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:
|Saturday 7 December 2019||ASCOT, BERKSHIRE||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 10.45 Ascot Station (09.50 from London Waterloo, arrive Ascot 10.43).
|Saturday 14 December 2019||CHRISTMAS MEAL & SOCIAL, LONDON||Leader: Brian|
|Christmas meal at Café Rouge by St Paul’s Cathedral,
preceded by a short no-boots walk around the City of London.|
For the pre-walk, meet 13.00 outside the front of St Paul’s Cathedral (west entrance), between the statue of Queen Anne and the main steps - but under the main portico if it is raining. For the meal, meet 15.00 at Café Rouge adjacent to St Paul’s.
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 10.35 Dorking (Main) Station (09.25 from London Victoria, arrive 10.35 OR 09.31 from Reading, arrive 10.25).
|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 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 4 July 2020||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 2020||ROBERTSBRIDGE / BODIAM CASTLE, EAST SUSSEX||Leader: Chris|
|An 11½ mile circular walk through the High Weald. Packed lunch. 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 2020||BALCOMBE, WEST SUSSEX||Leader: Nick|
|A 10 mile circular walk. Packed lunch. Meet 10.45 Balcombe Station (09.51 from London Bridge, arrive 10.34 OR 10.20 from Brighton, arrive 10.41).|
|Saturday 25 July 2020||ROYSTON, HERTS||Leader: Colin|
|A 6 mile figure of 8 walk round Therfield Heath near Royston. Meet 11.00 at the Heath Cafe Bar, Baldock Rd Royston SG8 5BG. Lunch at the Cafe.|
|Saturday 1 August 2020||WINCHESTER, HANTS||Leader: Greg|
|A 12 mile circular walk via Winnall Moors Nature Reserve and the upper Itchen Valley. Packed lunch by the river. Afternoon tea in Winchester.|
Meet 10.35 Winchester Station (09.35 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.32). Parking available in the Station Car Park (SO23 7BT), Cost £3-50 all day.
|Saturday 8 August 2020||GORING & STREATLEY, OXON||Leader: Phil|
|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 August 2020||PETERSFIELD, HANTS||Leader: Greg|
|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 August 2020||BEDFORD||Leader: Dave|
|A level 11-mile circular walk along the Great Ouse and Bedford - Sandy Country Way. Packed lunch, possible 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 29 August 2020||WYE CIRCULAR, KENT||Leader: Aline and Hilary|
|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 September 2020||WENDOVER, BUCKS||Leader: Phil|
|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 September 2020||PLUCKLEY, KENT||Leader: Hilary|
|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 September 2020||HOLLINGBOURNE AND THURNHAM, KENT||Leader: Chris|
|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.|
|Saturday 26 September 2020||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 10 October 2020||SHOREHAM, KENT||Leader: Aline|
|15 places available. A 10 mile figure-of-8 walk in the Darent Valley via some steep-sided hills, woodland and open countryside with good views. Packed lunch in Shoreham village with option to visit a pub/cafe for a drink. Afternoon takeaway cafe stop at Lullingstone Visitor Centre. |
Meet 10.45 Shoreham (Kent) Station (09.46 from London Blackfriars (direct), 10.23 from Bromley South, arrive 10.45). Alternative route via London Victoria, depart 09.55 and change at Bromley South.
|Saturday 24 October 2020||WOKING, SURREY||Leader: Greg|
|15 places available. An 11 mile circular walk from Woking including the River Wey and Basingstoke Canal. Packed lunch, possible pub stop at Pyrford Lock. Café in Woking at end.|
Meet 10.30 Woking Station - south side, exit via platform 5 (10.00 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.24). Station car park £3-50 (Oriental Road - GU22 7AN).
|Saturday 31 October 2020||WENDOVER, BUCKS||Leader: Phil|
|15 places available. A 10 mile circular walk in the Chilterns (completely different from September) taking in Coombe Hill on the return leg. Packed lunch, walk may be shortened depending on weather. |
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.