Saturday, 30 March 2019 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 11:00
9 miles / 14.5 km
Travel: Take the 10:13 from Marylebone, arrives Saunderton at 10:55. Hourly return trains from Saunderton at 50 minutes past the hour. For any car drivers, the Saunderton Station car park is free(!). The walk leader will take an earlier train so as to be at Saunderton to greet Chilterns folk.
We head NW from Saunderton Station before heading WNW up Lodge Hill and along a footpath and byway as far W as Hempton Wainhill. We then turn NE along a bridleway and a footpath to Bledlow village and the chance of a drink at the Lions of Bledlow Pub a 16th century Free House. Please bring a packed lunch. We will then set off through the village as far as the Lyde Gardens - these are pretty water gardens. We then pick up footpaths and bridleways S and then SE back to Saunderton Station. Pub near station for post-walk refreshment. Dogs welcome - will need to be on leash every now and again.
Terrain: Undulating/Hilly: footpaths/bridleways and byways
Dropout points: None
Sunday, 31 March 2019 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 10:45
11 miles / 17.7 km
Reminder that clocks go forward 1 hour overnight before this walk
Travel: Take the 10:10 from Charing Cross (London Bridge 10:19), arrives Sevenoaks at 10:45.
A circular walk to the west of Sevenoaks. We pass through Dry Hill and Willow Wood to the picturesque village of Ide Hill, where we stop for lunch. There is a pub, but please bring a packed lunch. After lunch we follow the Greensand Way with some beautiful views over the Weald, and more woods back to Sevenoaks. Pub stop at the end. We always go to Sevenoaks when the clocks change.
Terrain: Hills, wood, fields
Wednesday, 3 April 2019 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 18:30
3 miles / 4.8 km
Travel: Travel to Marble Arch Tube Station (Central Line, Zone 1). The nearest tube station to Shepherd Market where the walk ends is Green Park (Zone 1, Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee Lines).
From Marble Arch the walk will follow a route through Mayfair, via Grosvenor Square, New Bond Street and Mount Street to Shepherd Market a charming small square and piazza tucked away between Piccadilly and Curzon Street, in the heart of Mayfair.
Table will be booked at the Punchbowl Pub on Farm street for dinner at 20:30 at end of walk.
Pub website: www.punchbowllondon.com/ (41 Farm Street London W1J SRP)
Please e-mail Kate (email@example.com) by Wednesday 27 March if you wish to book a place for dinner at the Punchbowl Pub so she can let them know the headcount.
Dropout points: Various
Saturday, 6 April 2019 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 10:00
10 miles / 16.1 km
Travel: Take the 08:55 from Victoria (Bromley South 09:12), arrives Maidstone East at 09:57. Buy a return to Bearsted. Return trains from Bearsted at 23, 58 mins past the hour.
A fast-paced walk via Brenchley Gardens, Whatman Park, River Medway, Allington Castle, Aylesford medieval bridge, Boxley Abbey medieval barn, Detling Church and Thurnham Church. There will be short stops at Aylesford Church, Tyland Barn nature reserve and Boxley Church. Bring a packed lunch
Terrain: Hilly (mostly on North Downs)
Sunday, 7 April 2019 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 11:10
Travel: Take the 10:30 from Waterloo (Clapham Junction 10:39), arrives Guildford at 11:10
We start the walk along the tranquil River Wey, before two climbs to Chantries Hill and St Martha's Church. There are wonderful escarpment views. We then descend to Chilworth for the lunch stop. There is a pub, but please bring a packed lunch. After lunch we follow the Downs link before rejoining the River Wey back to Guildford.
Terrain: Woods, hills, riverside path
Dropout points: Chilworth (after 4.5 miles)
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 (Group: Capital Walkers)
3.5 miles / 5.6 km
(Estimated finish time: 20:30)
Travel: Take the Tube (District or Circle Lines) to High Street Kensington (Zone 1).
Brisk walk around Kensington Gardens and some nearby hilly streets. Option to visit Coffee Shop or Restaurant at Whole Foods Market Store for refreshments at the end.
Saturday, 13 April 2019 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 9:00
15 miles / 24.1 km
Travel: Take the 08:07 from London Bridge (East Croydon 08:21) arrives Ashurst (Kent) at 08:57. Train final destination: Uckfield. Buy a return to Buxted
Starting at Ashurst and passing through the upper reaches of the Medway Valley before climbing to the top of Ashdown Forest, and then descending to Fairwarp for lunch. Resuming to finish at Buxted Station. Mainly along the Wealdway and passing through at least 3 different and unusual landscape types with hopefully some fine views. Lunch after 11 miles so bring snacks. Lunch: pub/picnic at Fairwarp village. Return trains only 1 per hour but good pub next to the station.
Terrain: River valley, woods and moorland including a long gradual climb
Sunday, 14 April 2019 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 10:55
12 miles / 19.3 km
Travel: Take the 09.55 from London Bridge (East Croydon 10.12) arriving East Grinstead 10.51. Only a single toilet at the station opened at the request of staff, so please use on train facilities.
Pleasant views in open countryside and woodland on the borders of Kent and Sussex following some of the High Weald Nature Landscape Trail. We will stop for lunch at the village of West Hoathley where there is a pub, but pleased bring a packed lunch. We may encounter steam trains on the Bluebell Heritage Railway and will pass Weir Wood Reservoir and Stone Hill Rocks, an impressive outcrop of sandstone. Two trains per hour back to London, pub near station.
Terrain: Some hills, fields and woodland. Potentially muddy
Saturday, 20 April 2019 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Travel: Take the 09:36 from London Bridge (East Croydon 09:53), arrives Amberley at 10:57
We head west on the South Downs way so be prepared for a few hills, returning via a slightly gentler terrain on the Sussex Literary Trail. Pub stop at lunchtime but please bring a packed lunch.
Terrain: Hills, woods, riverside path, fields
Sunday, 21 April 2019 (Group: Capital Walkers)
Start time 10:20
Travel: Take the 08:55 from Charing Cross (London Bridge 09:02), arrives Robertsbridge at 10:14.
This High Weald walk passes through classic Weald countryside of rolling hills, woods, hop fields and orchards. A highlight of this walk is arriving at Bodiam Castle where, if time permits, we may be able to stop for tea. The hooting of the steam trains of the nearby Rother Valley Railway can often be heard. From there the route continues on a gently undulating course to Salehurst, before a leisurely finish back into Robertsbridge. Please bring a packed lunch. Possible pub stop at the end of the walk.
Terrain: Paths, lanes, tracks, woods and fields