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Previous Southern Area Walks

This is the complete list of Southern events for the 12 months ending today. You can see the current Southern programme by clicking on the link below:

Southern Walks

Saturday 27 October 2018EPPING FOREST, ESSEXLeader: Hilary and Bob
A 9-10 mile circular walk experiencing the autumn colours of this ancient woodland with some good views across London. Pub lunch at the Gardeners Arms, Loughton.
Meet 10.30 Theydon Bois tube station (Central Line, 45 mins from Tottenham Court Road). Station car park costs £2.20, or free parking around the village green.
Saturday 3 November 2018HANBOROUGH, OXONLeader: Simon
A 9 mile circular walk from Long Hanborough in the Cotswolds via the Blenheim Palace estate. Pub lunch at The Cock, Combe. Tea/Coffee stop near end of walk.
Meet 10.35 Hanborough Station (09.22 from London Paddington, arrive 10.32). Return at 17.12 (hourly service).
Saturday 17 November 2018FARNBOROUGH TO FLEET, HANTSLeader: Greg
An 11 mile linear walk from Farnborough to Fleet following the Basingstoke Canal. Café lunch at Vale Café in Ash Vale, by the wharf.
Meet 10.20 Farnborough (Main) Station (09.25 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.18). Return from Fleet Station (hourly, at xx.10). Buy return to Fleet.
Saturday 24 November 2018HARPENDEN, HERTSLeader: Phil
A 9½ mile circular walk from Harpenden through the Rothamsted estate and past Redbournbury Mill to Redbourn for pub lunch at The Hollybush. Return via the Nickey Line.
Meet 10.20 Harpenden Station (09.51 from London St Pancras, arrive 10.17) outside barriers on Platform 4. Pay parking at the station.
Saturday 1 December 2018WINCHESTER, HANTSLeader: Greg
A 9 mile circular walk via the River Itchen and St Catherine’s Hill to Shawford for pub lunch at the Bridge Inn. Return via Compton Down and Whiteshute Ridge. Finish at the Christmas Market with afternoon tea in the Ice Rink café.
Meet 10.35 Winchester Station (09.35 from Waterloo, arrive 10.32).
Saturday 15 December 2018CHRISTMAS MEAL & SOCIAL, LONDONLeader: Eva
Christmas meal at Café Rouge in Hampstead preceded by a short walk around Hampstead Heath.
Meet 11.45 Hampstead Underground Station for the pre-walk or 13.15 at Café Rouge for the Lunch.
See separate email for booking details.
Saturday 29 December 2018HITCHIN, HERTSLeader: Colin & Judith
An 8 mile circular walk from Hitchin on part of the Letchworth Greenway including Wymondly Woods and Willian Arboretum. Pub lunch in Gravely. Followed by Scalextric racing & a light supper at Colin’s house.
Meet 10.30 at 40 Kipling Close Hitchin SG40DU. Please contact Colin by Friday 28th if you’re coming for Scalextric or require a lift from Hitchin Railway Station (09.45 from Kings Cross, arrive 10.19).
Saturday 12 January 2019REIGATE, SURREYLeader: Nick
A 9 mile circular walk from Reigate. Please ring for lunch details, tea stop at end.
Meet 10.35 Reigate Station (09.39 from London Victoria, arrive 10.23; or 10.08 from Guildford, arrive 10.35).
Saturday 19 January 2019BRIGHTON TO NEWHAVEN, EAST SUSSEXLeader: Roger
A 10½ mile linear coastal walk from Brighton to Newhaven. 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 Brighton.
Saturday 26 January 2019WHYTELEAFE, SURREY TO HAYES, KENTLeader: Aline and Hilary
A 10½ mile linear walk from Whyteleafe to Hayes via Chelsham, Fickleshole and Nash through fields, woods, quiet valleys and rolling countryside. Pub lunch. Refreshments at the end.
Meet 10.25 Whyteleafe Station - Zone 6 (09.47 London Bridge, 10.02 East Croydon, arrive 10.21). Return from Hayes Station (Kent) in Zone 5. Buy London Travelcard to cover outward and return journeys.
Saturday 16 February 2019STONEGATE, EAST SUSSEXLeader: Chris
A 10 mile circular walk in the High Weald AONB from Stonegate via Burwash, and Bateman’s (N.T), former home of Rudyard Kipling. Pub lunch at the Rose & Crown, Burwash.
