Wednesday, 22 August 2018 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:30
8.5 miles / 13.7 km
Part of the Capital Ring, on paths, pavements and through parks. Through Beckton District Park, joining the Thames Path. We cross the Thames via the Woolwich Foot Tunnel. Then some road walking to reach parks, finishing at Charlton station. Mainly flat, but one long flight of steps.
Lunch: Pub/Cafe/Picnic at Woolwich Arsenal
Saturday, 25 August 2018 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 11:35
8 miles / 12.9 km
Along the beach to Ramsgate and on to Pegwell Bay and its Viking Ship returning to Broadstairs along the clifftop.
Lunch: Lots of options in Ramsgate including Britain's newest and largest beachside Wetherspoons.
Tuesday, 28 August 2018 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 11:20
11 miles / 17.7 km
Higham, Cooling and the Marshes - explore the landscapes which inspired Dickens' great story. Mostly flat but open to elements.
Lunch: Picnic only
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 11:00
6 miles / 9.7 km
A walk through parks, squares and urban spaces, looking at points of interest en-route from West Brompton to Ravenscourt Park via Hammersmith.
Lunch: Pub/Cafe/Picnic at Hammersmith
Thursday, 30 August 2018 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:50
12 miles / 19.3 km
Pace moderate to brisk. Rather hilly walk with some high stiles. Terrain - woods, fields and country lane and some minor road walking with verges. Roads are generally quiet. Can be muddy after heavy rain even in summer! Route: Pratts Bottom-Burnt Gorse-Downe for lunch-Cudham-Knockholt Pound-Washneys-Broke Hill Golf course. Drop out: At Downe - buses to Orpington or Bromley S Stations. Attraction: Down House - home of Charles Darwin - drop out point and possible visit. Joint walk with Hammersmith & Wandsworth Group.
Lunch: Pub/Cafe/Picnic at Downe
Saturday, 1 September 2018 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:35
A walk up to, along and then off the North Downs ridge. (If weather bad on the day, we will walk along the Pilgrims way rather than North Downs Way) Lunchtime drink in Detling village at the 'Cock Horse' pub. We pass through Boxley, cross the M20 before joining an urban path into the centre of Maidstone. A joint walk with Hampstead group.
Lunch: Cock Horse Inn pub in Detling
9 miles / 14.5 km
Through farmland to the historic market town of Saffron Walden. In the Middle Ages the centre of the saffron crocus industry. A 1.5 hour lunch stop to explore Saffron Walden. After lunch through the parkland & surrounds of Audley End, now one of Britains finest stately homes. Then some road walking to Audley End Station. SWC 130.
Lunch: Picnic, Cafes & Pubs in Saffron Walden
Sunday, 2 September 2018 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:25
10 miles / 16.1 km
A beautifal walk through the Mid-Sussex Weald, via Balcombe Mill, Ardingly Reservoir and River's Wood. Undulating terrain throughout with a few hills. woods and many wonderful views.
Lunch: picnic or pub in Ardingly
Wednesday, 5 September 2018 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 11:05
A brisk walk through Bagmoor Common’s heathland of moss grass and heather and the boardwalks of Thursley National Nature Reserve, the surviving part of a once much more extensive area of heathland, peat bogs, ponds, pine and deciduous woodlands. In the afternoon, we cross the Devil’s Punch Bowl, Gibbet Hill and then descend into Haslemere. Some road walking at the start and some steep hills after lunch.
Lunch: Pub or picnic at Thursley village.
Saturday, 8 September 2018 (Group: South Bank)
A charming walk in the Medway Valley. We start out on the Medway Valley path, cross an ancient bridge, climb valley slopes below West Farleigh and descend into picturesque Yalding for lunch. Return to Wateringbury station via a short afternoon walk along the river.
Lunch: Pub (The George) at Yalding or picnic in churchyard.