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
Due to Government advice on cutting all unnecessary travel and to avoid group gatherings, we have cancelled the existing day walks programme - initially up to the end of May. We will still plan a Summer walks programme to re-start from June onwards but this may also need to be revised as the situation develops.
You can download this programme in iCalendar format (compatible with most PC and smartphone calendar applications) by clicking here.
|Saturday 18 April||ROBERTSBRIDGE / BODIAM CASTLE, EAST SUSSEX||Leader: Chris|
|Cancelled. An 11½ mile circular walk through the High Weald. Cafe lunch at the picturesque Hawkhurst Fish Farm. The highlight of this walk is arriving at Bodiam Castle for tea. |
Meet 10.35 Robertsbridge Station (09.15 from Charing Cross, arrive 10.34).
|Saturday 25 April||HURST GREEN TO LINGFIELD, SURREY||Leader: Aline and Hilary|
|Cancelled. A 10 mile linear walk from Hurst Green to Lingfield passing through Staffhurst Woods where the bluebells should be on display. Please contact the leaders for lunch details.|
Meet 10.35 Hurst Green Station (09.50 from London Victoria, arrive 10.34). Return from Lingfield Station. Buy return to Lingfield.
|Saturday 13 June||HOO PENINSULA, KENT||Leader: Greg|
|A 12 mile walk from Higham to Cliffe and across the wilderness of the Cooling Marshes to the River Thames. Return via the Thames-side path, Cliffe Fort and Higham Marshes. Packed lunch.|
Meet 10.50 Higham Station (09.48 from London Bridge, arrive 10.49).
|Saturday 20 June||LEIGHTON BUZZARD, BEDS TO BLETCHLEY, BUCKS||Leader: 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.
|Saturday 4 July||SEAFORD TO EASTBOURNE, EAST SUSSEX||Leader: Jim|
|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 11 July||ROBERTSBRIDGE / BODIAM CASTLE, EAST SUSSEX||Leader: Chris|
|An 11½ mile circular walk through the High Weald. Cafe lunch at the picturesque Hawkhurst Fish Farm. The highlight of this walk is arriving at Bodiam Castle for tea. |
Meet 10.35 Robertsbridge Station (09.15 from Charing Cross, arrive 10.34).
|Saturday 18 July||ARUNDEL TO PULBOROUGH, WEST SUSSEX||Leader: Nick|
|A 12 mile linear walk from Arundel to Pulborough via Amberley and Amberley Brooks. Pub / café lunch. Potential drop out point at lunch time at Amberley station after 5 miles.|
Meet 11.05 Arundel Station (09.36 from London Victoria, arrive 11.01). Return from Pulborough Station.
|Saturday 1 August||HASTINGS TO RYE, EAST SUSSEX||Leader: Greg|
|A 13 mile linear walk from Hastings to Rye, following the Saxon Shore Way and the Royal Military Canal via Winchelsea and Camber Castle. Packed lunch, afternoon beach stop. Return from Rye Station. Buy return to Rye, via Hastings.|
Meet 11.00 Hastings Station (09.15 from London Charing Cross, arrive 10.59). Return from Rye Station (hourly at xx.47 to Hastings, then xx.18 to Charing Cross).
|Saturday 8 August||HENLEY-ON-THAMES, OXON||Leader: Richard M.|
|A 15 mile circular walk from Henley-on-Thames via Crowsley Park, Rotherfield Greys, Bix and Middle Assendon. Pub lunch at the Maltsters, Rotherfield Greys. Possible café at end.|
Meet 10.30 Henley-on-Thames Station (09.27 from London Paddington, arrive Twyford 10.07, change & depart 10.16, arrive Henley-on-Thames 10.28).
|Saturday 15 August||PETERSFIELD TO LISS, HANTS||Leader: Greg|
|A 12 mile linear walk from Petersfield to Liss following part of the Hangers Way, including the Shoulder of Mutton Hill, Hawkley Hanger and Noar Hill. Pub lunch.|
Meet 10.35 Petersfield Station (09.30 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.32). Return from Liss Station.
|Saturday 22 August||EMSWORTH, HANTS||Leader: Chris|
|A 9 mile circular walk from Emsworth along the shoreline of Chichester Harbour around the perimeter of Thorney Island. Tea stop possible at end of walk. Packed lunch.|
Meet 11.20 Emsworth Station (09.35 from London Victoria, arrive 11.17; alternatively 09.30 from London Waterloo, arrive Havant 10.45, change & depart 10.55, arrive Emsworth 10.58).
|Saturday 29 August||SANDLING TO WYE, EAST KENT||Leader: Aline and Hilary|
|A 13 mile linear walk from Sandling to Wye following one of the best sections of the North Downs Way with fine views for nearly the whole walk. Packed lunch and Pub drink stop. Refreshments at end.|
Meet 11.15 Sandling Station (09.40 from London Charing Cross, arrive 11.13 or 10.10 from London St Pancras, arrive Ashford International 10.48; change & depart 11.02, arrive Sandling 11.13). Return from Wye Station.
|Saturday 5 September||WENDOVER, BUCKS||Leader: 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).
|Saturday 12 September||WITLEY TO HASLEMERE, SURREY||Leader: Hilary|
|An 11 mile linear walk in the Surrey Hills from Witley to Haslemere via Thursley, taking in Gibbet Hill, Devil's Punch Bowl and Hindhead Common. This is part one of the Greensand way (in reverse). Please ring for lunch details.|
Meet 10.10 Witley Station (09.15 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.09). Buy return to Haslemere.
|Saturday 19 September||BEDFORD||Leader: Dave|
|A level 11-mile circular walk along the Great Ouse and Bedford - Sandy Country Way. Pub lunch in Willington, tea shop at end. |
Meet 10.35 Bedford bus station (for the P&R*) or 10.45 Bedford Midland rail station (10.05 from London St Pancras, arrive 10.40).
*Drivers may wish to use the Park & Ride from Elstow (MK42 9XF); free parking, concessions accepted. Bus departs 10.15.
|Saturday 26 September||LEWES TO BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX||Leader: Roger|
|A 10 mile linear walk in the South Downs from Lewes to Patcham (Brighton suburb). Bus from Patcham to Brighton centre. Packed lunch. |
Meet 11.00 Lewes Station (09.54 from London Victoria, arrive 10.56). Return from Brighton Station. Buy return to Lewes.
|Saturday 3 October||LANGLEY TO TAPLOW, BERKS||Leader: Richard M.|
|A 15 mile linear walk from Langley via Black Park, Fulmer, Burnham Beeches and Littleworth Common to Taplow. Pub lunch at the Black Horse, Fulmer. Possible pub at end.|
Meet 10.40 Langley Station (10.13 from Paddington Tfl, arrive Langley 10.40). Return from Taplow.