West London Ramblers

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April

Hilly
Saturday, 21st, 9:50am at Henley-on-Thames Railway Station - meet outside. [SU763822], Henley Circular via Witheridge Hill, Explore undulating woodlands and field paths west from Henley. Outward walk via Lambridge Woods, Famous Copse and Earl's Wood with lunch at Witheridge Hill (pub The Rising Sun or picnic nearby). Return via Rotherfield Peppard. Some hills and hopefully bluebells. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Paddington 8.52, change at Slough and Twyford for the 9.38 to Henley-on-Thames or Ealing Broadway 8.50 and change at Twyford for the same train to Henley, arriving 9.50. Map: Explorer 171 Return to Henley-on-Thames, 13mi/20.9km, Contact Jackie
Tuesday, 24th, 2pm at Hounslow West Underground Station - meet in booking hall. [TQ122761], Hounslow West Circular, Rectory Farm, Church Road, Cranford Park, St Dunstan's Church, River Crane, Avenue Park - some historic bits of old Middlesex on the edge of Heathrow Airport. Mobile on the day 07719 193235. Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 25th, 10:35am at Harpenden Railway Station [TL136142], Lea Valley Walk 2: Harpenden to Hatfield, Walking through Batford to the riverbank and Batford Mill, then up to rejoin the former railway line and on to Leasey Bridge. An early lunch at Wheathampstead (picnic, café or pub). After lunch carry on down the Lea Valley to Brocket Hall, Lemsford, Stanborough Park and Hatfield Station. Mainly flat and on good paths through very attractive countryside. Mobile on the day only: 07796 264917.Depart 9.54 London Blackfriars, 10.04 London St Pancras International (Thameslink), arrive Harpenden 10.31. Single ticket to Harpenden, single ticket Hatfield to London.Explorer Map 193, 10mi/16.1km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 28th, 10:40am at Goring & Streatley Railway Station [SU602806], Goring Circular, Lots of woodland and hopefully bluebells. Lunch at the Red Lion, Woodcote, or picnic close by.Depart Paddington 9.27, Ealing Broadway 9.35, arrive Goring & Streatley 10.35.Map: Explorer 171 Return to Goring & Streatley, 11mi/17.7km, Contact Jackie

