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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

Following relaxation of the Coronavirus Regulations we will restart group walks from the 4th July with the following provisos:
  • Group size must be limited to 6 (including the leader)
  • Walks should be booked with the leader by text or phone call on a first come first served basis
  • The group leader should keep a note of who is on the walk in case any contact tracing is needed
  • If a second person is happy to lead an overflow group then more than 6 people could walk, but would need to be as 2 separate groups with no mixing between groups
  • Walks should ideally be planned to avoid public transport. Members may travel to walks by public transport if necessary. Please follow latest Government advice on measures required
  • Car sharing is currently not recommended for non-essential travel (please check latest Government advice)
  • People on the walks should follow social distancing i.e. it is still recommended to keep 2 meters apart if at all possible
  • People who are, or are living with vulnerable people should check latest Government guidance before coming on group walks
  • Anyone feeling unwell or with any of the symptoms of the virus should not come on walks

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

Saturday 8 AugustHENLEY-ON-THAMES, OXONLeader: Richard M.
Cancelled. An 11 mile circular walk from Henley-on-Thames via Aston, Hambleden and Fawley. Packed lunch. Possible café (or takeaway) 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 8 AugustGORING & STREATLEY, OXONLeader: Phil
New Walk. A 9 mile circular walk, mainly on the west (Berkshire) side of the River Thames, out via Golf Club to Streatley Warren, return along The Ridgeway. Possible 1½ mile extension to see the Aldworth Giants (in village church, if open, and if group is willing to risk being too late for a teashop!). Packed lunch.
Meet 10.35 Goring & Streatley Station (09.27 from London Paddington, arrive 10.35).
Saturday 15 AugustPETERSFIELD, HANTSLeader: Greg
Details changed. A 12 mile circular walk in the South Downs, via Butser Hill. Return via Queen Elizabeth Country Park and the Hanger’s Way. Packed lunch. Meet 10.35 Petersfield Station (09.30 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.32).
Saturday 22 AugustHOLLINGBOURNE AND THURNHAM, KENTLeader: Chris
Location changed. An 8 mile circular walk offering some of the finest views to be had from the North Downs Way. It is described as challenging, with some steep climbs. The walk may be extended. Packed lunch with probable refreshments available at Thurnham. Meet 11.30 Hollingbourne Station (10.25 from London Victoria, arrive 11.31). Parking is free at the station, with 12 spaces. Postcode: ME17 1TX. We will be walking into the village if you need to park there.
Saturday 29 AugustWYE CIRCULAR, KENTLeader: Aline and Hilary
Details changed. An 11 mile circular walk via Crundale Downs, Sole Street and the North Downs Way with fine views. Packed lunch. Meet 10.40 Wye Station (09.34 from London St Pancras, change at Ashford International departing 10.35 or 09.10 from London Charing Cross, arrive 10.41).
Saturday 5 SeptemberWENDOVER, BUCKSLeader: Phil
(25/7) Parking information added. A 10 mile circular walk in the Chilterns, initially following the Ridgeway, then up into Wendover Woods for packed lunch or takeaway from café https://www.wendoverwoodscafe.co.uk/. 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). Parking available at the Station (HP22 6BN), cost £5.00 all day.
Saturday 12 SeptemberPLUCKLEY, KENTLeader: Hilary
Location changed. An 11 mile circular walk through the low Weald of Kent and Darling Buds of May country with a fine viewpoint on the Greensand ridge. Packed lunch. Meet 10.50 Pluckley Station (09.40 from London Charing Cross, arrive 10.50 OR 09.34 from St Pancras International, arrive Ashford 10.11: change and depart 10.32, arrive Pluckley 10.38).
Saturday 19 SeptemberBEDFORDLeader: Dave
Details changed. A level 11-mile circular walk along the Great Ouse and Bedford - Sandy Country Way. Pub lunch in Willington (if available), 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. Parking is also available at the station (MK40 1DS; £2.80 all day).
Saturday 26 SeptemberLEWES TO BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEXLeader: 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 OctoberLANGLEY 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 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.