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Walk Programme

Wed 29 Mar 2017: BUSHY PARK, HAMPTON COURT AND HOME PARK CIRCULAR (4.5+4miles)

The walk begins at the car park next to the Pheasantry cafe in the Woodland Garden, then takes us towards Hampton Court, beginning at The Wilderness, where we see the maze, daffodils and other spring flowers. After a walk along the river Thames, we enter Home Park, where we see views of Hampton Court Palace, the Methuselah Oak Tree (said to be 750 years old) and the Ice House. Picnic lunch or cafe lunch at The Pheasantry in Bushy Park. After lunch, we see spring flowers in The Woodland Gardens, the Waterhouse Plantation and the beautiful Water Gardens. Option of tea after the walk at The Pheasantry Cafe.

Picnic lunch or cafe lunch at The Pheasantry in Bushy Park.

Figure of 8 Walk
Starting Point:

Start Time (Loop 1): 10:30 am
Start Time (Loop 2): 1:00 pm
Grid Ref: TQ156698
Nearest Post Code: TW11 0EW

Car park adjoining the Pheasantry, Woodland Garden; this is in the middle of Bushy Park. NB Not the car park next to the Diana Fountain. The start time for the afternoon walk is approximate. Please meet us inside the Pheasantry Cafe for the afternoon walk. Please note the postcode is very approximate. On arriving in Bushy Park, The Pheasantry Cafe is signed up on your left if heading North on Chestnut Avenue from the Diana Fountain.

Distance and Terrain:

4.5+4 miles. Moderate pace. Generally good walking conditions.

Sat 1 Apr 2017: BARBURY CASTLE, MARLBOROUGH DOWNS, WILTSHIRE (8miles)

This is the first walk in a series of three circular walks being offered over this weekend. If you would like to stay in the area there is a wide range of accommodation around Marlborough and some of the villages for you to book. Today we start from the site of an Iron Age hill fort on the northern edge of the Marlborough Downs and pick up the Ridgeway. If the weather is fine we shall have excellent views as we walk towards Ogbourne St George, from there the walking is across fields to Ogbourne St Andrew for a pub lunch. After lunch we have Ogbourne Maizey Down on our left as we use the Marlborough Old Road for the return to Barbury Castle and I'll hope to see you tomorrow for walk number two.

Pub Lunch

Starting Point:

Start Time: 11:00 am
Grid Ref: SU155761
Nearest Post Code: SN4 0QH

Barbury Castle Country Park Leave M4 at jct 15 and take A346 (signposted Marlborough), at Chiseldon only about a mile or so from motorway junction take B4005, Three Trees farm shop and cafe SN4 0HT on A346 is an excellent place for coffee and I plan to be there, prior to meeting at Barbury Castle, if you wish to have a break on your journey.

Distance and Terrain:

8 miles. Grassy downland paths and stony tracks, please be prepared for changeable weather.

Sun 2 Apr 2017: FYFIELD DOWN, MARLBOROUGH, WILTSHIRE (7miles)

This is the second circular walk in the series this weekend and you are very welcome to come to all them, or one or two of the walks. You may like to book accommodation in the Marlborough area at a b & b, hotel or pub. The area of Fyfield Down is a SSSI and littered with large grey sarsen stones brought here by glaciers during the last Ice Age. We are going to go past Devil's Den, a burial chamber then into the village of Clatford, then into Lockeridge for a pub lunch. After lunch we return to the Nature Reserve and back over Fyfield Down.

Pub Lunch

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: SU159699
Nearest Post Code: SN8 1PL

Fyfield Down National Nature Reserve car park at the top of Down's Lane, off A4, 1.5 miles from Marlborough. Down's Lane is on the right if you are coming from Marlborough and you'll see signposts for Manton House and Hollow. Take this minor road until it ends at the private drive to Manton House, here you bear left and turn sharp right into the car park.

Distance and Terrain:

7 miles. Undulating terrain, please make sure you have waterproof clothing with you!

