West London Ramblers

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Sunday, 19th, 2pm at Outside Osterley Underground Station [TQ145771], Family Friendly Walk: Osterley Park and Lakes, Circular walk from Osterley Station, through the hole in the wall, across the lovely grasslands and alongside the lakes in Osterley Parks. Brief stop for your own refreshments and toilets before finishing the walk. Piccadilly line, H91 bus. Mobile on the day 07756386400 Map: Explorer 161 and A-Z. Oyster card., 2.5mi/4km, Leader
Wednesday, 22nd, 10am at Chesham Underground Station [SP960015], Chiltern Heritage Trail Section 1 - Chesham to Chorleywood, This is a 'taster' of the Chiltern Heritage Trail which we plan to walk next year. Follow the River Chess out of Chesham, ascend through woods to Chesham Bois Common, return down to walk scenic parts of the Chess Valley to Latimer. Please bring picnic to eat on Latimer Green. Continue to Mill Farm, ascend steeply to Chenies Manor and village with time for drinks at the pub. Another 2 miles brings us to Chorleywood West, then link down to the station. Depart Baker Street 8.53, Harrow on the Hill 9.15, arrive Chesham 9.50. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Map: Explorer 181/172 Oyster card., 9.5mi/15.3km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 25th, 10:30am at Outside Pitsea station [TQ739875], Thames Estuary Path Part 3: Pitsea to Leigh on Sea, Continuing along the Thames Estuary Path from Pitsea to Leigh on Sea. This stage follows the Thames estuary and passes historic churches, Benfleet village, Hadleigh Castle, Two Tree Island and WWII pillboxes. Flat walk and may be mud! Bring snack then pub lunch at Leigh on Sea at end of walk at 2pm. Mobile 07899798298 (on day only). Map: OS Explorer map: 175: Southend-on-Sea & Basildon.Note earlier train times due to engineering work: 09:40 train from Fenchurch Street station or 09:49 from West Ham arriving Pitsea at 10:27 (change at Barking). Buy super off peak day return to Leigh on Sea., 7.5mi/12.1km, Contact Jackie
Tuesday, 28th, 2pm at North Ealing Underground Station [TQ188812], North Ealing Circular, Old paths, restored land, peaceful allotments, nature reserves, parks and great views! Mobile on the day 07719 193235.Map: A-Z Oyster card, 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Moderate, some hills.
Wednesday, 29th, 10:15am at Farningham Road [TQ556693], Farningham Road to Eynsford, This walk combines woodland, river valley and ridge walking, giving fine views across the Darent Valley. Lunch is in Farningham at the Lion hotel on the river bank.Get the 09.34 South Eastern Dover train from Victoria to Farningham Road arriving 10.13. Buy a cdr to Farningham Road.OS Map: Explorers 162 & 147, 11mi/17.7km, Contact Jackie


