Our thanks once again to Peter H who has noted that Govia Thamelink's latest version of their interim timetable has reduced the number of trains to Knebworth to one an hour and cancelled the service referred to in the Programme. The new outward train times are as follows:-

 Saturday 21 July                                                                                  Knebworth to Stevenage                                                                                                                  Kings Cross 9.51 (Cambridge service) Finsbury Park 10.01 (where leader joins train), Potters Bar 10.13, Hatfield 10.18 arrive Knebworth 10.34. Book return to Stevenage. Second leg of Stevenage Outer Orbital Path, lunch at Strathmore Arms Pub (only light meals available) St Paul’s Walden. Picnic places near church. An undulating linear walk.            About 11 miles Map E182/193 L166                                                                       Led by Henriette V Z

 

Saturday 28 July                                                                                             Swanley Circular

Les has done a reconnaissance of the intended walk and found public footpaths in the afternoon section to be totally impassable.He has therefore reconnoitred an alternative route via Pratts Bottom and ending at Knockholt Station (zone 6).The total length is now 7 miles with 500' of ascent spread throughout.The wearing of gaiters is recommended to prevent too many sharp shards of crop entering your boots.Sandals are not recommended.The lunch stop is still at Chelsfield and the outward train time to Swanley from Victoria is still the same".Victoria 10.25 (Canterbury West service), Bromley South 10.42 arrive Swanley 10.50 (Zone 8). A gently undulating walk through crop fields and woods via Crockenhill.Pub or picnic lunch at the lovely village of Chelsfield. The overall ascent is 300’ spread throughout the walk.                                                                                                                                                                                                             About 8 miles  E147/162 L177/188                                                                                                                                                                   Led by Les W


Saturday 4 August                                                                                             Buxted Circular

London Bridge 9.07 (Uckfield service), East Croydon 9.22 arrive Buxted 10.16. A gentle walk over fields and woods from a quiet station on the Uckfield Line in East Sussex. There are views of the distant South Downs ridge for most of the walk. Lunch at the rural Crow and Gate pub at Poundgate or bring a picnic

About 10 miles E135 L199                                                                                                                                                                                      Led by Josie R

 

Saturday 11 August                                                                                          Elsenham to Newport

Liverpool Street 9.13 (Cambridge North service), Seven Sisters 9.27, Cheshunt 9.40 arrive Elsenham 10.19. Book return to Newport (Essex). A steady-paced slightly undulating walk via the pretty village of Henham and Prior’s Wood to Widdington for lunch at the Fleur de Lys pub (rather expensive) or picnic in churchyard. After visiting the 15th century Prior’s Barn (English Heritage, free entry) the walk continues via Cabbage Wood and Debden Water to Newport.

About 10 miles E195 L167                                                                                                                                                                                       Led by Peter H

 

Wednesday 15 August                                                                                  Epping - Chipping Ongar

Meet 10.30 Epping Station (Central Line, Zone 6). Following the Essex Way via Coopersale to North Weald Bassett (lunch).Continuing, via Toot Hill, along paths bordering crop fields offering lovely views of the Essex countryside. An easy-going walk with a few stiles and an overall ascent of 300 ft. spread throughout. Pub/picnic/shops lunch. Return on bus 420 to Epping Station. Drop-out after 4 miles at lunch.

About 8 miles E174, L177 London A-Z                                                                                                                                                                              Led by Les W

           

Saturday 18 August                                                                                                   Amberley Circular

Victoria 9.36 (Bognor Regis and Southampton Central service), Clapham Junction 9.43, East Croydon 9.53 arrive  Amberley 10.57. From Amberley over the South Downs, with fine views, to Arundel for lunch (cafes, pubs, picnic) then back along river to Amberley. Aiming for 17.17pm train. One long ascent in the morning but level along river after lunch. Medium pace.Could do half day and return from Arundel station. 

