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.
|Sunday 25 August||COGGESHALL, ESSEX||Leader: 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).
|Sunday 25 August||CHAPPEL AND WAKES COLNE, ESSEX||Leader: Chris|
|Colchester Weekend ‘A’ walk: A 12 mile circular walk along or above the Colne River Valley with pleasant views. The walk includes a spectacular viaduct and the site of Colne Benedictine. Packed lunch. Possible tea stop at a garden centre café in Ford Street.|
Meet 10.25 Chappel and Wakes Colne Station (09.08 from Liverpool Street, arrive Marks Tey 10.06; change & depart 10.16, arrive Chappel and Wakes Colne 10.22). Free parking at the bottom of station approach.
|Saturday 31 August||ERIDGE TO UCKFIELD, EAST SUSSEX||Leader: 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 September||BRIGHTON TO NEWHAVEN, EAST SUSSEX||Leader: 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 September||WINCHESTER, HANTS||Leader: 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 September||HURST 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 October||COULSDON SOUTH, SURREY||Leader: 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 October||DORKING, SURREY||Leader: 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 October||SOCIAL: CAMBRIDGE||Leader: 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 October||EPPING FOREST, ESSEX||Leader: Hilary and Bob|
|A 9-10 mile circular walk experiencing the autumn colours of this ancient woodland.|
Further details to follow.