Central London Outdoor Group

PETERSFIELD AND BUTSER HILL

This is my favourite walk in southeast England. From Petersfield, a winding route takes us to the base of the spectacular North Face of Butser Hill, which we ascend. There are fine views from the top (890 feet): maybe the Isle of Wight? Please bring a packed lunch to eat on the summit, where the kiosk selling snacks may or may not be open. We then descend the gentler south face to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park Visitor Centre where we can stop for coffee or an ice cream, and toilets. We then take the picturesque Hangers Way (more uphill) all the way back to Petersfield, with a brief refreshment stop at the Five Bells, Buriton. Total distance is 12.5 miles.

PLEASE NOTE the ascent of Butser Hill is very steep. Also there may be thick nettles in places.

From Waterloo catch the 9:30, arriving Petersfield 10:33, where I will meet you. The return trains from Petersfield are three per hour, most likely the 17:48 arriving Waterloo 18:51.

Tim Newman.

Saturday Jul 20

Walk - Oaks Park, Mayfield Lavender Fields and visit to Water Tower/Carshalton House

Dear Cloggies, 

You are welcome to join me on this short walk, which takes us around Oaks Park, Mayfield Lavender Fields and  a visit to The Water Tower in Carshalton Village. 

Water Tower

The Water Tower is a unique grade 11 listed early 18th century garden building sited in the grounds of Carshalton House. As the name suggests this contained a water pump - powered pump, which supplied water to Carshalton House and fountains in the gardens. However the building was and is much more than this as it contains a suite of rooms such as the saloon, the orangery and a splendid early 18th century bathroom with a tile lined plungebath. Aside from the water tower, the surrounding gardens includes Hermitage and Folly Bridge. Admission Price £2. 

Length of Walk: 5.5 miles 

Date of the Walk:- Sunday 21st July, 2019 

Meeting point: Carshalton Beeches Rail Station 10.00hrs 

Travel Arrangements:- Take the 09.16hrs train from Victoria mainline station to Carshalton Beeches this is a direct train service. (If you get on an earlier train you may have to change at Sutton). Your return Journey  will be from Carshalton. There are frequent trains back to Central London (around every 20 minutes). 

Lunch:- Picnic lunch/cafe

Regards 

HELEN E

 

Sunday Jul 21

Woods and Pretty Villages cycle ride Ingatestone to Chelmsford 21 Miles

Sunday 21th July, Woods and Pretty Villages cycle ride  Ingatestone to Chelmsford 21 Miles
 
This is an easy cycle ride for those who like quiet roads, woods and open countryside, wide skies and pretty villages.
 
The ride starts at Ingatestone station and finishes at Chelmsford.  We cycle through Fryerning, Mill Green and Highwood to the pretty village of Blackmore where we can stop for brunch at the pretty village of Blackmore at the 15th Century tea rooms (6.5 miles)
 
Then we head off through Norton Heath, Radley Green, Pigstye Green and Cooksmill Green where we have the option of a drink or coffee or whatever at the Fox and Goose https://www.foxandgoosepub.co.uk.
 
The back on our bikes for the last few miles into Chelmsford along the beautiful cycle path by the river where we catch the train back to Stratford and London.
 
 
How do I get there?
Be on the train that leaves Stratford (regular station) at 10:16 getting into Ingatestone at 10:36
http://trains.im/schedule/L71191/2019/07/21/ This train will have originated at Liverpool St at 10:08 and also stops at Shenfield.   
 
Get a super off peak return to Chelmsford  (£7.60 with discount card from Stratford) 

 

Sunday Jul 21

Walk Greenwich to Shooters Hill followed by optional free concert picnic and BBQ

A easy varied walk 5/ 6 miles includes riverside , beach,  ancient woods  . Stop at unpretentous riverside pub and chance to explore and beach comb the foreshore , then on to open air concert. on parnoramic hill top  BBQ Beer tent or bring own food if prefered.  Start Cutty Sark DLR station 11.0am  return from Falconwood Station. bring sandwiches etc or else buy food and beer tent.   Tony  mob 0781818 7773

Sunday Jul 21, 11 am - 4 pm

Richmond Hill and riverside evening walk

Teddington to Richmond

About 5 miles. 2.5-3 hours of walking. Sunset 9.20pm.

