [TQ057945], Rickmansworth Circular, Loopy Lakes (figure of 8 walk) exploring lakes, river and canal either side of Rickmansworth. Moderate morning to include 5 lakes and 2 hills (6.5 miles). Lunch at the White Bear or use cafe on lake (or picnic nearby on canal near canal centre). Easier afternoon loop will leave from canal centre at approx. 2pm to include Ebury Way, Croxley Moor and canal towpath (4 miles). Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Marylebone 9.27, Harrow on the Hill 9.39, arrive Rickmansworth 9.49.Map: Explorer 172 Oyster card., 10.5mi/16.9km, Contact Jackie

February

Saturday, 3rd, 10:30am at Perivale Underground Station (Central Line). Alternatively, you could join the walk at Holy Trinity Church, Medway Drive, Perivale at 10.15 if you have parked nearby. [TQ163833], Perivale Circular and Bucks, Milton Keynes & West Middx Area AGM, Perivale Wood Local Nature Reserve, Grand Union Canal, Horsenden Hill and Paradise Fields. This walk precedes the Bucks Area AGM and will end with a picnic lunch in Holy Trinity Church Hall at 13.00. Please bring your own food and tea/coffee will be provided. The meeting follows at 14.00 - all welcome. Bus E5 allows an easy return - with a short walk - to Perivale Station. Mobile on the day 07719 193235.Map: A-Z Oyster card., 5.5mi/8.9km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 7th, 10:45am at Great Missenden Railway Station [SP892013], Great Missenden to Amersham, There should be a spectacular display of snowdrops at both Great and Little Missenden. Lunch, picnic or pub, at Little Missenden. Fairly hilly and could be very muddy. Afternoon route will depend on conditions underfoot. No convenient drop out points.Depart Marylebone 9.57, Harrow-on-the-Hill 10.09, arrive Great Missenden 10.38.Return to Great Missenden or single extension from Amersham for Freedom Pass holders.Map: Explorer 181/172., 9.5mi/15.3km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 10th, 11am at St Margaret's Railway Station [TL381118], St Margaret’s Circular (Herts), A pleasant winter’s walk through rolling Hertfordshire countryside mostly on good paths. Lunch at the Chequers Inn, Wareside or picnic nearby, then in the afternoon more open countryside and back to St Margaret’s along the river Lea.Train London Liverpool Street 10.13Change at Broxbourne for the 10.49 platform 4Arrive St Margaret’s 10.55Explorer Map 194. Return St Margaret's (Herts)Return trains 19 and 49 past the hour., 8mi/12.9km, Contact Chris Parnell
Wednesday, 14th, 10:30am at Star Lane DLR station, meet at Stephenson Street exit. [TQ391821], Cody Dock to Hackney Wick, An early coffee stop at Cody Dock to enjoy this interesting artisan area and then an enjoyable stroll along the River Lea to Hackney Wick. Late lunch at the Breakfast Club or the White Building (Crate Craft Brewery and Pizzeria). Mobile on the day only 07751 957380.Map: A-Z Oyster card, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 15th, 10:50am at New Malden Railway Station [TQ214686], Beverley Brook walk from New Malden to Putney, This well-known walk closely follows the Beverley Brook across Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park and Barnes Common to the River Thames at Putney. Lunch stop at the café in Richmond Park at Roehampton Gate but you should still bring a picnic as it gets very busy. Likely to be muddy in places. Several drop out points. Return from Putney railway station or Putney Bridge underground station. Train: Waterloo 10.27, Clapham Junction 10.35, arrive New Malden 10.49.Map: Explorer 161 Oyster card, 6.5mi/10.5km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 17th, 10am at Hanger Lane Underground Station - meet at ticket machines. [TQ184826], Hanger Lane to Kew Bridge, Morning through the valley of the Brent and Ealing's parks (can be muddy). Lunch at Hanwell.Afternoon to Brentford and Kew Bridge via the Grand Union Canal and the Thames Path.Map A-Z Oyster Card., 10mi/16.1km, Leader Martin Harris 020 8863 6523
Sunday, 18th, 2pm at Lancaster Gate Underground station [TQ267807], Family Friendly Walk: Royal Parks, Using main paths enjoy a winter walk through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James's Park. See lakes, Peter Pan's statue, Buckingham Palace. Spot lots of water birds and perhaps even Flamingos. Underground to Lancaster Gate station returning from St James's Park station. Mobile on the day (text only) 07756386400.Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Leader Maureen
Wednesday, 21st, 10:30am at Woldingham Railway Station [TQ359563], Woldingham to Oxted, This walk is only just outside the London boundary and yet the first part through Marden Park and Marden Park Woods feels completely rural. At the top of the North Downs ridge the route joins the North Downs Way (NDW) and heads west on an undulating stretch, mostly through woodland. Some hills and a brisk paceThe walk leaves the NDW at Gravelly Hill and descends into Godstone, an attractive village with a large green and a good choice of places for lunch. The afternoon route mostly follows the Greensand Way (GW), heading east from Godstone to Oxted. This section is quite different in character: a more open landscape dotted with small settlements, including one with a magnificent ancient yew tree in its churchyard. Explorer 146.Get the 0954 East Grinstead train from Victoria, arriving 1026. Buy a CDR to Oxted. Return trains go to Victoria or London Bridge., 10.4mi/16.7km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 24th, 10:25am at Taplow Railway Station [SU916813], Taplow Circular, Fairly flat, partly along the Jubilee River. Pub, café or picnic lunch at Dorney.Depart Paddington 9.42, Ealing Broadway 9.50, arrive Taplow 10.18.Maps: Explorer 160/172 Return to Taplow., 7mi/11.3km, Contact Jackie
Tuesday, 27th, 2pm at Vauxhall Underground Station (Victoria Line) and Main Line Station. Meet at the bus station concourse. [TQ303779], Vauxhall Circular, Thames Path, Lambeth Palace, Museum of Garden History, Houses of Parliament, Silver Jubilee Walkway, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, even Charlie Chaplin all feature on this short walk. Mobile on the day 07719 193235.Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie

