Central London Outdoor Group

Guided tour, Highlights of the British Museum

90-minute guided tour of highlights of the British Museum, to include the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, Lewis Chessmen, Sutton Hoo treasure, Chinese porcelain and Easter Island's Hoa Hakananai, currently in the news as the subject of a repossession campaign. Meet from 10.30 for 11 am start, in the British Museum Great Court cafe, on the right as you enter the Great Court (near Room 1). No need to book, just turn up. No charge. Hazel Beale

Thursday Nov 22, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Hadleigh Castle and Chalkwell Oaze 5.5 miles

A walk of four quarters:  through the woods of Hadleigh Park above the Thames marshes, a climb up to explore the ruins of Hadleigh Castle, a wander through the lovely fishing village of Old Leigh, and then a stroll along the promende to Chalkwell.  Lunch will be in Old Leigh where there are many eateries.  
 
 
 
Meeting up
Be on the the train that gets into Benfleet at:  10:58. http://trains.im/schedule/L42031/2018/11/23/
This train starts at Fenchurch St, and calls at Limehouse, West Ham, Barking, Upminster etc etc.   Get a return to Chalkwell £11.15 with discount card.  

 

Friday Nov 23

Outer London Countryside Walk: Croydon to Farnborough - Saturday 24th November

Explore the scenic countryside on London's doorstep, glorious in Autumn via the Addington Hills and across fields and woodland to Keston and Farnborough, with some surprising rural views and all on Oyster card ...

Meeting Point: East Croydon station, main ticket hall by barriers at 10 am, moving off promptly

Distance: 10.5 miles

Dropping Out: Never that far away from public transport - 4.5 miles to Addington (for tram back to Croydon), 6 miles to Coney Hall (119 bus to Croydon/Bromley), 8 miles to Keston (146/246 buses to Bromley)

Pace: Moderate, yet relaxed

Terrain: Minor hills, expect plenty of mud and leaves ...

Getting There: Either go from London Victoria or London Bridge: 9.36 departure from London Victoria (destined for Brighton), stops at Clapham Junction 9.42, arriving at East Croydon 9.52 -or- 9.35 departure from London Bridge (destined for Three Bridges), arriving at East Croydon 9.48

Getting Back: Catching the 358 bus at Farnborough to either Orpington or Bromley South stations, for fast trains back to London. Aiming to finish by 4 pm (sunset)

Lunch: Stopping in Addington after 4.5 miles, either bring own packed lunch or get a snack at the 'Cricketers' PH. Addington Village tram stop is a couple of minutes walk away. Aiming to be there by 12 noon if anyone wants to join in for the 6 mile afternoon stretch (leaving by 1 pm latest)

Route:
Leaving behind the modern blocks of Croydon, we soon reach Park Hill Gardens with its iconic water tower, threading through quiet suburban avenues to the grassy expanses of Lloyd Park and Coombe Park, before entering the woodland of Addington Hills. The short climb to the viewing point is worth the effort with colourful autumnal views spreading out towards London, before picking up the London LOOP trail to the pretty gardens at Heathfield and Bramley Bank nature reserve. Deviating away past more housing leads us down to Addington Park and the village of Addington with its 11th C. church for an early lunch stop.
Afterwards, muddy paths take us back into the trees of Threehalfpenny Wood, crossing the ancient boundary between Surrey and Kent, and over open fields leading up to the hilltop 15th C. church at Wickham Court. Crossing the Greenwich Meridian, our route then skirts Coney Hall into Well Wood with more colourful views spreading out as we pass through the hamlet of Nash and uphill to Keston Common with Keston Ponds looking spectacular with the fallen leaves. Re-joining the London LOOP trail, we head past the historic Wilberforce Oak and onwards with a grand view towards Holwood before the final leg takes us across more fields and pockets of woodland up to Farnborough village, guided by the church tower in the approaching sunset.

