Saturday, 16 December 2017 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 11:00
8 miles / 12.9 km
A gentle ascent along the Ridgeway to the steeper ascent to Ivinghoe Beacon and picnic lunch. Returning via Pitstone Common and Ashridge Drovers Walk to Tring station. Stiles and muddy in places.
Lunch: Picnic only. Afternoon tea stop at Bridgewater Monument
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:50
Moderate to brisk pace. About 8 miles, mainly through woods and parks in South East London, going through Crystal Palace, Sydenham Hills wood, Horniman Museum, Camberwell old and new and Nunhead cemetery. This is a linear walk all within zone 6 finishing at Nunhead station. Some road walking, could be muddy in woods.
Lunch: Picnic/Cafe at Horniman Park/Museum
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:30
12 miles / 19.3 km
A grand title for modest rivers! Easy walk along the bank of the river Pool. As it flows into the Ravensbourne we follow this river and continue along the Deptford creek. Lunch stop at Greenwich and then along the Thames to Woolwich Arsenal. From Greenwich to Woolwich we pass through industrial areas and building sites. You may be fascinated by the continuous changes occurring along the Thames path otherwise it is easy to drop off at Greenwich. The walk may be brisk.
Lunch: We are spoilt for choice at Cutty Sark. Cafes, pubs and picnic areas.
Saturday, 30 December 2017 (Group: South Bank)
A journey through some fascinating and varied parts of London.
Lunch: Picnic/cafes Kensington High Street
Sunday, 31 December 2017 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:25
5.2 miles / 8.4 km
Over fields and through woods to the south of Banstead. Joint with Croydon and Sutton.
Lunch: Optional lunch at the Woolpack, Banstead or many cafes at end of walk
Monday, 1 January 2018 (Group: South Bank)
A walk through Wimbledon and Richmond parks. The Windmill café is said to be open so I plan a late coffee stop here.
Lunch: Packed lunch in the park
Wednesday, 3 January 2018 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 11:15
4 miles / 6.4 km
Enjoy Turneresque seascapes on a potentially bracing short walk along the coast. Mostly hard surfaces. Time in Margate to view the Turner Contemporary Gallery (free entry). Many pubs, cafes, craft beer on the Harbour Arm and cream teas.
The walk will officially end at the Turner Contemporary Gallery where the Leader will point out places of interest and will then lead us to the towns museums (a 5 minute stroll).
By special arrangement with South Bank Ramblers, The Margate Museum and The Tudor House are opening for us and will not apply the usual charge but are asking for a donation. We suggest £2-3 pp.
Lunch: Cafe or picnic at St Mildred's Bay
Saturday, 6 January 2018 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:05
6.5 miles / 10.5 km
Short section of street walking, then through Coney Hall Park and the grounds of St John the Baptist, West Wickham then via Spring Wood, Three Half Penny Wood progressing to the Addington Hills (Shirley Hills). After lunch optional visit to Heathfield Gardens
Lunch: Coach House Cafe set in beautiful gardens with Coombe Woods in the background
Tuesday, 9 January 2018 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:20
9 miles / 14.5 km
Moderate pace via Croxley Green to Church End then via the Chess Valley back to Rickmansworth. Some ups and downS and may be muddy in places.
Lunch: Pub/picnic at Church End
Thursday, 11 January 2018 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:15
7 miles / 11.3 km
Following the London Loop along the Cray Valley from Bexley, passing the ground of one of the first football clubs in the country, and continuing through woodlands to Petts Wood.
Lunch: Picnic/Pub at Sidcup Place.