Trainers or reasonable footwear fine; no need for boots

Pub at end but eat first or bring a snack

We start by crossing Teddington Lock footbridge and walking along the river past Ham House to Petersham Water Meadows. Here you can either drop out and walk along the river to Richmond or you can climb up the steep hill to the corner of Richmond Park.

We will then go past Pembroke Lodge and climb up King Henry's Mound to take in the view of St Paul's Cathedral. Then we go through the Laburnum Walk to the Ian Dury bench and Poet's Corner. Finally we descend the slopes of Richmond Hill through the Terrace Gardens back along the riverside to Richmond Green

Meet Teddington station exit 6.20pm. Take the 5.42pm train from Waterloo to Teddington (calls Vauxhall 5.47pm, Clapham Junction 5.52pm, Wimbledon 5.59pm). Train due to arrive 6.16pm. There are exits on both sides of the station - check both! 

Bob

Tuesday Jul 23

Dodo Walk (Dover to Dorking). Stage 7. Paddock Wood to Leigh

 
12 miles. Some stiles. Can be muddy. Well-walked paths. Some road walking. Morning stops at 2 churches with medieval wall paintings and stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. After lunch most of walk is along river. Bring packed lunch. Possible mid-afternoon coffee in Tonbridge. Option to climb the castle mound for the view. Ice cream stop in country park with lakes. Pub at end. Meet 9.30am Paddock Wood. Buy a return to Paddock Wood. Take 8.32am train from Victoria (calling Orpington 9.00am). 2 ways back to Victoria. 05 mins past each hour via Redhill, East Croydon and Clapham Junction should be covered by your return ticket. 26 mins past each hour via Tonbridge and Orpington would need additional single between Leigh and Tonbridge.

Saturday Jul 27

25 mile circular bike ride -Rickmansworth to Bricket Wood - Saturday 27th July

Hi all

 

I will be leading a 25 mile circular mainly flat bike ride starting from Rickmansworth tube/rail station at 10.30am to Bricket Wood on the outskirts of St Albans cycling along a mixture of cycle paths, country lanes, minor roads, canal paths, bridle paths, woods and parks before finishing back at Rickmansworth at approx 5pm on Saturday 27th July.

 

From Rickmansworth we cycle along the Ebury way towards Watford. After an optional early coffee stop at either the Watford cycle hub where they provide refreshments or The Giraffe café next to Tescos at Watford, we cycle along quiet country lanes surrounded by pleasant farmland and meadows. Then we cycle through Bricket Wood to the lunch stop at 'The Gate' at Bricket Wood where there is a nice garden or bring your own sandwiches.

 

For those that want to drop out after about 12 miles, the trains are every hour from Bricket Wood station to Euston - changing at Watford Junction. There is a train at 13.15.

 

The route then takes us to Kings Langley where we cycle along the canal path, then cycle through Whippendell Woods and Cassiobury Park where we re-join the canal path to Rickmansworth.
Option of tea at Rickmansworth Lock or Rickmansworth Aquadrome before catching the tube/train back to London from Rickmansworth station- estimated finishing time 5pm.

 

Travel arrangements
Meet outside the entrance of Rickmansworth tube station at 10.30am. I'll meet you at Rickmansworth.
Rickmansworth is in zone 7 served by the Metropolitan line - Amersham and Chesham branches.

Catch the 9.35 Met Line from Baker Street - Amersham Branch which arrives at Rickmansworth at 10.12. Alternatively catch the 9.50 Chesham branch from Baker Street which arrives at Rickmansworth at 10.27.

Return Met line trains every 15 mins from Rickmansworth back to Baker Street with the Chiltern Line trains running at 21 and 51 mins past the hour back to Marylebone.  