Meet 10.40 prompt, Stonegate Station (09.15 from Charing Cross, arrive 10.40).
Saturday 23 February 2019BEDFORDLeader: Dave
An easy 9 mile circular walk along the Great Ouse. Pub lunch, 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, £2.80 return bus fare, concessions accepted. Bus departs 10.15.
Saturday 2 March 2019FARNHAM, SURREY TO ALTON, HANTSLeader: Greg
A 12 mile linear walk from Farnham to Alton following St Swithun’s Way. Pub lunch at The Star Inn, Bentley.
Meet 10.25 Farnham Station (09.23 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.25). Return from Alton Station. Buy return to Alton.
Saturday 9 March 2019SEVENOAKS, KENTLeader: Martin
A 10 mile circular walk in the North Downs. Pub lunch.
Meet 10.50 Sevenoaks Station (10.00 from Charing Cross, arrive 10.49).
Saturday 16 March 2019CROYDON, SOUTH WEST LONDONLeader: Simon
A 10 mile circular walk in the Surrey Hills. Pub Lunch at White Bear, Fickleshole.
Meet 10.30 Coombe Lane tram stop, near Croydon. Regular trams from East Croydon Station.
Saturday 23 March 2019ASHURST, KENTLeader: Chris
A 12 mile circular walk from Ashurst via Pooh Bridge, taking in the edge of Five Hundred Acre Wood. Pub lunch at the Dorset Arms in Withyam. Return via the attractive Wealden village of Hartfield with a tea stop at Piglet’s tearoom.
Meet 11.00 Ashurst Station (10.07 from London Bridge, arrive 10.57).
Saturday 30 March 2019HATTON CROSS TO TWICKENHAM, WEST LONDONLeader: Ruth
An easy 8½ mile linear walk following the River Crane from near Heathrow to Twickenham. Boots optional. Probably a cafe lunch, but please ring for details.
Meet 10.30 Hatton Cross Underground Station (Piccadilly Line Zone 6). Return from Twickenham Station (Zone 5). Buy London Travelcard to cover outward and return journeys.
Saturday 6 April 2019PULBOROUGH, WEST SUSSEXLeader: Nick
A 10 mile circular walk in the Arun Valley. Pub lunch with afternoon tea stop.
Meet 10.55 Pulborough Station (09.36 from London Victoria, arrive 10.51; or 10.36 from Barnham, arrive 10.55).
Saturday 13 April 2019WEST DRAYTON TO LANGLEY, BERKSLeader: Richard M.
A 10½ mile linear walk from West Drayton via Iver Heath to Black Park Country Park and then along the Colne Valley Trail to Langley. Pub lunch at The Black Horse, Iver Heath and café at Black Park Lake.
Meet 10.35 West Drayton Station (10.12 from London Paddington, arrive 10.33). Return from Langley Station. Buy return to Langley.
Saturday 27 April 2019SAUNDERTON, BUCKSLeader: William
An 11 mile circular walk, including the Hell Fire Caves at West Wycombe, Hughenden Manor and beech/bluebell woods. Pub lunch and possible drinks stop at the end.
Meet 10.55 Saunderton Station (10.13 from London Marylebone, arrive 10.55).
Saturday 4 May 2019ST MARGARET'S TO CHESHUNT, HERTSLeader: Mike P.
A 9 mile linear walk from St Margaret's to Cheshunt following the New River. Pub lunch in Broxbourne.
Meet 10.55 St Margaret's Station (10.12 from Liverpool Street, arrive 10.51). Return from Cheshunt Station.
Saturday 11 May 2019LEATHERHEAD TO DORKING, SURREYLeader: Mike P.
A 9 mile linear walk from Leatherhead to Dorking. Pub lunch at the Stepping Stones, West Humble. Tea shop in Dorking.
Meet 10.45 Leatherhead Station (09.55 from London Victoria, arrive 10.43). Return from Dorking Station. Buy return to Dorking.
Saturday 25 May 2019HINDHEAD, SURREYLeader: Peter
An 11 mile circular walk from Hindhead via Waggoners Wells and Ludshott Common. Packed lunch. Afternoon tea stop at the Punch Bowl café.
