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Day Walks and Day Events in 2016
Saturday March 19: Knockholt and the North Downs, NW Kent
Meet Knockholt station (Zone 6) at 10.18 (Victoria 09.28; or Blackfriars 09.24, change Lewisham for 09.49; or Clapham Junction 09.14, change Denmark Hill for 09.37. Avoid Waterloo East – engineering works at London Bridge – check!). Parking £2.60. Route: Pratt’s Bottom, Cudham, Knockholt (lunch at the Tally Ho. NB: dogs allowed in bar area but not in restaurant), Chevening Park, Knockholt Pound, Halstead, Knockholt Station. 14 miles [E147].
Sunday April 3: A walk on the wild side… of the Carneddau, Snowdonia
The Cwm Eigiau Horseshoe – one of Snowdonia’s classic routes [OL17]. Meet 10.00 at car park, end of gated road from Tal y Bont (SH732663). 10 miles, 1075m ascent, strenuous, approx. 6 hours. NB This walk will not take place in bad weather.
Saturday April 9: South Downs Double Circular
Meet Amberley Station 09.55 (Victoria 08.36 – check! Car park free but limited. Route: west on the South Downs Way, Bignor Hill, The Denture, Monarch’s Way, Amberley. 8.7 miles. Lunch at the Bridge Inn, then east to Rackham Hill, The Burgh, North Stoke, Amberley Station. Total 15.4 miles, 1739ft of ascent, [E121]. Magnificent views!
Saturday April 23: Upper Wharfedale, North Yorkshire
Meet Hubberholme Church (SO926783) at 09.30. Walk on paths via Cray using the Roman road to Buckden Pike 702m and visit Polish airman’s memorial. Descend to Tor Mere Top 626m then via Starbottom to return through the Wharfedale valley.12 miles [OL3]. Bring packed lunch.
Saturday April 30: Woburn Abbey and Greensand Ridge, Bedfordshire
Meet: Woburn Sands Station 10.16 (Euston 09.1, changing at Bletchley 09.49/10.05 – check! or (Birmingham New Street 08.14, stops include Coventry 08.47, Rugby 08.58, Northampton 09.20, Milton Keynes 09.41, changing at Bletchley 09.45/10.05 – check!), or (Bedford 09.34 – check!).
Route: Aspley Heath, Woburn Abbey (deer park), Eversholt Church End (lunch at
The Green Man), Safari Park boundary, Aspley Guise, Woburn Sands Station 18.11. 14.5 miles. <<HOT PRESS – change of venue for lunch: The Black Horse in Woburn>>
Map: OS Explorer 192
Car Parking: No station parking. Nearby estate street parking North or South of level crossing at station.
Best Coffee: La Nonna, The Square, MK17 8SY, or Costa by Station
Saturday May 14: Blackbirds and Horses, Thames Valley
Meet Goring & Streatley Station 10.06 (Paddington 08.50 – check!) Route: Station foot bridge to west Goring, Ridgeway, Littlestoke Manor, Braziers Park, Scot’s Common (lunch at the Black Horse), Checkendon, Exlade Street, Blackbird’s Bottom, Great Chalk Wood, Goring. 14 miles [LR174, 175; E171].
Sunday May 15: Edale Watershed, Peak District
Meet 09-00 outside primary school in Hope, parking free. Hope, Win Hill, South Rim of Kinder, Colborne, Rushup Edge, Mam Tor, Lose Hill, Hope. 19 miles [OL17].
Sunday June 5: Petersfield to Hawkley, South Downs
Meet Petersfield Station 09.39 (Waterloo 08.30 – check! Car Parking £2). Ridge Hanger, Wheatham Hill, Hawkley (lunch at Hawkley Inn), Oakshott, Shoulder of Mutton Hill, Hangers Way, Petersfield. 13 miles [LR197, E133].
Saturday June 25: Knole Park and Kent Greensand
Meet Sevenoaks station at 10.15 (Charing Cross 09.30 – check!). Knole Park, Godden Green, Seal Chart, Ivy Hatch, Plaxtol or Dunk’s Green (lunch), Shipbourne, Ightham Mote, Wilmot Hill, One Tree Hill, Knole Park, Sevenoaks. c.13 miles. [LR188, E147]
Saturday July 23: Northern Glyderau, Snowdonia
Meet 09.30 at Snowdonia National Park CP, Nant Peris (SH 607582) – £5. Up Cwm Padrig to Llyn y Cŵn and then over Y Garn, Foel Goch, Elidir Fawr and Elidir Fach, returning through the quarry. 15km. 1150m ascent (OL17). Strenuous, approx. 6.5 hours.
Saturday July 30: Unusual Farnham, North Downs
Meet Farnham station 09.25 (Waterloo 08.23 -check!) Bourne Wood, Pierrepont Home Farm, Spreakley, Batts Corner (lunch at Blue Bell Inn), Alice Holt Forest, Rowledge, Middle Bourne, Farnham. 15 miles [E145].
Saturday August 13: Up and Down on the (South) Downs.
Meet at Wivelsfield Station 09.25 (Victoria 08.20, change at Hassocks, buy return to Hassocks; or 09.05 Brighton, – check!) Sussex Border path, Ditchling, Clayton, Pyecombe or Saddlescombe (lunch), Devils Dyke Poynings, Wolstonbury Hill, Hassocks station. 15 miles [E122]
Saturday September 3: Sole Street and the North Downs
Meet Sole Street station 09.25 (London Victoria 08.34 – check!), CP £2.50. Henley Street, Cobham Park, Upper Bush, North Downs Way (picnic – no pub, bring own food and drink), Dode church, Luddesdown, Sole Street. 14.5 miles. [E148]
Notes regarding Day Walks
This walking programme provides an opportunity for members to meet one another and keep their walking fitness while not in the Alps.
Most of the walks in the South of England are organised to start at a Railway Station with a train connection to a central London Mainline Station, and often connections to regional stations too, although details of these are not usually given.
Most of the Southern walks, and some Northern walks, have a pub stop for lunch, followed by the second stage of the walk in the afternoon. Please do not consume your own food or drink in the pubs. Pubs often prefer you to remove your boots, or put plastic bags over them.
Walk start times are usually based around the published railway timetables. Be aware that these times can change at short notice due to essential railway maintenance work, so please check before you set out. If Walk Leaders let the Webmaster know of any changes, this list can be speedily updated.
If severe weather warnings are given, contact the designated Walk Leader or the AAC(UK) Office beforehand.
Do you need to book for a Day Walk? – Not usually unless it is special walk such as a Luncheon walk, simply arrive at the meeting place. At railway stations meet outside the main entrance.
The current Ordnance Survey Maps are indicated above by their number, prefaced by: LR (Land Ranger) for 1:50,000 maps, and E (Explorer) or OL (Outdoor Leisure) for 1:25,000 maps.
The AAC(UK) recognises that climbing, hill and country walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.
Under the Club rules, the Club, its officers, committee members and persons acting on behalf of the Club cannot be held liable for any loss or injury occurring to any participant while taking part in its activities.
[Updated 27 April 2016]