Saturday 13 November Farnham to Guildford Waterloo 9.24 (Alton service), Clapham Junction 9.31 arrive Farnham 10.25. Buy return to Farnham. An easy-paced undulating walk eastwards along the River Wey, mostly through paths and woodland meeting the Pilgrims Way from Winchester to Canterbury (only dating back to 1871 and without historical evidence, but a good name, and look out for two large wooden crosses on either side of a road bridge en route). We go through Runfold Nature Reserve, with abundance of wildlife and through the village of Puttenham, featured in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World 1932. Lunch – Will now be at Seale, the excellent Manor Farm Tea Room. Due to the reduced hours of daylight, the lunch break may only be 30 minutes.
Walk Length – About 12 miles E145 L186 Jan C and Susan W
Wednesday 17 November London Loop Sections 12 & 13 Uxbridge to Moor Park
Meet 10.45 Uxbridge (Piccadilly & District Line, Zone 6).Section 12 to Harefield West follows the Grand Union Canal and is dominated by water on mainly firm and level towpaths; Section 13 takes us through remote countryside and luxuriant woodland on rough paths, tracks and grass. There are several stiles, some of which are quite high. Drop out possible after 5 miles at Harefield West by bus to Uxbridge. Lunch at the Coy Carp Pub Harefield, limited picnic facilities. Return from Moor Park station (Metropolitan Line, Zone 6/7) About 10 miles London A-Z E172 Led by Josie R
Saturday 20 November Theydon Bois to Chingford Meet 10.30 Theydon Bois station (Central Line, Zone 6).A steady paced undulating walk, mainly on good paths, through Epping Forest to Chingford Station (London Overground, Zone 5).Lunch at High Beach, there is the Kings Oak pub, two refreshment kiosks and picnic places. About 8 miles. Maps E 174, L 166, 177 Led by Peter H
Saturday 27 November Wendover to Chesham Marylebone 9.57 (Aylesbury Vale Parkway service), Harrow-on-the-Hill 10.09 arrive Wendover 10.45.An undulating steady-paced stile free walk partly on the Chiltern Link. Lunch at The Lee; Cock & Rabbit or bring a picnic. Return from Chesham Station (Metropolitan Line, Zone 9)
About 9 miles E181 Led by Ken P
Saturday 4 December Holmwood to Reigate Victoria 9.25 (Horsham service), Clapham Junction 9.32 arrive Holmwood 10.29. Buy return to Reigate. A Low Weald Surrey walk in the Mole Valley along broad paths through gently undulating country with glimpses of the North Downs ridge to the North passing through Hammond’s Copse. Lunch at Leigh the Plough or bring a picnic. In the afternoon cross the Mole at Flanchford Bridge rising up to the Greensand Ridge near Reigate Priory to give extensive views of the North Downs. Please note this update from Stephen R.: Josie who is leading the walk from Holmwood to Reigate this Saturday has asked me to provide you with an update following the recce she did last week. ‘If you are joining the walk please be prepared for some pretty muddy footpaths. Additionally, as sunset is at 4pm, towards the end of the walk we will not be climbing up to the Greensand Way but instead taking a more level path into Reigate. In view of the shortness of daylight the pace of the walk will be brisk’. I’ll also take the opportunity to remind you of the early evening Bermondsey to Oxford Circus walk this Wednesday, meet 4.30 at Bermondsey Station; a level mud and stile free walk to see the Christmas Lights..
About 10 miles E146 Led by Josie R
Wednesday 8 December – an early evening walk Bermondsey to Oxford Circus
Meet 4.30 Bermondsey Station (Jubilee Line, Zone 2). An easy-paced fairly level evening walk to see the lit bridges and London’s Christmas Lights. We’ll follow the South Bank of the Thames to Hungerford Bridge cross over the River to Trafalgar Square and along Regent Street to finish at Oxford Circus. About 4½ miles London A-Z Led by Stephen R
Saturday 11 December Leatherhead to Dorking linear
Waterloo 9.24 (Dorking (Main) service), Vauxhall 9.28, Clapham Junction 9.33 arrive Leatherhead 10.06. Buy return to Dorking. A moderately-paced undulating walk over varied terrain via Mole Gap Trail, Norbury Park, Polesden Lacey. Ranmore Common, North Downs Way and Denbies Vineyard. Lunch stop at Polesden Lacey at the NT Café or bring a picnic. Possible tea stop at Denbies Vineyard. Drop-out possible just over 9 miles to Dorking West station.
About 11 miles E146 L187 Led by Jane R
14 December– Note to Leaders – Deadline for details of your walks for the next programme, February to March 2022 to Programme Organiser; firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 16 December Kingston Circular
Waterloo 10.27, Vauxhall 10.31 Clapham Junction 10.36 arrive Kingston 10.55 (Zone 6).
Through Kingston town centre and Home Park towards Hampton Court then to The Pheasantry in Bushey Park for lunch (but please bring picnic). Along Teddington High Street to cross the river and following tow path back to Kingston. Kingston has Christmas lights, and you could take the opportunity to visit the Christmas Market – gluhwein possible. Level, no stiles and with drop-out points.
