Saturday, 21 April 2018 (Group: Blackheath)
Start time 8:35
26 miles / 41.8 km
Meet BLACKHEATH station 8.34 (Victoria 8.09, Lewisham 8.32; or Charing Cross 8.09, London Bridge 8.18, Lewisham 8.27).
A linear walk of about 26 miles to Charing Cross at a brisk pace, following the annual London Marathon course but away from traffic, mainly along the Thames Path with views of many London landmarks.
Two half-hour breaks after 9 and 19 miles, both with public toilets; one further toilet break. Both stops have food concessions but bring plenty of water and food.
This is an urban walk, so trainers are advisable. Walking time is around 7.5 hours. Leader: Mary-Anne with Richard .
Start time 9:45
19 miles / 30.6 km
Meet HASLEMERE station, Surrey, 9.45 (Waterloo 8.45 Clapham Junction 8.52).
A linear walk of about 19 miles to Godalming station through some of the most scenic countryside in south-east England.
At a brisk pace, with short stops at viewpoints, mainly along the Greensand Way. Via Gibbet Hill, Thursley and Brook (pub lunch at the ‘Dog & Pheasant’). Then Wormley, Hydon’s Ball, Thorncombe Street and Catteshall.
Buy a return ticket to Haslemere. Maps: OS Explorer 133 (OL33) & 145.
Saturday, 21 April 2018 (Group: Metropolitan Walkers)
Start time 10:05
18 miles / 29 km
We will take in the deerpark and manor at Knole and a section of the Greensands Way before descending to Bough Beech reservoir. We'll then pass through the pretty villages of Chiddingstone and Penshurst. Moderate to brisk pace. 500m ascent, mostly gentle. Bring a packed lunch; pub stops in the afternoon and at the end.
Terrain: Fields, woods
Travel: Take 9:30 from London Charing Cross (9:33 Waterloo East, 9:39 London Bridge) arr. Sevenoaks 10:05. Buy return to Leigh (Kent).
Start time 10:35
12 miles / 19.3 km
We start with a climb of Leith Hill followed by a walk through the woodlands of Wotton Common including passing a small waterfall. We will later on cross open fields and ascend the North Downs at White Downs, and pass through some bluebell woods before descending into Gomshall. Bring a packed lunch. Pub stop at end.
Terrain: Fields, hills, woods
Travel: Take 9:31 from London Victoria (9:37 Clapham Junction), arr. Holmwood 10:32. Buy return to Holmwood. An extra single from Gomshall-Dorking may be needed after the walk.
Saturday, 21 April 2018 (Group: Capital Walkers)
14 miles / 22.5 km
Travel: Take the 09:07 from Victoria (Bromley South 09:23), arrives Sittingbourne at 10:12. Alternatively take the 09:27 from St Pancras International (Stratford International 09:34), arrives Sittingbourne at 10:21. Either way, change onto the 10:25 from Sittingbourne, arrives Swale 10:34. Buy a return to Faversham. Return trains from Faversham are at 03, 21 & 38 minutes past the hour to Victoria or 26 & 59 minutes past the hour to St Pancras
Following the Swale channel past paper mills and old docks crossing a new bridge to avoid Sittingbourne. Disused oyster pond, Little Murston and Oare Marshes nature reserves. Conyer Creek, Oare Creek (and Knees Creek at the end of the day in the historic town of Faversham). Bring a packed lunch. Possible drink stop at The Ship in Conyer; possible pub at end.
Terrain: Footpaths, limited road walking
Dropout points: None
Saturday, 21 April 2018 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:45
10 miles / 16.1 km
A brisk walk starting at the historic town of West Malling, following part of the Wealdway and North Downs Way, and finishing at Borough Green and Wrotham station; visit to Coldrum Long Barrow, one of the Medway Megaliths, for stunning views across the Kent countryside. Some very steep hills at the Downs.
Lunch: Picnic or cafe at Trosley Country Park.
Saturday, 21 April 2018 (Group: Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster)
Start time 10:55
Moderate pace; undulating.
Little Chart Forstal (home of HE Bates), Little Chart, Pluckley, Mundy Bois.
Pub lunch at the Swan - or picnic - in Little Chart.
About 4 hours walking.
Meet at Pluckley Station at 10.55(Charing Cross 09.40/ Waterloo East 09.43/London Bridge 09.50 - Dover Priory train- arr 10.51).
Saturday, 21 April 2018 (Group: Hammersmith & Wandsworth)
Start time 11:20
10 miles / 16.1 km
(Estimated finish time: 16:30)
Undulating terrain at a moderate pace
Route: Stonecross – Speldhurst – Burrswood
Food: Picnic in churchyard or drink in pub. 30 minutes
Drop out point: Speldhurst. Bus to Tunbridge Wells at 13.58
Travel: 09.39 Tonbridge train from Platform 18 Victoria
09.45 Clapham Junction
09.56 East Croydon
Change onto rail replacement bus at Edenbridge
Start: 11.20 Ashurst bus stop
Ticket: £14.45 day return to Ashurst or £5.80 with rail card +Freedom pass
Start time 11:30
6 miles / 9.7 km
BLUEBELLS & WHITE WOOD ANEMONES GUARANTEED
From Berwick Station we will walk along Arlington Reservoir heading for Bates Green Farm (entrance fee £6/£5.50 cash or debit card only) to do the trail for its Bluebells and Wood Anemones. Ample time to explore the grounds and lunch on site in well stocked cafe or picnic lunch. Opportunity to buy some posh goodies. See www.bluebellwalk.co.uk
Lunch: Cafe/Picnic at Bates Green Farm
Start time 11:35
21 miles / 33.8 km
Hilly Fitness Walk, 1000m total ascent. Bring packed lunch, afternoon cafe stop for tea & cake.
Travel: Take 10:17 from London Victoria (10:23 Clapham Junction, 10:32 East Croydon), change at Lewes (arr 11:24, dep. 11:28), arr. Southease 11:35. Buy return to Eastbourne.