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This walk takes us beside the River Wey and along part of the North Downs Way through farm fields with wide open views and woodland to the village of Compton. Along the way we pass the Watts Gallery where we can stop for lunch in the tearoom and Loseley House.
Sorry, not suitable for dogs.

Lunch at Watts Gallery tea room or picnic in the grounds

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:45 am
Grid Ref: TQ000470
Nearest Post Code: GU4 8DB

Scout Hut Car Park Shalford Common next to Wild at Heart Antiques by the railway bridge. This car park gets v busy so park where you can on adjoining roads in Shalford and tracks on common but do not obstruct access by local inhabitants please.Allow plenty of time to find a parking space!

Distance and Terrain:

8 miles. Moderate mostly flat with a couple of short steep bits


Meet walk leader Nigel at the ferry terminal by 10.30am. He will then see if we have either 10 or more under 60’s or seniors to consider obtaining a group discount. We will then book in as foot passengers on the car ferry for the 11.00 am ferry to Fishbourne returning on the 18.47pm passenger ferry from Ryde (not Fishbourne). You can come back earlier but it guarantees a space if the ferry is busy. The return ferry costs are adults £19.80 or Seniors £14.90.
On arrival we will walk to the nearby Quarr Abbey to have tea and coffees at the café in the grounds of the famous monastery. Then onwards on the scenic coastal path passing Ryde and the picturesque village of Seaview enjoying great views over the Solent and have a picnic or cafe lunch on the way to eventually finish at St Helens. At the end we will get the bus back to Ryde where we will get the passenger ferry to Portsmouth.
If you are coming by car to Portsmouth, you can park your car at the long stay car park directly opposite the car ferry terminal. It’s £10 for 24 hours, or preferably park in Gun Wharf Quays car park nearby only £8 when showing your ferry ticket on your return. Do not use the Park and Ride as last bus back is 19.15pm
If coming by train travel to Portsmouth Harbour Station, on arrival do not follow the I.O.W passenger ferry signs but exit the station on to the road outside called The Hard turn right and follow the road into St Georges Road, then right again into Gunwharf Road signed IOW Car Ferry or if you visit Gunwharf Keys shopping centre take the ten-minute walk following the Millennium Promenade walkway from the Spinnaker Tower heading south (look for chain motif set into the path) to the IOW car ferry terminal on Gunwharf Road.
For both methods of travel, we highly recommend you print off all the details and a map from by clicking on the green highlighted grid ref on the SABRE walks programme

seafront cafe or picnic on the beach

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: SZ631996
Nearest Post Code: PO1 2LA

Ticket office
Wightlink Customer Office Building
IOW Car Ferry
Gunwharf Road

Distance and Terrain:

8 miles. Leisurely pace some small hills

Wed 22 Aug 2018: HENLEY TO HAMBLEDEN (7miles)

We start our walk on the Thames Path, following the course of the famous Henley Regatta alongside Remenham meadows. Crossing the Thames at the spectacular weirs at Hambleden Lock, we continue north into the Chiltern hills to arrive at the picturesque village of Hambleden for lunch. Here there is a village store for hot pasties and other light bites or a pub or bring a picnic. After lunch we cross hills and woodlands with Red Kites sailing above us to return on the west bank of the Thames to Henley, where we will have some well-earned tea and cakes.

Picnic,village shop or pub lunch

Starting Point:

Start Time: 11:00 am
Grid Ref: SU763826
Nearest Post Code: RG9 2LW

Henley Town Bridge, Henley On Thames, Oxon
Nearest car park is the Railway Station car park £5 all day parking

Distance and Terrain:

7 miles. Leisurely pace some small hills

Sun 26 Aug 2018: GOMSHALL AND THE GREENSAND (12miles)

A climb up from Gomshall to the Greensand ridge at Winterfold Heath, then along the ridge eastwards taking in Reynards and Pitch Hills (lunch somewhere along this section) before descending forest paths into Peaslake (drink stop at Hurtwood Inn). Then a dogleg route back to the start via Riding Copse and Rad Lane.

PICNIC lunch (we will visit a pub in the afternoon en route back to Gomshall, but will not be eating there)

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: TQ085478
Nearest Post Code: GU5 9LB

Gomshall Village outside the Gomshall Mill pub (,-0.451181,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x93c4d50d26e712f0!8m2!3d51.2194748!4d-0.4472543) at the junction of the A25 and Goose Green.
Please do NOT park in the pub car parks - there is plenty of street parking further up Goose Green. Park with consideration for the local residents.

Distance and Terrain:

12 miles. Fairly brisk pace, but not excessively

Sun 26 Aug 2018: LITTLEHAMPTON TO CLYMPING (7miles)

Join Nigel as we start our walk taking in the bracing air on the seafront. After crossing the River Arun we are soon striding along the beach, sun in our faces and sea spray in our hair. When we arrive at Clymping beach we will stop for a picnic or cafe lunch.
From here we head inland through picturesque Clymping village cutting back across the sea meadows to the River Arun. For those who want it, there is a nice river front cafe to end the day.

Picnic or cafe lunch

Starting Point:

Start Time: 11:30 am
Grid Ref: TQ028013
Nearest Post Code: BN17 5LH

Meet up by the lighthouse-style light beacon on the far west end of the seafront promenade, by the mouth of the River Arun. The nearest car park is off South Terrace on the Green directly behind the seafront beside Harbour Park amusements centre £8.40 all day or you might be able to park for free further back from the seafront .Suggest you arrive early if sunny as gets very busy for parking.There's a cafe near the meeting point by the amusement park.There is a railway station in the town.