Meet the leader at 09.55 Haslemere Station (09.00 from London Waterloo, arrive 09.51). We will take the route 19 Aldershot bus at 10.11 to Hindhead, arrive 10.20. If you are coming by car, either meet at Haslemere Station or 10.25 in the NT car park outside the Punch Bowl café in Hindhead – see https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hindhead-commons-and-the-devils-punch-bowl. Return by bus to Haslemere.
Saturday 1 June 2019GREAT BEDWYN, WILTS TO KINTBURY, BERKSLeader: Richard M.
A 14 mile linear walk from Great Bedwyn to Kintbury via Kennet & Avon Canal at Crofton, the Mid-Wilts Way and Inkpen Hill. An old favourite walk along the crest of the Wiltshire Downs but in the opposite direction for a change. Packed lunch (unfortunately, the Swan at Lower Green closed last year). Possible drink or meal at end in Kintbury.
Meet 10.25 Bedwyn Station (09.07 from London Paddington, arrive 10.23). Return from Kintbury Station.
Saturday 8 June 2019MANOR PARK TO ILFORD, EAST LONDONLeader: Dave
A 9 mile walk via the wildlife sanctuaries of Wansted Flats and Park, and Valentines Park. Café lunch and 2 tea stops, including afternoon tea at the leader’s house after the walk. This is a different (and much drier!) walk than last year.
Meet 10.45 Manor Park Station (Regular trains - every 10 minutes - from Liverpool Street, journey time 15 mins). Return from Ilford Station (3 minute train ride from Manor Park). For those driving, Clements Road multi-storey car park is 200m from Ilford Station.
Saturday 15 June 2019GORING-ON-THAMES, OXONLeader: Simon
A 10 mile circular walk with pub lunch.
Meet 10.35 Goring & Streatley Station (09.27 from London Paddington, arrive 10.35).
Saturday 22 June 2019LEWES TO SEAFORD, EAST SUSSEXLeader: Nick
An 11 mile linear walk from Lewes to Seaford in the South Downs. Packed lunch, tea shop at end.
Meet 10.55 Lewes Station (09.46 from London Victoria, arrive 10.53). Return from Seaford Station. Buy return to Seaford.
Saturday 29 June 2019WENDOVER, 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).
Saturday 6 July 2019MIDGHAM (WOOLHAMTON) TO NEWBURY, BERKSLeader: Richard M.
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 July 2019HAYES, KENT TO BIGGIN HILLLeader: Hilary and Aline
A 5 mile linear walk in the morning from Hayes to Biggin Hill. Lunch 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 (10% discount for English Heritage members).
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.
Saturday 20 July 2019SEAFORD TO EASTBOURNE, EAST SUSSEXLeader: Claire
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 July 2019FRENSHAM 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 August 2019WELWYN 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 August 2019LANCING, 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 August 2019MANNINGTREE, 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 August 2019MANNINGTREE, 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 August 2019COGGESHALL, 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).
Sunday 25 August 2019CHAPPEL AND WAKES COLNE, ESSEXLeader: 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 2019ERIDGE 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 September 2019BRIGHTON 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 September 2019WINCHESTER, 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 September 2019TURKEY STREET TO PALMER’S GREEN, LONDONLeader: Mike P.
An 8 mile linear walk beside the New River from Turkey Street [Z6] to Palmer's Green [Z4]. Pub lunch at Enfield, probably at the Crown and Horseshoe beside the New River.
Meet 10.50 Turkey Street Station (10.15 from Liverpool Street, arrive 10.47). Return from Palmer's Green Station. Buy London Travelcard to cover outward and return journeys.
Saturday 28 September 2019RICHMOND TO HAMPTON COURT, LONDONLeader: Greg
A 10 mile linear walk from Richmond to Hampton Court including part of the Thames Path. Pub lunch in Teddington.
Meet 10.35 Richmond Station (10.03 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.32). Return from Hampton Court Station. Buy London Travelcard to cover outward and return journeys.
Saturday 5 October 2019COULSDON 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 October 2019PALMER’S GREEN TO ISLINGTON, LONDONLeader: Mike P.
An 8 mile linear walk beside the New River, continuing from 21 Sep, from Palmer's Green to Islington. Pub lunch if available, otherwise cafe lunch in Finsbury Park which is more than half way.
Meet 10.40 Palmer's Green Station (10.13 from Moorgate, arrive 10.40). Return from Highbury & Islington Station. Buy London Travelcard to cover outward and return journeys.
Saturday 19 October 2019SOCIAL: 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).