West London Ramblers

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December

Wednesday, 19th, 10:30am at Richmond station - meet in ticket hall. [TQ180751], Richmond Circular: Three Rivers Walk, This is a flat riverside walk, through Isleworth and Twickenham, taking in paths alongside the Thames, the Crane and the Duke of Northumberland’s River. There are pubs and refreshment points along the way but bring a bit of food in case pubs are busy with seasonal parties. We finish back in Richmond where there will be plenty of opportunities for tea. Mobile on the day only: 07946 386621.Map: Explorer 161/A-Z Oyster Card, 8mi/12.9km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 27th, 10:30am at Boston Manor Underground Station (Piccadilly Line or buses E8 & 195. [TQ163787], Boston Manor to Pitshanger Park, Along the Grand Union Canal for a mile and then following the River Brent to Pitshanger Park. Mainly flat and good paths through parks and meadows although may be muddy in places. Finishing at Scotch Common/Argyle Road where there are lots of buses, including to Ealing Broadway, West Ealing and Greenford . Option of a drink and/or lunch at the Duke of Kent at the end of the walk. Mobile on the day 07796 264917.Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 29th, 9:50am at Henley-on-Thames Railway Station [SU763822], Henley-on-Thames Circular, Cross the Thames to walk via Remenham Hill and Thames Path to cross Hambledon Lock at Mill End to picturesque Hambledon for lunch (Stag and Huntsman or picnic in village). Return along Thames Path. Mobile on the day only: 07712 025494.Depart Paddington 8.42, Ealing Broadway 8.50, change Twyford for 9.38 to arrive at Henley-on-Thames at 9.50.Map: Explorer 171., 9.5mi/15.3km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 29th, 10:30am at South Ealing Underground Station. [TQ175793], Ealing to Richmond, An easy walk via Gunnersbury Park to Brentford where we will have a coffee break. Then along the Thames Path to Richmond for an optional late lunch at the end of the walk. Mobile on the day only: 07751 957380.Map: A-Z, 6mi/9.7km, Contact Jackie
Monday, 31st, 10am at Greenford Railway Station - meet outside station [TQ147839], Greenford to Harrow-on-the Hill, Varied walk through Paradise Fields Wetlands, along the canal path, up Horsenden Hill and on up to Harrow-on-the-Hill. Possible coffee stop before walking around to see the various school buildings before going through the school playing fields, across Grovefields to Harrow-on-the-Hill station. Mobile - text only - on the day only 07756 386400Map: Explorer 173 and A-Z Oyster card, 5.5mi/8.8km, Leader Maureen