March

Thursday, 1st, 10am at Chesham Underground Station [SP960015], Chiltern Heritage Trail Section 1 - Chesham to Chorleywood, Following ‘The Chess’ out of Chesham, ascend woods to Chesham Bois Common, return to walk scenic section of Chess Valley to Latimer. Bring picnic to eat in Latimer. Continue to Mill Farm, ascend steeply to Chenies Manor and village with time for drinks at pub. Another 2 miles to Chorleywood West, then link down to station. Mobile on the day only 07713025494.Depart Baker St 8.53, Harrow-on-the-Hill 9.15. Arrive Chesham 9.50Map Explorer 181/172 Oyster card, 9.5mi/15.3km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 3rd, 10:15am at Meopham Railway Station [TQ641679], Meopham to Longfield, Passing through wonderful Kent countryside, Hook Green, New Ash Green. Lunch at the White Swan in Ash or picnic nearby. Afternoon Fawkham Green , Hartley and New Barn, finishing at Longfield Station.Train London Victoria 9.37, Bromley South 9.57, arrives Meopham 10.11. Return trains 7, 21, 51 past the hour.Explorer Map 162 Return to Meopham, 10mi/16.1km, Contact Chris Parnell
Tuesday, 6th, 2pm at Vauxhall Underground (Victoria Line) and Main Line Station. Meet at the bus station concourse. [TQ303779], Vauxhall to Peckham, Vauxhall Park, Kennington Park, Burgess Park, Chumleigh Gardens, Surrey Canal all make for a pleasant walk through some of London's great open spaces. Mobile on the day 07719 193235.Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 10th, 10:15am at Mortimer Railway Station [SU672641], Mortimer to Aldermaston via Calleva, Passing Mortimer's old church, we cross undulating fields to arrive at Calleva's amphitheatre, then walk between the old walls of the Roman city to Silchester Common for lunch (picnic or Calleva Arms). Afternoon route through forest (Englefield Estate), passing old church with half-timbered porch near Padworth College, to arrive at Aldermaston near the Avon & Kennet Canal. Possible tea room on canal but if not available, nearby Butt Inn on Station Road will be open. Mobile on the day only 07952 839 653.Train: Ealing Broadway 9.05, change at Reading for Basingstoke train, arriving Mortimer 10.13, or take fast train from Paddington to Reading at 9.30. Map: Explorer 159 Return to Aldermaston., 10mi/16.1km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 11th, 2pm at Gospel Oak Overground Station [TQ282856], Family Friendly Walk: Hampstead Heath Circular, A hilly walk up to the summit of Parliament Hill exploring the attractive heath and ponds, mostly using main paths. Overground to Gospel Oak station. Mobile on the day (text only) 07756386400. Map: Explorer 173, A-Z. Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Leader Maureen
Tuesday, 13th, 2pm at Sudbury Hill Underground Station (Piccadilly Line). Meet in the booking hall. [TQ153855], Sudbury Hill to Alperton, One Tree Hill, Barham Park, Vale Farm, Northwick Park, Harrow School, and other interesting surviving open spaces in a sea of suburbia makes for an interesting walk - with views! Mobile on the day 07719 193235,Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 15th, 10:30am at St Pancras International Railway Station - meet by the statue of the embracing couple inside the Eurostar terminus. [TQ301829], King's Cross to Regent's Park, Coffee at the Francis Crick Institute and then on to the Regent's Canal enjoying some interesting buildings and sights along the way. Lunch at Camden Lock (pubs, cafés or picnic). Mobile on the day only 07751 957380.Map: A-Z Oyster card., 6mi/9.7km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 17th, 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 River Medway ending at Tonbridge station.Train London Charing Cross 10.15, arrives High Brooms 11.05.Explorer Map 136 Return to High Brooms, 10mi/16.1km, Contact Chris Parnell
Moderate pace
