Future Longer Walks

Thursday 22 March 2018: Chess Valley/Grand Union Canal: 10 miles / 16 km

This walk is fully booked. Waiting list only

This circular walk starts at 10.30 a.m. from Rickmansworth Tube Station (Metropolitan Line). We begin by following the River Chess north westwards and then crossing the M25 before turning south west towards Chorleywood. A walk across Chorleywood Common follows, after which we descend into the town and then climb steeply out again to reach our lunch stop at ‘The Stag’. After lunch, it is downhill all the way as we follow the Old Shire Lane circular walk over the M25 again and on into the Colne Valley. A short section of road brings us to the towpath of the Grand Union Canal at Springwell Lock. Here we turn to the north east and follow the canal towpath to Batchworth, before crossing Rickmansworth town centre to reach the station.

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Wednesday April 4 2018: London Loop 1 – Erith to Old Bexley: 9 miles / 14.5 km

Booking open from mid-day Friday 9 March 2018
Please note that no bookings will be accepted before this date and time

The walk starts at Erith Rail Station at 10.15 (the most convenient train leaves London Bridge at 9.40). We follow the River Darent across a flat marshy landscape, then the river Cray, which is more of a stream, through Crayford. We eventually reach open fields and parkland leading to Hall Place built in 1640. After passing through woodland we see St Mary’s Church with its unusual spire, and then the 1761 house of a Kentish Historian and a weather boarded Mill. The walk ends here and we head back to North London from Bexley Station. We will take a break for lunch mid-way through the walk, so all walkers will need to bring their own packed lunches and sufficient drinking water to last the day.

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Thursday April 26 2018: Gordon Hill Circular: 11 miles / 17.5 km

Booking open from mid-day Monday 26 February 2018
Please note that no bookings will be accepted before this date and time

This circular walk starts at 10.30 a.m. from Gordon Hill station (Overground) and takes in parts of the Hertfordshire Chain Walk, the New River Path and the London Loop. In the morning we head north crossing Turkey Brook to Clay Hill, before continuing across country to Crews Hill. Leaving the garden centres behind, we head north once more, to reach Goffs Oak in time for lunch.
Following suitable refreshment at ‘The Wheelwrights’, a short stretch of road walking takes us east to Bury Green, where we join the New River and head south. After crossing the M25, (and averting our eyes as we hurry past the Tottenham Hotspur training facility), we continue to Forty Hill, to follow the Turkey Brook upstream back to Gordon Hill.

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Wednesday May 2 2018: London Loop 2 – Old Bexley to Farnborough: 11 miles / 17.5 km

Booking open from mid-day Friday 6 April 2018
Please note that no bookings will be accepted before this date and time

The walk starts from Bexley Rail Station at 10.30 (good connection from London Bridge at 9.49). We soon rejoin the Cray River, on a particularly attractive stretch with an ornamental lake, then pass Sidcup Place, with some of its 18 century core still intact. After crossing the A20 we enter Scadbury Park with the possibility of a small detour to see the moated 13 century manor house. After a stroll through the National Trust’s Petts Wood, we cross open fields to Jubilee Country Park. Following a short section of street walking, we enter Crofton Woods, finally finishing at Farnborough. From Farnborough village we take the 358 bus to Orpington Station (23 mins). From there trains go to London Bridge (15 mins). As before we will take a break for lunch mid-way through the walk, so all walkers will need to bring their own packed lunches and sufficient drinking water to last the day.

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Wednesday June 6 2018: London Loop 3 – Farnborough to Hamsey Green: 14 miles / 22.5 km

Please note the length of this walk before booking

Booking open from mid-day Friday 4 May 2018
Please note that no bookings will be accepted before this date and time

The group meets at Orpington Rail Station at 10.00 (a convenient train leaves London Bridge at 9.33), from where we get the bus to Farnborough and the start of the walk. We soon enter the High Elms estate and climb, though not steeply, enjoying good views if we get a clear day. At the summit is a seat where Wilberforce and Pitt discussed the slave trade. We then go downhill, crossing Keston Common and passing 19 century ponds which once supplied the local grand house with water. After skirting the edge of Hayes Common and walking through some woods, we reach the top of Addington Hill, for more views. A final stretch through a nature reserve then open fields takes us to Hamsey Green, where we catch the 403 bus to East Croydon Station and trains to London.

As usual, we will take a break for lunch mid-way through the walk, so all walkers will need to bring their own packed lunches. However as this is a particularly long section of the Loop, both in distance and time, please bring extra refreshments and plenty of drinking water, particularly if the weather is hot.

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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:

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Future walks (details to be announced):
24 May 2018 (booking opens 26 Mar 2018)
28 Jun 2018 (booking opens 30 Apr 2018)

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