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 September 2019||RICHMOND TO HAMPTON COURT, LONDON||Leader: 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 2019||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 2019||PALMER’S GREEN TO ISLINGTON, LONDON||Leader: 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 2019||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 2019||BRENTWOOD, ESSEX||Leader: Hilary and Bob|
|A 9 mile circular walk through Thorndon Country Park to Herongate for pub lunch at the Green Man.|
Meet 10.30 Brentwood Station (09.50 from Liverpool Street, arrive 10.27). Parking available for £3 a day (cash only) at NCP nearby CM14 4EW (off St James road or opposite station).
|Saturday 2 November 2019||LEWES, EAST SUSSEX||Leader: Roger|
|A 10 mile circular walk, including Mount Harry, to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1st Southern day walk, led by Roger, in November 1989. Packed lunch.|
Meet 10.55 Lewes Station (09.46 from London Victoria, arrive 10.53).
|Saturday 16 November 2019||BROOKWOOD, SURREY||Leader: Greg|
|A 9 mile circular walk via Henley Park Lake. Pub lunch at The Royal Oak, Stanford Common. Return via Pirbright Common and Brookwood Cemetery.|
Meet 10.25 Brookwood Station (09.42 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.25).
|Saturday 23 November 2019||BOXHILL & WESTHUMBLE, SURREY||Leader: Aline|
|An 8 mile circular walk in Surrey via the NT estate at Polesden Lacey before returning via Ranmore Common and the North Downs escarpment with extensive views. Early cafe lunch at Polesden Lacey where their Christmas market stalls may be open for a quick browse! Optional drink stop at the end.|
Meet 10.40 Boxhill & Westhumble Station (09:54 from London Waterloo, arrive 10.41).
|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.|