Walks

MARCH

Saturday 2 March  –  Warlingham Circular
Victoria 9.20 (East Grinstead service, Plat 15), Clapham Junction 9.27 (Plat 13), East Croydon 9.40 (Plat 6) arrive Upper Warlingham 9.52 (Zone 6). A varied walk through woods, valleys and nature reserves, starting with a steady climb to the top of Riddlesdown. The walk continues through Sheldon Wood Nature Reserve. Lunch at The Bull Inn on Chelsham Common or bring a picnic. The return leg passes through King’s Wood ending with a flight of steps down to Whyteleafe Recreation Ground with a park cafe and a choice of return stations either Upper Warlingham or Whyteleafe.
Note from the leaders: The lunch stop will now be The Harrow at Great Farleigh Green over half way through the walk so, depending on our progress, it may be preferable to bring a picnic to eat at St Mary the Virgin church. There are a couple of challenges.  One is a fallen tree across a sunken fenced path.  It’s too large to climb over and there is too little space to go underneath.  It therefore means going up the bank to the side and over a barbed wire fence before dropping down to the path.The other challenge is the long descending steps at the end of the walk. There is no handrail and many of the steps are particularly deep. Poles are advised as it’s very wet underfoot, muddy and slippery. Despite that, it’s a good walk!
About 10½ miles E146/161
Ledby Susan W and Jan C

Wednesday 6 March – Ealing Broadway to Hanwell
Meet 10.30 Ealing Broadway Station (Central, District and Elizabeth Lines Zone 3). Via Pitshanger Park, break at Cafe Berry, continuing via Perivale Park and the Capital Ring to Hanwell Station (Zone 4, Elizabeth Line). A leisurely paced walk mainly on good paths with some suburban street walking, no stiles.
About 6 miles Map E173.
Led by Peter H

Saturday 9 March Sole Street to Borough Green – Wealdway Section 2
Victoria 9.42 (Gillingham service), Bromley South 10.06 arrive Sole Street 10.32. Buy return to Borough Green 7 Wrotham. A hilly steady-paced walk via Camer Park, Henley Wood, Luddesdown, Siverhand Vineyard, Luxon Wood for lunch at Vigo Village; The Villager Pub or bring a picnic. Then crossing the M20 and Wrotham Heath to Borough Green Station. Drop-out possible after 7 miles at Vigo Village by bus 308 at 14.49 to Meopham Station.
About 12 miles E137 L189
Led by Stephen R

Saturday 16 March  – Stansted Abbots/St. Margarets circular
Liverpool Street 9.42 (Hertford East service), Tottenham Hale 9.55, Cheshunt 10.09 arrive St Margarets 10.21. A fairly level steady-paced walk with a couple of stiles in the lovely conservation countryside of the Ash Valley. Lunch at Wareside; Pubs or bring a picnic. Return via Amwell Nature Reserve renowned for bird watching. Possible 1¼ mile extension to Rye House or a further 3 miles to Broxbourne
About 8 miles E183/195 L167
Led by Sheila S

Saturday 23 March – Acton Town to Boston Manor
eet 10.00 Acton Town Station (Central & Piccadilly Lines Zone 3). An easy-paced generally level stile free walk that takes us to Gunnersbury Park and past the newly refurbished museum, then beside the Potomac lake. Having negotiated our way carefully across the Great West Road we pass the new Brentford Football Ground. After crossing Kew Bridge, we walk along the Thames Path to Richmond lock and then retrace our steps for a short while but on the west bank of the river. After passing Syon House we reach the outskirts of Brentford. Walking along the towpath of the Grand Union Canal and through parkland, we end at Boston Manor station (Piccadilly Line, Zone 4). Lunch at Isleworth; London Apprentice pub or picnic nearby.
About 8 miles E161 L176 London A-Z
Led by Poppy P

Saturday 30 March-  King Cross Circular
Meet 10.30 Kins Cross station Western Concourse by the Nigel Griesley statue outside the main line ticket office (Not the Underground). A fairly level mostly paved easy-paced walk along the Regents Canal with a brief stop at Kentish Town City Farm across Hampstead Heath for lunch at Kenwood House; café or bring a picnic. From there to Gospel Oak and Camden Lock. Several drop out options.
About 8 miles London A-Z
Led by Will George

APRIL

Saturday 6 April – Hertford East Circular
Liverpool Street 9.42 (Hertford East service Plat 3 Zone 9), Tottenham Hale 9.55, Cheshunt 10.09 arrive Hertford East 10.31. A steady-paced fairly level Hertfordshire countryside walk via Panshanger Park. Lunch at Birch Green, bring a picnic as no pub of café.
About 9 miles E182 L166
Led by Ken Pignon

Wednesday 10 April – Oval to London Bridge
Meet Oval Station 10.30 (Northern line, Zone 2). An out-patients tour of south London’s hospitals past and present. Across Kennington Park, passing the Imperial War Museum and St Thomas’ Hospital for lunch by the Royal Festival Hall; cafes or seats for picnics. We then work our way along the South Bank by Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe, Borough Market and Guys Hospital to London Bridge station. A level paved stile and mud free walk with many possible drop outs.
About 5 miles London A-Z
Led by Stephen R

Saturday 13 April – Ham Street Circular
St. Pancras Int. 9.37 (Margate service Plat 12 (Margate Service) Stratford Int. 9.44 arrive Ashford 10.14. Change to 10.24 Platform 1c (Eastbourne Service) arrive Ham Street 10.32. An easy paced mostly level walk following the Saxon Shore Way along the border of Romney Marsh. We will be passing by two churches at Warehorne and Kenardington, through Gusbourne vineyard to the attractive village of Appledore where we have lunch. Choice of the Black Lion pub or Miss Molletts Tea Room, alternatively have a picnic at the churchyard. The walk then continues through sheep fields and along the Royal Military Canal back to Ham Street. There’s a couple of stiles at the beginning and end of the walk.
About 9.5 miles E125.
Led by Peter E

Saturday 20 April – Tring Circular
Euston 9.54 (Tring service), Harrow & Wealdstone 10.06, Watford Junction 10.13, Hemel Hempstead 10.21 arrive Tring 10.32. An undulating steady-paced walk taking in two nature reserves; College Lake and Aldbury Nowers including a wildlife garden and bird hides. Lunch at College Lake Visitor Centre Café. The walk includes a two mile walk around College Lake. This can be avoided for those who would like a shorter walk by staying at the Visitor Centre until the group returns.
About 11 miles E181 L165
Led by Gillian G & John S

Saturday 27 April – Egham to Virginia Water
Waterloo 9.50 (Reading service), Clapham Junction 9.58, Richmond 10.06, Twickenham 10.10 arrive Egham 10.27. Buy return to Virginia Water. An undulating steady-paced walk up to the Airforce Memorial then down to Runnymede meadows where there are several interesting memorials. We continue to Windsor Great Park. Lunch near the Visitor Centre café or bring a picnic. In the afternoon we pass Smiths Lawn. and through Valley Gardens where there should be a lovely display of magnolias, azaleas, and rhododendrons. After arriving at the Totem Pole, we continue to the Virginia Water Gate where there’s a café. Then on to Egham station.
About 10 miles E160 L175/6
Led by Pauline L

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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.  

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)

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