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Walk Programme

Sat 24 Jun 2017: THE BEECHES OF EGYPT (10.5miles)

A walk round Burnham Beeches and Egypt Woods, heading up to Hedgerley for lunch at the White Horse before returning via Fulmer and Stoke Common to Farnham Common. Beautiful Beech woodlands with ponds, wetland areas, farmland and heathland. One of my favourite places.

Pub or picnic lunch at the White Horse at Hedgerley (real ale pub) at approx 12.30

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: SU9570085054
Nearest Post Code: SL2 3PS

Lord Mayors Drive Car Park, off Beeches Rd, Burnham Beeches, Farnham Common, Bucks. Large Car Park, £3 a day charge incl weekends. From M40 Jct. 2 A355 Beaconsfield Rd. go South 3 miles to Farnham Common and look for brown tourist sign 'Burnham Beeches' on right in town centre. Follow Beeches Rd. over cross roads onto Lord Mayors Drv. Car Park is on the left.

Distance and Terrain:

10.5 miles. Moderate pace with occasional brisk. Gentle rolling hills. Some road walking (country roads).

Sun 25 Jun 2017: FOUR COMMONS AND A MILL (6miles)

A pleasant scenic walk mainly on heath and in woodland taking in Rodborough, Milford, Thursley and Witley Commons. We also pass the picturesque Cosford Mill.

Starting Point:

Start Time: 2:00 pm
Grid Ref: SU9334040913
Nearest Post Code: GU8 5QJ

Witley and Milford Common car park, Webb Road, Witley, off the A286. Look out for a brown National Trust sign on the right hand side if going toward Haslemere. Non N.T. members will need to pay £4.00 parking charge

Distance and Terrain:

6 miles. Moderate pace over easy terrain with no steep hills


A varied walk across farmland and woodland . We see one of the few surviving pairs of stocks in the UK on Abinger Common occasionally employed by the local rector as "a mode of punishment for refractory boys", an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey, and walk in Darwins footsteps on Abinger Roughs through ancient woodland.

Starting Point:

Start Time: 1:15 pm
Grid Ref: TQ111480
Nearest Post Code: RH5 6QS

Abinger Roughs N T Car Park off Whitedown Lane near Abinger Hammer off A25.
Just after Abinger Hammer at The Crossways turn left into Whitedown Lane (opposite Raikes Lane). Car Park is on left towards top of hill

Distance and Terrain:

6 miles. Moderate


The walk starts in the picturesque and historic village of Bosham. Cutting across the peninsula, it takes us through reed beds to a traditionally managed meadow. Heading down the Fishbourne Channel, the route takes in the tiny village of Dell Quay and passes through two marinas before arriving at Itchenor for the ferry crossing across the channel (cost £2.50 in 2016) and back along to the car park via shoreline and road.

Picnic or pub lunch at Dell Quay.

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:15 am
Grid Ref: SU806041
Nearest Post Code: PO18 8HW

Bosham Pay and Display Car Park, Bosham Lane, Bosham, West Sussex. Charge of £4 per day. There may also be free parking available elsewhere in the village, but avoid parking near the water, as some paths can be flooded at high tide.

Distance and Terrain:

11 miles. Generally good walking conditions. Moderate pace.

Sun 2 Jul 2017: A BLACKDOWN WANDER (10miles)

A circular, hilly walk via woodland and heathland, up to Blackdown with its panoramic views across the South Downs National Park. Possible option for a tea stop in Haslemere towards the end of the walk. (Maps: LR 186 / Expl: 133)

PICNIC LUNCH on Fernhurst Green (arriving approx 12.15). Drinks available at the small Red Lion pub (GU27 3HY / GR: SU899285)

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: SU898329
Nearest Post Code: GU27 2PD

Haslemere Railway Station, Lower Street - Outside Main Entrance. Station Car Park (£1)

Distance and Terrain:

10 miles. Hilly, at a leisurely to moderate pace.