Bikes are allowed on the Overground, Met, Circle, District, Hammersmith and City underground lines and above ground sections on other tube lines - see link for details.
https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/cycling-in-london/bikes-on-public-transport#on-this-page-0

If unsure how to get to Rickmansworth station avoiding the underground sections of the tube network please e-mail me.
One day travel card zones 1-9, contactless or oyster.
Freedom passes and 60+ oyster cards are covered on the underground zones 1-9.
Travel is all within the oyster area.


IMPORTANT:- Can cyclists please carry a spare inner tube.

Melissa

 

Saturday Jul 27

Balcombe, lakes and High Weald walk - 11 miles

This 11-mile circular walk from Balcombe takes us through a beautiful part of West Sussex, along waterside pathways and undulating woodland trails, with a lunch stop at the picturesque village of West Hoathly.

The route: From Balcombe station we head towards Ardingly Reservoir, where we follow a peaceful and largely shaded path along its shores for a couple of miles. Skirting the village of Ardingly, we then proceed along the side of a wooded valley to join the High Weald Landscape Trail. Passing through varied areas of woodland, some planted with rhododendrons and bamboo, and emerging beside a sandstone quarry, this path climbs gently towards the ridge-top village of West Hoathly.

Here we can picnic in the unusual terraced churchyard, which offers stunning views over the Ouse Valley to the South Downs, then grab a drink at The Cat Inn nearby. Some may want to visit the Priest House, a 15th-century timber-framed hall house, now a museum (£5/£4.50 entry), although we cannot allow extra time for this.

In the afternoon we walk over open farmland before rejoining part of the High Weald Landscape Trail. Skirting the grounds of Wakehurst Place and passing the buildings of the Millennium Seed Bank, we continue across more fields, past isolated farmhouses and through a wooded valley, also taking in Balcombe Lake on our way back to the town.

Getting there: meet at Balcombe station at 10.21am. Buy a return to Balcombe, taking the Thameslink train that leaves St Pancras at 9.26, London Bridge at 9.41 or East Croydon at 9.55. Return trains from Balcombe are at 36 minutes past the hour.

Food: please bring a packed lunch. You can get a drink at The Cat Inn in West Hoathly but do not rely on eating there as they are usually fully booked for meals. There is a pub in Balcombe at the end of the walk. 

Terrain: flat waterside tracks, grassy fields and undulating woodland pathways, with one or two steep sections. May be muddy in places after rain. Plenty of shady sections if hot. Moderate pace.

 

Katharine and Alison

Sunday Jul 28

Richmond Park & Wimbledon Common evening walk

Richmond to Wimbledon

Features include Albany Passage, Cambrian Gate, Pen Ponds, Robin Hood Gate, Beverley Brook, Wimbledon Common, Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon Village
 
5 miles or so (sunset 9pm). Cannizaro Park closes at dusk
 
Meet Richmond station ticket hall 6.30pm. Take the 6.05pm train from Waterloo to Richmond (calls Vauxhall 6.09pm, Clapham Junction 6.15pm). Train due to arrive 6.23pm
 
Bob

Tuesday Jul 30

Basingstoke Canal Walk: Fleet to Hook - Saturday 3rd August

Provisional date subject to domestic chaos !

The adventure continues as we head further into rural Hampshire along the scenic Basingstoke Canal and discover its peaceful and meandering course, ideal for a summer's day walk. And the sequel to our recent towpath walk from Brookwood to Fleet ...

Meeting Point: Fleet station (main entrance) at 10.40 am, moving off thereafter. I will meet you at the station.