Sunday, 18th, 10:15am at St Mary the Virgin on the SE side of Putney Bridge. Meet to the right of the church between it and the cinema. [TQ241755], Putney Bridge to Chiswick House, Along the river to Barnes Common (coffee stop) and then via Barnes Bridge to Chiswick House with the opportunity to visit the Camellia Show in the beautifully restored conservatory(free). The house will also be open (free to English Heritage and Art Pass members). Picnic lunch in the gardens or café. Mobile on the day only 07961 113942.District Line to Putney Bridge or train from Waterloo 9.44 or Brentford 9.42 to Putney Railway Station and then a short walk to the meeting place.Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 5.5mi/8.8km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 21st, 10:10am at Great Missenden Railway Station [SP892013], Great Missenden Circular, A circular walk in the Chilterns passing through beach and chestnut woods with views over the upper Hughenden valley. There are some short steep climbs and descents with one ascent immediately after lunch! Bring picnic lunch to eat at Bryants Bottom outside The Gate pub or lunch/drinks at pub. Mobile on the day only 07540 443825. Travel: Chiltern Railways departs Marylebone 9.27, Harrow-on-the-Hill 9.39. Return extension ticket from Amersham for Freedom Pass/Oyster card holders.Maps: Explorer 172 & 181, 10mi/16.1km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 24th, 10:15am at Benfleet Railway Station [TQ777859], Canvey Island circular, A flat 14.5 mile circular walk from Benfleet around Canvey Island mostly along the sea wall. There’s an option to leave the walk after lunch and catch a bus back to Benfleet (about 10 miles). This is an interesting and varied walk with views of the Thames estuary and Hadleigh Castle, salt marshes and sandy beaches, marinas, industrial heritage, literary connections (Charles Dickens), music history (Dr Feelgood) and Canvey Wick Nature Reserve. There is some walking along busy roads and some paths are rough underfoot.Map: OS Explorer map: 175: Southend-on-Sea & Basildon.09:32 train from Fenchurch Street station (or 9.41 from West Ham) arriving Benfleet at 10:15. Alternatively get train from Stratford to Benfleet. Buy super off peak day return to BenfleetMobile phone (on the day only): 07899 798298, 14.5mi/23.3km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 28th, 10:50am at Leagrave Railway Station [TL061240], Lea Valley Walk 1: Leagrave to Harpenden, Walking to the Well Head source of the River Lea, then back down the Upper Lea Valley towards Luton where we will have lunch (picnic, café or pub). After lunch we carry on down the ULV towards East Hyde and Harpenden finishing at the station.Depart 09.54 London Blackfriars, 10.03 London St Pancras International (Thameslink), arrive Leagrave 10.44.Explorer Map 193 Return to Leagrave, 11mi/17.7km, Contact Chris Parnell
Hilly
Saturday, 31st, 10am at Layby at Christmas Common (GR 715932) [SU714933], Christmas Common Circular, Hilly circular walk via woodland and field paths to Ibstone Common, later climbing Turville Hill with a very steep descent to picturesque Turville village. Likely to be busy at pub so bring picnic lunch with drinks at pub. Continue to Stonor Park, Maidensgrove and Pishill to return via Hollandridge Lane. Five steep hills with splendid views. No dropout points.No public transport so cars will be needed. Exit Junction 5 of the M40, turn right over the motorway, then immediately left on A40 for 0.7 miles. Take next left turn signposted to Christmas Common. Follow lane for just over 3 miles. After entering Christmas Common, fork left signposted Northend for just a few metres to park car along right hand side of road on long layby. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494. Map: Explorer 171, 13.5mi/21.7km, Contact Jackie