We head north crossing The River Wey and ascend up to the picturesque hamlet of Spreakley then head west through Alice Holt forest to The Visitor Centre where we will have a café or picnic lunch.There is a brand new cafe recently opened on site. After our sumptuous luncheon we stroll southwards through the forest past the fearsome Gruffalo, later to emerge into pleasant rolling farmland eventually following the River Wey back to the Great Pond and well-earned refreshments at the pond side tea hut.

cafe or picnic

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: SU843402
Nearest Post Code: GU102QD

Frensham Great Pond car park, Bacon Lane, Frensham off the A287 , Surrey. Please note the nearest post code shown takes you to the Frensham Pond hotel. The car park you require is about half a mile away on the north side of the Pond.Please look at the map by clicking on to the grid reference.

Distance and Terrain:

8 miles. leisurely some small hills


Judith is leading this joint walk with Surrey Young Walkers: a scenic flat and easy walk along the Solent Way following the water's edge from the attractive market town of Lymington in the New Forest to Keyhaven, roughly 6 miles. We then venture afloat and take a small boat across to Hurst Castle for a picnic lunch on the beautiful beach overlooking the Isle of Wight. You then have 2 options: a 2 mile walk back including the shingle spit to Milford on Sea to catch the bus back to Lymington (led by Nigel), or return to Keyhaven by boat with Judith and walk another 5 or so miles further inland to return to the starting point. Toilets available in Lymington and Keyhaven. Ice-cream and drink kiosk at Keyhaven near where we pick up the boat. Boat costs £3.50 one way or £6.50 return. Bus costs £4. Entrance to Hurst Castle should you want to look round during the lunch break is £5. Parking at Lymington Station at £5.50 all day or there is long term parking at the Barfield and Town Hall car parks off Avenue Road. There is free parking at Woodside Park on Ridgeway Lane, which is 1.5 miles away on the other side of town.

Picnic lunch on the beach with paddling/swimming opportunities.

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: SZ327958
Nearest Post Code: SO41 9AU

Lymington Town train station, Lymington, Hampshire.

Distance and Terrain:

11 miles. Moderate pace. Flat, decent path on the way out; the 2 mile stretch to Milford on Sea includes some walking on shingle.


A circular walk around Balcombe taking in Ardingly Reservoir and the fantastic scenery of the High Weald. In the morning we head west from the village through areas of woodland, pastures and farms before circling back to skirt Ardingly reservoir. We then head into Ardingly for lunch before returning to Balcombe via Wakehurst Place. Pleasant views throughout, as far as the South Downs in places. Option of refreshments in Half Moon pub or Balcombe Tea Rooms at the end of the walk.

Pub lunch at the Ardingly Inn (or bring a packed lunch).

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: TQ306301
Nearest Post Code: RH17 6JQ

Balcombe Station car park (free at weekends).

Distance and Terrain:

12 miles. Moderate to brisk pace. Fairly hilly, particularly in the afternoon.


This is a circular walk taking in two commons and the Devil's Punchbowl. Shortly after the start, we have the option to view the Atlantic wall, an interesting relic from the Second World War. We then gently ascend Kettlebury Hill to gain outstanding views of Hankley Common and local area. Then it's a gradual climb to the Western rim of the Devil's Punchbowl with more superb vistas. After lunch,we continue around the Punchbowl taking in Gibbet Hill before following the Greensand Way towards Thursley and returning across Thursley Common to our starting point.

Packed lunch with the option of grabbing coffee and cake at the NT cafe at Devil's Punchbowl car park

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: SU898415
Nearest Post Code: GU8 6LW

The Moat car park, 3 Kms south of Elstead on the Thursley road. The car park is on the left if coming from Elstead.

Distance and Terrain:

11 miles. Moderate pace. Undulating terrain.