May

Tuesday, 1st, 10:20am at Tring Railway Station [SP951122], Tring Circular in Ashridge Estate, Exploring the Ashridge Estate, hopefully seeing carpets of bluebells. Lunch at Little Gaddesden (pub or picnic nearby). Possible tea later at NT Visitor Centre cafe.Depart Euston 9.34, Harrow & Wealdstone 9.46, arrive Tring 10.17. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Map: Explorer 181 Return to Tring, 10.5mi/16.9km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 3rd, 2pm at Richmond Railway Station (also District Line). Meet near street entrance. [TQ180751], Richmond Park via the Isabella Plantation, Walk along the river and up to Richmond Park. One hour's free time in the Isabella Plantation to see the azaleas and rhododendrons. Possible tea at Pembroke Lodge on the way back. Apart from one quite steep hill near the beginning, fairly flat and good paths. Mobile on the day only 07989 060755. Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 6mi/9.7km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 5th, 10:15am at Witley Railway Station [SU948379], Greensand Way: Witley to Godalming, Along the Greensand Ridge via Hambledon, Burgate Hangar (beeches) and Hascombe to Gateshead Farm, where this section of the Greensand Way ends. Then a further 4 miles of open countryside, woodland and along the banks of the River Wey to Godalming from where there are frequent trains back to London. Some quite steep ascents and descents, with good views. Please bring a picnic lunch with a possible pub stop for drinks later. Mobile on the day only 07733 263256.Depart Waterloo 9.15, Clapham Junction 9.22, arrive Witley 10.09.Maps: Explorer 133/134/145 Return to Witley., 10mi/16.1km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 6th, 10:30am at Tower Hill Underground Station - meet at the ticket barriers. [TQ336807], Tower Hill to Island Gardens, An interesting walk exploring new developments and historic landmarks with lunch at Canary Wharf in Docklands (pub, café or picnic).Map A-Z Oyster Card, 7mi/11.3km, Contact Jackie
Tuesday, 8th, 2pm at Feltham Railway Station (South West Trains). Meet on bus station side. [TQ106733], Feltham Circular, Longford River, River Crane, Cavalry Tunnel, Hounslow Heath, Feltham Arena, Feltham Park - a surprising amount of attractive open space and parkland.Map: A-Z Oyster Card, 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 10th, 10:05am at Amersham Railway Station [SU963981], Chiltern Heritage Trail Section 3 - Amersham to Great Missenden, From Amersham Station a short link leads down to rejoin the Trail in Old Amersham. Walking south west on field paths to Coleshill, across Winchmore Hill to Penn Street. Bring picnic to eat on Common with drinks at ‘The Squirrel’ pub. Continue through Penn Woods (possibly bluebells) down to Little Missenden (hopefully look at wall paintings in church). Continue along Misbourne Valley, rising to Little Kingshill, then field/woodland paths down to Great Missenden. Mobile on the day only 07713025494Depart Baker St 9.03 Harrow-on-the-Hill 9.26, arrive Amersham 9.57 OR from Harrow-on-the-Hill 9.39 Chiltern Line, arrive Amersham 10.02.Map Explorer 172 Oyster card, 12mi/19.3km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 12th, 11:20am at Chilham Railway Station [TR078537], Chilham to Canterbury, Repeating one of the last stages of the North Downs Way, hoping for better weather than last October. There are short steep ascents but most of the walking is quite gentle, much of it through extensive orchards, maybe with apple blossom. We will finish at the West Gate of Canterbury Cathedral.Please bring a picnic lunch. Mobile on the day: 07946 386621.Train: London St Pancras International High Speed Train 10.08, Ashford International 10.46, change for 11.05 train, arriving Chilham 11.17. (Alternative train 9.22 from Victoria).Map: Explorer 150. Day return to Canterbury West., 8mi/12.9km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 13th, 11am at Manningtree Railway Station [TM094322], Constable Country, A flattish, leisurely walk around the Stour Valley and the Dedham Vale area admiring the countryside painted by