Saturday, 15 December 2018 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 10:45
10 miles / 16.1 km
Travel: Check train times before travelling. Take the 09:34 High Speed train from St Pancras International (Stratford International 09:41), arrives Dover Priory 10:41. Cheaper but slower alternatives are the 08:40 from Charing Cross (Waterloo East 08:43, London Bridge 08:49), arrives Dover Priory 10:33 or the 08:42 from Victoria (Denmark Hill 08:52, Bromley South 09:05), arrives Dover Priory 10:39. Buy a return to Dover Priory. Return trains from Folkestone Central are at 00 minutes past the hour to St Pancras and 09 minutes past the hour to Charing Cross
The final stage of the Kent Coast is a classic walk. In the morning we climb up the Western Heights then go over Shakespeare Cliff to look down on Samphire Hoe and look at a sound mirror. In the afternoon we go steeply down very slippery paths through the undercliff of Folkestone Warren to “Little Switzerland”. We end in the twilight by going past some Martello towers to Folkestone Harbour. We will need to keep the pace up due to short daylight. Sunset 15:50. Bring a packed lunch. Possible pub at end
Terrain: Clifftop paths, slippery undercliff
Dropout points: None
Sunday, 16 December 2018 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 10:15
10 miles / 16.1 km
Travel: Meet at Bromley-by-Bow Underground Station (Zones 2 and 3) District and Hammersmith and City lines. Finish at Ponders End Station (Zone 5)
Walk along the Lea Valley by the River Lea. Places of interest include the Three Mills (one of London's oldest extant industrial centres), the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Middlesex Filter Bed Nature Reserve, Walthamstow Marsh Nature Reserve and Tottenham Marshes. We will stop close to a pub at lunchtime but due to time constraints please bring a packed lunch. Walsingham is a village in North Norfolk famous as a place of religious pilgrimage since Medieval times.
Terrain: Urban parkland and nature reserves
Dropout points: Many
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 18:45
3 miles / 4.8 km
There will be a Capital Walker's social outing on Tuesday 18th December. Meeting at Covent Garden (Zone 1), (James Street exit) at 6.45 pm, the event will consist of a short 2-mile walk with a guided tour and history of London's most famous West End Christmas lights and to keep us warm a glass of mulled wine (to be purchased individually from one of the local Christmas pop-ups along the route). The walk will end at Holborn Tube Station (Zone 1). It will be followed by dinner at Wagamama’s in Holborn. 20 spaces have been reserved for dinner. To confirm a space, please email the leader: Michelle (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 15th December.
Dropout points: Several
Saturday, 22 December 2018 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 10:35
8 miles / 12.9 km
Travel: Take the 09:25 from Victoria, arrives Ockley at 10:33. Also possible to get a train from Waterloo at 09:24 changing at Epsom to pick up the train from Victoria, but we will not be able to wait for latecomers if the connection fails. There are no toilet facilities at Ockley station.
The walk goes through woodland around Vann Lake then crosses fields to the remote church of St John the Baptist at Okewood. There will be a lunch stop at Walliswood where there is a pub but please bring a packed lunch. We continue across Jayes Park estate to Ockley village, situated on the former Roman Road of Stane St, now the A29. Return trains are hourly and there are no pubs near station, so we might pause again at a pub in the village, 30 minutes from the end of the walk if we are likely to just miss a train. Much of the walk is on firm tracks and quiet lanes but the woodland could be muddy.
Terrain: Footpaths, quiet lanes and bridleways. Mostly flat.
Sunday, 23 December 2018 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Travel: Meet at Oakwood Station Piccadilly Line zone 5
A surprisingly rural walk on the northern edge of the metropolis, this walk takes in the nicer properties of Hadley Woods before heading to the Chequers pub in Potters Bar for a reasonably priced bite to eat. In the afternoon we head for tea to Trent Country Park a large country estate that was once owned by the Sassoon family, (Siegfried's not Vidal's). This is a good pre-emptive strike against the winter blues/bulge, with good scenery, company. Sensible footwear advised as it may be muddy.
Terrain: Parks, farms, woodland
Saturday, 29 December 2018 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 10:25
9 miles / 14.5 km
Travel: Take the 09:54 from Euston, arrives Berkhamsted at 10:23.
A lovely walk in the Chilterns north of Berkhamsted going via The Golden Valley and Ashridge Park. Lunch stop at the village of Aldbury, where there is a pub, but please bring a packed lunch. Pub near station at the end of the walk.
Terrain: Hills, woods, fields
Sunday, 30 December 2018 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 10:30
Travel: Take the 10:00 from Liverpool Street (Walthamstow Central 10:13), arrives Chingford (Zone 5) at 10:30.
A short walk for a short day! We'll walk across Chingford Plain and through Epping Forest to our lunch stop at High Beach, where there's a pub, café/hut and toilets. Back though a different part of the forest via Loughton Camp (an Iron Age earthwork) and Connaught Water. Teashop and pub at the end of the walk.
Terrain: Mainly forest and clearings. Likely to be muddy Gentle climb up to High Beach.