Central London Outdoor Group

A country walk in South West London 5.5 miles

A country walk in South West London 5.5 miles

Horton Country Park, a slither of Epsom Common, and then lunch at the Shy Horse http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/london/theshyhorsechessington/lunch-menu

After lunch we go through Chessington Wood, up over Winey Hill to finish the walk back at Chessington South.

Be on the 10:17 from Waterloo , calling at Vauxhill and Clapham Junction getting into Chessington South at 10:53.   Chessington South is in Oyster Zone 6.

http://trains.im/schedule/W32318/2019/11/20/

Wednesday Nov 20

Greenwich Idioyies walk

An easy non muddy walk (5 mile) looking at idiosyncratic side of Greenwich, including  a pub with no  name,  some optical illusions,  trompe l'oeil, lunch at a pub with no beer.     ( Tescos next door can provide for this short coming ) and afternoon tea stop. Meet 11.0 am North Greenwich tube station.     ps .you might like to bring a camera.      Tony mob. 07818187773.  

 

Saturday Nov 23

Sussex border walk to Bewl Water, 10 miles

This 10-mile circular walk from Wadhurst station follows the Sussex Border Path across undulating farmland to Bewl Water, the largest stretch of open water in southeast England. We will walk at a reasonable pace in order to finish in daylight, although if we are delayed the last mile and a half is on roads with pavements.

The route: from Wadhurst station we soon join the Sussex Border Path, which winds through woods, along country lanes and across fields, past isolated farms and oast houses, offering views of the rolling hills and valleys of the High Weald. After passing through the hamlets of Wood’s Green and Cousley Wood, we head towards Bewl Water, stopping for lunch at a large café overlooking this attractive reservoir. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it straddles the boundary between Kent and East Sussex. In the afternoon we walk along the tree-lined shore for a couple of miles before following a farm track towards Wadhurst. The road then takes us through this picturesque market town and the neighbouring village of Durgates back to the station.

Getting there: meet at Wadhurst station at 10.28am. Buy a return to Wadhurst, taking the train that leaves Cannon Street at 9.27 or London Bridge at 9.32. Return trains are at 00 and 29 mins past the hour.

Food and drink: our lunch stop, the Waterfront Café at Bewl Water, serves hot and cold drinks, snacks, light meals, cakes and packaged sandwiches. Those who prefer to bring their own lunch may eat on benches on the terrace outside.

Terrain: hilly in places but with no particularly challenging climbs; mix of well-made paths, lanes or roads, woodland tracks and open fields. Some mud in fields and woods but not enough to slow us down (may be worse after heavy rain). Smartish pace to beat the sunset.

Katharine and Alison

Sunday Nov 24

Pub Social and Quiz

Pub social and quiz - come and test that your grey cells are still in working order! Meet from 7.00pm in the upstairs room at the Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8JR. Nearest tube Chancery Lane.

Wednesday Nov 27

Dodo Walk (Dover to Dorking). Stage 12. Betchworth to Dorking

About 10 miles. Pretty hilly with a fair sprinkling of stiles.

An initial climb up the North Downs to the Pilgrims Way then descent to the splendid village of Betchworth which has some interesting houses and a medieval church. Crosses the Mole Valley then follows the old coach road up to the ruined Betchworth Castle. Retraces steps across Betchworth Park and the newly-restored Deepdene Estate taking in terraced gardens and the mausoleum. Panoramic views from Tower Hill and the Glory Woods before a long descent following the Greensand Way weaving between gardens into the very heart of Dorking. 

Please bring a packed lunch for the village green at Brockham. Some of us are planning to stay on for a pub meal at the end in Dorking before getting the train back to London. You will be welcome to join us if you wish.

Sunset 3.50pm. Due to short daylight we’ll have to keep the pace up.

Meet 10.40am at Betchworth station exit. There are two ways to get there and back. Which ticket you need depends on which way you want to go back.

Take the 9.39am train from Victoria to Reigate arriving 10.23am. This train calls Clapham Junction 9.46am and East Croydon 9.57am. Change at Reigate for the 10.35am train to Betchworth arriving 10.39am. 

If you miss the train from Victoria there is also a 9.46am train from Victoria calling Clapham Junction 9.53am and East Croydon 10.02am. You then have to change at East Croydon for the 10.07am train to Redhill arriving 10.22am. You then have to change again at Redhill for the 10.30am train to Betchworth arriving 10.39am.

Or take the 9.35am Thameslink train from St Pancras to Redhill arriving 10.22am. This train calls at Farringdon 9.39am, Blackfriars 9.44am, London Bridge 9.51am and Norwood Junction 10.02am. (There is a connection to London Bridge from Charing Cross at 9.32am calling at Waterloo East 9.35am). You then have to change at Redhill for the 10.30am train to Betchworth arriving 10.39am. 