About 10 miles  OL10 L197                                                                                                                                                                                               Led by Maureen C

 

Saturday 25 August                                                                                                 Bayford to Hertford North via Little Berkhampsted
Moorgate 10:10 (Stevenage service), Finsbury Park 10:24, Enfield Chase 10:44 (Where leader will join the train) arrive Bayford 10.58. Buy super off peak return to Hertford North. A linear walk on field paths and ancient tracks using part of the Hertfordshire Way and Chain Walks and ending at Hertford North Station. Lunch at the Five Horseshoes Little Berkhampsted or bring a picnic.
About 8 miles E174 L166                                                                                                                                                                                                     Led by Dave C

 

Monday 27 August Summer Bank Holiday                                                                     Hatfield Peverel to Maldon

Liverpool Street 10.02 (Whitham service), Stratford 10.09, Shenfield 10.25 arrive Hatfield Peverel 10.40. Buy return to Hatfield Peverel. The walk includes farmland and riverside walking along the Chelmer. Bring a picnic for lunch. Possibility of tea in Maldon before taking a bus to Chelmsford Station

About 12 miles E176/183 L167/8                                                                                                                                                                                        Led by Roddy E

 

Saturday 1 September                                                                                                      Tenterden to Rye

Charing Cross 8.40 (Dover Priory service), London Bridge 8.49 arrive Headcorn 9.44. Take Bus 12 at 9.52 arrive Tenterden 10.16. Buy return train ticket to Rye. From Tenterden, the ‘Jewel of the Weald’ via Smallhythe Place (National Trust) we cross Reading Sewer onto the Isle of Oxney to Wittersham for lunch at the Swan Inn or bring a picnic. Then climb gently through pastures and woods towards Peasmarsh, concluding with a gradual descent past orchards into the open valley of the River Tillingham, one of three rivers flowing towards Rye. Return from Rye Station.  About 13½ miles – Drop-outs possible after 5 and 9 miles                   Led by Stephen R                                                                                                                                                

Saturday 8 September                                                                                                       Rye House Circular

Liverpool Street Station at 9.43 (Cambridge service), Seven Sisters 9.57 (where leader joins train), Broxbourne 10.15. Change to 10.19 (Hertford East service) arrive Rye House 10.22. We start the walk along the Hertfordshire Way on the canal towpath, before passing through Stanstead Abbotts.  A moderate climb then takes us through open fields to our lunch stop at Hunsdon; pubs or bring a picnic.  Then walking south-west past Halfway House, eventually crossing the A414, and along the Harcamlow Way and across the railway at Roydon.  After a short distance along the Stort Valley Way we return to Rye House Station

About 11 miles E174 L166/7                                                                                                                                                                           Led by Quentin P

 

Wednesday 12 September                                                                                    Kew Bridge to Putney Bridge

Waterloo 10.22 (Weybridge service), Vauxhall 10.26, Clapham Junction 10.32 arrive Kew Bridge Station 10.50 (Zone 3) where leader will join the group.  Walk is via the Thames towpath and includes the Lonsdale Road Reservoir (local nature reserve).  Lunch stop in Barnes: plenty of pubs and cafés (expensive) or bring picnic. Finishing at Putney Bridge station (District line Zone 2).

About 7 miles.  London A - Z                                                                                                                                                                                Led by Barry S

12 September– Note to Leaders -

Deadline for details of your walks for the next programme, November 2018 to January 2019 to our Programme Organiser; stephenross79@gmail.com

 

 

Saturday 15 September                                                                          Theydon Bois Circular

Meet 10.30 Theydon Bois Station (Central line, Zone 6). A mostly fairly level steady-paced farmland and woodland walk. Lunch at Toot Hill; Green Man Pub or bring a picnic. After lunch pass Theydon Garnon Church to return to Theydon Bois

About 12 miles                                                                                                                                                                                                           Led by Ken P

 

Saturday 22 September                                                                                       Hitchin Circular

Kings Cross 8.51 (Cambridge service), Finsbury 9.01 where leader joins the group, Potters Bar 9.13 arrive Hitchin 9.43. The walk follows the Hitchin Outer Orbital Path (HOOP).  Circular along the Hitchin Outer Orbital Path (HOOP), which allows you to explore the history of Hitchin and surrounding villages, taking you through beautiful Hertfordshire countryside and a wide range of wildlife habitats. Morning coffee stop in the historic Old Market Square. Late lunch stop at Ickleford at about 1:45 pm at 'The Plume of Feathers' pub (to download menu and book your meal, Tel: 01462 432729, Email: theresaathompson@aol.com) - or bring a picnic.

