3rd Nov 2019 Berkhamsted circular walk

After arriving at Berkhamsted station we walked past the remains of the motte and bailey castle and up onto the Common.

We went through the glorious woods of Ashridge, National Trust land, with the oak trees and bracken turning a range of beautiful yellows and golds.

We then down into the valley and an easy walk back along the canal where we had our lunch perched on lock gates.

We continued along the canal where some of us helped close the lock gates after a barge had gone through.

We then continued on our way back into Berkhamsted where some of the party made for the tea shops while others headed straight for the train station.

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Sunday 27th October 2019 Petts Wood to Bexley

The walk this Sunday (27th) was Petts Wood to Bexley along the London Loop (about 6 miles).

From Petts Wood, the station, we walked though Petts Wood and then Scadbury Park. Once across the A20, we avoided the middle of Sidcup by walking through the grounds of Queen Mary’s Hospital. Anyone wanting a short walk (c. 4 miles) caught a bus from Footscray. The remainder of the walk followed the river Cray, ending in Old Bexley.

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20th October 2019 Wivelsfield Circular

A very muddy, autumnal 6-mile circular walk from Wivelsfield station passing close to the grade I listed sixteenth-century Ote Hall.

We went through beautiful quiet countryside over muddy fields and paths, one of which was so flooded we all got very soggy feet.

We continued onto Wivelsfield Green where we had lunch stop and tried to dry out our feet. Then continuing through more fields where autumn mushrooms were in abundance with a fairy ring of Parasol mushrooms, we descended to the station, muddy but satisfied after a good sunday walk. .

Parasol mushroom
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13th October 2019 Clacton on Sea to Walton on the Naze

The walk this Sunday (13th) is a walk from the Time Out Saturday Walkers guide, which says it is just over 7 miles long. It is away from the road & mud.

Bring packed lunch & water. There will definitely be a tea & cake stop available to us. Waterproofs recommended, as showers forecast.

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15th Sept 2019 Hayes Kent Circular

A beautiful a September Sunday found 11 of us walking through Kent accompanied by 2 small dogs, Woody and Fred. A circular walk from Hayes meandering through dappled sunlight under trees still in full leaf passing the Wilberforce Oak where a plaque has been erected.  Across a dried ploughed field with unforgiving stubble, which was a bit of a challenge, particularly for those wearing sandals led to lunch break at Leaves Green. 

After lunch a few ups and downs in the terrain but all happily completed and ended the day with coffee, waiting for the return train to Charing Cross.

Wilberforce Oak plaque

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8th Sept 2019 Woldingham to Caterham

The walk this Sunday (8th) is from Woldingham to Caterham via the North Downs. The walk is 9 miles via Gangers Hill, Winders Hill and Gravelly Hill.

I don’t think there are any refreshment stops, so bring lunch, water etc.

The walk could be shortened by a couple of miles at the end by heading more directly to Caterham.

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25th Aug 2019 Shoreham to Chartwell

A walk from Sevenoaks, not visiting Knole Park (!) and instead heading west along the Greensand ridge (and Way) to Chartwell.

From Sevenoaks station, we head south west through some posh bits of Sevenoaks, soon giving way to woodland, to Bayley’s Hill. There we turn west and start following the greensand escarpment, with great views dropping away to the south. Lunch will be somewhere along this section, and we will also stop at Ide Hill which is both a viewpoint and a village with a pub:

After Ide Hill we carry on west along the Greensand Way to Toy’s Hill and French Street, ending at Chartwell:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

The National Trust cafe there is open until 5.

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