Saturday, 23 February 2019 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 11:00
6 miles / 9.7 km
An outpatients tour of some London Hospitals past and present. Stopping along the way at points of interest.
Lunch: Plenty of choice on the South Bank
Sunday, 24 February 2019 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:30
7.5 miles / 12.1 km
Starting at Richmond Station down to the River and along the Thames Path to Barnes Wildfowl and Wetland Trust where the walk will end. Drop out point at Barnes Bridge Station. For those interested a chance to visit the WWT, with group discount. Bring binoculars.
Lunch: Picnic or cafe in Barnes WWT or many options in Barnes for those not visiting the WWT.
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:40
11 miles / 17.7 km
The morning's walk takes us along a grassy church path which may go back to Saxon times, and through woodlands where we shall find out about the Ancient Order of Frothblowers. The afternoon's walk is more energetic with some steep ups and downs. Finishing at Riddlesdown station.
Lunch: Pub lunch at The Surprise, Upper Shirley, or picnic
Saturday, 2 March 2019 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:45
8 miles / 12.9 km
Along Darent river on flat flinty paths, past Tudor Lullingston Castle, up a fairly steep hill for wonderful views before gently down to Eynsford. Up quiet Austin valley on country lane, then fields and woods (1 steep up and 1 steep down - poles may be useful) to Shoreham. Drop out possible at Eynsford station.
Lunch: Eynsford - picnic or Plough Inn
Sunday, 3 March 2019 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:00
4 miles / 6.4 km
Meet by John Betjeman statue, Upper Level, St Pancras station.A morning walk around Islington which takes us through twelve nineteenth century squares.
Lunch: At the end of the walk - choice of pubs, cafes and picnic spots
Wednesday, 6 March 2019 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:20
12 miles / 19.3 km
A brisk walk past a nature reserve and lake with Japanese pavilion, through Slaugham (pronounced 'Slaffam') with its churchyard with a 600-year-old yew tree and the ruins of Slaugham Manor. Then a walk down to the River Ouse and up through fields and woods to the fine old village of Balcombe.
Lunch: Pub or picnic on the green at Staplefield.
Saturday, 9 March 2019 (Group: South Bank)
9 miles / 14.5 km
Varied walk, with ups and downs (sticks may be useful), on footpaths and lanes through the woodlands, fields and orchards of the N Kent Weald via moated Ightham Mote House (NT but cafe open to all) and along ancient tracks past Iron Age fort on Oldbury Hill.
Lunch: Picnic/Cafe at Igtham Mote House (National Trust)
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 (Group: South Bank)
Start time 10:50
A mainly flat walk in a low lying area of Kent made famous by the writer H.E. Bates. Could be muddy in places.
Lunch: Pub lunch at the Black Horse, Pluckley or picnic.
Friday, 15 March 2019 (Group: South Bank)
5 miles / 8 km
A walk exploring the origins and social history of one of London's most infamous of villages. Stopping along the way at places of interest.
Lunch: Picnic or lunch in one of the cafes in Hoxton Street.
Saturday, 16 March 2019 (Group: South Bank)
10 miles / 16.1 km
A beautiful walk through a quiet corner of Kent, taking in ancient villages, several historic churches, woods, marshes and fields, and finishing in Canterbury. Moderate pace over fairly easy terrain - largely flat in the morning, but moderately hilly in the afternoon, with some rough woodland paths. Could be quite muddy. No facilities at Bekesbourne station, so use loos on train. Possible opt out at Sturry after 8 miles.
Lunch: Pub or picnic at Stodmarsh.