Future Longer Walks

From April 2019, one of our two monthly walks will consist of a 10-12 mile section of iconic North Downs Way which runs from the Hog’s Back of Surrey to the White Cliffs of Dover.

✪ Please be aware that bookings for the following walks made before the stated date and time will not be accepted. Bookings are only accepted from those who have joined the Longer Walks Group

Thursday 28 February 2019 : Knebworth

Fully booked. Waiting list full

This is a lovely walk through the Hertfordshire countryside, which starts from Knebworth Station and ends in Stevenage. Heading south from Knebworth, we gradually turn to face west, following footpaths and bridleways to the A1(M), where an underpass takes us beneath the road and on to Rableyheath. A looping walk through farmland and woods brings us to the picturesque village of Old Knebworth and lunch at The Lytton Arms. The pub is adjacent to the Knebworth Estate, which is where we head after lunch, crossing close to the magnificent fifteenth century ‘house’ before walking through the country park to Graffidge Wood. At this point we turn to head north to the village of Langley, where we embark on our final stretch, that takes us under the A1(M) for the second time and into the town of Stevenage and trains for north London.
 
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Thursday 28 March 2019: Hemel Hempstead Circular
12.0 miles / 19 km

Fully booked. Waiting list only

This is a pleasant walk through the Hertfordshire countryside, which begins and ends at Hemel Hempstead station and takes in part of the Chiltern Way, a section of the Hertfordshire Way and the Grand Union Canal. Immediately after leaving Hemel Hempstead station we join the Chiltern Way, which we follow to the village of Bovingdon, where we are joined by the Hertfordshire Way. Next we head towards Chipperfield Common, where we stop for lunch at The Windmill, a traditional village pub. Fully refreshed we cross the common to re-join the Hertfordshire Way, which we follow as far as Kings Langley and the Grand Union Canal. At this point we take to the canal towpath, and head north on the GUC Walk, which we follow all the way back to Hemel Hempstead and trains to London.
 
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11 April 2019 : Knole Park and Ightham Mote
10.0 miles / 16 km

This is a lovely, scenic walk through the Kent countryside, which begins and ends at Sevenoaks and takes in two historic National Trust properties, Knole House and Ightham Mote. After a short walk through Sevenoaks town centre, our route crosses Knole Park before heading off through typical Kent countryside to the village of Godden Green. The walk continues past oast houses, through orchards and into more woodland before descending to Ightham Mote (a Tudor moated manor house), where we stop for lunch. At Ightham Mote we join the Greensand Way, which follows the crest of the Greensand Ridge and provides superb views south across the Weald as we head back to Knole Park. Finally as we continue through the deer park, we get a closer look at Knole House before heading back into Sevenoaks and on to the station.
 
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Please note that this walk takes place on the same day as the the Crouch End & District U3A Annual General Meeting where voting talks place for the election of CEDU3A Trustees and Executive Committee

25 April 2019 : North Downs Way. 1: Farnham to Guildford

Booking open from mid-day Monday 4 March 2019

This walk, starting in Farnham and ending in Guildford, is a wonderful way to begin the North Downs Way national trail. As we exit Farnham station, we head down Station Hill to reach the A31 and turn right to follow the road. A large signpost indicates the start of our route and soon we leave the roadside to follow a beautiful wooded path. Soon after, the first photo opportunity presents itself at the quirky North Downs Seat. We continue our walk alongside the River Wey, through woods, grasslands, fields, and by golf courses and private property. Along the way, more attentive walkers may wish to take up the challenge to find ‘The Fairy Tree’. As we continue on the NDW there are fine views of the Hog’s Back to be enjoyed before we reach our somewhat late lunch stop in Puttenham. After refreshment, we continue to the east encountering a vineyard, a nature reserve and a fine sandy path. We end our walk when we meet the River Wey once again, turning left to head towards Guildford station and, for those inclined, the possibility of refreshment at a riverside inn.
 
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9 May 2019 : Devil’s Punch Bowl
10.5 miles / 17 km

Booking open from mid-day Monday 18 March 2019

23 May 2019 : North Downs Way. 2

Booking open from mid-day Monday 1 April 2019

Reserve List

If you would like your name to be added to a reserve list of three members in case a space becomes available on any of the fully booked walks please complete this form:

▶︎ About the Longer Walks Group
▶︎ How to book a walk
▶︎ Past longer walks

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