Cheers, Nick W

Saturday Nov 24

UNDERGROUND POSTAL TRAIN RIDE

Tickets are now available   £13.50 including access to the postal museam , for this event. the train will leave approx 10.25 am. the meeting place will be at Phoneix Place , Mount Pleasant  at 10.00 am after this event it is proposed to have linch nearby and then a walk along the Regents canal to Lime house , with coffee stop at some point.  please e mail me if you wish to come     Tony     anthonycharlesham@yahoo.co.uk    mobil 07818187773

Saturday Nov 24, 10 am

Making a a splash at the London Aquatics Centre

 
   
As there has been plenty of expressions of interest, I am taking this forward.
 
The plan is to have a nice swim at  the London Aquatics Centre https://www.londonaquaticscentre.org (in Olympic Park near Stratford station). and then we can go to a pub or restaurant for a meal and/or drinks afterwards (not mandatory if you need to get home earlier).
 
On Mondays the training pool has 'Swim for All' until 8pm and 'Swim for adults' thereafter and the pool is less busy, according to Google, cost £5.25 (unless you qualify for a cheaper rate eg Better members), meeting in the cafe https://www.londonaquaticscentre.org/find-us/cafe at  6:30pm but if you arrive late you can catch up with us in the pool.  Or more serious swimmers could use the the competition pool or we could check both of them out and go for whichever is less crowded.
 
The nearest stations are Stratford and Stratford International  and you can get to one station or the other by DLR, Overground, National Rail, Javelin or Central line:  https://www.londonaquaticscentre.org/about/find-us
 
 
If this proves successful, the aim is to make this a monthly event.  

Monday Nov 26

HASSOCKS AND WOLSTONBURY HILL

Dear Cloggies,

This is a 7.5 mile circular walk from Hassocks in Sussex – my favourite short walk over the South Downs. From Hassocks we walk to Clayton, where there may be time to visit the church with it faded frescoes, before climbing steeply up to the Jack and Jill windmills. Then it’s along the South Downs Way and down into Pyecombe for an early lunch at The Plough, or bring your own (approx. 12:00 to 13:30). Main courses are from £9.50 with baguettes & fries from £7.95.

After lunch we ascend Wolstonbury Hill (680 feet, magnificent views). Warning: this is followed by a STEEP DESCENT and if like me you have dodgy knees, sticks are a necessity. We then pass historic Danny House, site of a famous ménage à trois, and a miniature sewage plant before returning to Hassocks.

Catch the 9:25 train from Victoria, arriving Hassocks 10:20, where I will meet you. The return train could be the 16:11 or 16:41.

Saturday Dec 1

Circular cycle ride round the Kent lanes

Sunday 1st December- Enjoy the last of the autumn colours (weather permitting) with a cycle ride round the Kent lanes and villages (about 20 miles). Meet at Meopham station at 11 am (10.10 train from Victoria gets to Meopham at 10.57). We cycle via lanes and villages to Trowsley country park for lunch, then crisscross the North Downs back to Meopham for train back to Victoria at 4pm. Please bring drink and snack, bicycle lights and repair kit including spare inner tube. Hazel and Kevin.

Saturday Dec 1, 11 am - 4 pm

Walk Broxbourne to Hertford, Sun 2 December, about 8 miles

Sun 2 Dec - Walk along the fourth and final section of the New River path, from Broxbourne to Hertford (about 8 miles). The New River is an aqueduct built by Sir Hugh Myddelton around 1610 to bring drinking water from Hertford to London. The route is flat, mainly on grassy canalside paths, easy going in dry weather.   We will stop at Rye House pub for lunch. (Trains from there for early dropout if wished, after about 4 miles).   Meet at Broxbourne station at 11.15am (10.40 train from London Liverpool Street gets to Broxbourne at 11.13). Return from Hertford station about 5 pm.  Get a day return to Hertford stations, about £6 with railcard. Hazel Beale

Sunday Dec 2, 11:15 am - 5:15 pm

CLOG Snowdome Christmas party

Save the date! This year's CLOG Christmas Party will take place at a location in central London from 7.30pm on Friday 7th December and will be a celebration of all things snowy! More details will be provided nearer the time.