Saturday, 2nd, 10am at Hackney Central Railway Station. Meet at the Amhurst Road exit. [TQ349849], Hackney to Walthamstow, A mainly flat but varied walk exploring two very different street markets, three waterways (Regent's Canal, Hertford Union Canal & River Lee Navigation) and Hackney and Walthamstow marshes. Coffee break in Victoria Park and late lunch in Walthamstow village at the end of the walk (Nag's Head, café or picnic). In the afternoon, opportunity to visit the Ancient House and Vestry House in the village or the William Morris Gallery in the town. Mobile on the day 07796 264917.Map: Explorer 173 or A-Z Oyster card., 9mi/14.5km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 7th, 10:30am at Queensway Underground Station - meet at ticket barriers. [TQ258806], Jubilee Greenway along Regents Canal, Follow the Jubilee Greenway from Queensway (Central Line) via Paddington to Bethnal Green (Central Line). Lunch at Camden Lock (pub of picnic), drop out points at Kings Cross or Angel. Mobile on the day only: 07890 004794.Map A-Z Oyster Card, 8.5mi/13.7km, Leader Monika Eady 07890004794
Saturday, 9th, 10:25am at Taplow Railway Station [SU916813], Taplow to Marlow, Mostly riverside with pub lunch at Cookham, or picnic nearby.Train: Paddington 9.42, Ealing Broadway 9.50, arrive Taplow 10.19.Map: Explorer 172 Return to Marlow, 8.5mi/13.7km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 13th, 5pm at Knightsbridge Underground Station - meet at Exit 1, the nearest exit to Hyde Park. [TQ277796], Hyde Park to Piccadilly via Winter Wonderland and Christmas Lights, An easy stroll via Hyde Park, then on to Winter Wonderland to enjoy a beer and a sausage. Then on to Oxford Street and Regent Street to see the Christmas lights, ending at Piccadilly. Mobile on the day only 07751 957380. Map: A-Z Oyster card., 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 27th, 11am at South Ealing Underground Station - meet at the ticket barriers. [TQ175793], Ealing to Richmond, An easy walk from South Ealing via Gunnersbury Park and the Thames Path to Richmond. Lots of points of interest during the walk including the Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of Gunnersbury Manor House and grounds. Late lunch at the end of the walk in Richmond. Mobile on the day only 07751957380.Map: A-Z Oyster card, 6mi/9.7km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 30th, 9:45am at Wendover Railway Station [SP865077], Wendover Circular, Ascending steeply to Wendover Woods (highest area in the Chilterns), coffee stop at cafe in woods. Descend to the Hale, Hale Wood, Lordling Wood, Swan Bottom, The Lee (lunch at pub Cock & Rabbit or picnic on Green). Return via Chiltern Link. Brisk pace. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Marylebone 8.57, Harrow on the Hill, 9.09, arrive Wendover 9.45.Map: Explorer 181 Return to Wendover., 10mi/16.1km, Contact Jackie


Wednesday, 3rd, 1:30pm at Ealing Broadway Station - meet outside. [TQ179809], Ealing Broadway to Richmond, An easy afternoon walk via four parks, the Grand Union Canal and the Thames Path. Coffee/tea stop after about one hour in the Syon Park Garden Centre. Mobile on the day only 07585 790145.Map: A-Z Oyster card, 5.5mi/8.9km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 4th, 11am at Holiday Inn, Brentford Lock - meet outside main entrance on the corner of Commerce Road and London Road. [TQ172773], Brentford Circular via Kew Bridge, Along the Thames Path to Kew Bridge where we will stop for a drink in a traditional local pub. Then return through the back streets of Brentford past lots of lovely old buildings and learn about the new developments which are planned for this historic area.Map: A-Z Oyster card, 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 6th, 10:30am at Boston Manor Underground Station (Piccadilly Line or E8 or 195. [TQ163787], Boston Manor to Scotch Common, Along the Grand Union canal for a mile and then following the Brent River Walk 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 Kent at the end of the walk. Mobile on the day 07796 264917. Map: A-Z Oyster card, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 7th, 1:55pm at Outside Perivale Library, Horsenden Lane South, 2pm at Outside Perivale Library, Horsenden Lane South [TQ163836], Family Friendly Walk: Horsenden Hill, Climb a hill - what can you see from the top? Meet the Gruffalo, spot the animals, 2mi/3.2km, Leader
Tuesday, 9th, 2pm at Boston Manor Underground Station (Piccadilly Line). [TQ163787], Boston Manor to Osterley, Elthorne Park, Grand Union Canal, Long Wood, Osterley Park - an estate in winter now open all year round. Mobile on the day 07719 193235. Map: A-Z Oyster card, 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 13th, 10:30am at Knockholt Railway Station [TQ484629], Knockholt to Otford, A moderately strenuous stroll in the North Downs, taking in the pretty village of Shoreham. Two steep hill climbs: otherwise not over-hilly. Lunch in Shoreham. We pass Shoreham station giving an option of an early return after lunch.Get the 09.40 Sevenoaks train from Cannon Street to Knockholt arriving 10.30. Buy cdr to Sevenoaks.Explorer 147, Landranger 188, 8mi/12.9km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 18th, 10am at East Finchley Underground Station - meet at ticket barrier. [TQ272891], East Finchley to Highgate, A fairly flat walk to Alexandra Palace (possible cafe lunch or picnic) and a few slopes back through Queen's Wood to Highgate. Parks and views over North London with some suburban streets too. Mobile on the day only 07989 060755. Map: A-Z Oyster card, 6mi/9.7km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 20th, 11am at Barnes Railway Station [TQ222757], Barnes Circular, A varied and mainly flat walk across Barnes Common to the riverside promenade at Chiswick and around the formal landscaped gardens of Chiswick House Grounds. Pause for refreshment here (café or picnic) before continuing along the Thames Path to Hammersmith Bridge and then returning to Barnes along the south side of the river. Some drop out points. Suggested trains leave Clapham Junction at 10.47 and Brentford Station at 10.39, or buses 33 and 72 serve Barnes Station from Hammersmith,Map: Explorer 161 Oyster card., 7mi/11.3km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 25th, 10:30am at Meet on Kew Bridge, on the southern (Kew Green) side. [TQ190777], Kew Bridge to Hammersmith via the Putney Debates Church, Along the Thames Path on the south bank to Putney and St Mary's Church where important radical debates were held in 1647 on the future constitutional order and civil liberties. Lunch at the café in the foyer or picnic nearby and time to visit the Putney Debates Exhibition inside the church. Return via Bishops Park along the north bank of the Thames to Hammersmith, where there are good transport links and pubs and cafés. Generally good paths but could be muddy in places.Map: A-Z Oyster card, 7mi/11.3km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 27th, 9:50am at Rickmansworth Railway Station [TQ057945], Rickmansworth Circular, Loopy Lakes (figure of 8 walk) exploring lakes, river and canal either side of Rickmansworth. Moderate morning to include 5 lakes and 2 hills (6.5 miles). Lunch at the White Bear or use cafe on lake (or picnic nearby on canal near canal centre). Easier afternoon loop will leave from canal centre at approx. 2pm to include Ebury Way, Croxley Moor and canal towpath (4 miles). Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Marylebone 9.27, Harrow on the Hill 9.39, arrive Rickmansworth 9.49.Map: Explorer 172 Oyster card., 10.5mi/16.9km, Contact Jackie


