Walks Programme for Blackheath Group

Date & Time

Brief description




Saturday September 6th 2014, 10am

Wendover to Tring

10 miles

Meet WENDOVER station, Bucks., 10.00 (Marylebone 9.12). A linear walk of about 10 miles along the disused Wendover arm of the Grand Union Canal, via Tring Reservoirs and College Lake Wildlife Centre, to Tring station (returning to Euston). A pub. stop around 13.00 at the traditional Anglers Retreat at Startop's End, for good food, real ale, and a conversation with the Parrot. If there is serious engineering work disruption, as last time, please assume this walk is cancelled.


Sunday September 7th 2014, 10:30am

Beckenham Place to Downham Woodlands

5 miles

Loop through one of the most fascinating sections of the Green Chain including sweeping Beckenham Place Park and an unexpected woodland strip through a 1920s housing estate. 3 hours. Meet Grove Park station


Saturday September 13th 2014, 10am

Shoreham-by-sea circular

17 miles

Meet SHOREHAM-BY-SEA station, West Sussex, 9.59 (Victoria 8.47, East Croydon 9.02). A 17 mile circular walk at a brisk pace on the South Downs with lunch at Bramber. Later, a tea stop at the art deco Shoreham Airport, followed by a half-hour walk back to the station.

Yudi and Mady

Sunday September 14th 2014, 10am

Ladywell to Catford Bridge

7 miles

Meet LADYWELL station 10.00 (Charing Cross 9.35). A linear walk of about 7 miles to Catford Bridge, exploring woodland, parks, cemeteries and uplands of South East London. Lunch in the Catford Constitutional Club at walk's end for those who fancy. From Central London, buy a return ticket to Catford Bridge or a Travelcard for zone 3.


Saturday September 20th 2014, 10:05am

Gomshall to Boxhill

17 miles

Meet GOMSHALL station, Surrey, 10.03 (Waterloo 9.00 change Guildford 9.48). A linear walk of about 17 miles to Boxhill & Westhumble station via Albury church, East Clandon for lunch, Polesdon Lacey for tea and Boxhill. Buy a return ticket to Gomshall.

Chris G

Sunday September 21st 2014, 10:30am

Jubilee Greenway Part 7: West Ham to Beckton Park

3.5 miles

Thread along the spine of Victorian sewer and through fine stretches of new and old parkland in this astonishingly green and quiet stretch of the Jubilee Greenway. 2½ hours. Meet West Ham station E15 3BN (Underground/National Rail/DLR) 1030hrs, ends Beckton Park station (DLR).


Saturday September 27th 2014, 9:45am

Hassocks to Lewes

16 miles

Meet HASSOCKS station, West Sussex, 9.41 (Victoria 8.51, East Croydon 9.09). A linear walk of about 16 miles to Lewes, repeating last years' walk, with an extended lunch break of at least 1½ hours at the Half Moon Inn, Plumpton.


Saturday October 4th 2014, 10:05am

Henley-on-Thames circular

17 miles

Meet HENLEY-ON-THAMES station, Oxford, 10.02 (Paddington 8.36, Twyford 9.50 or Paddington 8.52 or 9.00, change Reading and Twyford are quicker but with tighter connections). A brisk circular walk of 16 - 17 miles in the Chilterns north of Henley. Via Pishill, Ibstone (lunch at The Fox), Fingest, Hambledon and finally along the Thames from Hambledon Lock back to Henley.


Sunday October 5th 2014, 10am

A Wander on the Wandle

5 miles

A walk tracing the River Wandle's varied industrial heritage, featuring a working water wheel, a National Trust property, a city farm, and a break at an arts and crafts village. 3 hours. Meet Morden station (Underground) SM4 5AZ 1030hrs, ends Wimbledon Park (both Underground).


Saturday October 11th 2014, 10am

The High Weald Landscape Trail, stage 2: Haywards Heath to Balcombe

14 miles

Meet HAYWARDS HEATH station, West Sussex, 9.30+ (Victoria 8.47, East Croydon 9.03, +probably change to a Rail Replacement bus at Three Bridges 9.30 for a 10.00 start). A linear walk of about 14 miles to Balcombe with a late lunch in Ardingly. Covering the next section of the High Weald Landscape Trail, then through Wakehurst Place to Balcombe. Buy a return ticket to Haywards Heath.


Saturday October 18th 2014, 10am

Chilworth to Guildford

12 miles

Meet CHILWORTH station, Surrey, 9.57 (Waterloo 9.00, change at Guildford 9.48). A linear walk of about 12 miles at a steady pace to Guildford via Blackheath Forest, Farley Hill to Shere for lunch. Returning via the North Downs Way and the Wey South Path to Guildford. Buy a return ticket to Chilworth.

Jun and Lesley

Saturday October 25th 2014, 9:45am

Merstham circular

12 miles

Meet MERSTHAM station, Surrey, 9.45 (or closest train, 'phone leader if in doubt). A circular walk of about 17½ miles at a brisk pace, via Quarry Hangers, Godstone Green (lunch), Tilburstow Hill, Bletchingley and Nutfield Marsh.


Saturday November 1st 2014, 10am

Amberley to Arundel

15 miles

Meet AMBERLEY station West Sussex 9.57 (Victoria 8.32, East Croydon 8.48). A linear walk of about 14½ miles at a brisk pace to Arundel, through Arundel Park and along the River Arun with lunch at the Black Rabbit Pub., Offham. Buy a return ticket to Arundel.


Sunday November 2nd 2014, 10:30am

Green Chain Walk: Forest Hill to Crystal Palace

4 miles

Green Chain Walk : Meet FOREST HILL station, SE23 3HB, 10.30. A linear walk of about 4 miles (2½ hours) at an easy pace to Crystal Palace (both stations National Rail / Overground). Explore the "Southwark extension" of South East London's walking treasure the Green Chain Walk, on an old railway track through ancient woodland and past the airy site of Crystal Palace, overlooking a sumptuous park with its famous dinosaur sculptures.

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Sunday November 9th 2014, 9:55am

Dorking to Merstham

15 miles

Meet DORKING MAIN station, Surrey, 9.52 (or closest train, 'phone leader if in doubt). A linear walk of about 15 miles at a brisk pace to Merstham, via Juniper Top, High Ashurst, Headley, Walton On The Hill (lunch) and Banstead Heath. Stations are on different lines, but from London a return ticket to Betchworth covers both journeys, or from Croydon a return ticket to Dorking.


Saturday November 15th 2014, 10am

Wendover circular

13 miles

Meet WENDOVER station, Bucks., 10.00 (Marylebone 9.12). A circular walk of about 13 miles at a medium-fast pace incorporating part of the Ridgeway and Icknield Way with lunch at Hampden Arms, Great Hampden.


Sunday November 23rd 2014, 9:40am

Chorleywood to Great Missenden

15 miles

Meet CHORLEYWOOD station, Herts., 9.39 (Marylebone 9.12). A brisk linear walk of about 15 miles to Great Missenden with lunch probably at LeyHill. Buy a return ticket to Great Missenden.


Saturday November 29th 2014, 9:45am

Christmas Walk and Meal

10 miles

Christmas Walk and Meal : Meet TOWER HILL station, 9.45 (District & Circle Lines). A linear walk of about 10 miles to Catford for an optional Christmas Lunch at the Catford Constitutional Club at 1.30pm. Starting along the Thames Path (north side) via the Isle of Dogs, Greenwich Park and the Waterlink Way. See the newsletter for further details. Catford stations are in Travelcard zone 3.