Walking in and around Sutton and the Wandle Valley
Our group, formed in 1995, covers Sutton, a large part of Merton and the village of Banstead. We have a membership of about 450 and we aim to provide about 300 led walks per year.
Our normal walking area is in London and the Home Counties, with most walks being in Surrey. We are incredibly lucky to be able to include walks in the Surrey Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Well known beauty spots such as Box Hill and Leith Hill are in our catchment area, as is the course of the little River Wandle.
Our walks are varied in distance, terrain and historic context. They take you through ancient rights of way, across open commons, and down sunken lanes - all in beautiful countryside. And of course, we also walk on the stunning North Downs, offering vistas across much of Surrey and beyond.
Our walking community
There is a strong emphasis within the Group on companionship and to this end we incorporate a number of social events into our programme. Walks will frequently include a pub lunch or coffee break so members can really get to know one another and make friends.
Separate to the walks, we arrange Group visits to Museums and other places of interest and, twice a year, we organise coach trips further afield.
We work to deliver a programme that meets the needs of all our members, so our walks are deliberately varied in terms of distance, challenge and location.
We also try and make use of public transport as much as we can, to limit the impact on the environment (though some walks do involve car share).