January

Thursday, 3rd, 10am at Richmond Station. [TQ180751], The Thames: River and Palaces, A linear walk along the Thames towpath, taking in the site of Richmond Palace and views of Marble Hill House, Ham House and Hampton Court Palace. Lunch after 6 miles at the Tiltyard Café at Hampton Court or picnic nearby. Drop out possible with buses to Kingston and Teddington. After lunch, walk through Bushy Park, via the London Loop to Teddington from where there are trains and buses to Richmond or Kingston. Mobile on the day only: 07810 173753.Map: Explorer 161/A-Z Oyster Card, 8.5mi/13.7km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 5th, 10:30am at Uxbridge Underground Station [TQ056841], Uxbridge to Denham, Passing through Denham Country Park, and Denham Village, Higher Denham and Denham Aerodrome. Lunch Denham village at the Green Man or picnic. Possible tea stop at Denham Garden Village. Mobile on the day only 07948 603126.Drop out point at 3.5 miles by bus 331 back to Uxbridge Underground Station.Return: Bus 331 from Denham station to Uxbridge Underground Station or Denham main line back to London Marylebone. Please note Denham station is 1 stop outside the freedom pass area. Explorer Map 172, 7.5mi/12.1km, Contact Chris Parnell
Sunday, 6th, 10:15am at On the pavement outside the West Door to Westminster Abbey (near the Abbey shop, not the main visitor entrance). [TQ299794], 1066 Harold's Way 1: Westminster to Greenwich, This is the first of ten walks following the route King Harold may have taken in 1066 from London through Kent and East Sussex to the site of the famous battle near Hastings.Beginning at Westminster Abbey, it follows the Thames Path on the north bank until London Bridge where we cross the river to the south bank and on to Greenwich. Lots of history en route and iconic views of the City, Canary Wharf and Greenwich. Picnic or pub lunch. Mobile on the day only: 07796 264917. Oyster Card or Freedom Pass., 9mi/14.5km, Contact Jackie
Hilly
Wednesday, 9th, 11am at Gospel Oak Railway Station - London Overground lines from Richmond or Clapham Junction. [TQ282856], Gospel Oak to Archway + New Year Lunch, Walk via Parliament Hill, Highgate Ponds, past Highgate cemetery and into Waterlow Park. Then down the hill to Archway for lunch at 1pm at Harman restaurant serving Mediterranean food. People are welcome to come on the walk only or to join us for just the meal. To book a place for the meal, please email or phone before 5th January (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07796 264917)., 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 12th, 9:45am at Mottingham Railway Station [TQ425732], Mottingham to Abbey Wood on the Green Chain, Fine views over London. Passes Eltham Palace (English Heritage) then on to Oxleas Wood for lunch - café or picnic with optional short detour to recently restored Severndroog Castle. Afternoon takes in Shrewsbury Park, Plumstead Common and Bostall Woods before reaching the ruins of Lesnes Abbey near refurbished Abbey Wood station. Some hills.Depart Charing Cross 9.18, London Bridge 9.25, arrive Mottingham 9.42. Both Mottingham and Abbey Wood are in the LT travel zones.Map: Explorer 162., 10mi/16.1km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 16th, 10:30am at Sloane Square Underground Station (District/Circle Lines). Meet at ticket office. [TQ280786], Chelsea Interest Stroll, An easy stroll around the Chelsea area exploring the many places of interest and blue plaque sites. Lunch at the National Army Museum (café or picnic). Mobile on the day only 07751 957380.Map: A-Z, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 19th, 11:15am at Beaconsfield Railway station. [SU940911], Beaconsfield Circular, Fairly gentle Chilterns walk via Forty Green to Penn for picnic or pub (The Crown) lunch. Should be good views and an interesting church to explore. Not much in the way of hills, but could be muddy.Train: London Marylebone 10.43, arrive Beaconsfield 11.12. Return to Beaconsfield.Map: Explorer 172., 7mi/11.3km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 23rd, 10:20am at Rickmansworth Station [TQ057945], Rickmansworth to Uxbridge via the Denhams, A pleasant fairly level walk beside lakes, rivers and canal visiting Higher and Lower Denham villages with one short climb before lunch. Picnic lunch with café stop soon afterwards and finishing at Uxbridge station. Could be muddy in some places. Mobile on the day only 07540 443825.Depart Marylebone 9.57, Harrow-on-the-Hill 10.09, arriving Rickmansworth 10.19 or use Metropolitan Line. Oyster or Freedom Pass.Map: Explorer 172, 9.5mi/15.3km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 26th, 10am at Hanger Lane (Central Line) at ticket office. [TQ184826], Hanger Lane to Kew Bridge, Morning through the valley of the Brent and Ealing's parks (can be muddy). Lunch at Hanwell (pub or picnic nearby). Afternoon to Brentford and Kew Bridge via the Grand Union Canal and the Thames path.Map A-ZTravelcard, 10mi/16.1km, Leader Martin Harris 020 8863 6523
Sunday, 27th, 10:15am at Greenwich Railway Station. [TQ380773], 1066 Harold's Way 2: Greenwich to Lesnes Abbey, Starts with the Thames Path, walking as far as the Thames Barrier, then through parks following the Green Chain Walk, with a few ups and downs. There are café facilities along the way but suggest you bring some food with you. Mobile on the day only: 07946 386621.Train - suggest 09.59 from Cannon Street, arriving Greenwich 10.11 - or you can use the DLR. Return is from Abbey Wood. Oyster zones 3 & 4, Map: Explorers 161/162, 10mi/16.1km, Contact Jackie
Tuesday, 29th, 2pm at Stamford Brook Underground Station (District Line). Meet outside. [TQ218787], Stamford Brook to Gunnersbury, An afternoon walk including Stamford Brook, River Thames and Chiswick Park to Gunnersbury. Mobile on the day only: 07719 193235.Map: Explorer 161/A-Z., 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 30th, 10:40am at Tadworth Railway Station [TQ229562], Tadworth Circular (Headley Heath & the North Downs), The walk starts at Tadworth and crosses open downland (and under the M25) to Headley for lunch.The main part of the walk crosses the open heathland - with a mix of partly forested hills allowing nice views for most of the way. After lunch the walk returns across Headley Heath along gentle forested paths,0947 Tattenham Corner train from London Bridge (East Croydon 1003), arriving Tadworth at 1038. Tadworth is in TfL Zone 6.Lunch is at a large and not usually too crowded pub on Boxhill Road, The Tree;, 8.7mi/14km, Contact Jackie