Approximately 7 miles London A-Z E161 L176 Led by Joyce N
Saturday 18 December Richmond Circular
Waterloo 10.28 (Windsor & Eton Riverside service), Vauxhall 10.32, Clapham Junction 10.38 arrive Richmond 10.47 (Zone 4). An easy-paced undulating Three Rivers Walk. Lunch at Kneller Park cafe or Twickenham Green where there are several pubs including one specialising in Thai food. Drop-out by bus after lunch. About 9 miles London A-Z E161 Led by Pauline L
A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR FROM OUR COMMITTEE
Saturday 1 January (New Years Day) Wood Green to Stoke Newington
Meet 11.00 Wood Green Station (Piccadilly line Zone 3). A stile free fairly level easy-paced walk on good paths via Alexandra Palace, along the Parkland Walk for lunch in Highgate Woods; Café or bring a picnic. Continue to Finsbury Park, Woodberry Wetlands, Clissold Park. Then passing the Old Church of St Mary’s via Abney Park Cemetery to Stoke Newington Station (Overground, Zone 2). Many drop-out points. About 8 miles E161 L177 London A-Z Led by Stephen R
Saturday 8 January Gravesend Circular St Pancras 10.25 (Ramsgate service Platform 11), Stratford International 10.32 arrive Gravesend 10.47 or London Bridge 9.48 (Rainham, Kent service, Platform 4), Greenwich 9.57 arrive Gravesend 10.43. Where Leader meets the group. A mainly level walk with good riverside views though could be muddy in places. Along the Thames (Saxon Shore Way) to Shornmead Fort and then up to Higham for lunch; Pub or bring a picnic. Then back into Gravesend via Chalk Church and the old Medway Canal. About 8 miles E161/2 L178 Led by David T
Wednesday 12 January Around Ealing, Queen of the Suburbs
Meet 10.30 Acton Town station (Piccadilly and District lines, Zone 3). Discover why Ealing earned the nickname Queen of the Suburbs. A good winter walk on pavements and paths through six green spaces, by two historic houses (Rothschild’s and Sir John Soane’s) and a spectacular view of NW London from Hangar Hill. Lunch in central Ealing: cafes, pubs and park. Ends at North Ealing station (Piccadilly line, Zone 3). About 6 miles London A-Z Led by Maureen C
Saturday 15 January Turkey Street to Enfield Lock
Liverpool Street 10.15 (Cheshunt service), Seven Sisters 10.33 arrive Turkey Street 10.47 (Freedom Pass Zone 6). A fairly level moderately-paced walk via the Turkey Brook (now flowing through Albany Park), River Lea wetlands, Gunpowder Park where the Lee Enfield rifle was produced and Enfield Island with its Royal Ordnance buildings. Lunch stop at ‘The Plough’ pub, Sewardstone Road or bring a picnic. About 8 miles with optional 3 mile extension to Chingford Station following the London Loop over undulating terrain. E174 L166 Led by Henriette V Z
Wednesday 19 January London Loop Section 14
Moor Park to Hatch End
Meet 11.00 Moor Park (Metropolitan Line, Zone 6/7). An easy-paced walk that crosses farmland around the community of Pinnerwood between cottages and well-kept ponds and lawns including Old Furze and Oxhey Woods. On clear days there are some great views. Bring a picnic or have a late lunch at Hatch End. About 5 miles London A-Z E173 L176 Led by Stephen R
Saturday 22 January – No Walk today
Annual General Meeting
Saturday 29 January Barming Circular
Victoria 9.55 (Ashford International service), Bromley South 10.12 arrive Barming 10.55. A fairly level steady-paced stile free walk in open countryside, small wood and orchards. Lunch at Teston, home of cricket ball manufacture. No pub but a community shop. Picnic in the churchyard. Coffee available at the community shop. After lunch a halt at the ‘Nature Park’: small coffee kiosk and toilets then 1½ along the River Medway to return to Barming. About 9 miles E148 L188 Led by Sue
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Travel Information Train times listed are the latest available at the time the programme was prepared. Alterations can take place at short notice. It is advisable to check with National Rail (Tel: 03457 48 49 50, www.nationalrail.co.uk) or if your journey involves travel on London Underground and/or London Overground, check with Transport for London (Tel: 0343 222 1234, www.tfl.gov.uk). At mainline stations please meet the group near the booking office in time for the train stated. Check our website walks page for programme changes before setting out. Do make sure you have the correct ticket for the journey as London Underground and most National Rail Companies fine passengers without a valid ticket £50. Wear a mask.
Guidance for Members
Follow leaders at all times and carefully watch where they are going. Make sure you know the time and place for meeting after lunch. If you do not intend to complete the walk, please inform the leader.
Bring along some food and drink, as mention of a pub or café is no guarantee that food will be available.
Please bring some simple first aid equipment with you. Sorry, no dogs, except for assistance dogs
Please note that the Club is not liable or responsible for an individual’s personal safety.
Stephen Ross (Walks Organiser)