Distance: 12.5 miles

Dropping Out: 7.5 miles to Winchfield plus 1 mile self-guided to Winchfield station

Pace: Moderate, yet relaxed over flat terrain

Getting There: Catch the 9.42 am service from London Waterloo (destined for Basingstoke), stopping at Surbiton 9.59 am, Woking 10.18 am, arriving at Fleet 10.38 am

Getting Back: Aiming for the 6.01 pm service from Hook, stopping at Fleet 6.10 pm for any car drivers, arriving back at Waterloo 7.05 pm. Trains run at 01/31 mins past the hour

Lunch: Stopping at Crookham after 4.5 miles, either bring own packed stuff to eat by the canal or get something at the 'Exchequer' PH. Aiming to get there 12.45 pmish

Full details and confirmation by Monday 29th July

Cheers, Nick W

Saturday Aug 3

Cycle ride Oxford to Reading over the Chilterns

Sat 3 Aug - A beautiful ride over the Chiltern Hills, about 30 miles, average speed around 7mph. Meet at Oxford station from 11.00 for 11.30 start. We follow the river Thames from Oxford town centre to Iffley lock, through the beautiful riverside towns of Abingdon and Wallingford, skirting Didcot power station and over the Chilterns (steep climb) before a long, gradual drop to Reading. Return from Reading around 6-7 pm. Please bring sandwiches and drink to keep you going; we will also stop at pubs/cafes en route. Please ensure you have spare inner tube, repair kit, lights etc and that your bike is in good order. Hazel.

Saturday Aug 3, 11 am - 6 pm

Sailing trip to Red Sands Sea Forts

12 of us did this trip last year and it was amazing'  Do check out videos from this event on this you-tube playlist https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5q5ITByhvDPNLIiPBPZi1w/playlists

See email sent to members for more information and how to book

Sunday Aug 4

Working Life in the Royal Docks evening walk

Prince Regent to Blackwall

Features Docklands history frieze, City Airport, Thames Barrier Park, site of Silvertown Explosion, Harland & Wolff gates, Tate & Lyle Factory, Brittania Village, Hovis & Spillers Flour Mills, Royal Victoria Dock transporter bridge, Stevedore sculpture, floating hotel, Uber offices, dockside cranes, Emirates Airline cablecars, Silvertown Viaduct, Lower Lea Crossing, Bow Creek, East India Dock Basin nature reserve, spice streets, London Internet Exchange, Thames Path, Virginia Settlers Monument, Prime Meridian Walk, Tower Hamlets Town Hall, Blackwall Tunnel

Meet 6.15pm Prince Regent DLR exit. Direct trains from Tower Gateway (destination Beckton). If coming from Bank, Stratford or Lewisham you may need to change. If coming by Jubilee Line change at Canning Town. Walk will depart 6.30pm sharp

Ends at Greenwich Pensioner pub near Blackwall DLR about 9.30pm. May serve pizza

Bob

Tuesday Aug 6

Working Life in the Isle of Dogs evening walk

Blackwall to Island Gardens

Features Crossrail Place roof garden, Canary Wharf tower lobby, Reuters Plaza, Jubilee Park, Jubilee Place shopping centre mosaics, South Dock bendy footbridge, River Man sculpture, Glengall bascule bridge, Millwall Outer Dock, Clippers Quay dry dock, Mudchute, Millwall Park, Blackwall Railway viaduct, naked woman holding giant fish, Old Fire Station blitz memorial, Thames Path, pink pigeons, Great Eastern ship launch site

Meet 6.15pm Blackwall DLR exit. Direct trains from Tower Gateway or Bank (destination Beckton or Woolwich). If coming from Stratford or Lewisham you may need to change. If coming by Jubilee Line change at Canning Town. Walk will depart 6.30pm sharp

Ends at Ferry House pub near Island Gardens DLR about 9pm. Curry etc available from King of Punjab Indian restaurant upstairs

Bob

Tuesday Aug 13

Lake District Trip


Borrowdale, Lake District

Walking Trip staying 5 nights in the Borrowdale valley surrounded by mountains in the Lake District National park. This trip is open to CLOG members only. We expect to open bookings late October or November 2018 by email. Organisers: Ralph and Bhupinder