For any of the above routes you have a choice of two tickets. A return to Dorking (Deepdene) will probably be the cheapest ticket but you will have to return via Redhill which involves changing. A return to Dorking (all stations) will probably cost a bit more but mean you also have the option of getting a direct train back from Dorking (main station) to Clapham Junction and Waterloo via Wimbledon without having to change at Redhill. Having said that, the journey time is much the same either route.

Please note that there are no convenient trains in the morning to Betchworth via Dorking as they are only every 2 hours.

Return trains from Dorking (main station) to Waterloo at 02, 07, 32 and 37 mins past each hour take 50-60 mins.

There are also return trains from Dorking (Deepdene station) to London at 16.11, 16.26, 17.08, 17.27, 18.11, 18.27, 19.08, 19.26, 20.11, 20.24, 21.08, 21.31, 22.26 also take 50-60 mins but involve changing at Redhill.

Dorking (main station) and Deepdene station are next to each other but on different lines.

 

Bob

Saturday Nov 30

Wednesday Wander: City Circular Walk - Wednesday 4th December

A circular walk around the City of London, starting and ending at Tower Hill and, hopefully, with some Christmas lights ...

4 miles via a devious route using the alleys - out via Leadenhall Market and Guildhall to Smithfield and back via St Paul's and Monument. Every lane, yard and passage has a history but this is not intended to be a guided tour !

Meeting at Tower Hill tube station (main exit, not the entrance) at 2 pm.

More details to be broadcast nearer the time !

Cheers, Nick

'When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life ...' (Samuel Johnson, writer and know-it-all)

Wednesday Dec 4

Country Walk from Brentwood to Billericay


Brentwood station

DATE: Sunday 15th December, DISTANCE: 9 miles. START: Brentwood station at 10:25 FINISH: Billericay Station late afternoon. TRAVEL: Catch the 09:53 from Liverpool Street station to Brentwood. Buy a return ticket to Billericay which is two stops further up the line. Return trains xx:21 and xx:51 LUNCH: Please bring a packed lunch to eat quickly on the village Green before going into a pub to warm up and have a drink. TERRAIN: Woods and muddy Fields with some small hills. The route takes us through Thorndon Park with lots of trees to Herongate for an early lunch stop. After lunch we head across exposed fields which can be muddy to the village of Little Burstead, then along hedgerows and woods to Billericay High Street. There are pubs and Coffee shops in Billericay where people can have a coffee before heading home. The walk should reach the High Street before dark. As its almost the shortest day, please bring a torch just in case. Best regards, Ralph

Sunday Dec 15, 10:25 am - 4:25 pm

CLOG Christmas Party

An evening of seasonal fun, music, dancing, food and drink, and a great occasion to get together to celebrate the year! Central London location. More details will be sent out nearer the time.

Please note the Christmas party will be a members’ only event.

Wednesday Dec 18

Mankinholes trip

CLOG New Year trip to Todmorden Lancashire

Saturday December 28th 2018 to Thursday 2nd January 2019

Only CLOG Members can apply for a place on this trip.

The CLOG New Year trip takes place in the quiet rural hamlet of Todmorden (in Lancashire OL14 6HR). YHA Mankinholes is a former 16th century manor house in the East Lancashire countryside and is well situated for walks in the nearby Pennine moorland.

The Pennine Way and Calderdale Way are close by and there is an abundance of other footpaths, bridleways and packhorse trails to explore.

Despite the quiet, rural location, YHA Mankinholes is within easy reach of other attractions should the weather prove inclement. Eureka!, the National Children’s Museum in Halifax, Shibden Estate, The Piece Hall, Bankfield Museum, Haworth, The Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway and Hollingworth Lake & Activity Centre are all nearby.

The hostel enjoys excellent views and boasts a cosy lounge with a log burning stove, making it a favourite for those looking for a peaceful spot to relax after a long day’s walking.

The Hostel has a well equipped kitchen that we will use to prepare our breakfasts and our New Years’ Day Communal meal and a dining room that will seat 32. The sleeping accommodation is spread over 8 rooms (some ensuite) with varying numbers of bunk beds. There are 26 places available within the Hostel. A limited number of members using B&B accommodation will be permitted to join the trip once the Hostel is full.

The cost of the trip for those staying in the Hostel will be approximately £180 (owing to the hefty increase in Hostel hire charges) whilst those staying in B&B accommodation will be charged approximately £5 for sandwiches and the communal meal. The trip will be advertised at the beginning of October.

 

Saturday Dec 28

Mankinholes trip

CLOG New Year trip to Todmorden Lancashire

Saturday December 28th 2018 to Thursday 2nd January 2019

Only CLOG Members can apply for a place on this trip.