Distance and Terrain:

7 miles. Leisurely pace on level ground


Beech woods, grassy uplands, fine views and attractive villages.

Picnic lunch and short pub visit during the walk. Opportunity for late pub lunch/snacks from village shop after the walk

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:15 am
Grid Ref: SU784865
Nearest Post Code: RG9 6RP

Hambleden, Nr Henley. Car Park next to The Stag and Huntsman

Distance and Terrain:

10 miles. Fairly gentle hills with one steep climb/descent. Muddy after prolonged rain.

Sat 8 Sep 2018: CALLEVA ATREBATUM (SILCHESTER) (9.2miles)

A walk around the ruined walls of the Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum, just East of Silchester. Starting off on the North side of the site, we walk along the walls past the Northern Gate to the site of the Amphitheatre, before heading towards Mortimer, then back through Benyon's Inclosure to lunch at the Calleva Arms in Silchester. In the afternoon we take a walk round the Silchester trail and the Southern walls. 5.1 miles AM 4.1 miles PM

Pub lunch at the Calleva Arms, Silchester, or picnic outside.

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: SU6358662896
Nearest Post Code: RG7 2HP

Silchester Roman town car park, Wall Lane, Reading. Postcode RG7 2HP is for Chittys Farm just to the East on Wall Lane. From the M3 J6 take the A339 round Basingstoke, coming off at the A340 Aldermaston Rd. Just past Queens College Arms PH look for Bramley Rd and brown sign to Roman Silchester. Keep following Roman Silchester signs to turn left up Silchester Rd. Carry on through Silchester follow Roman Silchester sign to turn right and right again on Wall Lane and free carpark is on south side of Wall Lane.

Distance and Terrain:

9.2 miles. Moderate pace, Roman Walls, woodland and rolling hills


An afternoon walk through Polesden Lacey estate and up to Ranmore Common and then back to the cafe by the car park in time for tea and hopefully cakes.
Easy gradients with no stiles

Starting Point:

Start Time: 1:30 pm
Grid Ref: TQ137528
Nearest Post Code: KT23 4QR

Meeting in the car park at Polesden Lacey House (free to NT members)
£5 for over two hours, non-members

Distance and Terrain:

6 miles. Easy

Sat 15 Sep 2018: PULBOROUGH BROOKS (7miles)

We start outside the visitor centre at the RSPB nature reserve at Pulborough Brooks, but try not to get too distracted by the delights of the shop and café as we will set off promptly at 11am, descending a gentle woodland trail with glimpses of highland cattle grazing. We then meander along a quiet country lane until we come to Parham Park, an estate dating from Tudor times. After pausing for a few educational factoids, we cross the deer park, admiring the historical Dove Cote en route, and enter the picturesque village of Cootham where we stop for lunch at The Crown. In the afternoon we walk across the Gliding Club’s airfield, keeping well to the side of the runway, and then along narrow countryside tracks to come out by the Golf Club. Crossing the road, we are treated to a taste of Africa as we look out over the ponds of Pulborough Brooks resembling bush watering holes shimmering in the hot Sussex sunshine (hot sunshine not guaranteed but let's be optimistic) and teeming with bird life. We then climb over a stile into a field of horses and continue through the fields until we find ourselves back at the RSPB reserve, where we can justifiably indulge in a slice of homemade cake in the café knowing we have walked 7 miles.

Picnic or pub lunch

Starting Point:

Start Time: 11:00 am
Grid Ref: TQ058164
Nearest Post Code: RH20 2EL

Outside the Visitor Centre at the RSPB Nature Reserve at Pulbrough Brooks. Turn off the A283 between Pulborough and Storrington where you see the blue RSPB sign and follow the bumpy track to the car park. Toilets available in the Visitor Centre Brooks RSPB Visitor Centre, West Sussex

Distance and Terrain:

7 miles. Leisurely pace some small hills


This walk starts from Chiddingfold, one of Surrey's most picturesque
villages. It takes us through good farm tracks and quiet country lanes to Ramsnest Common. Near the end, it takes us through some spectacular wooded terrain. This walk is currently affected by a temporary bridge closure; should this bridge not be reopened, there will be a diversion along some quiet country lanes.

Picnic or pub lunch at The Mulberry Inn

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:30 am
Grid Ref: SU961354
Nearest Post Code: GU8 4TT

Chiddingfold Village Green,
The Green, Chiddingfold, Surrey.
Parking is available next to the green. Parking at the northern end of the green will avoid inconveniencing local shops.
Chiddingfold lies on the A283 between Milford and Petworth.

Distance and Terrain:

8 miles. Moderate pace. Generally good walking conditions.

Tue 2 Oct 2018: FREE TODAY - WISLEY CIRCULAR WALK (5miles)

This is a short circular walk - we cross the prestigious Wisley Golf Course to join the Wey Navigation Canal we cross Ripley Common, field and skirt around Wisley Gardens. Easy walking. A repeat from a Friday evening walk.

This walk is to coincide with FREE (no charge) day opening at RHS Wisley. Meet at 10am outside shop and return for a social lunch and amble around the gardens. Gardens close at 6pm.
Note as Wisley will have free entrance today it is likely to be busy !

Wisley RHS Cafeteria after walk for lunch

Starting Point:

Start Time: 10:00 am
Grid Ref: TQ065583
Nearest Post Code: GU23 6QB

RHS Wisley Gardens - outside shop

Distance and Terrain:

5 miles. Easy, Flat

Sat 17 Nov 2018: PRE AGM WALK (6miles)

Details to be confirmed

Starting Point:

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

Details to be confirmed

Distance and Terrain:

6 miles. TBC

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