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Southern Area Walks

From the South Coast, North and South Downs to the Chilterns and all points in between, we have a selection of walks to suit all abilities. You’ll find details of the future walking programme on this page as well as a link to the last 12 months' programme so you can see what you've missed!

Non-members are welcome to ’try us out’ on a couple of day walks before deciding to join, but we ask you to check with the leader first. Click on the leader’s name to send an email. Where no email address is given use the contact form and we will put you in touch.

You can see the Southern programme for the last 12 months by clicking on the link below:

Where a walk involves public transport it is advisable to check the train or bus times beforehand. A packed lunch will be needed unless stated otherwise, although we try to finish most walks with a tea shop / pub stop.

Current Southern Walks Programme

UPDATED 2nd April. We are able to restart group walks of up to 15 people as an organised outdoor activity if we comply with the government rules and Ramblers guidance for group walks. We need to follow the Ramblers guidance as part of our insurance conditions. The following rules will therefore apply for group walks from 3rd April:
  • Group size is at the leader's discretion up to a maximum of 15 (including the leader)
  • The group leader must carry out a written risk assessment. The assessment must be sent to the Secretary no later than the Thursday before the walk
  • Walks must be pre-booked with the leader on a first come first served basis. The list of names and contact details must be kept by the leader for 21 days in case any contract tracing is needed
  • Everybody on the walk should follow social distancing i.e. keep 2 metres apart if at all possible, and follow the latest government guidance on travelling for the walk.

The risk assessment form can be found here (PDF) or here (MS Office). Further Ramblers guidance is available here.

You can download this programme in iCalendar format (compatible with most PC and smartphone calendar applications) by clicking here.

Saturday 17 AprilGUILDFORD, SURREYLeader: Greg
Transport details and start time changed. An 11 mile circular walk via St Martha’s Hill and Albury Downs, including part of the North Downs Way. Afternoon tea at Newlands Corner.
Meet 10.40 Guildford Station (10.00 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.38). Station car park £5.00 (Farnham Road – GU2 7NE).
Saturday 24 AprilWELHAM GREEN TO SHENLEYBURY, HERTSLeader: Eva & Brian
Transport details updated. A level 12 mile walk from Eva’s house walking westwards, part of the way along the Hertfordshire Way and returning via Salisbury Hall. Packed lunch.
Meet 10.30 at Eva’s house. If travelling by public transport, 10.06 bus from Cockfosters tube station, arrive Potters Bar 10.25; change & depart 10.34 train, arrive Welham Green 10.40 - we will collect anyone from the station.
Saturday 1 MayARUNDEL, WEST SUSSEXLeader: Roger
Departure rail station changed. A 10-mile circular walk in the South Downs including Angmering Park Estate. Packed lunch.
Meet 10.30 Arundel Station (09.07 from London Bridge, arrive 10.28).
Saturday 8 MayDIGSWELL, HERTSLeader: Colin
An 8 mile circular walk from Digswell via Tewin and Burnham Green. Packed lunch.
Meet 10.35 Welwyn North Station in Digswell (09.57 from Kings Cross, arrive 10.31).
Saturday 15 MayHENLEY-ON-THAMES, OXONLeader: Richard M.
Distance and direction of walk changed. A 9 mile circular walk from Henley via Pack and Prime Lane, Kings Farm Lane, Binfield Heath and Harpsden. Packed lunch, possible pub stop at Binfield Heath (if permitted). Café in Henley at end.
Meet 11.00 Henley-on-Thames Station (09.57 from London Paddington, arrive Twyford 10.37 then 10.46 from Twyford, arrive Henley 10.58 or 10.22 from Reading, arr. Twyford 10.27 for same connection).
Saturday 22 MaySEVENOAKS, KENTLeader: Chris
A 9/10 mile circular walk, via Knole Park. There are some steep climbs so it is quite a strenuous walk. Packed lunch.
Meet 10.45 Sevenoaks Station (10.10 from Charing Cross, arrive 10.42). Parking is in Morewood Close, opposite the station.
Saturday 29 MayFARNHAM, SURREYLeader: Greg
An 11 mile circular walk via Farnham Heath Nature Reserve to Frensham Little Pond. Return via the River Wey and Tilford. Packed lunch or takeaway from the kiosk (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/frensham-little-pond).
Meet 10.55 Farnham Station (09.54 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.55). Station car park £3-50 (GU9 8AD).
Saturday 12 JuneMILTON KEYNES, BUCKSLeader: Dave
A 10 mile level walk mostly on good paths (but bring boots!), featuring the Teardrop Lakes and Bottledump Roundabout plus the North Bucks Way, i.e. the opposite direction to the walk in January 2020. Packed lunch.
Meet 10.55 Milton Keynes Central Station (10.15 from London Euston, arrive 10.55).
Saturday 19 JuneDORKING, SURREYLeader: Nick
A 10 mile walk in the North Downs. Packed lunch.
Meet 10.35 Dorking (Main) Station (09.25 from London Victoria, arrive 10.21 OR 10.10 from Guildford, arrive 10.27).
Saturday 26 JuneWADHURST, EAST SUSSEXLeader: Chris
An 11 mile circular walk through the High Weald, an area of outstanding beauty. Packed lunch. Tea stop at the end.
Meet 10.50 Wadhurst Station (09.45 from Charing Cross, arrive 10.47).
Saturday 10 JulyPETERSFIELD, HANTSLeader: Greg
An 11 mile circular walk in the South Downs. Packed lunch on Butser Hill. Continue via Queen Elizabeth Country Park for early afternoon tea. Return via the Hanger’s Way.
Meet 10.35 Petersfield Station (09.30 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.32). Station car park £3-50 (GU32 3EE).
Saturday 31 JulyHERTFORD, HERTSLeader: Colin
An 8 mile linear walk from Hertford North to Broxbourne. Pub lunch in St Margarets.
Meet 10.35 Hertford North Station (09.43 from Moorgate, arrive 10.34). Return from Broxbourne Station. Buy return to Hertford North.
Saturday 7 AugustLANGLEY TO TAPLOW, BERKSLeader: Richard M.
A 15 mile linear walk from Langley via Black Park, Fulmer, Burnham Beeches and Littleworth Common to Taplow. Pub lunch (to be confirmed) at the Black Horse, Fulmer.
Meet 10.50 Langley Station (10.13 from Paddington, arrive Langley 10.40; or 10.22 from Reading, arrive Langley 10.48). Return from Taplow. Buy return to Taplow.
Saturday 21 AugustHAVANT TO PORTSMOUTH, HANTSLeader: Greg
A 13 mile linear walk from Havant to Portsmouth via Farlington Marshes following the coastline of Langstone Harbour and the eastern side of Portsea Island. Packed lunch. Finish with Fish ‘n’ Chips on the seafront in Portsmouth.
Meet 10.45 Havant Station (09.30 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.45). Havant Station car park £3-50 (PO9 2ES). Return from Portsmouth Harbour Station. Buy return to Portsmouth Harbour.
Saturday 4 SeptemberLEIGHTON BUZZARD, BEDS TO BLETCHLEY, BUCKSLeader: Dave
A 10 mile linear walk featuring the Grand Union canal, Stockgrove Country Park and Blue Lagoon Nature Reserve. Pub lunch at the Old Red Lion, Great Brickhill.
Meet 10.45 Leighton Buzzard station (10.15 from London Euston, arrive 10.42). Buy return to Bletchley.