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Wednesday, 10 August 2022 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:45
8.5 miles / 13.7 km
A varied walk - woods, fields, gorse-filled commons, lakes. Quite hilly, but with some flat bits to recover. Possible drop out in the afternoon at Milford. Tea shops in Godalming. NB no toilets at Witley station.
Lunch: Pinic/pub (The White Hart, Witley)
Train: Waterloo 9:45; Clapham Junction 9:52; Arr Witley 10:42 (Portsmouth train). Buy return to Witley.
Saturday, 13 August 2022 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:30
13 miles / 20.9 km
Following ancient trackways, some of which (especially in the first few miles) are now roads. There are good views of the North Downs. It may be possible to visit medieval churches at Hollingbourne and Lenham. Note that there are no public toilets before Charing.
Lunch: Wide choice of pubs and cafes at Lenham. There are a few benches for picnickers.
Train: Victoria 9:25; Bromley S 9:41; Arr 10:29 (Ramsgate train). Buy return to Charing. Passholders buy return from Swanley to Charing.
Wednesday, 17 August 2022 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 11:00
11 miles / 17.7 km
Maximum Group Size: 12 - to reserve a place: Email the leader at firstname.lastname@example.org
A classic walk on the high South Downs with several ascents and descents and fabulous views. From Berwick Station we follow the Vanguard Way south to the historic village of Alfriston, then head east to a picnic spot near the Long Man of Wilmington, an ancient chalk figure. We continue to Jevington and then follow the South Downs Way high above the western edge of Eastbourne, then turn east to descend to the town centre and station.
Lunch: Picnic only
Train: Victoria 9:24; Clapham Junction 9:31; E Croydon 9:41 (Eastbourne train), change at Lewes for 10:47 to Berwick, Arr 10:58 (Hastings train). Buy return Eastbourne.
Wednesday, 24 August 2022 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 11:10
8 miles / 12.9 km
A walk named after the former railway line linking Canterbury and Whitstable.
Lunch: Pub or picnic at Blean. Perhaps a shellfish supper in Whitstable
Train: High speed St Pancras International 10:12; Stratford International 10:19 to Canterbury West; Arr 11.06 (Margate train). Either return by (frequent) bus from Whitstable to Canterbury West or buy single tickets and return from Whitstable.
Saturday, 27 August 2022 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:15
13 miles / 20.9 km
The NDW is a 153 mile walking route from Farnham, Surrey to Dover, Kent.A brisk walk climbing out of Wye, passing the Devils Kneading Trough and the village of Stowting. Spectacular views from the Downs before a sharp descent to Sandling. Several very steep hills including one after lunch.The final stage, NDW Stage 11, will be on 17 September.
Lunch: Tiger Inn, Stowting, or picnic on grass (no benches).
Train: St Pancras High Speed 9:12; Stratford Int 9:19; Ashford Int. Arr 9:50 (Margate train) change 10:05 (Ramsgate train) ORVictoria 8:25; Bromley S 8:42 (Ramsgate train). Buy return to Sandling.
Start time 10:20
11 miles / 17.7 km
Following the Basingstoke Canal and the Wey Navigation we head south via Wisley Common to Ripley and the lunch stop. It is then north via Newark Priory (remains) and Pyrford to rejoin the Wey Navigation back to West Byfleet. The majority of the walk is fairly flat, via waterways, fields and woods, but there are some stiles.
Lunch: Various pubs and cafes in Ripley
Train: Waterloo 9:42; Clapham Junction 9:49; Arr 10:16 (Basingstoke train).
Wednesday, 31 August 2022 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:25
11.5 miles / 18.5 km
The walk follows The Ridgeway trail to Ivinghoe Beacon, then returns through the Ashridge Estate where we stop for lunch. It then drops briefly onto the Grand Union Canal for the finish into Berkhamsted.
Lunch: Picnic or lunch at the National Trust cafe at Ashridge
Train: Euston 9:33; Harrow & Wealdstone 9:47; Watford Junction 9:56; (Tring train). Get return to Tring.
Friday, 2 September 2022 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 11:20
14 miles / 22.5 km
A brilliant coastal walk full of open space and ups and downs.
Lunch: Picnic lunch - options for Cuckmere Valley, or on Seven Sisters, followed by tea/toilet/drop out break at the cafe at Birling Gap (buses available back to Seaford). The walk continues with the long hike to Eastbourne, where the leader will be having drinks/food at the end of the hike - all welcome.
Train: London Victoria: 9:54; Clapham Junction 10:00; East Croydon 10:10; arr Lewes 10:56; change to 11:00; arr Seaford 11:20. Return from Eastbourne (2 trains an hour to London). Buy two singles.
Saturday, 3 September 2022 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:40
From now on, we are more-or-less following the route of ancient trackways (sometimes now busy lanes without pavement) from Winchester to Canterbury and encounter roads called Pilgrims Way and houses with "Pilgrim" in their title. We visit a medieval church in Kemsing. After Wrotham, we switch to the North Downs Way to take in the Visitor Centre at Trosley Country Park, followed by a descent on a chalk path which may be slippery to rejoin PW. Good views of the Medway Valley. Note that Trosley is the only toilet stop en route, and previous walkers found the toilets at Otford Station were closed.
Lunch: Trosley Country Park (cafe, picnic)
Train: London Victoria 9:55 (train to Ashford), Bromley South 10:12; Arr Otford 10:31. OR London Bridge (Ramsgate train) 9:49; change Sevenoaks arr Otford 10:29. For return, half-hourly service from Halling to Strood (change for trains to London Bridge or St Pancras International). Buy two singles (note the ticket machine at Halling is broken).
Tuesday, 6 September 2022 (Group: South Bank)
7 miles / 11.3 km
At a relaxed pace the walk goes through Pixham and ascends Box Hill where there will be a drinks stop. Descent to Mickleham for lunch. In the afternoon the walk goes on to Norbury Park and the Mole Valley to finish at Leatherhead. Two climbs.
Lunch: Picnic at Mickleham church with pub available for drinks
Train: London Victoria 9:41; Clapham Junction 9:48; Balham 9:53 ( Horsham train), buy return to Dorking