Mon 3 Apr 2017: AVEBURY, NEAR MARLBOROUGH, WILTSHIRE (6.5miles)

This is the third walk in Wiltshire and unusually is on a Monday. If you have been able to come to one or both of the other walks this weekend I hope you are also able to come to this walk and see the stone circle at this spectacular World Heritage site. We are taking a section of the Ridgeway: we'll visit West Kennett Long Barrow and marvel at strange Silbury Hill before returning to the cafe for a well-earned tea and cake. Please bring a snack to have during the walk.

Packed lunch

Starting Point:

Start Time: 11:00 am
Grid Ref: SU099697
Nearest Post Code: SN8 1RD

Outside the National Trust cafe at Avebury. Parking is in pay and display car park off A4361, there is a parking charge unless you are a NT member.

Distance and Terrain:

6.5 miles. Undulating, through pasture and arable fields and some stony tracks.

Wed 5 Apr 2017: BLACKHEATH AND SURROUNDS (5.5miles)

Passing through field and forest, part of Blackheath, edge of St Martha's, and there is one long gentle ascent and one quite steep ascent. No refreshments on route.

Starting Point:

Start Time: 1:30 pm
Grid Ref: TQ024469
Nearest Post Code: GU4 8LZ

Chilworth recreation ground (officially called Brookswood field). Look for a sign saying 'Phoenix Cottage' pointing up a dirt road, a hundred yards or so before the level crossing. Plenty of parking up the track.

Distance and Terrain:

5.5 miles. Leisurely pace. Usually fairly dry underfoot

Sat 8 Apr 2017: SAINTLY UPPER AND LOWER FROYLE (6+3miles)

Moderate pace. 8 stiles on morning walk. Generally muddy. Very muddy and slippery if wet. You may park in the pub car park if having breakfast or lunch there. The pub is open from 9:00 for breakfast and the use of facilities. You may park in the lane to the left of the petrol station/Spar shop. We will start the walk by the houses here as they have 2 statues of saints above the doorways. We then walk to Upper Froyle village noting other statues above doorways on other houses. After the village we join St.Swithin's Way footpath (muddy tracks through farmers fields) and have a brief stop outside Pax Hill house (formerly Lord Baden-Powell's home). We then head towards Lower Froyle before returning to Upper Froyle and lunch. If only doing afternoon walk but having lunch please let me know as I need to let the landlady know of numbers. Afternoon is West towards Holycombe returning via part of St Swithins Way across open countryside. One muddy lane and farmers fields. 1 stile. Walk ends about 15:15 (315pm) for tea and coffee in pub

Pub carvery lunch £7.95, or other, tables reserved from 1245.

Figure of 8 Walk
Starting Point:

Start Time (Loop 1): 10:00 am
Start Time (Loop 2): 1:45 pm
Grid Ref: SU755421
Nearest Post Code: GU34 4JH

Road near Hen and Chicken pub off A31 on outskirts of Upper Froyle. Ignore signs to Lower Froyle.

Distance and Terrain:

6+3 miles. Open countryside. Generally muddy fields. If recent rain then very muddy and slippery.

Sun 9 Apr 2017: HORSESHOE LAKE AND THE RIVER BLACKWATER (5.5miles)

Turning into Wellingtonia Ave, we see the impressive sequoia trees. The walk then takes us through woodland along a small section of The Three Castles Path to Horseshoe Lake. Walking alongside the River Blackwater, we pass the Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve, a popular spot for birdwatchers. We then walk uphill to Finchampstead Ridges, stopping at the viewpoint before returning to Simon's Wood and the car park.

Starting Point:

Start Time: 2:15 pm
Grid Ref: SU812634
Nearest Post Code: RG45 6AE

Simon's Wood free (NT) Car Park, Wellingtonia Avenue, Finchampsted, Wokingham, Berkshire. Take the A321 (Lower Wokingham Road) and turn West into the B3348, Wellingtonia Avenue. The car park to Simon's Wood is on the right.