About 13 miles E193 L153                                                                                                                                                                                        Led by Henriette V Z

                

Saturday 29 September                                                                           Chesham to Chorleywood

Marylebone 8.57 (Aylesbury Vale Parkway service) arrive Rickmansworth 9.19. Change to Metropolitan line 9.28 arrive Chesham 9.44 (Metropolitan line, Zone 9). A steady-paced undulating Chilterns walk via the Chess Valley. Lunch at Sarratt Green; pubs or bring a picnic. Drop-out possible at Chalfont & Latimer

About 9 miles E181 L165                                                                                                                                                                                  Led by Jean B, Guest Leader

 

Monday 1 October                                                                                  Kingston to Hampton Court

Waterloo 10.12 (Shepperton service), Vauxhall 10.16, Clapham Junction 10.21 arrive Kingston 10.40 where leader will meet the group. Kingston and Hampton Court Stations are both in Zone 6. Fantastic views of the magnificent palace. A flat easy-paced walk. Options at end to explore Palace gardens/Bushey Park/tea in Tiltyard café and/or return to Kingston on foot.

About 3 miles or 6 miles if returning to Kingston. E161 or London A-Z.                                                                                                                   Led by Joyce N

 

Saturday 6 October                                                                                           Arlesey to Baldock   

Kings Cross 9.16 (Peterborough service), Finsbury Park 9.24 (where leader joins the group), Stevenage 9.44 arrive Arlesey 9.55. Buy return to Baldock Walk to old church at Astwick then past old water mills to famous Stotfold Mill. Lunch at Chequers pub Stotfold or picnic in church grounds.

About 9½ miles E193 L153                                                                                                                                                                                          Led by Desiree L

Monday 8 October                                                                                         Liverpool Street to St Paul’s

Meet 11.00 Liverpool Street Station by the War Memorial on upper level opposite Platform 7 (near McDonalds). Theme of this leisurely walk is ‘Art in the City’. We shall look at some of the contemporary sculpture on display, visit interesting churches and Painters Hall for an art exhibition (free entry).

About 3 miles London A-Z                                                                                                                                                                                                   Led by Peter H

 

Saturday 13 October                                                                                        Chilham to Canterbury

St Pancras 9.09 (Margate service), Stratford International 9.16 arrive Ashford 9.47. Change trains to 10.05 (Canterbury West service) arrive Chilham 10.17. Buy a return to Canterbury West. Following the North Downs Way, we walk through orchards, passing through Old Wives Lees village and No Man’s Orchard Nature Reserve. Fine views of cathedral as we arrive in Canterbury with time to browse the city’s attractions and have a cup of tea. Lunch at Chartham Hatch; Pubs or bring a picnic.

About 8 miles E150 L179                                                                                                                                                                                                    Led by David B

     

Saturday 20 October                                                                          Burnham to Langley via Stoke Poges
Paddington 9.42 (Reading service), Ealing Broadway 9.50, Slough 10.11 arrive Burnham 10.14. Buy return to Burnham. A moderate to brisk-paced walk via Haymill Valley, Cocksherd Wood, Burnham Beeches (a relic of the great primeval forest - the Druid's Oak has a girth two feet from the ground of well over 30 ft) and Farnham Common (drop-out point - bus to Slough) to lunch stop at Stoke Poges at The Rose & Crown pub or bring a picnic. Then to St Giles Church which dates from Saxon times, its churchyard immortalised in Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard", Black Park woods and Langley Park, including its arboretum with fine collection of specimen trees. Not flat but no significant hills. More road walking than ideal but worth it for the extensive and varied woodland. 
12 miles E172, L175/6                                                                                                                                                                                                           Led by Jane R

 

Saturday 27 October                                                                                  Tonbridge Circular

Charing Cross 9.15 (Hastings service), London Bridge 9.24 arrive Tonbridge 9.58. Past the Castle via Meophan bank to Leigh for Lunch;Fleur De Lis or bring a picnic to eat on the village green. Then back to Tonbridge mostly along the River Medway. An undulating steady-paced walk.

About 8½ miles E147/8 L 188                                                                                                                                                                                          Led by David T

















             

 

 

 
 
 
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