Longer Walks booking forms 2024

❑ Bookings made before the stated date and time will not be accepted

Thursday 23 May 2024
Staines to Windsor
10.5miles / 16.8 km

🟦 Waiting list only

We return to Staines to complete our third section of the London Green Belt Way, a walk full of interest for historians and art-lovers as well as keen hikers. We start on the Thames in the centre of Staines, and head upstream on a path sandwiched between housing and the river. Passing beneath the M25, we soon reach Runnymede Park and then enter the National Trust managed Runnymede water meadows, which as we all know, is the area where in 1215 Magna Carta was signed. As we continue our walk (initially along the Thames and then across the meadows), there will be the opportunity to see some of the art-works and memorials that have been located here because of its association with liberty and equality. As well as the John F Kennedy Memorial and of course the Magna Carta Memorial, our route takes us to two very interesting art installations. The Jurors by Hew Locke and Writ in Water by Mark Wallinger both of which encourage reflection and contemplation. We now leave the meadows and after a steep climb through the woodlands flanking Cooper’s Hill, emerge at the Air Forces Memorial, erected in memory of the 20,000 plus members of the Allied air forces who went missing in action during World War Two. After a fairly large dose of history and culture, we continue the walk through the well-heeled streets of Englefield Green, eventually entering Windsor Great Park at Bishopsgate. Our route takes us through the deer park and provides fine views over Windsor and Heathrow, leading us eventually to the Copper Horse statue that we encountered on a previous walk. From here the ‘Long Walk’ to Windsor Castle (all 2.5 miles of it) is spread out before us, leading us to Windsor station and our journey home

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    Thursday 13 June 2024
    Thursday 27 June 2024
    Winchester Circular
    10 miles / 16 km

    🟦 Booking open from mid-day 20 May to midday 21 May 2024

    * Rail fares are likely to exceed £20 for the return journey

    This will be a “summer special” walk visiting the historic city of Winchester, which was the capital of England from 827 to 1066. We will also take the opportunity to taste the adjacent countryside. Our route takes us past Winchester Castle, then through the city centre and south along the River Itchen to reach St Catherine’s Hill, the nearest section of the South Downs to the city. St Catherine’s is the site of an Iron Age hill fort, with a climb of 330 wooden steps to reach the summit, so be prepared! The route now crosses the M3 and takes us onto Twyford Down, which in 1992 was the site of a major protest against the construction of the nearby motorway. From here we leave the Downs to cross the Itchen and follow its opposite bank, taking in Winchester College and the Cathedral grounds before we reach the station

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      Walk dates : 13 & 27 June 2024

      Please note ‘preferred’ dates are not accepted. If you are available for both dates enter EITHER. Enter a specific date only when you really cannot make the other date. If you do so, there is no guarantee that you will be offered a place on that date

      Thursday 11 July 2024
      Thursday 25 July 2024
      Sandwich to Deal
      10.5 miles / 16.8 km

      🟦 Booking open from mid-day 17 June to midday 18 June 2024

      * Rail fares are likely to exceed £20 for the return journey. Late return to north London likely

      Our annual trip to the seaside takes us back to the Kent coast to walk the stretch between Sandwich and Deal. During the day, we experience the delights of the river Stour and the saltmarshes and reedbeds of Sandwich Bay Nature Reserve before reaching the coastal path to walk on into Deal. It is an easy, level walk with some varying terrain including beach walking if the tide permits. Sandwich is the oldest of the Cinque Ports and stands on the river Stour. Although it is 2 miles from the sea nowadays, it was a major port until the Wantsum Channel silted up in the Middle Ages. Our route weaves through pathways until we cross a footbridge to catch our first view of the tidal river. From here the river meanders past Stoner Lake and Old Salthouse Reach to reach the England Coastal Path, where we enter the nature reserve, a complex mosaic of habitats for birds and other wildlife. Once on the coast our walk takes us along the Sandwich mudflats (crossing sand or shingle depending on tide). Soon we encounter the first of three golf courses, the prestigious Prince’s Golf Club, swiftly followed by Royal St George’s and Royal Cinque Ports. As we reach the outskirts of Deal a well-tended community garden marks the site of Sandown Castle, built by Henry VIII to defend the coast from French invasion. Shortly afterwards, we reach Deal Pier, from where it is only a short walk to the station. However, as those who were here with the group last year will remember, not before a stop at the King’s Head for refreshment

      Thursday 8 August 2024
      Thursday 8 August 2024
      Windsor to Bourne End
      11.75 miles / 19 km

      🟦 Booking open from mid-day 15 July to midday 16 July 2024

      The fourth section of the London Green Belt Way, starts on the River Thames in Windsor, as we follow the Thames Path across Eton bridge and head upstream. This is easy river-side walking through the Eton water meadows, with fine views of the Thames and of Windsor race course on the opposite bank. After we pass the rowing centre at Dorney Lake (used during the 2012 London Olympics you may remember), we walk beneath the M4 and on past Bray and into Maidenhead, crossing the river once more via the town bridge. We continue northwards through Maidenhead, passing Boulter’s Lock, before emerging into a rural landscape, with meadows on our side of the river and the steeply wooded flanks of the Cliveden estate on the other. As we approach Cookham, the path leaves the Thames and takes us into the village, past the Stanley Spencer Gallery housed in an old Methodist chapel, through the churchyard and back to the riverside that is said by some to have inspired Kenneth Grahame to write The Wind in the Willows. We are now on our final section of the walk, as our path traverses a section of water meadows before crossing the Thames to finish in Bourne End


      Members must not attend any Longer Walk if they or a close contact have recently been diagnosed with or shown any COVID-19 symptoms, are awaiting test results or are self-isolating under Government guidance applicable at the time of the walk

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