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

This walk is fully booked. Waiting list only

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 Petts Wood
8.2 miles / 13 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, walking along a particularly attractive stretch with an ornamental lake, before entering an open grassy area known as Sidcup Place, overlooked by a stand of magnificent giant redwood trees. After crossing the A20 we enter Scadbury Park nature reserve with its woods and meadows and the possibility of a small detour to see a moated 13 century manor house. After a stroll through the National Trust’s Willett Memorial Wood, we cross open fields to Jubilee Country Park, from where we head towards the end of this walk at Petts Wood Station. 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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Thursday May 24 2018: Ivinghoe Beacon Circular
10.5 miles / 16.8 km

This walk is fully booked. Waiting list only

This walk starts at 10.30 a.m. from Tring railway station (National Rail) and uses parts of the Ridgeway National Trail, the Icknield Way and the Chiltern Way to visit Ivinghoe Beacon, the Ashridge Estate and the picturesque village of Aldbury. In the morning we pick up the Ridgeway close to Tring station and head north through the Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve climbing steadily as we follow the prehistoric Grim’s Dyke. A ridge walk along Pitstone Hill follows before a steep climb up the south side of Inchcombe Hole. We are now in the Ivinghoe Hills with magnificent views west to the Vale of Aylesbury, north to Edlesborough and (as we reach the beacon at 233 metres above sea level) east to Whipsnade. Weather permitting our lunch stop (packed lunches folks!) will be close to the beacon, after which we pick up the Icknield Way and head south east towards Little Gaddesden. Here we meet the Chiltern Way which we follow into Ashridge Park. Our route now heads south west towards Berkhamstead Common (scene of a mass trespass in 1866 which prevented the area being enclosed by landowners) where we turn to face west, and a woodland walk to the village of Aldbury. With two pubs in Aldbury, there is the possibility of a refreshment stop, before tackling our final stretch across the fields to Tring Station.

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Wednesday June 6 2018: London Loop 3
Petts Wood to West Wickham Common
9 miles / 14.5 km

Booking open from mid-day 4 May 2018
No bookings accepted before this date & time

The group meets at Petts Wood Rail Station at 10.30 (trains from Charing Cross, London Bridge or Victoria) from where the walk starts. After retracing our steps to cross Jubilee Park Country Park, we head south-west through suburban streets to emerge into an area of woodland called Sparrow Wood and then Roundabout Wood. Another short stretch of road walking sees the Loop emerge into Darrick Wood, before suburbia returns briefly as we cross Farnborough. By now we are beyond the built up area of Bromley and remain in open countryside for the rest of the walk. We soon enter High Elms Country Park and as we climb towards the Clockhouse should be rewarded with good views to north and south. This part of Kent is full of history and interest. At the summit of High Elms is a seat where Wilberforce and Pitt discussed the slave trade, while Down House the family home of Charles Darwin and the famous RAF base of Biggin Hill are both nearby. By now we have turned to head west to Keston Court. From here our final stretch is downhill across Keston Common and then along the edge of Hayes Common before we leave the Loop to catch the train home from Hayes station in West Wickham. As usual, we will take a break for lunch mid-way through the walk, so all walkers will need to bring their own refreshments and plenty of drinking water, particularly if the weather is hot.  Station at 10.30 (trains from Charing Cross, London Bridge or Victoria) from where the walk starts. 

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Thursday June 28 2018: Box Hill
9.5 miles / 15.5 km

Booking open from mid-day Monday 30 April 2018
No bookings accepted before this date & time

This walk starts at 10.30 a.m. from Box Hill and Westhumble railway station (National Rail from Victoria). The route heads north through Norbury Park to Mickleham, east to Headley Heath and then south to reach Box Hill itself. The final descent takes us to the famous stepping stones over the River Mole and back to our starting point.

We will take a break for lunch mid-way through the walk, so all walkers will need to bring their own refreshments and plenty of drinking water, particularly if the weather is hot.

Please note that although this is not a long walk, it is not an easy one. There are a number of climbs (totalling 500-600 metres) and some steep descents, so be warned! In the morning we head north-west from the station to climb through a wooded area to Norbury Park, where we emerge to some fine views across the Mole Valley. From here we descend to cross the River Mole on the outskirts of Mickleham. From Mickleham we climb again, crossing the Thames Down Link before heading NE towards Headley Heath and our packed lunch stop. Having crossed the Heath, we head south towards Box Hill village, where we join the North Downs Way, following it along the Downs until we reach the famous Box Hill viewpoint at the Salomons Memorial. The final section of the walk takes us back into the Mole Valley, across the river on the stepping stones, and back to the station. In fact if we time it right, there may well be time for refreshments at the ‘Stepping Stones’ pub in Westhumble before catching the train home.

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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 walk dates

28 Jun 2018 : booking opens 30 Apr 2018
12 July 2018 : booking opens 14 May 2018
26 July 2018 : booking opens 29 May 2018
9 August 2018 : booking opens 18 June 2018
23 August 2018 : booking opens 2 July 2018
27 September 2018 booking opens 30 July 2018
25 October 2018 booking opens Tuesday 28 August 2018
22 November 2018 booking opens 1 October 2018

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