April

Thursday, 5th, 9:40am at Chorleywood Underground Station [TQ026960], Chiltern Heritage Trail Section 2 - Chorleywood to Amersham, Leaving Chorleywood a short link rejoins the Trail along Shire Lane, then Chiltern Way passes Open Air Museum to Chalfont St Giles. Continue along valley to Chalfont St Peter for short snack break near church. Continue past Jordans Quaker Meeting House to The Square Green in Jordans. Bring picnic to eat on the Green with short pub stop for drinks in Seer Green. Continue along edge of Hodgemoor Woods and Chiltern Way to walk along Misbourne Valley to Old Amersham with short link uphill to station. Mobile on the day only 07713025494Depart Baker St 8.53, Harrow-on-the-Hill 9.15 Arrive Chorleywood 9.37.Map Explorer 172 Oyster card, 14mi/22.5km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 7th, 10:20am at Haslemere Railway Station [SU897329], Greensand Way: Haslemere to Witley, Follow parts 1 & 2 of the Greensand Way through some of the most picturesque and attractive parts of Surrey, including Gibbet Hill and the Devil's Punchbowl. Bring a picnic with a possible pub stop for drinks later. Mobile on the day only 07761 809151.Depart Waterloo 9.15, Clapham Junction 9.22, arriving Haslemere 10.15.Map: Explorer 133 Return to Haslemere., 12mi/19.3km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 11th, 10:30am at Kew Bridge Railway Station [TQ189781], Kew Bridge to Osterley, Follow the Thames Path through Brentford and then along the Grand Union Canal to The Fox in Hanwell for lunch or picnic. Cross the canal to walk through Long Wood (hopefully bluebells) and into Osterley Park where there may be time for tea before going on to Osterley station. Mobile on the day only 07739 130 011Train: Waterloo 9.52, Clapham Junction 10.02, arrive Kew Bridge 10.20 or lots of local buses. Map: A-Z Oyster card., 8mi/12.9km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 14th, 11:15am at Wye Railway Station [TR048469], North Downs Way from Boughton Lees to Chilham, A relatively short section of the North Downs Way. From Wye station we retrace our steps back along the North Downs Way towards Boughton Lees (opposite direction to Section 9) for 1.6 miles with a short coffee stop at Biscuits Kitchen at Perry Court Farm. Just before Boughton Lees we set off towards Boughton Aluph then climb up into King's Wood with views of Canterbury Cathedral then the path descends before the attractive village of Chilham. Interesting pilgrims’ churches and may be bluebells in King’s Wood.Bring picnic lunch. Stop for tearoom or pub at Chilham (either White Horse or Woolpack Inn) before catching the train home.Start Wye station and return from Chilham station. Buy return to Chilham. Either depart Victoria at 9.22 or St Pancras at 10.08 for more expensive high speed train and change at Ashford International. Both arrive at 11.11 at Wye.Mobile phone (on the day only): 07899 798298 Map: Explorer 137, 8.1mi/13km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 15th, 2pm at H13 Bus Stop outside Ruislip Lido in Reservoir Road [TQ086891], Family Friendly Walk: Ruislip Woods and Lido, Walking to the highest point and exploring parts of Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve, the largest single area of woodland in Greater London. Lovely views across the lake. H13 bus from Ruislip and Ruislip Manor Underground stations to Ruislip Lido. Mobile on the day (text only) 07756386400Map: Explorer 172, A-Z Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Leader Maureen