The CLOG New Year trip takes place in the quiet rural hamlet of Todmorden (in Lancashire OL14 6HR). YHA Mankinholes is a former 16th century manor house in the East Lancashire countryside and is well situated for walks in the nearby Pennine moorland.

The Pennine Way and Calderdale Way are close by and there is an abundance of other footpaths, bridleways and packhorse trails to explore.

Despite the quiet, rural location, YHA Mankinholes is within easy reach of other attractions should the weather prove inclement. Eureka!, the National Children’s Museum in Halifax, Shibden Estate, The Piece Hall, Bankfield Museum, Haworth, The Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway and Hollingworth Lake & Activity Centre are all nearby.

The hostel enjoys excellent views and boasts a cosy lounge with a log burning stove, making it a favourite for those looking for a peaceful spot to relax after a long day’s walking.

The Hostel has a well equipped kitchen that we will use to prepare our breakfasts and our New Years’ Day Communal meal and a dining room that will seat 32. The sleeping accommodation is spread over 8 rooms (some ensuite) with varying numbers of bunk beds. There are 26 places available within the Hostel. A limited number of members using B&B accommodation will be permitted to join the trip once the Hostel is full.

The cost of the trip for those staying in the Hostel will be approximately £180 (owing to the hefty increase in Hostel hire charges) whilst those staying in B&B accommodation will be charged approximately £5 for sandwiches and the communal meal. The trip will be advertised at the beginning of October.

 

Sunday Dec 29

Mankinholes trip

CLOG New Year trip to Todmorden Lancashire

Saturday December 28th 2018 to Thursday 2nd January 2019

Only CLOG Members can apply for a place on this trip.

The CLOG New Year trip takes place in the quiet rural hamlet of Todmorden (in Lancashire OL14 6HR). YHA Mankinholes is a former 16th century manor house in the East Lancashire countryside and is well situated for walks in the nearby Pennine moorland.

The Pennine Way and Calderdale Way are close by and there is an abundance of other footpaths, bridleways and packhorse trails to explore.

Despite the quiet, rural location, YHA Mankinholes is within easy reach of other attractions should the weather prove inclement. Eureka!, the National Children’s Museum in Halifax, Shibden Estate, The Piece Hall, Bankfield Museum, Haworth, The Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway and Hollingworth Lake & Activity Centre are all nearby.

The hostel enjoys excellent views and boasts a cosy lounge with a log burning stove, making it a favourite for those looking for a peaceful spot to relax after a long day’s walking.

The Hostel has a well equipped kitchen that we will use to prepare our breakfasts and our New Years’ Day Communal meal and a dining room that will seat 32. The sleeping accommodation is spread over 8 rooms (some ensuite) with varying numbers of bunk beds. There are 26 places available within the Hostel. A limited number of members using B&B accommodation will be permitted to join the trip once the Hostel is full.

The cost of the trip for those staying in the Hostel will be approximately £180 (owing to the hefty increase in Hostel hire charges) whilst those staying in B&B accommodation will be charged approximately £5 for sandwiches and the communal meal. The trip will be advertised at the beginning of October.

 

Monday Dec 30

Mankinholes trip

CLOG New Year trip to Todmorden Lancashire

Saturday December 28th 2018 to Thursday 2nd January 2019

Only CLOG Members can apply for a place on this trip.

The CLOG New Year trip takes place in the quiet rural hamlet of Todmorden (in Lancashire OL14 6HR). YHA Mankinholes is a former 16th century manor house in the East Lancashire countryside and is well situated for walks in the nearby Pennine moorland.

The Pennine Way and Calderdale Way are close by and there is an abundance of other footpaths, bridleways and packhorse trails to explore.

Despite the quiet, rural location, YHA Mankinholes is within easy reach of other attractions should the weather prove inclement. Eureka!, the National Children’s Museum in Halifax, Shibden Estate, The Piece Hall, Bankfield Museum, Haworth, The Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway and Hollingworth Lake & Activity Centre are all nearby.

The hostel enjoys excellent views and boasts a cosy lounge with a log burning stove, making it a favourite for those looking for a peaceful spot to relax after a long day’s walking.

The Hostel has a well equipped kitchen that we will use to prepare our breakfasts and our New Years’ Day Communal meal and a dining room that will seat 32. The sleeping accommodation is spread over 8 rooms (some ensuite) with varying numbers of bunk beds. There are 26 places available within the Hostel. A limited number of members using B&B accommodation will be permitted to join the trip once the Hostel is full.

The cost of the trip for those staying in the Hostel will be approximately £180 (owing to the hefty increase in Hostel hire charges) whilst those staying in B&B accommodation will be charged approximately £5 for sandwiches and the communal meal. The trip will be advertised at the beginning of October.