Saturday, 24th, 10:15am at Benfleet Railway Station [TQ777859], Canvey Island circular, A flat 14.5 mile circular walk from Benfleet around Canvey Island mostly along the sea wall. There’s an option to leave the walk after lunch and catch a bus back to Benfleet (about 10 miles). This is an interesting and varied walk with views of the Thames estuary and Hadleigh Castle, salt marshes and sandy beaches, marinas, industrial heritage, literary connections (Charles Dickens), music history (Dr Feelgood) and Canvey Wick Nature Reserve. There is some walking along busy roads and some paths are rough underfoot.Map: OS Explorer map: 175: Southend-on-Sea & Basildon.09:32 train from Fenchurch Street station (or 9.41 from West Ham) arriving Benfleet at 10:15. Alternatively get train from Stratford to Benfleet. Buy super off peak day return to BenfleetMobile phone (on the day only): 07899 798298, 14.5mi/23.3km, Contact Jackie


Saturday, 14th, 11:15am at Wye Railway Station [TR048469], North Downs Way from Boughton Lees to Chilham, A relatively short section of the North Downs Way. From Wye station we retrace our steps back along the North Downs Way towards Boughton Lees (opposite direction to Section 9) for 1.6 miles with a short coffee stop at Biscuits Kitchen at Perry Court Farm. Just before Boughton Lees we set off towards Boughton Aluph then climb up into King's Wood with views of Canterbury Cathedral then the path descends before the attractive village of Chilham. Interesting pilgrims’ churches and may be bluebells in King’s Wood.Bring picnic lunch. Stop for tearoom or pub at Chilham (either White Horse or Woolpack Inn) before catching the train home.Start Wye station and return from Chilham station. Buy return to Chilham. Either depart Victoria at 9.22 or St Pancras at 10.08 both arrive at 11.11 at WyeMobile phone (on the day only): 07899 798298, 8.1mi/13km, Contact Jackie



Sunday, November 19, 2017