February

Tuesday, 5th, 10:30am at Mile End Underground Station [TQ365825], Mile End Circular - Parks and Rebels, The first half of the walk will explore Mile End Park and Victoria Park, with a cafe stop. Then it gets more serious with road walking, taking in many sites of East End rebels: the suffragettes, Labour's George Lansbury, the match girls strike and more. The walk finishes at a pub for a late lunch. There are plenty of drop out points. Mobile on the day: 07890004794Map: A-ZOyster Card, 6.5mi/10.5km, Leader Monika Eady 07890004794
Thursday, 7th, 10:30am at Chalfont & Latimer Station [SU996975], Chalfont & Latimer Circular, Circular via Latimer and Flaunden to Chipperfield Common with lunch at the café or pub or picnic on the Common. Return via Belsize, Chess Valley and Chenies. Some hills. Mobile on day only 07713 025494.Depart Marylebone 9:57 Harrow-on-the-Hill 10:09 Arrive Chalfont & Latimer 10:28Map: Explorers 172/182 Oyster Card, 10mi/16.1km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 13th, 10:45am at Great Missenden Railway Station [SP892013], Great Missenden to Amersham, Our annual visit to enjoy the snowdrop displays at Great and Little Missenden. Lunch, pub or picnic, at Little Missenden. Fairly hilly and could be very muddy. Afternoon route will depend on conditions underfoot. No convenient drop out points.Train: London 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
Wednesday, 20th, 10:20am at Tring Railway Station [SP951122], The Hertfordshire Way - Tring to Hemel Hempstead, We are going to walk the southern section of the Hertfordshire Way in 2019 and this is the first walk. The route climbs the ridge passing through extensive stretches of wooded common and reaching more open common land with far reaching views, descending into Berkhansted with numerous historic connections, including the castle. Lunch by the canal at Berkhamsted or choice of two pubs, 'The Boat' or 'The Rising Sun'. Berkhamsted railway station is just west of the castle for those who want a shorter walk (5.8mls). After lunch we continue east along the canal through Bourne End, leaving the HW to the link route, via the canal to Hemel Hempstead station. Mobile on the day only: 07939904414.Depart Euston 9.34, Harrow & Wealdstone 9.46, arrives Tring 10.17 (but please do check times). Return to Tring.Maps: Explorer 181/2., 9mi/14.5km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 28th, 11:05am at Southall Railway Station [TQ126798], Southall to West Ruislip, A late morning walk which includes part of the Hillingdon Trail through the Yeading Valley. Flat and mainly footpaths after Southall but likely to be muddy. Short picnic stop only but we will finish with refreshments at West Ruislip. Possible drop-out points at Hillingdon and Ickenham. Mobile on the day only: 07404 090633.Depart Paddington 10.42, Ealing Broadway 10.51, arrive Southall at 11.00 (GWR) or depart Paddington 10.46, Ealing Broadway 10.55, arrive Southall 11.03 (TFL).Oyster Card or Freedom Pass.Map:Explorers 172/3., 7.5mi/12.1km, Contact Jackie

