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 26 October||BRENTWOOD, ESSEX||Leader: Hilary and Bob|
|Changed Walk (updated). A 9 mile circular walk through Thorndon Country Park to Herongate for pub lunch at the Green Man.|
Meet 10.30 Brentwood Station (09.50 from Liverpool Street, arrive 10.27). Parking available for £3 a day (cash only) at NCP nearby CM14 4EW (off St James road or opposite station).
|Saturday 2 November||LEWES, EAST SUSSEX||Leader: Roger|
|A 10 mile circular walk, including Mount Harry, to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1st Southern day walk, led by Roger, in November 1989. Packed lunch.|
Meet 10.55 Lewes Station (09.46 from London Victoria, arrive 10.53).
|Saturday 16 November||BROOKWOOD, SURREY||Leader: Greg|
|A 9 mile circular walk via Henley Park Lake. Pub lunch at The Royal Oak, Stanford Common. Return via Pirbright Common and Brookwood Cemetery.|
Meet 10.25 Brookwood Station (09.42 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.25).
|Saturday 23 November||BOXHILL & WESTHUMBLE, SURREY||Leader: Aline|
|An 8 mile circular walk in Surrey via the NT estate at Polesden Lacey before returning via Ranmore Common and the North Downs escarpment with extensive views. Early cafe lunch at Polesden Lacey where their Christmas market stalls may be open for a quick browse! Optional drink stop at the end.|
Meet 10.40 Boxhill & Westhumble Station (09:54 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.41).
|Saturday 7 December||BAGSHOT, SURREY||Leader: Richard M.|
|A 10 mile circular walk through parts of the historic Windsor Royal Forest with café lunch at the Look Out Discovery Centre on the outskirts of Bracknell. Possible café or pub at the end.|
Meet 10.30 Bagshot Station (09.20 from London Waterloo, arrive Ascot 10.12; change & depart 10.23, arrive Bagshot 10.29).
|Saturday 14 December||CHRISTMAS MEAL & SOCIAL, LONDON||Leader: Brian|
|Christmas meal at Café Rouge in Highgate, preceded by a short walk around Highgate village and Hampstead Heath.|
Meet 11.45 Highgate Underground Station for the pre-walk or 13.15 at Café Rouge for the Lunch.
See email for booking details.
|Saturday 4 January 2020||MILTON KEYNES, BUCKS||Leader: Dave|
|A 10 mile circular walk including parkland and the Grand Union Canal. Pub lunch.|
Meet 10.40 Milton Keynes Central Station (10.10 from London Euston, arrive 10.40).
|Saturday 11 January 2020||DORKING, SURREY||Leader: Nick|
|A 9 mile circular walk in the North Downs. Pub lunch.|
Meet 10.30 Dorking (Main) Station (09.25 from London Victoria, arrive 10.21 OR 09.32 from Reading, arrive 10.24).
|Saturday 25 January 2020||LOUGHTON TO EPPING, ESSEX||Leader: Hilary|
|An 8½ mile linear walk from Loughton to Epping through the ancient woodland of Epping Forest in the morning and then through open countryside and farmland in the afternoon. Please contact the leader for lunch details.|
Meet 10.30 Loughton Station (Central Line). Return from Epping station. Loughton and Epping are both in Travel Zone 6 so you will need an appropriate travel or Oyster card for your journey.
|Saturday 15 February 2020||YALDING, KENT||Leader: Chris|
|An 8 mile circular walk which follows the River Medway in the morning, coming to a 16th century bridge and a 15c church. Pub lunch at The Tickled Trout. The highlight of the walk may be Teapot Island, serving great cakes and tea but it also has the largest collection of tea pots in the country. An easy walk.|
Meet 10.20 Yalding Station (09.10 from Charing Cross, arrive Tonbridge 09.51; change & depart 10.04, arrive Yalding 10.18).
|Saturday 22 February 2020||HARPENDEN, HERTS||Leader: Phil|
|A 9 mile walk through rural Hertfordshire, taking in a nature reserve and an old railway line (the ‘Nickey Line’). Pub lunch.|
Meet 10.50 Harpenden Station (10.21 from London St Pancras, arrive 10.47).
|Saturday 7 March 2020||PANGBOURNE, BERKS TO GORING, OXON||Leader: Richard M.|
|A 10 mile linear walk from Pangbourne via Crays Pond to Goring-on-Thames through the southern edge of the Chiltern Hills. Pub lunch at The Sun in Whitchurch Hill.|
Meet 10.30 Pangbourne Station (09.27 from London Paddington, arrive 10.30). Return from Goring & Streatley Station. Buy return to Goring & Streatley.
|Saturday 14 March 2020||CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX||Leader: Roger|
|An 11 mile linear walk from West Wittering to Chichester following the Chichester Creek and the Chichester Canal. Packed lunch at Chichester Marina. |
Meet 10.40 Chichester Station (09.06 from London Victoria, arrive 10.37). We will catch the bus from the Station to West Wittering where the walk starts.
|Saturday 28 March 2020||WINCHESTER, HANTS||Leader: Greg|
|A 10 mile circular walk via Winnall Moors Nature Reserve and the upper Itchen Valley. Pub lunch at The Plough, Itchen Abbas. Afternoon tea at the leader’s home in Kings Worthy.|
Meet 10.35 Winchester Station (09.35 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.32). Return by bus from Kings Worthy to Winchester.
|Saturday 4 April 2020||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 18 April 2020||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 25 April 2020||HURST GREEN TO LINGFIELD, SURREY||Leader: Aline and Hilary|
|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.