Saturday, 19 August 2017 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 10:25
12 miles / 19.3 km
Travel: Take the 09:30 from Paddington, change at Reading (arrives 09:54, departs 10:12), arrives Aldermaston at 10:25. Buy a return to Midgham
A walk in some beautiful countryside west of Reading, rolling hills, woods and streams. There will be a pub stop about half way but bring a packed lunch. Pub by the Kennet and Avon canal at the end of the walk.
Terrain: Hills, woods, fields
Dropout points: None
Sunday, 20 August 2017 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 14:00
7 miles / 11.3 km
Travel: Oystercard can be used. Finsbury Park (Zone 2) is on the Piccadilly and Victoria Tube Lines and the mainline (from Moorgate or Kings Cross). Please meet in the part of the station known as “Station Place” (near the mainline ticket windows and the Arsenal shop).Alexandra Palace Station (Zone 3) is on the Great Northern Rail line – there are around 4 trains per hour back which terminate at Moorgate (and pass through Finsbury Park and Highbury and Islington Station en route).
On this afternoon walk in green suburbia, we enter Finsbury Park and cross to the far side (the walk leader will allow a loo stop at the café). We then pick up the Parkland Walk (old railway line) to Highgate and head through Queen's and Highgate Woods (we may tarry at its nice café). On exiting the wood we pick up a further section of the old railway line which takes us to the top end of Alexandra Park with its palace and fine views across the London skyline. We will then descend through the park to Alexandra Palace Station with the opportunity of a post-walk drink at the Pub opposite the station.
Terrain: parkland, old railway line, woods, a small amount of pavement
Dropout points: various
Saturday, 26 August 2017 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 11:00
Travel: Take the 10:24 from Euston, arrives Tring at 10:59. Buy a return to Tring.
After crossing the Grand Union Canal, the route follows The Ridgeway to Hastoe and then heads south via the iron Age Fort to Cholesbury where we stop for lunch. There is a large green and a pub here, but please bring a packed lunch. After lunch we descend into the valley below Hawridge, and then return to Berkhamsted via Ashley Green. There are several hills and descents in the afternoon section. Canaside pub near the station at the end of the walk. N.b. different route from my 16 July walk – this one loops West.
Sunday, 27 August 2017 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 11:25
13 miles / 20.9 km
Travel: Take the 09:47 from Victoria (Clapham Junction 09:53, East Croydon 10:02) arrives Lewes at 10:48. Change here for the 11:03 to Seaford arrives 11:23. Buy a return to Seaford.
This walk starts by going in the opposite direction to the famous Seven Sisters with a flat stretch along the promenade before climbing steadily up onto the South Downs. Please bring a packed lunch as we will stop for a brief picnic as it will take some time before we descend the downs and reach the pub stop in the village of Firle. After lunch there are two more steep ascents and descents before we reach Lewes where we can stop for a well earned drink before catching the train home. Please note much of the walk will be exposed to whatever the weather has in store for us, so please be prepared.
Terrain: Hilly, grassy downlands