Walks

MAY

Wednesday 8 May    Five London Parks
Meet 12.00 Holland Park station (Central Line Zone 3). A mostly level easy-paced walk through leafy Holland Park, wide open Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, around the Serpentine, then Green Park, finishing at pretty St James’ Park. Selection of places to eat and drink at the end of the walk. Many drop outs possible.
About 4 miles London A-Z
Led by John H

Saturday 11 May    Change of Walk: Romford to Harold Wood
Paddington 9.45 (Shenfield Service Elizabeth Line Plat A), Tottenham Court Road 9.50 (Plat A), Farringdon 9.53 (Plat A), Liverpool Street 9.56 (Plat A) Whitechapel 9.58 (Plat 6), Stratford 10.04 (Plat 8) Ilford 10.13 arrive Romford 10.24 (Zone 6). This is a moderately undulating steady-paced walk through the pretty village of Havering-atte-Bower, taking in a series of green spaces including Lodge Farm, Raphael, Rise and Bedford Parks, with sweeping views across the city. Morning coffee at Bedford Park Nature Reserve and a late lunch at the Deer’s Rest, Noak Hill Road, or picnic nearby. Then on to Harold Wood Station (Elizabeth Line, Zone 6) 
About 9½ miles London A-Z     
Led by Stephen R on the day 07540 437466

Wednesday 15 May     City Churches
Meet 10.30 Liverpool Street Mainline Station by the war memorial on the upper level opposite platform 1, by McDonald’s. Via Exchange Square, a new open space, Shoreditch and Bunhill Fields to the Barbican for a break (Cafe and toilets). We will then visit St Giles Cripplegate Church, Postman’s Park, walk a little of the Thames Path passing the Queenhithe mosaic, then via the St Dunstan in the East Garden to Tower Hill. A leisurely paced walk on paved surfaces with some steps that can be avoided by using lifts.
About 5½ miles with shorter options London A-Z.
Led by Peter H on the day 07456 502096
 

Saturday 18 May    Farnham to Godalming
Waterloo 9.24 (Alton service), Clapham Junction 9.31 (Plat 9) arrive Farnham 10.25. Buy a return to Farnham and a single from Godalming to Woking. A fairly level steady-paced walk. The route starts and ends along the River Wey. At first it follows the North Downs.Way passing the ruins of Waverley Abbey and continues to Tilford where we may have a quick stop for coffee. The lunch stop is near the Donkey Pub in Charleshill. Please bring a picnic and something to sit upon as there aren’t any benches. In the afternoon the route takes us through the Peper Harrow Estate and, after crossing the A3 at Lower Eashing , follows the River Wey along a wooded valley to historic. Godalming where there are several places for tea and trains to London every half hour.
About 13 miles. E145 L186
Led by Pauline L

Saturday 25 May    Chorleywood Circular
Marylebone 9.27 (Aylesbury Vale Parkway service), Harrow-on-the-Hill 9.39, Rickmansworth 9.49 arrive Chorleywood 9.54 where leader meets group. Along River Misbourne via Chalfont St Giles and Horn Hill. Lunch at Chalfont St Peter, the Greyhound Pub or picnic nearby. Some gentle climbs, moderate pace. Drop out possible by bus from Chalfont St Peter to Amersham or Uxbridge
About 12 miles E172 L176
Led by Ken P

Wednesday 29 May    Angel to Finsbury Park
Meet Angel Station 10.30 (Northern Line, Zone 1). The walk follows the route of the New River through Duncan Terrace and Colebrooke Row in Islington to Canonbury then to Clissold Park in Stoke Newington where we have a lunch stop and a possible drop out point. On again to the East and West Reservoirs area and Woodberry Down to Finsbury Park where there is an opportunity to take a Piccadilly line train from Manor House underground Station. or continue across the park to Finsbury Park Station.
About 6 miles London A-Z
Led by Pauline L

JUNE

Saturday 1 June Banbury Circular
Marylebone 9.02 (Birmingham Moor Street service), High Wycombe 9.28 arrive Banbury 10.08. This is a fairly level walk to take at a reasonable pace. We start on a stretch of the Oxford canal, then continue through peaceful, open countryside and attractive Cotswold style villages including Bodicot and Bloxham. Lunch will be at the attractive Marlstone Tavern in Milton village, or picnic at the church next door. Drop out possible after about 9 miles from Bloxham, hourly bus service 488 to Banbury.
About 13 miles E191 L151
Led by Josie R

Saturday 8 June    Eridge Circular
London Bridge 10.07 (Uckfield service Plat 10), East Croydon 10.22 arrive Eridge 11.03. A steady-paced undulating walk across the High Weald to Groombridge. Lunch at The Crown Inn or bring a picnic. The walk continues past Harrison’s Rocks, a sandstone outcrop, to Broadwater Warren nature reserve. The final section passes through Eridge Rocks nature reserve.
About 10 miles E135
Led by Jan C

Saturday 15 June Shalford Circular
Waterloo 9.45 (Portsmouth service Plat 10), Clapham Junction 9.52 arrive Guildford 10.24. Change to 10.36 (Gatwick service Plat 8), arrive Shalford 10.41. A mostly level moderately-paced walk following the North Downs / Pilgrims Way with a short steep ascent at the beginning of the walk. We will stop to refresh and admire the splendid views from St Martha-on-the-Hill Church, then continue through Albury to the lovely village of Shere for lunch, several places available including the White Horse pub or bring a picnic. Continue passing ancient oak trees, St Peter and St Paul Church and the ruins of the gunpowder mills at Chilworth before returning to Shalford. 3 stiles on route. Drop out possible after about 6 miles at Shere by Bus 32 bus to Guildford at 22 minutes past the hour. Bus stop is opposite the village hall.
About 12 miles E145 L186      
Led by Peter E

