From where we live on the edge of London, we have easy access to lovely countryside in Hertfordshire and the Chilterns. Sometimes, as a change, we do urban walks exploring our local area or other parts of London. We also plan day long coach trips to walk in more distant locations.
We generally run a long walk and a short walk every Sunday. Our half-day walks are between 4 and 8 miles and full-day walks range from 10 to 15 miles. There are also short local leisurely social walks on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month of about 2 hours including a coffee stop. These are in High Barnet and Trent Park – see details on the walk list below. You will also find the occasional Saturday stroll in town, longer midweek walks and a walk in the light summer evenings.
Start times vary, particularly for short walks – see programme. Most long walks start at 10am and aim to finish by 4 or 5pm. Most of our walks are circular, and on full day walks we generally stop near a pub around lunch time for a drink (but not long enough to get lunch there).
The walks are as varied as our leaders, but most of them are of moderate difficulty (country walking, terrain undulating to hilly) and at a fairly purposeful walking pace rather than a gentle stroll (moderate pace - around 2½ miles per hour on level ground). The social Wednesday walks are more leisurely. If you have not done a lot of walking before, we recommend that you start with a half day walk, maybe one of our easy or leisurely graded walks.
The Hertfordshire Way:
Over the course of 2018 and 2019, some of our members will be walking the 195-mile long-distance path, the Hertfordshire Way. Starting in spring 2018, we will be walking about one section a month and, after a pause over the winter months, will complete it during summer 2019.
Dog on walks:
Most of our leaders are happy to have one or two dogs on a walk, but it is up to the individual leader – please phone the leader to check before you come. Please keep your dog on a lead (fixed, not extending) whenever appropriate, to make sure they don't cause problems to other walkers or livestock. From time to time we run special "dog friendly" walks. Assistance dogs are always welcome.
Walking in all seasons:
A lovely Spring day
By the Grand Union Canal near Cassiobury Park
Autumn in Whippendell Woods
North of Little Missenden in Winter
Sometimes we have mud!
Sunday 19 August 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 11.6 mile / 18.7 km walk
Sunday 19 August 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 6.5 mile / 10.5 km walk
Wednesday 22 August 2018Starting at 10:00A leisurely 4 mile / 6.4 km walk
Sunday 26 August 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 11 mile / 17.7 km walk
Sunday 26 August 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 6.5 mile / 10.5 km walk
Sunday 2 September 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 11.7 mile / 18.8 km walk