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 28 April 2018||MICHELDEVER TO WINCHESTER, HANTS||Leader: Greg|
|A 10 mile linear walk from Micheldever Station to Kings Worthy via the great Bluebell display in Micheldever Wood. Pub lunch at the Northbrook Arms in East Stratton. Afternoon tea at the leader’s home in Kings Worthy. Optional 3 mile extension from Kings Worthy to Winchester or catch the bus. |
Meet 11.10 Micheldever Station (10.09 from London Waterloo, arrive Micheldever 11.10). Return from Winchester Station.
|Saturday 12 May 2018||ROYSTON, HERTS||Leader: Judith|
|An 8 mile circular walk around Therfield Heath, stopping at The Fox and Duck in Therfield for pub lunch, returning to Judith's (in Royston, ETA 4pm) for homemade soup, cakes and board games (supervised by Gamesmaster Colin).|
Meet 10.40 Royston Station (09.52 from Kings Cross, arrive 10.39). Those travelling by car can opt to park on the Heath and meet us at 11.10 near the entrance to the Heath Sports Club (Baldock Road, SG8 5BG).
Contact Judith to let her know where you will be meeting the group and, for catering numbers, whether you will be joining us for the social afterwards and any special dietary requirements.
|Saturday 19 May 2018||DORKING, SURREY||Leader: Richard M.|
|An 11 mile circular walk in the North Downs including Denbies Wine Estate, Ranmore Common (hopefully the coffee & cake van will be there for our morning break) and part of the North Downs Way to pub lunch in Wotton. Returning via Bury Hill to Dorking for a cafe.|
Meet 10.30 Dorking (Main) Station (09.31 from London Victoria, arrive 10.24 OR 09.34 from Reading, arrive 10.26).
|Saturday 2 June 2018||ALTON, HANTS||Leader: Greg|
|A 12 mile circular walk including the steepest footpath in southern England at Wick Hill Hanger (which can be avoided if necessary). Pub lunch in Selborne. Return via the Hangers Way.|
Mett 10.40 Alton Station (09.23 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.37).
|Saturday 9 June 2018||WATFORD TO ST ALBANS, HERTS||Leader: Phil|
|A 9 mile linear walk following the Abbey Line Trail from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey station, optional extension to St Albans Cathedral for tea. Pub lunch at Moor Mill Beefeater.|
Meet 10.30 Watford Junction Station (10.04 from London Euston, arr. 10.26). As the service from St Albans Abbey to Watford Jn only runs every 45 minutes, you may prefer to return from St Albans City to London (4 fast trains per hour).
|Saturday 16 June 2018||PRINCES RISBOROUGH, BUCKS||Leader: Richard & Brian|
|An 11½ mile circular walk via Bledlow to Chinnor returning along the Swan's Way and Icknield Way Trail on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. Pub lunch in Chinnor offering South African cuisine as well as usual pub grub. Café at end.|
Meet 10.30 Princes Risborough Station (09:43 from London Marylebone, arrive 10.27).
|Saturday 23 June 2018||EAST GRINSTEAD, WEST SUSSEX||Leader: Hilary|
|A 9½ mile circular walk around pleasant hilly countryside to the south of East Grinstead, with fine views and relatively gentle gradients, and the familiar Wealden mix of pasture, woods and ancient houses. Long trousers recommended as the path is overgrown in places. Cafe lunch, tea stop at end.|
Meet 10.50 East Grinstead Station (09.51 from London Victoria, arrive 10.50).
|Saturday 30 June 2018||TRING, HERTS||Leader: Colin|
|A 9 mile circular walk via Marsworth reservoir & the Grand Union Canal. Pub lunch in Ivinghoe.|
Meet 11.00 Tring Station (10.24 from London Euston, arrive 10.59).
|Saturday 7 July 2018||HERTFORD EAST, LEA VALLEY||Leader: Mike P.|
|A 10 mile circular walk following the New River to Stanstead Abbots. Pub lunch, probably at Jolly Fisherman, then return along the River Lea to Hertford.|
Meet 11.10 Hertford East Station (10.10 from Liverpool Street, arrive Broxbourne 10.41; change & depart 10.49, arrive Hertford East 11.07).
|Sunday 15 July 2018||EASTBOURNE TO SEAFORD, EAST SUSSEX||Leader: Greg|
|Eastbourne Week. A 14 mile linear coastal walk from Eastbourne to Seaford including Beachy Head and the iconic Seven Sisters. Please bring a packed lunch. There will be a café stop in the afternoon at Exceat. |
Meet 09.30 at the Albany Lions Hotel on the sea front, about 100m from the pier. Return by bus.
|Saturday 28 July 2018||AMBERLEY, WEST SUSSEX||Leader: Roger|
|A 12 mile circular walk including part of the South Downs Way to the west of Amberley, returning via Sutton. Packed lunch, with afternoon tea stop at the end.|
Meet 11.00 Amberley Station (09.36 from London Victoria, arrive 10.57).