Wednesday 19 June   Woodford to Ilford
Meet 11.00 Woodford Station (Central Line, Zone 4). A fairly level stile-free walk following the River Roding as it wends its way below bridges carrying the M11 and North Circular Road. After a short road walk, we join the Roding Valley Walk at Ray Park with the possibility of a coffee stop at the James Leal Visitor Centre. The route continues passing the Redbridge Reuse & Recycling Centre then crossing below the spaghetti junction known locally as Charlie Brown’s Roundabout before reaching the Eastern Avenue to cross the newly landscaped Redbridge Roundabout and take a series of interwar suburban roads past the former Port of London Authority Sports Ground to the glory that is Valentines Park with its Grade 2* listed Mansion for lunch at the Gardener’s Cottage Café or bring a picnic. Finally across the Park to Ilford Station (Elizabeth line, Zone 4).
About 7 miles E174, London A-Z
Led by Stephen R on the day 07540 437466

Saturday 22 June Folkestone to Dover
Charing Cross 9.04 (Dover Priory service), Waterloo East 9:07, London Bridge 9:13 (Plat 7), Ashford International 10:25 arrive Folkestone Central 10:43 or St Pancras 9.40 (Margate service), Stratford International 9.48 arrive Ashford 10.18. Change to 10:25 (Dover Priory service Plat 5) arrive Folkestone Central 10.43. A moderate-paced walk with gentle gradients mainly following the England Coast Path along the top of the chalk cliffs with fine sea views but also passing Folkestone Harbour, a Martello Tower, Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Dover Western Heights and Drop Redoubt. Early lunch after 3 miles at No. 25 Squadron Mess and Rea Room (hot food and sandwiches at cheapish prices). Refreshments near end in pedestrian Dover High Street at ‘La Salle Verte’ coffee shop, Costa Coffee or ‘The Eight Bells’ (Wetherspoon). 
About 10 miles E138, L179
Led by Jane R

Saturday 29 June  Birchington to Herne Bay
Victoria 8.40 (Ramsgate service Plat 5) Bromley South 8.57 arrive Birchington 10.15. Buy return to Birchington. An average-paced mostly level mid-summer walk on the Thanet Coastal Path, passing the Twin Towers of a Saxon church and ruins of a Roman Fort at Reculver to arrive at Herne Bay with its Clocktower, Bandstand and Amy Johnson statue. Lunch at Reculver; King Ethelbert pub, Hathats café or picnic.
About 9 miles E150 L179
 Led by David B and Maureen C, on the day 07963 909 814 (Maureen)

JULY

Saturday 6 July Borough Green to Tonbridge – Wealdway Section 3
Charing Cross 9.29 (Maidstone East service), London Bridge 9.38 (Plat 7) arrive Borough Green & Wrotham 10.15. Buy return to Tonbridge. An undulating brisk-paced walk via Platt, Mereworth and Gover Hill to join the Greensand Way to West Peckham for an early lunch at The Swan or bring a picnic. Then via the village of Barnes Street to follow the River Medway into Tonbridge. Drop outs possible; firstly, after lunch at about 6 miles by taking a quiet lane a mile to Mereworth School Bus 7 to either Tonbridge or Maidstone, secondly, after about 10 miles by taking a half mile footpath walk to Golden Green for the infrequent Bus 208 to Tonbridge.
About 14 miles E136/147 L 147/188
Led by Stephen R on the day 07540 437466

Wednesday 10 July Totteridge to High Barnet
Meet 10.30 Totteridge & Whetstone Station (Northern line Zone 4), An easy-paced fairly level walk on mostly good paths with some road walking over fields and through woodland passing buildings of historic interest to Fold Farm Café for lunch and to have an ice cream made from their own cows. Then via Chipping Barnet to High Barnet Station (Northern line Zone 5). Several drop out points.
About 7 miles London A-Z
Led by Jean P

Saturday 13 July Enfield Lock to Chingford
Liverpool Street 10.12 (Hertford East service Plat 3), Tottenham Hale 10.25 arrive Enfield Lock 10.34 (Zone 6). A fairly level easy-paced walk through Epping Forest for lunch at High Beach, choice of The Owl or The Kings Head or bring a picnic. Then via Connaught Water to Chingford Station (Zone 5).
About 8 miles London A-Z
Led by David M

Saturday 20 July   Walmer to Deal
St Pancras 9.07 (Ramsgate service, Plat 12), Stratford International 9.14 arrive Walmer 10.27. Buy return to Deal. A steady-paced walk with gentle inclines on route through several inland villages. Lunch at Ripple by Church of St Mary the Virgin. Bring a picnic. Enjoy a homemade ice cream from nearby Solleys farm. Then across fields and country lanes through villages to Deal. Possible 3 mile extension via promenade and Walmer Castle to Walmer Station.
About 8 miles E150 L179
Led by Marilyn & Bob H

Saturday 27 July   Cockfosters to Finchley Central
Meet 10.00 Cockfosters Station (Piccadilly line, Zone 5). A walk combining sections of the London Loop and the Dollis Valley Grreenwalk. From Cockfosters Station we walk through Monken Hadley before turning south and joining the Dollis Brook (which eventually becomes the River Brent), walking through woodlands and parks. Finish at Finchley Central (Northern line, Zone 4). Mostly gravel or hard surface paths, but one or two muddy sections. No stiles, and several drop out points. Lunch at Totteridge and Whetstone, pubs and cafes, or bring a picnic.
About 9½ miles. E173, L176, London A-Z.
Led by Poppy and Quentin P

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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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