Dear North London Ramblers, Following updated advice from the Ramblers Association I am pleased to let you know that we have restarted our walks programme.
Saturday 29 May Haslemere Circular Waterloo 9.30 (Portsmouth Harbour service), Woking 9.55, Guildford 10.03 arrive Haslemere 10.20. An undulating, stile free, steady-paced walk with several steep ascents and descents around the rim of the Devils Punchbowl. Possible coffee break at the NT café at Hindhead before a picnic lunch in woodland by a stream. Then via the view point at Gibbet Hill and return to Haslemere. There is no café or pub at the lunch stop. About 11 miles OL33 L186 Led by Roddy E
Saturday 5 June Bexley to Crayford Charing Cross 10.18 Gravesend service), London Bridge (Plat 6) 10.27 arrive Bexley 10.53 (Zone 6) where the leader will join the group. A fairly level easy-paced walk initially following the River Cray to the Five Arches Bridge then turning south to Joydens Wood and Puddledock for lunch at the Ship Inn or bring a picnic. We then cross the Rochester Way to Crayford with the possible opportunity for tea at the Vintage Lindy Lou Tea Room before taking the train from Crayford Station (Zone 6). About 8 miles London A-Z Led by David T
Saturday 12 June Woodford to Barkingside Meet 10.30 Woodford Station (Central Line, Zone 4) outside Snakes Lane East Exit. Via Ray, Roding Valley and Claybury Parks to Fullwell Cross for lunch. There is a Wetherspoons pub, the New Fairlop Oak, cafes and picnic places. Walk continues via Fairlop Waters Country Park to Barkingside Station. Nearby is the memorial to Dr. Barnardo on the site of the Garden Village, the remaining cottages are listed. A leisurely paced walk, undulating in Claybury Park, otherwise mainly level, no stiles. About 8 miles London A- Z. Led by Peter H
Saturday 19 June Hamsey Green to Banstead London Loop Sections 5 & 6 Victoria 9.50 (East Grinstead service), Clapham 9.57, East Croydon 10.10 arrive Sanderstead 10.15 (Zone 6). Then short bus ride to Hamsey Green. Mostly level with three long climbs in the morning taking in four commons; Riddlesdown, Kenley, Coulsdon and Farthing. Lunch at Coulsdon South; Poppy Café or bring a picnic. Then a long steady climb through residential roads followed by attractive countryside with fine views. Drop out possible after 6 miles.
Finish at Banstead (Zone 6) About 10½ miles London A-Z. Led by Stephen R
Wednesday 23 June Brentwood to Harold Wood Liverpool Street 10.42 (TFL Rail Shenfield service), Stratford 10.49, Ilford 10.59, Romford 11.09 arrive Brentwood 11.19. The TFL Rail Service is covered by the Freedom Pass. An easy-paced undulating walk initially through quiet residential roads with interesting buildings, to reach South Weald hamlet and the former deer park of Weald Country Park with over 500 acres of woodland, meadows and open grassland. After lunch via Green Belt countryside and the Ingrebourne Way to end at Harold Wood TfL Station. The lunch stop will be at Weald Country Park café which only has a limited range of hot snacks, you may wish to bring your own lunch. About 6 miles E175 Led by Dave C
Saturday 26 June Banstead to Kingston London Loop Sections 7 & 8 Victoria 9.30 (Epsom Downs service), Clapham Junction 9.39 arrive Banstead 10.26 (Zone 6) .Section 7 is easy walking on mostly level ground via Warren Farm, Nonsuch Park, Bourne Hall Park and the old village jail at Ewell. Section 8, again mostly level from Ewell takes in the Hogsmill River, the Saxon Coronation Chair and the medieval Clattern Bridge. Lunch en route; bring a picnic. About 10½ miles London A-Z Led by Susan W and Stephen R
Saturday 3 July Newport to Audley End
Liverpool Street 9.28 (Cambridge service), Tottenham Hale 9.40, Cheshunt 9.48 arrive Newport 10.27. Buy return to Audley End. A gently undulating terrain with extensive views, following The Hundred Parishes Railway Stations Walk 11 through six parishes each with attractive buildings, many of which are thatched. Lunch stop at Clavering after 5 miles at the historic ‘Fox and Hounds’ pub or bring own food. About 11 miles E195, L167/154. Led by Henriette V Z
Saturday 10 July Bayford Circular Moorgate 9.43 (Stevenage service), Highbury & Islington 9.51, Finsbury Park 9.57, Alexandra Park 10.05, Enfield Chase 10.18 (where Leader joins the train), Bayford 10.31. A steady-paced undulating walk around attractive Hertfordshire countryside in both open and wooded areas. An uphill walk from the station to start. One high stile. Lunch at the Essendon Golf and Country Club, or bring a picnic. About 8 miles E 194 L166 Led by Sheila S Mob: 07775 907629
Wednesday 14 July Tottenham to Highgate Meet 10.30 Tottenham Hale Station (Victoria Line and National Rail, Zone 3) outside Victoria Line exit. Via Walthamstow Wetlands and Springfield Park to Clissold Park for lunch, café and picnic places available. Walk continues via Woodberry Wetlands, Finsbury Park and the Parkland Walk to Highgate Station (Northern Line, Zone 3). A leisurely paced walk ,mainly level apart from a short ascent in Springfield Park. About 8½ miles with options to break off for a shorter walk. London A-Z Led by Peter H (Phone on the day 07456 502096)
Saturday 17 July Berkhamsted Circular
Euston 10.03 (Tring service), Wembley Central 10.13, Harrow & Wealdstone 10.18, Watford Junction 10.26 (where Leader joins train), arrive Berkhamsted, 10.42. A steady-paced, fairly level walk in the morning with a steep ascent after lunch. Starting along the Grand Union Canal the route takes in fields and woodland. Lunch at Aldbury: The Greyhound Inn or picnic on the village green. About 10 miles E181 L165 Led by Ken P
Saturday 24 July Hastings to Rye St Pancras International 9.34 (Dover Priory service), Stratford International 9.41, arrive Ashford International 10.11, (change to platform 2) 10.25 (Eastbourne service) arrive Hastings 11.07. Book return to Rye. Following some fairly steep ascents up and along the cliff top coastal paths for lunch near Pett Level. There is no convenient pub or café en route so do bring a picnic. After which the terrain levels out, before leading up through the New Gate into Winchelsea for tea. After tea and we reach The Look Out, offering panoramic views across Romney Marsh and the Kent Downs beyond. From there down via Ferry Bridge to Rye. Drop out possible after 10 miles at Winchelsea. About 12 miles E124/5 L189/199 Led by Jane R Mobile: 07906 987 503
Saturday 31 July Cambridge Circular Kings Cross 9.42 (Platform 10) arrive Cambridge 10.30. This walk starts with a City Centre tour of the University Colleges before we head out along the River Cam to Grantchester for lunch either at the famous Orchard tearooms, the Green Man Pub or a picnic on the green. Return to Cambridge via Byron’s Pool and Trumpington. A level easy-paced stile free walk on paved, gravel and grass paths. Drop out at 7 miles by bus service from Trumpington. About 9 miles E209 L154 Led by Stephen R. On the day: 07540 437466
Ramble Surveys Members surveying rambles for possible inclusion in a future programme are, subject to prior agreement, entitled to claim reimbursement of fares. Please contact Stephen R for details.
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)