Tuesday, 17th, 2pm at Acton Railway Station - meet in booking hall. [TQ206803], Acton Central to Willesden, Acton Park, Wormwood Scrubs, Mitre Bridge, Paddington Branch of the Grand Union Canal make for a varied walk. Mobile on the day 07719 193235.Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 18th, 10:25am at Upper Warlingham Railway Station [TQ340583], Upper Warlingham to Woldingham, Near circular undulating route through bluebell woods and open Surrey countryside. Pub or picnic lunch on Great Farleigh Green.Depart Victoria 9.54, Clapham Junction 9.59, arrive Upper Warlingham 10.22.Oystercard or Freedom Pass + single to Upper Warlingham on return.Map: Explorer 146/161, 9.5mi/15.3km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 19th, Burnham Beeches Circular, Explore this site of Special Scientific Interest and admire its gnarled old trees. We will meet at the Burnham Beeches cafe/toilets in Lord Mayor's Drive (nearest postcode SL2 3LB). Trains to Slough (Ealing Broadway 9:50 arrives Slough 10:10), then bus X74 towards Farnham Common - stop Forester's Arms; continue walking in the same direction, past the shops, then turn left into Beeches Road and keep going through the car park. Lunch near Littleworth Common, pub or picnic.Mobile 07890 004794Map Explorer 172Day Return to Slough, 7.5mi/12.1km, Leader Monika Eady 07890004794
Hilly
Saturday, 21st, 9:50am at Henley-on-Thames Railway Station - meet outside. [SU763822], Henley Circular via Witheridge Hill, Explore undulating woodlands and field paths west from Henley. Outward walk via Lambridge Woods, Famous Copse and Earl's Wood with lunch at Witheridge Hill (pub The Rising Sun or picnic nearby). Return via Rotherfield Peppard. Some hills and hopefully bluebells. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Paddington 8.52, change at Slough and Twyford for the 9.38 to Henley-on-Thames or Ealing Broadway 8.50 and change at Twyford for the same train to Henley, arriving 9.50. Map: Explorer 171 Return to Henley-on-Thames, 13mi/20.9km, Contact Jackie
Tuesday, 24th, 2pm at Hounslow West Underground Station - meet in booking hall. [TQ122761], Hounslow West Circular, Rectory Farm, Church Road, Cranford Park, St Dunstan's Church, River Crane, Avenue Park - some historic bits of old Middlesex on the edge of Heathrow Airport. Mobile on the day 07719 193235. Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 25th, 10:35am at Harpenden Railway Station [TL136142], Lea Valley Walk 2: Harpenden to Hatfield, Walking through Batford to the riverbank and Batford Mill, then up to rejoin the former railway line and on to Leasey Bridge. An early lunch at Wheathampstead (picnic or pub). After lunch carry on down the Lea Valley to Brocket Hall, Lemsford, Stanborough Park and Hatfield Station. Mobile on the day only: 07796 264917.Depart 09.54 London Blackfriars, 10.03 London St Pancras International (Thameslink), arrive Harpenden 10.31.Single ticket to Harpenden, single ticket Hatfield to London.Explorer Map 193, 10mi/16.1km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 28th, 10:40am at Goring & Streatley Railway Station [SU602806], Goring Circular, Lots of woodland and hopefully bluebells. Lunch at the Red Lion, Woodcote, or picnic close by.Depart Paddington 9.27, Ealing Broadway 9.35, arrive Goring & Streatley 10.35.Map: Explorer 171 Return to Goring & Streatley, 11mi/17.7km, Contact Jackie