Thursday Aug 15

Lake District Trip


Borrowdale, Lake District

Walking Trip staying 5 nights in the Borrowdale valley surrounded by mountains in the Lake District National park. This trip is open to CLOG members only. We expect to open bookings late October or November 2018 by email. Organisers: Ralph and Bhupinder

Friday Aug 16

Lake District Trip


Borrowdale, Lake District

Walking Trip staying 5 nights in the Borrowdale valley surrounded by mountains in the Lake District National park. This trip is open to CLOG members only. We expect to open bookings late October or November 2018 by email. Organisers: Ralph and Bhupinder

Saturday Aug 17

Lake District Trip


Borrowdale, Lake District

Walking Trip staying 5 nights in the Borrowdale valley surrounded by mountains in the Lake District National park. This trip is open to CLOG members only. We expect to open bookings late October or November 2018 by email. Organisers: Ralph and Bhupinder

Sunday Aug 18

Lake District Trip


Borrowdale, Lake District

Walking Trip staying 5 nights in the Borrowdale valley surrounded by mountains in the Lake District National park. This trip is open to CLOG members only. We expect to open bookings late October or November 2018 by email. Organisers: Ralph and Bhupinder

Monday Aug 19

Lake District Trip


Borrowdale, Lake District

Walking Trip staying 5 nights in the Borrowdale valley surrounded by mountains in the Lake District National park. This trip is open to CLOG members only. We expect to open bookings late October or November 2018 by email. Organisers: Ralph and Bhupinder

Tuesday Aug 20

Cycle ride: 5 forts, 1 cycle ferry, 2 castles and several pretty villages 30 miles

5 forts (Tilbury, Coalhouse, New Tavern, Shornemead and Upnor), 2 castles (Cooling and Upnor) plus a ferry ride across the Thames and visits to some pretty villages.

We start at East Tilbury station and head towards our first fort, Coalhouse Fort http://coalhousefortpark.org.uk where we may stop for coffee, then we pedal by the river past a WW2 radar tower and other WW2 defences until we get to Tilbury Fort http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tilbury-fort/.  We will probably only look at the outside of Tilbury Fort and then we hop on a little ferry with our bikes to cross the Thames to Gravesend.  https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/ferry-services/tilbury-to-gravesend-ferry-service

We cycle out of Gravesend past New Tavern fort in Fort Gardens, along the river and then into the Shorne marshes where we visit the remains of Shornemead fort.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shornemead_Fort

Lunch is planned for the Six Bells pub at Cliffe, then we cycle past Cooling Castle and then south to the beautiful village of Upnor where we may stop for coffee and have a peak at Upnor Castle (which is actually a fort).

From Upnor it is a short ride to Strood where the ride finishes.

 Meeting up

 Be on the train that leaves Stratford at 10:24 getting into East Tilbury at 11:01

http://trains.im/schedule/F44619/2017/09/30/

Cost single:  £5.70 with discount card or £5.90 super off peak return with discount card (more if you don't have a discount card).

Other costs:

The ferry seems to cost £3 return if we are off peak (which I assume Saturday is but it isn't clear from the website) or £4 anytime single.

https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/ferry-services/tilbury-to-gravesend-ferry-service

Getting back from Strood.

Either get the Highspeed train from Strood to Stratford International but that costs £13:00 with discount card 

or

Get a single from Strood to Gravesend £3.35 with discount card, catch the ferry back to Tilbury and catch the train from Tilbury Town to Stratford (covered by the ticket you bought in the morning if you get a return which is almost the same price as a single.

If you use the latter, the total travel costs should be:  £5.90 (return Stratford to Tilbury East) if you have a discount card +£3 for off-peak return on ferry (assuming they count Saturday as off-peak)+£3.35.