Constable. Late lunch at Flatford Mill (NT) café or picnic.OS Explorer 196 Day return to Manningtree, 7mi/11.3km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 16th, 10:20am at Petts Wood Railway Station [TQ444675], London Loop - Petts Wood To Hayes, This section of the LOOP passes through attractive countryside linking several country parks and commons. Mainly easy walking but some undulating sections with quite steep slopes. The walk passes through Jubilee Country Park, Farnborough village, High Elms Country Park, Keston Ponds and West Wickham Common. We should also see Gypsy Lee's grave and the Wilberforce Memorial. Lunch at High Elms Country Park - café may be open but please bring some refreshments. Mobile on the day only 07780 944484.Depart Victoria 9.40, arrive Petts Wood 10.15. Return trains from Hayes approximately every 15 minutes.Maps: Explorer 162 & 147. Oyster Card, 9.8mi/15.8km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 19th, 10:05am at Sevenoaks Railway Station [TQ522553], Sevenoaks Circular, An undulating walk via Knole Park through attractive Kent countryside with good views. Lunch at Ightham Mote. Bring a picnic or there is a NT café open to non-members. Possible tea at Knole House on the way back. Mobile on the day only 07799 153017.Train: Charing Cross 9.30, London Bridge 9.39, arrive Sevenoaks 10.05.Map: Explorer 146 Return to Sevenoaks., 11.3mi/18.2km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 20th, 2pm at Petersham Gate - inside the park [TQ182732], Family Friendly Walk: Richmond Park, Up a hill, through a wood, round Penn Ponds, across Isabella Plantation, back along the Tamsin Trail. Bus 65 and 371 to The Dysart from Richmond stops outside the Petersham Gate. Mobile on day (text only) 07756386400 Map: Explorer 161, A-Z Oyster Card, 5mi/8.1km, Leader Maureen
Wednesday, 23rd, 10:55am at , 11am at Shoeburyness Railway Station, meet outside. [TQ939851], Shoeburyness to Southend on Sea, Walk along the seafront to Southend on Sea taking in Gunners Park Nature Reserve and the Shoebury Old Ranges site of SSI. Possible drop out point at Thorpe Bay. Lunch picnic or cafe. There is a chance to walk along Southend Pier at the end of the walk or the opportunity to walk on to Leigh on Sea. There are plenty of cafes along the seafront at Southend. Depart Fenchurch Street 9.51, arrive Shoeburyness 10.51.Map: Explorers 175/176 Return to Shoeburyness, 7.5mi/12.1km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 26th, 10:15am at Chigwell Underground Station (Central Line). Meet outside station. [TQ437930], London Loop - Chigwell to Harold Wood, Open Essex countryside, Hainault Forest and Havering Country Park, good views and majestic trees. There's a probable pub stop for a drink at Havering-atte-Bower, but bring a picnic lunch. We finish at Harold Wood station where there are frequent, regular trains into Liverpool Street.Map: Explorer 174 Oyster card, 12mi/19.3km, Contact Jackie
Hilly
Monday, 28th, 10:20am at Tring Railway Station [SP951122], Tring Circular - Highlights of Ivinghoe Beacon, Ashridge and Albury, Outstanding circular along the Ridgeway, following the Chiltern Escarpment to Ivinghoe Beacon - one of the highest viewpoints in the Chiltern Hills. Picnic in Beacon's area. Return through part of the magnificent woodlands of the National Trust's Ashridge Estate via Duncombe Terrace to the Bridgewater Monument visitor centre with time for tea at the café. Descend through picturesque Albury to Tring. Superb views. Mobile on the day only 07752 249341.Depart Euston 9.34, Harrow & Wealdstone 9.46, arrive Tring 10.17.Map: Explorer 181 Return to Tring, 8.5mi/13.7km, Contact Jackie
Wednesday, 30th, 10:35am at Hatfield Railway Station [TL232087], Lea Valley Walk 3: Hatfield to Ware, Walking through Old Hatfield, Mill Green and Holwell Manor to Letty Green where we will have lunch (pub or picnic). After lunch, continue down the Lea Valley to Hazeldene and Hertford with its castle, finishing at Ware station.Depart 10.04 London King's Cross, arrive Hatfield 10.27.Single ticket to Hatfield, single ticket Ware to London.Explorer Map 193, 11mi/17.7km, Contact Chris Parnell

