Note from Quentin;        "If you are intending to come on the walk on 8th September, please bear in mind that buying a Freedom Pass extension (to Rye House) from Seven Sisters station is difficult (some would say impossible).  There is no ticket office, and the ticket machines may have a long queue.  It is probably better to buy your ticket/extension ticket from another station, e.g.  Liverpool Street.  Please also bear in mind that the National Rail ticket office at Finsbury Park has been closed for over a week, due to damage".  

 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

Note from Stephen: if you feel like a shorter mid-week walk, Barry Spate is leading a 7 mile fairly level walk from Kew Bridge to Putney Bridge next Wednesday 12 September - see below for details.

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;


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: - 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

Unfortunately, the pub at Chartham Hatch has recently closed so please bring a picnic lunch. There’s a picnic spot off a footpath just near the former pub with picnic tables.

Please ensure you have tickets valid on the High Speed route from St. Pancras if you are using that route. Ticket inspectors seem to be very vigilant on this line!

After the recent rain, some of the paths may be a little muddy!

There are frequent trains back from Canterbury West incl. 4.39 pm and 5.25 pm arriving back at St. Pancras at 5.54 pm and 6.21 pm respectively.

David B

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