Please note this will be a members only event.

Friday Dec 7

Pre_Christmas Pub Crawl


Tbc

Saturday Dec 8

Christmas stroll

I plan to visit Bedgebury National Pinetum in the High Weald, Kent.  This place covers 320 acres approx and there are walking trails there. It apparently has the largest collection of varieties of coniferous trees in the world, and is beautifully landscaped. Over the festive period part of the parkland is "magically" illuminated. There is a visitor centre there which has toilets, very nice cakes and does proper meals for between £5 to £10. There is also a covered, heated indoor area for picnics. Admission is free for pedestrians.  I plan to stay for the "magical" illuminations which are from dusk onwards.

Access by public transport is difficult. I suggest train to Wadhurst, then bus to Flimwell. Then walk from Flimwell which is about 2 miles. 

For the return journey, the last bus is early, so I suggest taxi sharing from Bedgebury to Wadhurst or Tunbridge Wells stations.

Saturday Dec 15

New Year weekend away Newport, Pembrokeshire - advance notice

The CLOG New Year trip is set in the attractive, bustling coastal town of Newport, Pembrokeshire. The YHA Hostel there is converted Victorian school and is well-located for excellent walking, beaches and local attractions.

The YHA Newport is within easy reach of Newport Sands beach, local shops, pubs, a coastal path and bird sanctuary and the Preseli Hills which have fantastic views from the top, great for scenic walks.

The hostel has a well equipped kitchen and a comfortable lounge. The sleeping accommodation is spread over seven rooms with varying numbers of bunk beds. There are 25 places available in the Hostel. A limited number of members wishing to book 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 £100 whilst those staying in B&B accommodation will be charged around £5 for sandwiches and the communal meal. The nearest railway station is Fishguard. Bus T5 to Newport (check Winter Timetable). The trip will be advertised at the beginning of October.

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

Friday Dec 28

New Year weekend away Newport, Pembrokeshire - advance notice

The CLOG New Year trip is set in the attractive, bustling coastal town of Newport, Pembrokeshire. The YHA Hostel there is converted Victorian school and is well-located for excellent walking, beaches and local attractions.

The YHA Newport is within easy reach of Newport Sands beach, local shops, pubs, a coastal path and bird sanctuary and the Preseli Hills which have fantastic views from the top, great for scenic walks.

The hostel has a well equipped kitchen and a comfortable lounge. The sleeping accommodation is spread over seven rooms with varying numbers of bunk beds. There are 25 places available in the Hostel. A limited number of members wishing to book 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 £100 whilst those staying in B&B accommodation will be charged around £5 for sandwiches and the communal meal. The nearest railway station is Fishguard. Bus T5 to Newport (check Winter Timetable). The trip will be advertised at the beginning of October.

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

Saturday Dec 29

New Year weekend away Newport, Pembrokeshire - advance notice

The CLOG New Year trip is set in the attractive, bustling coastal town of Newport, Pembrokeshire. The YHA Hostel there is converted Victorian school and is well-located for excellent walking, beaches and local attractions.

The YHA Newport is within easy reach of Newport Sands beach, local shops, pubs, a coastal path and bird sanctuary and the Preseli Hills which have fantastic views from the top, great for scenic walks.

The hostel has a well equipped kitchen and a comfortable lounge. The sleeping accommodation is spread over seven rooms with varying numbers of bunk beds. There are 25 places available in the Hostel. A limited number of members wishing to book 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 £100 whilst those staying in B&B accommodation will be charged around £5 for sandwiches and the communal meal. The nearest railway station is Fishguard. Bus T5 to Newport (check Winter Timetable). The trip will be advertised at the beginning of October.

