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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

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

Saturday 29 JuneWENDOVER, BUCKSLeader: Phil
A 10 mile circular walk in the Chilterns, initially following the Ridgeway, then up into Wendover Woods for café lunch. Return via Bucks county summit, then down to and along the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal.
Meet 10.45 Wendover Station (09.57 from London Marylebone, arrive 10.45).
An 11 mile linear walk from Midgham Station (in Woolhampton) to Newbury via Brimpton, pub at Ashford Hill (limited menu on Saturdays), Crookham. Possible drink or meal at end in Newbury.
Meet 10.30 Midgham Station (09.30 from London Paddington, arr. Reading 09.55, change & depart 10.12, arrive Midgham 10.29). Return from Newbury Station. Buy return to Newbury.
Saturday 13 JulyHAYES, KENT TO BIGGIN HILLLeader: Hilary and Aline
A 5 mile linear walk in the morning from Hayes to Biggin Hill. Picnic lunch, or eat at Biggin Hill Memorial Museum café. Spend the afternoon exploring the recently opened museum, telling the story of Britain’s most famous fighter station during the Second World War. Museum has entrance fee of £7.50 without Gift Aid or £8.50 with Gift Aid.
Meet 10.40 Hayes Station (10.01 from London Bridge, arrive 10.38). Return by bus (246) to Hayes, at 06 and 36 minutes past the hour, taking 15 minutes.
A 14 mile linear walk from Seaford to Eastbourne including the iconic Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. Packed lunch, café stop at Birling Gap.
Meet 10.50 Seaford station (09.16 from London Victoria, arrive Lewes 10.23; change & depart 10.29, arrive Seaford 10.47). Return from Eastbourne Station.
Saturday 27 JulyFRENSHAM PONDS, SURREYLeader: Greg
An 11 mile linear walk from Bentley, Hants to Farnham, Surrey. The route passes through Alice Holt Forest where we will stop for morning coffee at the café. We continue to Frensham Great Pond for packed lunch on the sandy beach. A snack bar is also available for hot drinks. After lunch, the walk continues via Frensham Little Pond and Farnham Heath Nature Reserve to Farnham.
Meet 11.00 Bentley Station (09.53 from London Waterloo, arrive 11.01). Return from Farnham Station.
Saturday 3 AugustWELWYN GARDEN CITY, HERTSLeader: Colin & Judith
A 9½ mile circular walk along the Ayot Greenway & Brocket Park. Packed lunch.
Meet 10.25 Welwyn Garden City Station (09.51 from Kings Cross, arrive 10.23).
Saturday 10 AugustLANCING, WEST SUSSEXLeader: Graham
A 10 mile circular walk in 2 parts. In the morning, walk from Lancing to Steyning, via the downs, for café lunch. In the afternoon, catch the bus from Steyning to Shoreham, and complete the walk along the coast from Shoreham to Lancing.
Meet 11.05 Lancing Station (09.46 from London Victoria, arrive 11.04).
Saturday 24 AugustMANNINGTREE, ESSEXLeader: William
Colchester Weekend ‘A’ walk. A 12 mile circular walk along the Stour Valley, visiting places associated with John Constable; Flatford Mill, East Bergholt and Dedham. Tea stop and possible pub stop for a drink around mid-day. Please bring packed lunch.
Meet 09.55 Manningtree Station (09.00 from Liverpool Street, arrive 09:55).
Saturday 24 AugustMANNINGTREE, ESSEXLeader: Hilary
Colchester Weekend ‘B’ walk. An 8½ mile circular walk in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Packed lunch with drink stop in Dedham. Afternoon tea stop at Flatford Mill.
Meet 10.35 Manningtree Station (09.30 from Liverpool Street, arrive 10.31).
Sunday 25 AugustCOGGESHALL, ESSEXLeader: Lesley
Colchester Weekend ‘B’ walk. An 8½ mile circular walk including the historic town and field ways of Coggeshall. Bring NT cards as there will be time to visit Paycocke’s and Grange Barn afterwards. Packed lunch.
Meet 10.30 in the car park in the centre of Coggeshall (postcode CO6 1NY).
Saturday 31 AugustERIDGE TO UCKFIELD, EAST SUSSEXLeader: Greg
A 13 mile linear walk from Eridge to Uckfield following the Wealdway through the centre of the Ashdown Forest. Packed lunch with a view. Possible evening meal in Uckfield.
Meet 11.05 Eridge Station (10.07 from London Bridge, arrive 11.03). Return from Uckfield Station. Buy return to Uckfield.
Saturday 7 SeptemberBRIGHTON TO NEWHAVEN, EAST SUSSEXLeader: Roger
An 11 mile linear coastal walk from Brighton to Newhaven, via Peacehaven and the Greenwich Meridian Memorial. Packed lunch.
Meet 10.50 Brighton Station outside WH Smith (inside station). Regular trains from several London terminals, including 09.35 from London Bridge, arrive 10.44. Return from Newhaven Town Station. Buy return to Newhaven Town.
Saturday 14 SeptemberWINCHESTER, HANTSLeader: Greg
A 12 mile circular walk in the South Downs via St Catherine’s Hill and Cheesefoot Head. Pub lunch at The Ship Inn, Owslebury.
Meet 10.35 Winchester Station (09.35 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.32), or 11.00 St Catherine’s Park and Ride. We will catch the bus from the Station to the P&R where the walk starts.
Saturday 21 SeptemberHURST GREEN (OXTED), SURREY Leader: Simon
A 10 mile circular walk via Chartwell. Lunch at the National Trust Chartwell Restaurant.
Meet 10.35 Hurst Green Station (09.50 from London Victoria, arrive 10.34).
Saturday 5 OctoberCOULSDON SOUTH, SURREYLeader: Nick
A 10 mile circular walk in the North Downs. Pub lunch.
Meet 10.40 Coulsdon South Station (10.09 from London Victoria, arrive 10.38).
Saturday 12 OctoberDORKING, SURREYLeader: Martin
An 11 mile circular walk in the North Downs, including Box Hill. Pub lunch.
Meet 10.45 Dorking (Main) Station (09.54 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.43 OR 09.32 from Reading, arrive 10.24).
Saturday 19 OctoberSOCIAL: CAMBRIDGELeader: Chris
A 3 mile circular tour, including some of Cambridge’s most beautiful buildings and the picturesque area of The Backs, where several of Cambridge University’s colleges back onto the River Cam. We also plan to visit The Polar Museum of the Scott Polar Research Institute (free entrance) and, optionally, the American Second World War cemetery and memorial, 3 miles outside Cambridge (travel by bus). Café lunch at Fitzbillies Cake Shop & Restaurant.
Meet 10.30 Cambridge Station (09.42 from Kings Cross, arrive 10.30).
Saturday 26 OctoberEPPING FOREST, ESSEXLeader: Hilary and Bob
A 9-10 mile circular walk experiencing the autumn colours of this ancient woodland.
Further details to follow.