Distance and Terrain:

5.5 miles. Moderate pace. Generally easy walking, but can be muddy after wet weather. One hill.

Tue 11 Apr 2017: THURSLEY AND THE COMMONS (12miles)

We meander across Hankley Common, Tilford Common and Tankersford Common for lunch at the Barley Mow at Tilford. After lunch we cross back over Hankley Common and go on to Elstead Common and Thursley Common. Moderate+ pace.

Pub Lunch or Picnic

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:00 am
Grid Ref: SU900398
Nearest Post Code: GU8 6QA

Thursley Recreation Ground Dye House Road Thursley, Surrey

Distance and Terrain:

12 miles. Undulating, muddy in areas

Sat 15 Apr 2017: BRAMLEY TO ALBURY AND BACK. (11.5miles)

From Bramley we will follow the Downs Link to St Marthas Hill and then on to Albury for lunch, after lunch will will head for Albury Heath and pick up the Fox Way which we will follow all the way back to Bramley. This walk will be largely un-recced so may contain elements of guesswork and some wandering around!!

Pub or Picnic Lunch

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:00 am
Grid Ref: TQ009450
Nearest Post Code: GU5 0AY

Car Park right next to the Downs Link at Bramley and Wonersh disused railway station. Please allow enough time to find the car park and get ready, I will start walking at 10.00am.

Distance and Terrain:

11.5 miles. Hilly, probably muddy, but definitely hilly. This walk will be led with a leisurely attitude, at a moderately quick pace, with bursts of brisk.

Sun 30 Apr 2017: THE DEEPDENE TRAIL UPDATED (6miles)

I led this walk for SABRE last October and I am pleased to see that the work to restore the lost gardens and features of the historic Deepdene Estate has continued, therefore I am leading this circular walk again but with a slight alteration to go over Cotmandene before we pick up the trail. We'll have a detour to see the ruins of Betchworth Castle and continue to Brockham for a tea/coffee and cake stop on Brockham green. The teas on the green are a well-established community event. We return via the Greensand Way.

Starting Point:

Start Time: 1:30 pm
Grid Ref: TQ170497
Nearest Post Code: RH4 1SN

Dorking Leisure Centre/Dorking Halls car park off Reigate Road Dorking (parking is free on Sundays at time of writing)

Distance and Terrain:

6 miles. Pavement, gravel paths, some farmland with a couple of stiles. Moderate pace

Sat 13 May 2017: AMBERLEY TO STORRINGTON (10miles)

Further details to follow

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:00 am
Grid Ref: SV000000
Nearest Post Code: Not Specified

Further details to follow

Distance and Terrain:

10 miles.

Sat 20 May 2017: EARTHAM WOODS TO HOUGHTON (10miles)

Further details to follow

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:00 am
Grid Ref: SV000000
Nearest Post Code: Not Specified

Further details to follow

Distance and Terrain:

10 miles.

Sat 27 May 2017: MIDHURST TO PETWORTH WITH SURREY YOUNG WALKERS (8miles)

We start our walk going past the remains of historic Cowdray House and the famous Cowdray Park polo fields, then on through fields and woodland till we reach the picturesque village of Lodsworth where we shall stop to have lunch in the Hollist Arms or have a picnic if you prefer the village grocery store is well stocked with drinks and food.. In the afternoon we climb up through the hills and walk past Pitshill House, former home of the notorious Mitford sisters and eventually enter Petworth Park by the secret northern gate. At the end of the walk we will seek out a tea shop in Petworth for those that want to and later catch a bus back to Midhurst.

Pub or picnic lunch

Starting Point:

Start Time: 11:00 am
Grid Ref: SU887218
Nearest Post Code: GU29 9DW

Car Park Off North Street on left as you enter the town pay £2 to safely cover the days parking Midhurst West Sussex

Distance and Terrain:

8 miles. Moderate Pace some hills

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