June

Thursday, 7th, 10:10am at Great Missenden Railway Station [SP892013], Chiltern Heritage Trail Section 4 - Great Missenden to Chesham, A delightful section through many villages, crossing ridges and valleys. The walk rises out of Great Missenden via Ballinger Common to The Lee, across to Lee Common for early lunch at Chartridge at The Bell pub or picnic (5.5 mls). Bus option for return to Chesham. Long afternoon via Asheridge, skirting Buckland Common to Cholesbury (possible short refreshment stop). Continue on easier route down a long valley towards Hawridge Bottom to Chesham Vale with 2 miles road link back to Chesham. Mostly good paths with some lanes/roads. One long slow climb and two short climbs with brisker pace in the afternoon. Mobile on the day only: 07713 025494.Train: Marylebone 9.27, Harrow on the Hill 9.39, arrive Great Missenden 10.09.Map: Explorer 181, 14mi/22.5km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 9th, 10:45am at Canterbury East Railway Station. [TR146572], Canterbury to Shepherdswell, The first stage of completing the final loop of the North Downs Way. It's mostly gentle walking on agricultural land, with pleasant views, passing farming communities and crossing the defunct Snowdown coalfield towards the end. There's a steady ascent into Shepherdswell but it shouldn't be too taxing. There's a shortage of refreshment points so bring a picnic lunch and plenty of water. Mobile on the day only: 07946 386621.Train: London Victoria 9.10, arrive Canterbury East 10.39. Day return to Shepherds Well.Map: Explorers 150 & 138., 11mi/17.7km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 10th, 2pm at Langley Railway Station. Meet outside the booking office in the car park. [TQ012797], Family Friendly Walk: Langley Park Country Park, Exploring this lovely part of the Colne Valley Regional Park passing the lake, wondering through the arboretum and discovering the Temple Gardens. Walking across grasslands and on soft footpaths. Mobile on the day (text only) 07756 386400.Train: Paddington 13.30, Ealing Broadway 13.38, arrive Langley 13.57.Map: Explorer 172, 5mi/8.1km, Leader Maureen Brook
Brisk pace
Wednesday, 13th, 10:15am at Wendover Railway Station [SP865077], Wendover Circular, Long circular east from Wendover along the Ridgeway via Hale Wood and Hastoe to Wiggington. Pub lunch at The Greyhound or picnic nearby. Return across Tring Park, skirting Tring to join the Wendover Arm of the canal returning to Wendover. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Marylebone 9.27, Harrow on the Hill 9.39, arrive Wendover 10.15.Map: Explorer 181 Return Wendover, 14mi/22.5km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 14th, 5pm at South Ealing Underground Station (Piccadilly Line). [TQ175793], South Ealing to Brentford Evening Walk, An easy walk from Ealing to Brentford via Gunnersbury Park with the opportunity to enjoy a few of Brentford's historic pubs at the end. Mobile on the day only 07751 957380. Map: A-Z Oyster card, 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Hilly
Saturday, 23rd, 10:10am at Eastbourne Railway Station - meet by the ticket barriers. [TV609991], Eastbourne Circular, A hilly cliff-top walk with spectacular views via Beachy Head. Lunch at Birling Gap (picnic or NT café), then Seven Sisters (actually eight) to Exceat for tea. Return through Friston Forest and East Dean. Possible drop-out points at bus-stop at Exceat (9 miles) or East Dean (13 miles).Depart London Victoria 8.47, Clapham Junction 8.53, arrive Eastbourne 10.08.Map: Explorer 123 Day Return to Eastbourne, 16mi/25.8km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 24th, 2pm at Tottenham Hale Underground Station - exit by ticket barriers [TQ344894], Walthamstow Wetlands Wander, A short afternoon wander around London’s newest and biggest wetlands to see the reservoirs and wildlife (free entry). We’ll have a break for tea in the Engine Room café (or your own refreshments outside). A generally flat walk on good paths (some steps/slopes up to paths around the reservoirs). No dogs allowed in the wetlands (except guide dogs). OS Explorer 173 (London North, The City, West End, Enfield, Ealing, Harrow & Watford). Oyster card (Zone 3).Mobile (on day only): 07899 798298, 5mi/8.1km, Contact Jackie
Hilly
Saturday, 30th, 10am at Dorking Main Station [TQ170504], Box Hill Circular, Along the Pilgrims' Way and then via Walton Oaks to Headley for picnic lunch with drink at the Cock Inn (busy pub and quite pricey). In the afternoon, return via Langley Lane, Mickleham Downs, Juniper Bottom and Box Hill to Dorking. Mobile on the day only: 07810 173753Train: Victoria 8.55, Clapham Junction 9.02, arrive Dorking 9.52.Map: Explorer 146 Return to Dorking, 12mi/19.3km, Contact Janet Clark

