Author Archives: Humphrey Southall

About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth

5th August 2018: Swanley, St Paul’s Cray and Petts Wood

Five stalwarts turned out for this London Fringe six mile walk on a blazing day. Network Rail placed a jinx at the start by closing an essential footbridge over the railway by Swanley Station. However, we were saved by Humphrey’s … Continue reading

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11th March 2018: Along the Green Chain from New Eltham to Abbey Wood

Thirteen people came on this walk, on what felt like the first proper spring Sunday. Unlike the Capital Ring or the London Loop, the Green Chain is not a single route but a network running through several south east London … Continue reading

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3 December 2017: Darenth Valley

Dermot led us on this eight mile walk starting from Otford. We began with the usual steep climb up on to the North Downs, then over to Romney Street where the pub had sadly closed. We then dropped down back … Continue reading

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8 October 2017: Along the Chess Valley

A killjoy suggested this would be the last sunshine we would have on a walk until the spring, but at least this was a lovely sunny day, and even though we got there on the “underground”, to Chorleywood, the Chess … Continue reading

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29 September-2nd October 2017: Red Rope National AGM Weekend, Mankinholes, Yorkshire

This year’s AGM venue was again Mankinholes Youth Hostel, near Todmorden in the Calder valley. Seven London members attended, mostly travelling up by train. Hugh and I came up to Todmorden via Leeds on Friday evening, had just enough time … Continue reading

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24 September 2017: Knole Park and Ightham Mote

This circular walk from Sevenoaks station to Ightham Mote was led by Helen Alsworth, on a beautiful sunny day. Heading out, we went through the northern part of Knole Park to Godden Green, then through woods and across a lavender … Continue reading

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17 September 2017: Hawksley and the Hangers Way

A big group of us joined Helen on this eleven mile walk in the Hampshire countryside, mostly following the Hangers Way — the Hangers being steep but densely wooded hills. After a long train journey fron Waterloo, we set out … Continue reading

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