 

Tuesday Dec 31

New Year's Eve walk

 
I will be leading a New Year's Eve walk on New Year's Eve!
 
We start by going across Broke Hill golf course which was recently sold for a big housing development; this may be the last chance to see this bit of the Green Belt before it vanishes. There will be a few minutes to visit the old and current churches at Halstead. A short stretch of New Year's Lane by The Washneys followed by walking through New Year's Wood. Then across country to Downe (where Charles Darwin lived). 
 
Morning coffee at Arthur's tearoom in Coolings Nursery. Bring a packed lunch (time for a swift drink in the Blacksmith's Arms pub next to Cudham Recreation Ground). Tea at Christmas Tree Farm. 
 
7 miles from Knockholt station to Downe village. Sunset 4pm. Due to short daylight we'll have to keep the pace up
 
Meet 9.50am at Knockholt station exit. Take the 9.04am direct train from Charing X; this train calls at Waterloo East 9.07am and London Bridge 9.13am. If you miss that, take the 9.15am train from Charing X to Orpington and change there onto the train to Knockholt (it overtakes the direct train)
 
Return by bus 146 back to Bromley South station at 20 mins past each hour or bus R8 back to Orpington station at 16.57. The whole walk is within Zone 6 so an Oyster or Travelcard is fine.
 
Bob

Tuesday Dec 31

Mankinholes trip

CLOG New Year trip to Todmorden Lancashire

Saturday December 28th 2018 to Thursday 2nd January 2019

Only CLOG Members can apply for a place on this trip.

The CLOG New Year trip takes place in the quiet rural hamlet of Todmorden (in Lancashire OL14 6HR). YHA Mankinholes is a former 16th century manor house in the East Lancashire countryside and is well situated for walks in the nearby Pennine moorland.

The Pennine Way and Calderdale Way are close by and there is an abundance of other footpaths, bridleways and packhorse trails to explore.

Despite the quiet, rural location, YHA Mankinholes is within easy reach of other attractions should the weather prove inclement. Eureka!, the National Children’s Museum in Halifax, Shibden Estate, The Piece Hall, Bankfield Museum, Haworth, The Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway and Hollingworth Lake & Activity Centre are all nearby.

The hostel enjoys excellent views and boasts a cosy lounge with a log burning stove, making it a favourite for those looking for a peaceful spot to relax after a long day’s walking.

The Hostel has a well equipped kitchen that we will use to prepare our breakfasts and our New Years’ Day Communal meal and a dining room that will seat 32. The sleeping accommodation is spread over 8 rooms (some ensuite) with varying numbers of bunk beds. There are 26 places available within the Hostel. A limited number of members using B&B accommodation will be permitted to join the trip once the Hostel is full.

The cost of the trip for those staying in the Hostel will be approximately £180 (owing to the hefty increase in Hostel hire charges) whilst those staying in B&B accommodation will be charged approximately £5 for sandwiches and the communal meal. The trip will be advertised at the beginning of October.

 

Wednesday Jan 1

Mankinholes trip

CLOG New Year trip to Todmorden Lancashire

Saturday December 28th 2018 to Thursday 2nd January 2019

Only CLOG Members can apply for a place on this trip.

The CLOG New Year trip takes place in the quiet rural hamlet of Todmorden (in Lancashire OL14 6HR). YHA Mankinholes is a former 16th century manor house in the East Lancashire countryside and is well situated for walks in the nearby Pennine moorland.

The Pennine Way and Calderdale Way are close by and there is an abundance of other footpaths, bridleways and packhorse trails to explore.

Despite the quiet, rural location, YHA Mankinholes is within easy reach of other attractions should the weather prove inclement. Eureka!, the National Children’s Museum in Halifax, Shibden Estate, The Piece Hall, Bankfield Museum, Haworth, The Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway and Hollingworth Lake & Activity Centre are all nearby.

The hostel enjoys excellent views and boasts a cosy lounge with a log burning stove, making it a favourite for those looking for a peaceful spot to relax after a long day’s walking.

The Hostel has a well equipped kitchen that we will use to prepare our breakfasts and our New Years’ Day Communal meal and a dining room that will seat 32. The sleeping accommodation is spread over 8 rooms (some ensuite) with varying numbers of bunk beds. There are 26 places available within the Hostel. A limited number of members using B&B accommodation will be permitted to join the trip once the Hostel is full.

The cost of the trip for those staying in the Hostel will be approximately £180 (owing to the hefty increase in Hostel hire charges) whilst those staying in B&B accommodation will be charged approximately £5 for sandwiches and the communal meal. The trip will be advertised at the beginning of October.

 

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