July

Thursday, 5th, 10am at Chesham Underground Station [SP960015], Chiltern Heritage Trail Section 5 - Chesham Circular, Start along 2 mile road link to Chesham Vale to rejoin the Chiltern Trail via Ashley Green to Whelpley Hill. Picnic or pub lunch at The White Hart. Look for the diappearing Iron Age Fort as we continue to Ley Hill and Tylers Hill, with good views, before descending to Chesham. One long easy climb and three short climbs. Mostly good paths but could be muddy in wet weather. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Baker Street 8.53, Harrow on the Hill 9.15. arrive Chesham 9.50.Map: Explorer 181 Oyster card., 9.5mi/15.3km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 7th, 11:10am at High Brooms Railway Station [TQ593413], High Brooms to Tonbridge, Passing through unspoilt countryside and Somerhill Park. Picnic at Tudeley Church with the wonderful Marc Chagall windows, After lunch, drinks at the Poacher and Partridge, then back along the Medway River ending at Tonbridge station. Mobile on the day only 07948 603126.Train London Charing Cross 10.15, arrives High Brooms 11.05. Map: Exploere 136 Return to High Brooms, 10mi/16.1km, Contact Chris Parnell
Flat
Thursday, 12th, 10:20am at West Croydon Railway Station, meet near the ticket office. [TQ321660], River Wandle Walk from Croyden to Wandsworth, This flat walk includes the entire downstream route of the (sometimes muddy) River Wandle through a variety of landscapes including parks and woodland as well as more built up areas. Lunch stop in Morden Hall Park where there is a cafe but still bring a picnic as it can get very busy. Several drop out points along the way. We will finish where the river enters the Thames in Central Wandsworth.Train: Victoria 9.46, Clapham Junction 9.54, arrive West Croydon 10.18, or London Bridge 9.55, arrive 10.15. Alternatively use London Overground or Tramlink. Return by train from Wandsworth Town or buses.Map: Explorer 161 Oyster card., 12.5mi/20.1km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 15th, 10:45am at Penshurst Railway Station [TQ519464], Penshurst Circular, An undulating walk in the Kent countryside, recrossing the River Eden. A late lunch at the NT village of Chiddingstone (picnic, pub or restaurant). Train from Charing Cross 9.40, arrive Tonbridge 10.23, change to opposite platform (be at front of train) to catch the 10.36 to Penshurst, arriving 10.44. Mobile on the day only 07751 957380. Map: Explorer 147. Day Return to Penshurst., 8mi/12.9km, Contact Jackie
Sunday, 15th, 2pm at Kew Bridge Station - meet outside. [TQ189781], Family Friendly Walk: Thames Path from Kew to Ham, Walk part of the Thames Path passing Kew Gardens and Petersham meadows seeing different aspects of the river. Views of Syon House and Marble Hill before reaching Ham and walking down Ham Avenues to finish the walk. Mobile on the day (text only) 07756 386400.Kew Bridge Station - South Western Railway - 65 and other buses nearby. Return 65 bus to Richmond and Ealing. Map: Explorer 161, A-Z, 5mi/8.1km, Leader Maureen
Tuesday, 17th, 10:30am at Finsbury Park Station. Meet outside the Arsenal shop. [TQ313867], Finsbury Park to Tottenham Hale, Walk through Finsbury Park and along New River Path (may be muddy) to Woodberry Wetlands. Then via East and West Reservoirs to Clissold Park for a coffee stop. On to Abney Park Cemetery (nature reserve) and then suburban roads to Springfield Park for late lunch and/or tea in Markfield Park. Along the River Lea to Tottenham Hale station. Mobile on the day only 07989 060755.Map: A-Z Oyster card, 7mi/11.3km, Contact Jackie
Hilly
Wednesday, 18th, 10:30am at Tring Railway Station [SP951122], Tring to Berkhamsted, Following the Ridgeway to Ivinghoe Beacon and returning to Berkhamsted rail station via Little Gaddesden where we will have lunch at the Bridgewater Arms or picnic nearby. Mobile on the day only 07540 443825.Train Euston 9.34, Harrow & Wealdstone 9.46, arrive Tring 10.17.Map: Explorer 181 Return to Tring., 12mi/19.3km, Contact Jackie

