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Day Walks and Day Events in 2016
Saturday January 30: National Trust around Hindhead
Meet Haslemere station 09.48 (Waterloo 09.00 – check!). Keffold’s Farm, Gibbet Hill, Golden Valley, Grayshott (lunch Fox and Pelican), Waggoner’s Wells, Nutcombe, Haslemere. 13 miles [E133].
Saturday February 6: Crinkle Crags and Bowfell
Meet at 10.00 in front of the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale, NY 286061, post code LA22 9JY. Parking available in the nearby National Trust car park, but make sure you have plenty of change as expensive.
9.2 miles / 14.8 km with 1086 metres of ascent. Maps: OL6, LR90 and BMC Lake District. Very strenuous with rocky terrain and a lot of ups and downs. See:http://www.odg.co.uk/walk-2/
Please bring food that is easy to eat on the go, water and/or hot drink, headtorch/spare batteries and clothing suitable for winter mountain walking, including waterproof jacket and overtrousers, woolly hat and gloves or mitts. If conditions are snowy and icy and you have ice-axe and crampons, please bring them too, but we will adapt the walk to suit the people who turn up and the conditions on the day.
Saturday February 13: Luncheon Walk from Farnham
The Main Walk (c.8 miles before lunch). Meet Farnham Station 09.25 (Waterloo 08.23 – check! Car Park £2) Route: Farnham Park, North Downs Way, Crooksbury Hill, Crooksbury Common, Charleshill, Tilford (lunch at The Barley Mow), Sheephatch Farm, Greensand Way, North Downs Way, Farnham Station. 12 miles [E145]
Easy Pace Walk (4.5 miles before lunch) Meet Farnham Station 09.25 (Waterloo 08.23 – check! Car Park £2) then 09.45 at No.46 Bus Stop (direction Guildford) just south of the railway line, fork left onto Waverley Lane, c. 3 minutes walk (Bus is scheduled for 09.57 but they can be at least 5 minutes early! £1.60 single, £2.65 return) Route: Entrance to Waverley Abbey, Waverley Mill Bridge, Crooksbury Hill, Crooksbury Common, Charles Hill, byway to Whitmead Lane, take northern fork to footpath going SW to Tilford, (lunch at The Barley Mow), Sheephatch Farm, Waverley Mill Bridge, unmarked No 46 bus stop in entrance to Waverley Abbey, bus to Farnham Station. Total walk 6 miles [E145].
To select walk and to book lunch by 4 February at the latest, please see members area of this website
Sunday February 14: Peak District, Live and Local
Meet 09.00 Torr Top car park, New Mills (SK000854). Lantern Pike, Cown Edge Way and Castle Edge. 10/11 miles [OL1]. Joint walk with New Mills ramblers.
Saturday March 5: Blackheath and St Martha’s
Meet Shalford station 09.53 (Waterloo 09.00, Guildford 09.48 – check!) Chilworth gunpowder mill, Blackheath, Albury (lunch at Drummond Arms), St Martha’s Hill, Guildford station. 12 miles [E145]
Saturday March 19: Knockholt and the North Downs
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, Bucks-Beds
Meet Woburn Sands Station 10.16 (Euston 09.13 – check! Bletchley change 09.45/10.05). No station parking – see Milton Keynes MK17 parking website. Route: Aspley Wood, 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. [E192].
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].
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 02 February 2016]