Watch the famous carnival parade as it leaves Hove Lawns on the seafront and see everything from floats to fire engines, roller skaters, drummers and samba bands - a true Rio style carnival procession. It is supported by both the Brighton LGBT community and the wider public in fact most of Brighton celebrates it.. Why not dress in a colourful style to suit the carnival mood?
After the parade we will have a picnic lunch on the beach to the west of the pier where you can either bring your own picnic lunch or perhaps have a take away from one of the seafront fish and chip shops.
At 1.30pm Nigel will lead a walk from the pier along the esplanade and into the historic South and North Lanes areas and carry on to Preston Park where the carnival parade ends and the festival takes place. We will have a sneaky peak over the fence at the carnival ground, as it a paid entry event. Then down back into the centre of Brighton for late afternoon refreshments.
As this event attracts large crowds in Brighton we would recommend that you either come by rail to Brighton Station, which is about 15 minutes’ walk from the pier or if coming by car we would suggest free street parking in the area near the Grenadier Pub, 200 Hangleton Road, Hangleton, Nr Hove BN3 7LT GR: TQ271065 and then getting a frequent 5A or 5B bus from the Grenadier Pub for a 25 minute journey to North Street in Brighton which is not far from the pier.

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: TQ313038
Nearest Post Code: BN2 1TW

Meet up for the carnival parade at 10.30 am at the entrance to Brighton Pier on Madeira Drive, Brighton, Sussex. Nigel and Derek will be there to greet you
Meet up for the City walk 1.30pm at the same place

Distance and Terrain:

5 miles. leisurely carnival pace easy terrain

Sun 6 Aug 2017: THREE CASTLES 1 (13miles)

This is the first section of the Three Castles Walk, a 60 mile trail linking Winchester, Odiham and Windsor Castles.
We start walking at the Bus Station and up the High Street to The Great Hall of Winchester Castle, then we will stroll through some picturesque parts of Winchester, before heading out of the city following the Itchen Way, through a field of nettles. We pass through the pretty villages of Easton, Martyr Worthy and Itchen Abbas before heading over Itchen Stoke Down to Abbotstone and onto to Abbotstone Down, before leaving the trail to return across the fields to Old Alresford then along the road to New Alresford.

Pub Lunch at The Plough in Itchen Abbas, or picnic,after about 7miles

Starting Point:

Start Time: 9:00 am
Grid Ref: SU588325
Nearest Post Code: SO24 9JG

Park on Alresford Station Car Park, (free on Sundays). There are toilets. Meet outside Hetre, 39 West Street to catch the 64 bus at 9.15 to Winchester Bus Station arriving 9.35.
Option to meet at Bus Station at 9.35 and catch bus back to Winchester after the walk but buses are only every 2 – 3 hours.

Distance and Terrain:

13 miles. Brisk Pace. Terrain is fairly flat but with some long grass/nettles in one field. Some street walking.

Sat 12 Aug 2017: ANNUAL BEACH PARTY AND WALK (7miles)

Details T.B.A

Starting Point:

Start Time: 11:00 am
Grid Ref: Not Specified
Nearest Post Code: Not Specified

To be decided

Distance and Terrain:

7 miles. T.B.A

Sat 19 Aug 2017: PANGBOURNE, GORING CIRCULAR (11miles)

The walk starts from Pangbourne Station and takes us across the Thames via a tollbridge to Whitchurch and then up the Thames Path to the picturesque village of Goring, passing underneath one of Brunel's famous railway bridges on the way. Our return journey will be through woods and farmland, following part of the Southern Extension of the Chiltern Way.

Choice of cafe or picnic lunch in Goring or pub lunch across the Thames in the nearby village of Streatley.

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: SU632766
Nearest Post Code: RG8 7DY

Pangbourne Railway Station, Shooters Hill, Pangbourne, Berkshire. Pangbourne is on the train route from Reading to Oxford. There is a car park at Pangbourne Station. The cost for parking is £2.90 per day. Should this car park be full, parking is available at the Station Road Pay and Display Car Park or one of the other car parks in Pangbourne. There is also some free parking in local streets.

Distance and Terrain:

11 miles. Generally reasonable walking conditions. Moderate pace.

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