August

Wednesday, 1st, 10:50am at Colchester Town Railway Station. [TL999248], Colchester City Stroll, A tour around this historic market and garrison town exploring its history from Roman to Victorian times. Choice of picnic, pubs or cafés for lunch. The Playhouse pub is a particularly interesting place for lunch. Mobile on the day only, 07751 957380.Train from Liverpool Street 9.38, arrive Colchester Town 10.49. Map: Explorer 168 Day return to Colchester Town., 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Thursday, 2nd, 10:40am at Great Missenden Railway Station [SP892013], Great Missenden Circular, Circular from Great Missenden via Hyde Heath, edge of South Heath, Pednor Bottom, Chartridge to Asheridge. Lunch at the Blue Ball or picnic nearby. Return via Ashotts Lane, Capps Lane skirting Lee Common to Great Missenden. (Originally one of ken Royce's walks and we will pass through the kissing gate donated by our Group in his memory). Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Marylebone 9.57, Harrow on the Hill 10.09, arrive Great Missenden 10.38.Map: Explorer 181 Return Great Missenden, 10mi/16.1km, Contact Jackie
Hilly
Saturday, 4th, 10:15am at Dorking (Main) Railway Station [TQ170504], Greensand Way 5: Dorking to South Nutfield, Via Betchworth, Reigate Heath and Priory Park to South Nutfield. Mid-morning snack/toilet stop, picnic lunch and pub by station at the end. Undulating with some ridge walking and good views. Mobiles on the day only: 07963 909814 or 07952 839653.Train: Waterloo 9.24, Clapham Junction 9.33, arrive Dorking 10.11. Buy return to Dorking, adding single Nutfield to Redhill for return.Map: Explorer 146, 11.7mi/18.8km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 11th, 9:50am at Henley-on-Thames Railway Station - meet outside. [SU763822], Henley- on -Thames Circular, A gently undulating first half walking south from Henley via Harpsden, Shiplake Woods and Copse to pass Binfield Church, descending to Sonning Eye and the Thames, crossing to Sonning for lunch, probably at The Bull pub or picnic near the river. Hopefully time to look at the village. Easy return along the north bank of the Thames Path via Shiplake. (Drop our point at Shiplake Station after 10 miles). Continue to walk alongside Marsh Lock returning through Mill Meadows to Henley Station. Lovely views along one of the most scenic sections of the Thames Valley. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Paddington 8.52, change at Slough and Twyford for 9.38 to Henley-on-Thames OR Ealing Broadway 8.50, change at Twyford for same train to Henley arriving 9.50.Map: Explorer 171 Return to Henley- on -Thames., 12.5mi/20.1km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 18th, 10:50am at Hever Railway Station [TQ465445], Eden Valley Walk, A flat walk along the valley passing St Mary's Church in Hever and getting a glimpse of the castle, then on to Leigh via Penshurst Place. It is advisable to bring a picnic lunch as our café stop at Penshurst (small and likely to be crowded) will probably not be until after 1pm. There is a pub at the end of the walk in Leigh.Depart London Bridge 10.07, arriving at Hever at 10.49. Returning from Leigh so 2 single tickets will be required. Mobile on the day only 07814 605106.Map: Explorer 147., 7.5mi/12.1km, Contact Jackie
Hilly
Saturday, 25th, 10:45am at Brighton Railway Station [TQ310049], Brighton To Hassocks, Walk to Churchill Square where we catch a bus to the start of the walk, climbing up to Devils Dyke. After a brief pause to admire the wonderful views, walk down into Poynings for a pub or picnic lunch. Some steep hills then down into Hassocks for a drink at a local pub. Mobile on the day only 07948 603126.Train London Victoria 9.44, arrive Brighton Station 10.37.Explorer 122 Return to Brighton., 10mi/16.1km, Contact Chris Parnell