March

Saturday, 9th, 10:15am at Great Missenden Railway Station [SP892013], Great Missenden Circular, Circular across Hampden countryside rising and falling over the beechwoods and bottoms to Great Hampden with lunch at ‘The Hampden Arms’ pub or picnic nearby on Common. Return via Little Hampden and South Bucks Way. Some hills. Mobile on day only 07713 025494Depart Marylebone 9:27, Harrow-on-the-Hill 9:39. Arrive Great Missenden 10:09Map: Explorers 181/172 Return Great Missenden, 11mi/17.7km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 13th, 10:05am at Hemel Hempstead Railway Station [TL071072], The Hertfordshire Way - Hemel Hempstead to Kings Langley, Using the canal towpath from Hemel Hempstead via Bovingdon to Chipperfield Common (lunch on common / pub/ café). Continue across common using the Hertfordshire Way to King's Langley. Gently undulating countryside. Mobile on the day only 07752249341. Depart Euston 9.34, Harrow & Wealdstone 9.46, arrive Hemel Hempstead 10.05 .Return to Hemel Hempstead.Map: Explorer 182, 9.5mi/15.3km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 20th, 11am at Liverpool Street Main Line Station - meet by Platform 9 [TQ332817], City Sculptures Stroll, A leisurely circular stroll around the Fenchurch and Shoreditch areas of London viewing the city sculptures and places of interest. Late lunch around Spitalfields Market. Mobile on the day only 07751 957380.Map: A-Z Oyster card., 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 23rd, 10:25am at Taplow Railway Station [SU916813], Taplow Circular, Fairly flat, partly along the Jubilee River. Pub or café lunch at Dorney.Depart Paddington 9.42, Ealing Broadway 9.50, arrive Taplow 10.18. Maps: Explorer 160/172. Day Return Taplow, 7mi/11.3km, Contact Jackie

April

Saturday, 6th, 10:05am at Meet at Oxted station booking office [TQ393528], Greensand Way 8: Oxted to Westerham, This stage of the Greensand Way takes us over the border from Surrey into Kent. Through countryside of Limpsfield common and Crockhamhill common. 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 07956 203488.Depart London Victoria 09.21 arrive Oxted 10.01. Return via bus 246 to Bromley South.Maps: Explorer 146/7, 9mi/14.5km, Leader Martin Harris 020 8863 6523
Sunday, 7th, 2:30pm at Hampstead Underground Station [TQ263857], Hampstead Circular + meal at 'The Swing' at West Hampstead, A leisurely 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 part of the walk in the old part of Hampstead village. Optional extension to West Hampstead for an early evening meal at approx 5.30pm 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 (07939 904414) by 3rd April.Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 4.5mi/7.2km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 10th, 10:35am at Kings Langley Railway Station. [TL080019], The Hertfordshire Way - Kings Langley to Shenley, The route remains mainly in open countryside despite its proximity to the M25 corridor and Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St. Albans, passing through Abbotts Langley, Aldenham and Letchmore Heath. Link from Shenley Park to Radlett Station for return. Train London Euston 10.04, arrives Kings Langley 10.31.Tickets: single out to Kings Langley and single for return from Radlett to London.Explorer Map 182, 14mi/22.5km, Contact Chris Parnell
Wednesday, 17th, 11am at Finsbury Park Underground Station (Piccadilly Line). Meet outside, near the Arsenal Football Club shop. [TQ313867], New River & Woodberry Wetlands, An easy stroll from Finsbury Park via parks and the Capital Ring along the New River to Holloway Road. Lunch at the Woodberry Wetlands café or picnic. Mobile on the day only 07751 957380.Map: A-Z Oyster card, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 24th, 10:20am at Tring Railway Station [SP951122], Tring Circular around the Ashridge Estate, Circular exploring the best of the Ashridge Estate, hopefully seeing carpets of bluebells. Lunch at Little Gaddesden (Bridgewater Arms pub or picnic nearby) Possible break for tea at NT Visitor Centre Café, then down through picturesque Albury back to the station. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494Depart Euston 9:34, Harrow & Wealdstone 9:46 Arrive Tring 10:17Map: Explorer 181 Return to Tring, 10.5mi/16.9km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 27th, 10:40am at Goring & Streatley Railway Station [SU602806], Goring Circular, Lots of woodland and hopefully bluebells. Lunch at the Red Lion at Woodcote or picnic nearby. Depart Paddington 9.27, Ealing Broadway 9.35, arrive Goring & Streatley 10.35.Map: Explorer 171 Day Return to Goring & Steatley., 11mi/17.7km, Contact Jackie

