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LATEST PROGRAMME - 2018 Strolls Programme (January to March)

Sunday 7 January. Alton to Farnham linear. Conductor: Jill Goddard.Start 09:31 at Alton station (08.07 from London Waterloo). Return trains from Farnham at 00 & 30 minutes past each hour.

Route description: This linear route takes us through the rolling Hampshire countryside from Alton to Farnham. We head south west from Alton towards East Worldham and on to Froyle before going up to Well  for lunch.  The afternoon route takes us down to Dogmersfield and the Basingstoke Canal before tea near Church Crookham and then up to the heathland north of Farnham.Explorers 144 & 145.

Distance approx. 18 miles.

Saturday 20 January. Henley Circular via Marlow.  Conductor: Kate Copeland.Start Henley station at 09:50. (08.42 from London Paddington, changing at Twyford). Note: some trains may be leaving 10 mins earlier on this date due to engineering works. Any updates will be posted on the web site and e-mailed to members nearer the time. Return trains every half hour.

 Route description: In the morning we walk alongside the Thames to Temple Island, the pretty village of Hambleden and a brief communion with the Chiltern Way at Marlow Common before dropping down into Marlow for lunch (9.5 miles). Numerous pubs and cafés in the town. In the afternoon we take the Thames Path past Bisham and Hurley, turning inland at Aston via Remenham and a brief reunion with the Chiltern Way to reach Henley. Optional tea stop at The Chocolate Cafe. Stunning Thames vistas, beech woods and plenty of red kite sightings.

 Explorer 160. Distance approx. 17 miles. Click HERE for report.

Sunday 4 February.  Guildford Circular. Conductors: Gail and John Elrick. Meet Guildford station at 09:12 (London Waterloo 08:30). Frequent return trains to Waterloo.

 Route description: We leave Guildford via Pewley Down where we should get extensive views of the countryside from the top, then we descend and return to the tops at Chinthurst Hill. We use much of the Greensand Way to reach The White Horse at Hascombe for lunch. After lunch we wend our way to Farncombe Boathouse for tea at Hectors then follow the Wey Navigation back to Guildford.

Mainly Explorer 145. Distance approx. 20 miles.

Sunday 18 February. St Margaret's (Herts) circular. Conductor: Lynne McKenzie. Start St Margaret's Station at 09:25 (08:42 from London Liverpool Street - or Seven Sisters at 08.53 - changing Broxbourne 09.15). Two return trains an hour at 19 and 49 minutes past each hour.

 Route Description: This walk follows the Hertfordshire Way out of St Margaret's through green fields, along the River Ash and cross country to Barwick Ford where we join the Harcamlow Way.  We meander to Wadesmill for lunch at either The Feathers Inn or The Anchor.  The shorter afternoon rejoins the Harcamlow Way to Cold Christmas and back over some muddy fields to finish along the Lea Navigation into St Margaret's with a cup of tea option at The Jolly Foresters

Explorer 194. Distance approx. 16 miles

Sunday 4 MarchIn Darwin's Footsteps (circular). Conductor: Simon Lloyd. Start at Hayes (Kent) station 09:29 (London Charing Cross 08:45). Return trains at 15 & 45 minutes past the hour.

Route description: The morning heads across ancient Commons (Hayes and Keston via the London Loop) passing William Pitt’s Holwood estate and the Wilberforce Oak, then to Downe village to pass Down House, home of Charles Darwin, to walk in his meadows and woods. Skirting Biggin Hill's edges, we reach The Blacksmith’s Arms, Cudham. After lunch, via fields and woods to High Elms Country Park, the past estate of the Lubbocks, friends of the Darwins, for tea (Green Roof Café: visitor centre, and exhibition). The evening section returns to Hayes visiting Farnborough village and church, finishing across the north of Keston Common.

Explorers 147 & 162. Distance approx. 20 miles.

Saturday 17 MarchDorking circular. Conductor Keith Lane. Start Dorking station 09:50 (London Victoria 09:01). Regular return trains to London.

Route description: In the morning the route undulates along the North Downs Way, over Colley Hill and Reigate Hill for a picnic lunch. Hot drinks available from the café at Reigate Hill where there is a picnic area and toilets.  After lunch the route descends to Reigate Heath and on to The Plough PH, Leigh where, no doubt, Guinness will be available for those wishing to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Thence back to Dorking Station via Strood Green and the Coach Road.

Explorer 146. Distance approx. 18 miles.