18th August Circular walk from Wendover

The walk this Sunday (18th) is a circular walk from Wendover in the Chilterns. The walk is 9 miles (with a climb at the beginning). We’ll walk following the Outer Aylesbury Ring through Wendover Woods via Daniel’s Hole and back to Wendover along the Grand Union Canal.

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25th August 2019: Sevenoaks, Ide Hill and Chartewell

This was a very hot Bank Holiday Sunday, so it was good that this walk was almost completely in woods, or otherwise shaded. Our departure from Sevenoaks was slightly delayed when we stopped to help someone who had spotted a dog shut in a car with the window only very slightly wound-down — that meant going with him to a nearby church where the owners turned out to be in the congregation.

The first part of the walk headed south and uphill from Sevenoaks station, initially through suburban streets and a long fenced-in path between gardens, but then through Mill Bank Wood. Eventually we reached the crest of the Greensand ridge, and the Greensand Way which we followed for the rest of the day, with good views south — this was taken from our lunch spot:

Bough Beech Res. from Greensand Way

Bough Beech reservoir from the Greensand Way

Our next stop was at Ide Hill village, for a quick drink at The Cock. It was then another three miles on to Chartwell, and most of the first mile was the one part of the day which lacked shade. Going up hill in this was quite hard work, but we were soon back in the woods on Toys Hill.

Cock at Ide Hill

The Cock at Ide Hill

We had not seen many other walkers on the Way, but both Ide Hill and Chartwell were very busy. Heading along the Greensand Way, you do not get to another railway station until Oxted, which is more than ten miles from Sevenoaks. However, on summer Sundays the 246 bus is extended on from Westerham to the car park at Chartwell. Dermot and Nigel caught the 4.20 bus, but the other four in the party had teas, cream or otherwise, then caught the last bus at 5.20, switching to a train at Hayes station.

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4th August 2019 Hastings Country Park

Sunday’s (4th) walk is to explore the area around Hastings, including the country park (about 6 miles). We would do a 6 mile walk around the country park. Added extras would be having a look at the sea front & visiting the Old Town.

Bring packed lunch, water & sun cream!

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Wed 31st July Easy Walk Turnham Green to Chiswick

Easy walk Turnham Green to Chiswick Rail Station – Wednesday July 31.

Meeting at 11.15 there is a coffee shop just to the right and  we can look at St Michaels and All Angels Church, on the edge of the Bentham Estate, a original garden ‘city’ with interesting houses. 

The Tabard pub opens at 12, which is full of lovely tiles, I think William de Morgan, so worth a quick look.

William de Morgan tiles


Then walk to Hogarth(s) House, which also opens at 12 and is free to visit

William Hogarth statue.

.A little further along the road is  Chiswick Park and house, where there is a cafe or you can bring your own lunch. Chiswick House will be  open but costs £7.80 entry unless you have an Art Fund card. 
The park has a lake and small waterfall and from its side exit it is a short walk to Chiswick overground station

All photos by Liz Kingston-Smith

 

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30th July 2019; St Albans to Old Gorhambury House

Old Gorhambury House photo Liz Kingston Smith

Sundays walk to Old Gorhambury house home of Francis Bacon its a ruined Tudor mansion in a lovely situation wooded hilly area/farmland sheep pastures.

We set off on the alban way an old railway track now a walking/cycle path going right from the station, after roughly half a mile we come to a bridge over the river ver, we go down the steps and follow the river towards Sopwell nunnery an interesting ruin heading towards St Albans park there are public toilets in the park. We head past the lake towards Gorhambury estate which is a private estate which allows walkers and cyclists but not cars to use the roads and footpaths. We cross the A4147 road go past the roman theatre and head straight up the hill passing through an entrance gate.

For those who like their birds will be seeing red kites. At the top of the hill is the old manor house a delightful ruin where we can have packed lunches as there are no cafes up on the hill. From the train station to the ruin will take an hour and a half. We can make our way back the way we came which be mostly down hill. We can then head back to the station through St Michaels a charming village suburb where there are old pubs doing sunday lunch etc. We can then head up to the cathedral and on to the station the return journey another 1 and half hours.

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14th July Peterfield to Liss

The walk this Sunday (7th) was from Petersfield to Liss, around 12 miles (a slightly longer version of the Time Out walk.

Here’s the description from Time out: Much of this walk follows the Hangers Way, a long distance path which lies within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The name Hanger derives from the old English “Hangra” meaning a wooded slope. Much of the walk is in unspoilt countryside which remains as it was several hundred years ago. The view at the top is spectacular. Apart from Shoulder of Mutton Hill, most of the route is easy walking.

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7th July Peterfield to Liss

The walk from Petersfield to Liss, around 12 miles is a slightly longer version of the Time Out walk.)

Here’s the description from Time Out


Much of this walk follows the Hangers Way, a long distance path which lies within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.. The name Hanger derives from the old English “Hangra”meaning a wooded slope. Much of the walk is in unspoilt countryside which remains as it was several hundred years ago. The very steep ascent of Shoulder of Mutton Hill may be slippery in winter when the slightly longer alternative route is advised. Whichever route is taken the view at the top is spectacular.

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