If you use the HS train to get back, the total travel costs should be £5.70+£3+£13

 

 

Sunday Aug 25

Cycle ride, Hayling Island and Portsmouth

Tuesday 3 Sep - Cycle ride round Hayling Island and Portsmouth, about 20 miles, no hills. Meet at Havant station at 12.00 (10.30 train from Waterloo gets to Havant at 11.51).   We will follow the 'Hayling Billy' disused railway path along the coast of Hayling Island, and then cross to Southsea and Portsmouth on the foot- and bike-ferry (15 min crossing). We will spend an hour or two cycling round Southsea and Portsmouth, looking at the D.Day memorials along the seafront and the castle, before returning to Hayling Island and back to Havant (or option to return from Portsmouth station).  Return to London around 5-6 pm.  Please bring drink and packed lunch to keep you going, but we will also stop at pubs/cafes on the way. Please bring spare inner tube, repair kit, lights etc and make sure your bike is in good order. Hazel.

Tuesday Sep 3, 12 pm - 6 pm

HEIDELBERG AND ODIN’S FOREST - 08-15 Sep 2019

This will be one week"away break"of walking and sightseeing in Odin's Forest. It will be based in Heidelberg at the highly acclaimed "Lotte Hostel in the historic centre of downtown Heidelberg. Why not take a look at:

http://www.paginae-meae.me.uk/atrium/odin/odin.html  ?

 

 

Sunday Sep 8

Folkestone Art Walk

Details to follow

Sunday Sep 8

HEIDELBERG AND ODIN’S FOREST - 08-15 Sep 2019

This will be one week"away break"of walking and sightseeing in Odin's Forest. It will be based in Heidelberg at the highly acclaimed "Lotte Hostel in the historic centre of downtown Heidelberg. Why not take a look at:

http://www.paginae-meae.me.uk/atrium/odin/odin.html  ?

 

 

Monday Sep 9

Evening walk

Details to follow

Monday Sep 9

HEIDELBERG AND ODIN’S FOREST - 08-15 Sep 2019

This will be one week"away break"of walking and sightseeing in Odin's Forest. It will be based in Heidelberg at the highly acclaimed "Lotte Hostel in the historic centre of downtown Heidelberg. Why not take a look at:

http://www.paginae-meae.me.uk/atrium/odin/odin.html  ?

 

 

Tuesday Sep 10

HEIDELBERG AND ODIN’S FOREST - 08-15 Sep 2019

This will be one week"away break"of walking and sightseeing in Odin's Forest. It will be based in Heidelberg at the highly acclaimed "Lotte Hostel in the historic centre of downtown Heidelberg. Why not take a look at:

http://www.paginae-meae.me.uk/atrium/odin/odin.html  ?

 

 

Wednesday Sep 11

HEIDELBERG AND ODIN’S FOREST - 08-15 Sep 2019

This will be one week"away break"of walking and sightseeing in Odin's Forest. It will be based in Heidelberg at the highly acclaimed "Lotte Hostel in the historic centre of downtown Heidelberg. Why not take a look at:

http://www.paginae-meae.me.uk/atrium/odin/odin.html  ?

 

 

Thursday Sep 12

HEIDELBERG AND ODIN’S FOREST - 08-15 Sep 2019

This will be one week"away break"of walking and sightseeing in Odin's Forest. It will be based in Heidelberg at the highly acclaimed "Lotte Hostel in the historic centre of downtown Heidelberg. Why not take a look at:

http://www.paginae-meae.me.uk/atrium/odin/odin.html  ?

 

 

Friday Sep 13

HEIDELBERG AND ODIN’S FOREST - 08-15 Sep 2019

This will be one week"away break"of walking and sightseeing in Odin's Forest. It will be based in Heidelberg at the highly acclaimed "Lotte Hostel in the historic centre of downtown Heidelberg. Why not take a look at:

http://www.paginae-meae.me.uk/atrium/odin/odin.html  ?

 

 

Saturday Sep 14

HEIDELBERG AND ODIN’S FOREST - 08-15 Sep 2019

This will be one week"away break"of walking and sightseeing in Odin's Forest. It will be based in Heidelberg at the highly acclaimed "Lotte Hostel in the historic centre of downtown Heidelberg. Why not take a look at:

http://www.paginae-meae.me.uk/atrium/odin/odin.html  ?

 

 

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