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

Sunday Dec 30

New Year weekend away Newport, Pembrokeshire - advance notice

The CLOG New Year trip is set in the attractive, bustling coastal town of Newport, Pembrokeshire. The YHA Hostel there is converted Victorian school and is well-located for excellent walking, beaches and local attractions.

The YHA Newport is within easy reach of Newport Sands beach, local shops, pubs, a coastal path and bird sanctuary and the Preseli Hills which have fantastic views from the top, great for scenic walks.

The hostel has a well equipped kitchen and a comfortable lounge. The sleeping accommodation is spread over seven rooms with varying numbers of bunk beds. There are 25 places available in the Hostel. A limited number of members wishing to book 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 £100 whilst those staying in B&B accommodation will be charged around £5 for sandwiches and the communal meal. The nearest railway station is Fishguard. Bus T5 to Newport (check Winter Timetable). The trip will be advertised at the beginning of October.

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

Monday Dec 31

New Year weekend away Newport, Pembrokeshire - advance notice

The CLOG New Year trip is set in the attractive, bustling coastal town of Newport, Pembrokeshire. The YHA Hostel there is converted Victorian school and is well-located for excellent walking, beaches and local attractions.

The YHA Newport is within easy reach of Newport Sands beach, local shops, pubs, a coastal path and bird sanctuary and the Preseli Hills which have fantastic views from the top, great for scenic walks.

The hostel has a well equipped kitchen and a comfortable lounge. The sleeping accommodation is spread over seven rooms with varying numbers of bunk beds. There are 25 places available in the Hostel. A limited number of members wishing to book 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 £100 whilst those staying in B&B accommodation will be charged around £5 for sandwiches and the communal meal. The nearest railway station is Fishguard. Bus T5 to Newport (check Winter Timetable). The trip will be advertised at the beginning of October.

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

Tuesday Jan 1

New Year weekend away Newport, Pembrokeshire - advance notice

The CLOG New Year trip is set in the attractive, bustling coastal town of Newport, Pembrokeshire. The YHA Hostel there is converted Victorian school and is well-located for excellent walking, beaches and local attractions.

The YHA Newport is within easy reach of Newport Sands beach, local shops, pubs, a coastal path and bird sanctuary and the Preseli Hills which have fantastic views from the top, great for scenic walks.

The hostel has a well equipped kitchen and a comfortable lounge. The sleeping accommodation is spread over seven rooms with varying numbers of bunk beds. There are 25 places available in the Hostel. A limited number of members wishing to book 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 £100 whilst those staying in B&B accommodation will be charged around £5 for sandwiches and the communal meal. The nearest railway station is Fishguard. Bus T5 to Newport (check Winter Timetable). The trip will be advertised at the beginning of October.

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

Wednesday Jan 2

Dodo Walk (Dover to Dorking). Stage 1. Dover to Hawkinge

This is the 1st day of a long distance walk from Dover to Dorking in monthly stages. The morning soon swings up from Dover following an inland ridge parallel to the sea with views back to Dover Castle. The afternoon is through woods, quiet secluded countryside and pleasant villages a world away from the town. 

The walk is 11 miles with no drop out points. It is fairly hilly with lots of stiles. Sunset is at 4.15pm and we’ll have to keep the pace up so not suitable for slow walkers. 

Bring a packed lunch. Possible pub stop at end.

Meet 10.40am at Dover Priory station exit. Buy a return to Dover Priory. 

Take the 9.09am High Speed train from St Pancras International to Ashford International (this train calls at Stratford International at 9.16am) then change onto a train to Dover. Slower but direct alternatives are the 8.42am train from Victoria (this train calls at Denmark Hill 8.52am and Bromley South 9.05am) or the 8.40am from Charing X (this train calls at Waterloo East 8.43am and London Bridge 8.49am). 

We will need to buy a bus ticket from Hawkinge to Folkestone Central on the return. Return trains from Folkestone Central are on the hour to St Pancras and 09 minutes past the hour to Charing X.

Bob

Saturday Jan 12
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