May

Tuesday, 1st, 10:20am at Tring Railway Station [SP951122], Tring Circular in Ashridge Estate, Exploring the Ashridge Estate, hopefully seeing carpets of bluebells. Lunch at Little Gaddesden (pub or picnic nearby). Possible tea later at NT Visitor Centre cafe.Depart Euston 9.34, Harrow & Wealdstone 9.46, arrive Tring 10.17. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Map: Explorer 181 Return to Tring, 10.5mi/16.9km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 3rd, 2pm at Richmond Railway Station (also District Line). Meet near street entrance. [TQ180751], Richmond Park via the Isabella Plantation, Walk along the river and up to Richmond Park. One hour's free time in the Isabella Plantation to see the azaleas and rhododendrons. Possible tea at Pembroke Lodge on the way back. Apart from one quite steep hill near the beginning, fairly flat and good paths. Mobile on the day only 07989 060755. Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 6mi/9.7km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 5th, 10:15am at Witley Railway Station [SU948379], Greensand Way: Witley to Godalming, Along the Greensand Ridge via Hambledon, Burgate Hangar (beeches) and Hascombe to Gateshead Farm, where this section of the Greensand Way ends. Then a further 4 miles of open countryside, woodland and along the banks of the River Wey to Godalming from where there are frequent trains back to London. Some quite steep ascents and descents, with good views. Please bring a picnic lunch with a possible pub stop for drinks later. Mobile on the day only 07733 263256.Depart Waterloo 9.15, Clapham Junction 9.22, arrive Witley 10.09.Maps: Explorer 133/134/145 Return to Witley., 10mi/16.1km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 6th, 10:30am at Tower Hill Underground Station - meet at the ticket barriers. [TQ336807], Tower Hill to Island Gardens, An interesting walk exploring new developments and historic landmarks with lunch at Canary Wharf in Docklands (pub, café or picnic).Map A-Z Oyster Card, 7mi/11.3km, Contact Jackie
Tuesday, 8th, 2pm at Feltham Railway Station (South West Trains). Meet on bus station side. [TQ106733], Feltham Circular, Longford River, River Crane, Cavalry Tunnel, Hounslow Heath, Feltham Arena, Feltham Park - a surprising amount of attractive open space and parkland.Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 10th, 10:05am at Amersham Railway Station [SU963981], Chiltern Heritage Trail Sectiion 3 - Amersham to Great Missenden, From Amersham Station a short link leads down to rejoin the Trail in Old Amersham. Walking south west on field paths to Coleshill, across Winchmore Hill to Penn Street. Bring picnic to eat on Common with drinks at ‘The Squirrel’ pub. Continue through Penn Woods (possibly bluebells) down to Little Missenden (hopefully look at wall paintings in church). Continue along Misbourne Valley, rising to Little Kingshill, then field/woodland paths down to Great Missenden. Mobile on the day only 07713025494Depart Baker St 9.03 Harrow-on-the-Hill 9.26, arrive Amersham 9.57 OR from Harrow-on-the-Hill 9.39 Chiltern Line, arrive Amersham 10.02.Map Explorer 172 Oyster card, 12mi/19.3km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 12th, 11:20am at Chilham Railway Station [TR078537], Chilham to Canterbury, Repeating one of the last stages of the North Downs Way, hoping for better weather than last October. There are short steep ascents but most of the walking is quite gentle, much of it through extensive orchards, maybe with apple blossom. We will finish at the West Gate of