May

Thursday, 2nd, 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 fairly 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
Brisk
Saturday, 4th, 10:15am at OS map ref: 448450, Bus stop at Westerham Green [TQ444539], Greensand Way 9: Westerham to Sevenoaks, We start the walk at the village of Westerham, Kent which has historic links with Canada, and go south-east to join the Greensand Way at French Street. Then through superb undulating countryside, sometimes wooded, sometimes open with amazing views, via Toy’s Hill, Ide Hill, Stubbs Wood and finally Knole Park where we leave the GSW and head north-west into Sevenoaks.There will be short stops at viewpoints and other places of interest. Please bring a picnic lunch, and we will stop at a pub for drinks at the end of the walk. Mobile on the day only: 07761 809 151.Depart from London Victoria station at 08.55 to arrive at Bromley South at 09.11. We then take a 246 bus from outside the station to arrive at Westerham at 10.10. A return train ticket to Sevenoaks should suffice. Map: OS Explorer 147. More details on www.kent.gov.uk/explorekent., 12.5mi/20.1km, Leader Howard Densley 020 3286 1567
Wednesday, 8th, 10:15am at Radlett Railway Station [TQ164998], The Hertfordshire Way - Radlett to Cuffley, First, a 1.7ml link along Radlett Lane to rejoin the HW at Shenley Park. This section explores gently undulating, rural scenery but crosses some major transport routes. There will be two breaks; first, an early lunch after following the Catherine Bourne stream to South Mimms, using ‘The Black Horse’ pub for drinks. Then walking across the northern fringes of Potters Bar (possible dropout point at Potters Bar Station after nearly 9 miles) to Northaw village for the second break, visiting the church, possibly combined with a quick drink stop at ‘The Sun’ pub opposite. Another 3.5 miles of farming countryside brings us to Cuffley. Please bring a packed lunch. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart St. Pancras International 9:43. Single Ticket to Radlett (Thameslink). Arrive Radlett 10:13.Return: Single Ticket from CuffleyMap: Explorers 182/174, 13.2mi/21.2km, Contact Jackie

July

Saturday, 6th, 10:20am at Yalding Railway Station [TQ685502], Greensand Way 11 : Yalding to Sutton Valance, This stage of the Greensand Way passes through gentle Kent arable land and apple orchards, with views to the south for much of the way. After starting on the flat in the Medway Valley and passing through the pretty village of Yalding, the route climbs in very gentle stages up onto the Greensand Ridge, and follows it for the rest of the walk, with fine views to the south almost the whole dayLunch Picnic or pub at Linton Bull InnTrain London Charing Cross 09.15, arrives Yalding 10.18Cheap Day Return Headcorn.Return 12 bus from Sutton Valance at Kings Head 16.54 to Headcorn Station, arrives 17.06. Train 17.15 to Charing Cross, arrives 18.22.Explorer Map 125, 9.5mi/15.3km, Contact Chris Parnell

 

 

Monday, December 17, 2018