September

Saturday, 8th, 10:30am at Cambridge station [TL462572], Cambridge city and Grantchester, A walk around Cambridge city and colleges in the morning, lunch in Cambridge (cafes, pubs or picnic), then a longer walk to Grantchester in the afternoon. Option to join the whole walk or either just the morning or afternoon walks. The morning will be an urban walk and may be busy and on roads/pavements. In the afternoon the walk is a circular route alongside the River Cam with an option for tea in Grantchester.OS Explorer Map 209 (Cambridge, Royston, Duxford & Linton)09:42 train from Kings Cross station arriving Cambridge at 10:30. Buy super off-peak day return to Cambridge. Return from Cambridge station (2 fast trains per hour)Mobile (day of walk only): 07899 798298, 9mi/14.5km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 15th, 11am at Ely Railway Station [TL543793], Fens and the City of Ely, An easy stroll by the side of the Great River Ouse to the cathedral city of Ely. Lunch (picnic, cafés and lots of pubs) in Ely and plenty of time to explore this wonderful city. Mobile on the day only 07751 957380.Take the 9.44 train to King's Lynn from King's Cross. Make sure you travel in the front four coaches as the train divides at Cambridge.Map: Landranger 143. Day return to Ely., 4mi/6.4km, Contact Jackie
Saturday, 22nd, 10:10am at [TQ431054], Southease to Exceat, Climbing up to the South Downs Way with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, passing Itford Hill and Red Lion Pond. Picnic lunch after around 5 miles and drink later in Alfriston around 7 miles. Then follow the Cuckmere River passing Charleston Manor, West Dean finishing at Exceat where you can catch the bus back to Seaford station. For the more energetic, walk back to Seaford along the Cuckmere river and Seaford Head - an extra 4 miles - and tea stop at café on beach front.Please note, strenuous in parts of the walk.Explorer Map 123CDR SeafordTrain London Victoria 8.46 Clapham Junction 8.52. Change at Lewes for the 09.59 to Southease (Platform 3)., 10.5mi/16.9km, Contact Chris Parnell
Saturday, 29th, 9:50am at Watton-at-Stone Railway Station [TL295192], Watton-at-Stone Circular, Walk northwards to Benington, then southeast to Dane End with lunch at The Boot pub or picnic. Return south along the valley slopes through Sacombe and Woodhall Parks to Watton- at- Stone. A lovely Hertfrdshire walk with many paths following valley sides, passing four churches and two attractive villages. Mobile on the day only 07713 025494.Depart Kings Cross 8.52, changing at 8.57 at Finsbury Park for the 9.02 train to arrive at Watton-at-Stone at 9.45.Maps: Explorer 182, 193, 194. Return to Watton- at- Stone., 12mi/19.3km, Contact Jackie

October

Saturday, 6th, 11:20am at Exceat Country Park [TV519995], Exceat Country Park Circular, Climbing up to the Seven Sisters at Birling Gap, we turn left towards East Dean where we have lunch (pub or picnic). After lunch an undulating walk to West Dean finishing at Exceat Country Park. Bus Back to Seaford.For the more energetic, an option of walking back to Seaford and having tea on the seafront - an extra 4 miles. Mobile on the day only 07948 603126.Train London Victoria 09.16, Clapham Junction 09.22. Change at Lewes for the 10.29 to Seaford, arriving 10.47. Bus to Exceat 11.00 Arrive at Exceat 11.15 Map: Explorer 123 Return to Seaford., 8mi/12.9km, Contact Chris Parnell
Sunday, 21st, 10:30am at Richmond Railway Station (mainline and District Line). Meet in the Ticket Hall. [TQ180751], Richmond to New Malden: Joint Walk with the London Blind Rambling Group, Walking in the morning on the Thames Towpath, then up the hill into Richmond Park with a lunch stop at Pembroke Lodge. After lunch, continue through the Isabella Plantation to Robin Hood Gate and then along the Beverley Brook to New Malder.Map: A-Z, 8mi/12.9km, Contact Jackie

 

 

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