Canterbury Cathedral.Please bring a picnic lunch. Mobile on the day: 07946 386621.Train: London St Pancras International High Speed Train 10.08, Ashford International 10.46, change for 11.05 train, arriving Chilham 11.17. (Alternative train 9.22 from Victoria).Map: Explorer 150. Day return to Canterbury West., 8mi/12.9km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 13th, 11am at Manningtree Railway Station [TM094322], Constable Country, A flattish, leisurely walk around the Stour Valley and the Dedham Vale area admiring the countryside painted by Constable. Late lunch at Flatford Mill (NT) café or picnic.OS Explorer 196 Day return to Manningtree, 7mi/11.3km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 16th, 10:20am at Petts Wood Railway Station [TQ444675], London Loop - Petts Wood To Hayes, This section of the LOOP passes through attractive countryside linking several country parks and commons. Mainly easy walking but some undulating sections with quite steep slopes. The walk passes through Jubilee Country Park, Farnborough village, High Elms Country Park, Keston Ponds and West Wickham Common. We should also see Gypsy Lee's grave and the Wilberforce Memorial. Lunch at High Elms Country Park - café may be open but please bring some refreshments. Mobile on the day only 07780 944484.Depart Victoria 9.40, arrive Petts Wood 10.15. Return trains from Hayes approximately every 15 minutes.Maps: Explorer 162 & 147. Oyster Card, 9.8mi/15.8km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 19th, 10:05am at Sevenoaks Railway Station [TQ522553], Sevenoaks Circular, An undulating walk via Knole Park through attractive Kent countryside with good views. Lunch at Ightham Mote. Bring a picnic or there is a NT café open to non-members. Possible tea at Knole House on the way back. Mobile on the day only 07799 153017.Train: Charing Cross 9.30, London Bridge 9.39, arrive Sevenoaks 10.05.Map: Explorer 146 Return to Sevenoaks., 11.3mi/18.2km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 20th, 2pm at Petersham Gate - inside the park [TQ182732], Family Friendly Walk: Richmond Park, Up a hill, through a wood, round Penn Ponds, across Isabella Plantation, back along the Tamsin Trail. Bus 65 and 371 to The Dysart from Richmond stops outside the Petersham Gate. Mobile on day (text only) 07756386400 Map: Explorer 161, A-Z Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Leader Maureen
Wednesday, 23rd, 10:55am at , 11am at Shoeburyness Railway Station, meet outside. [TQ939851], Shoeburyness to Southend on Sea, Walk along the seafront to Southend on Sea taking in Gunners Park Nature Reserve and the Shoebury Old Ranges site of SSI. Possible drop out point at Thorpe Bay. Lunch picnic or cafe. There is a chance to walk along Southend Pier at the end of the walk or the opportunity to walk on to Leigh on Sea. There are plenty of cafes along the seafront at Southend. Depart Fenchurch Street 9.51, arrive Shoeburyness 10.51.Map: Explorers 175/176 Return to Shoeburyness, 7.5mi/12.1km, Contact Jackie
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. We finish at Harold Wood station where there are frequent, regular trains into Liverpool Street.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, 10:35am 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 10.04 London King's Cross, arrive Hatfield 10.27.Single ticket to Hatfield, single ticket Ware to London.Explorer Map 193, 11mi/17.7km, Contact Chris Parnell

October

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

 

 

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