|Saturday 4 August 2018||SANDOWN TO RYDE, ISLE OF WIGHT||Leader: Peter|
|A 12 mile linear walk along the Isle of Wight coastal path from Sandown to Ryde. Please bring packed lunch. Afternoon tea and fish & chips in Ryde possible. |
Walk starts from Sandown Station at 11.10 (08.06 from London Victoria to Portsmouth Harbour, arrive 10.04. Then ferry Portsmouth Harbour 10.15 to Ryde Pier Head arrive 10.37, train Ryde Pier Head 10.49 to Sandown arrive 11.07). Return from Ryde.
|Saturday 11 August 2018||HORSHAM, WEST SUSSEX||Leader: Nick|
|A 10 mile circular walk taking in St Leonards Forest. Please ring for lunch details. Tea / coffee shop at end.|
Meet 11.00 Horsham Station (10.06 from London Victoria, arrive 10.57).
|Sunday 19 August 2018||DIGSWELL, HERTFORDSHIRE||Leader: Colin|
|A 9 mile circular walk through Bramfield woods & Tewin. Followed by a visit to the Tewin Classic car show & Craft fair. Packed lunch. |
Meet 10.35 Welwyn North Station in Digswell (10.02 from Kings Cross, arrive 10.34).
|Saturday 1 September 2018||SOUTHAMPTON AIRPORT TO SHAWFORD, HANTS||Leader: Greg|
|A 9 mile linear walk from Southampton Airport to Shawford following the Itchen Way. Pub lunch at the Toby Carvery, Bishopstoke.|
Meet 11.20 Southampton Airport Parkway Station (10.00 from London Waterloo, arrive 11.17). Return from Shawford Station (by bus to Winchester).
|Saturday 8 September 2018||ANGMERING, WEST SUSSEX||Leader: Graham|
|A 10 mile circular walk via Patching, Clapham, Durrington and Highdown Hill. Pub lunch at The World’s End in Patching.|
Meet 10.50 Angmering Station (09.06 from London Victoria, arrive 10.44).
|Saturday 15 September 2018||SANDLING TO WYE, EAST KENT||Leader: Hilary and Aline|
|A 13 mile linear walk from Sandling to Wye following one of the best sections of the North Downs Way with fine views for nearly the whole walk. Packed lunch and Pub drink stop. Refreshments at end.|
Meet 11.15 Sandling Station (09.40 from London Charing Cross, arrive 11.13 or 10.08 from London St Pancras, arrive Ashford International 10.46; change & depart 11.02, arrive Sandling 11.13). Return from Wye Station.
|Saturday 22 September 2018||SANDY, BEDS||Leader: Dave|
|A 10 mile circular featuring part of the Greensand Ridge Walk. Pub lunch at the Thornton Arms, Everton.|
Meet 11.10 Sandy Station (10.15 from Kings Cross, arrive 11.04). Free parking in Sandy High Street satnav SG19 1AG, or pay parking at the station.
|Saturday 6 October 2018||ILFORD, EAST LONDON||Leader: Dave|
|An 8 mile circular walk via Wansted Park, Wansted Flats and Valentines Park. The walk will include Ilford Chapel and Valentines Mansion. Café lunch. Afternoon tea at the leader’s house after the walk.|
Meet 10.45 Ilford Station (Regular trains - every 10 minutes - from Liverpool Street, journey time 15 mins). For those driving, Clements Road multi-storey car park is 200m from the Station.
|Saturday 27 October 2018||EPPING FOREST, ESSEX||Leader: 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 2018||HANBOROUGH, OXON||Leader: 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 2018||FARNBOROUGH TO FLEET, HANTS||Leader: 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 2018||HARPENDEN, HERTS||Leader: 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 2018||WINCHESTER, HANTS||Leader: 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 2018||CHRISTMAS MEAL & SOCIAL, LONDON||Leader: 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 2018||HITCHIN, HERTS||Leader: 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 2019||REIGATE, SURREY||Leader: 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 2019||BRIGHTON TO NEWHAVEN, EAST SUSSEX||Leader: 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 2019||WHYTELEAFE, SURREY TO HAYES, KENT||Leader: 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 2019||STONEGATE, EAST SUSSEX||Leader: 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 2019||BEDFORD||Leader: 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 2019||FARNHAM, SURREY TO ALTON, HANTS||Leader: 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 2019||SEVENOAKS, KENT||Leader: 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 2019||CROYDON, SOUTH WEST LONDON||Leader: 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 2019||ASHURST, KENT||Leader: 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 2019||HATTON CROSS TO TWICKENHAM, WEST LONDON||Leader: 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 2019||PULBOROUGH, WEST SUSSEX||Leader: 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 2019||WEST DRAYTON TO LANGLEY, BERKS||Leader: 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.