Day Walks / Day Events

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Day Walks and Day Events in 2016

Saturday November 19: Exploring the Surrey/Hampshire Border.

Meet Farnham station 09.25 (Waterloo 08.23 -check!). Farnham Castle, Old Park Stables, Old Park, Stocks Copse, Wallfield Copse, Bentley (lunch), Bentley Station, Wrecclesham, Passmore Bridge, Farnham station.  11 miles, [E 144 and 145].

Saturday November 26:  Coniston Round, Lake District

Meet 09-00 at Low House Climbing Hut, Coniston village (SD301974). Yewdate Fells, Wetherlam, Swirl How, Boulder Valley, Coppermines Valley. 12.8km, 982m ascent. Approx. 6 hours. Bring Packed Lunch. [OL6].

Saturday November 26: Thames Valley Glühwein

Meet at Goring & Streatley station 10.06 (Paddington 08.50; car drivers park at Pangbourne, then take10.01 to Goring station – check!). Figure of 6 walk via Thames Path, Pangbourne, Tidmarsh (choice of pub lunch or picnic), Purley (Glühwein), Pangbourne station. 11.5 miles.  [LR 174, 175, E171,159]

Notes: Pangbourne and Goring are both on the same train line. If travelling from London direction buy return ticket to Goring & Streatley. If travelling from Oxford direction buy return ticket to Pangbourne.

Car drivers: there are car parks at both stations. There is free parking at both recreation grounds. Pangbourne Recreation ground is at end of Thames Avenue, Grid ref: SU637767.

Saturday December 17:  Rural Hackney, London

Meet Park View Café next to Manor House Station 10.00 (Green Lanes exit, London Underground Piccadilly Line). Finsbury Park, New River, Stoke Newington Reservoirs, Abney Park Cemetery, Springfield Park Café (lunch), River Lea, Olympic Park, Limehouse Cut, Limehouse Station (DLR)  or The Grapes pub.  12 miles (10m ascent, 50m descent) [LR177].

Saturday December 31: Last Walk of 2016 – Surrey Hills

Meet Dorking Mainline station – 10.11 (Waterloo 09.24 – check!). Route: Boxhill, Mickleham Downs, Headley Heath (lunch), Pilgrims’s Way, Lower Boxhill, Dorking.  10miles – hilly! [E146]


Friday January 13: New Year Dinner.

18.30 for 19.00 at the Spaghetti House, Goodge Street, London.

Book by 30th December at the latest.

Sunday January 15:  Romans and Windmills in West London

Meet at Richmond Station at 09.45 (Waterloo 09.14 – check!). Please note there is no free or long term parking in Richmond – for parking options outside the zone, please email Janet Clark (see below).  Route: Richmond Town, Richmond Park, Caesar’s Camp, Wimbledon Common (lunch at Windmill Café), Beverley Brook, finish at Barnes Common. Frequent trains and buses to Richmond and London. 10 miles (subject to alteration for weather, mud, engineering works!) [E161].

Saturday January 28:  Happy Valley Rules OK! North Downs

Meet Coulsdon South Station 09.46 (Victoria 09.09; East Croydon 09.34 – check!). Route: Farthing Down, Happy Valley, Chaldon village, North Downs Way to the The Harrow pub (lunch), Hilltop Farm, Court Farm, Happy Valley, Coulsdon South Station. 11miles [E146].

Saturday February 11:  Chilterns Luncheon Walk, Bucks

Meet Henley-on-Thames Station 10.02 (Paddington 08.57; Reading 09.33, Twyford 09.50 – check!), then cars to Hambledon.  Southend, Turville, Skirmett (lunch at The Frog), Great Wood,  Hambledon. Approx. 12 miles [E171].

Saturday March 4:  North Yorkshire Moors

Meet 10.00 at Lastingham Church gate (SE728905). Route: Lastingham Village, Bank Top, Rosedale Abbey, Northdale Rigg, River Seven Valley, and return. 10 miles, bring your own lunch. [OL26].

Saturday March 4:  Surrey, Sussex and Shelley

Meet Ockley station 09.36 (Victoria 08.31; Dorking Main 09.24).  Route: Birches Wood, Oakwood, Walliswood (Scarlett Arms – lunch), North River, Warnham Station (trains to: Victoria via Ockley and Dorking main; Horsham). 10.3 miles. [L187; E134 and 146].

Saturday May 20:  Yorkshire Three Peaks

Meet 09.00 at Ribblehead Road Junction (within sight of railway viaduct). 37km with 1600m of ascent over Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent. [OL2] Optional weekend accommodation at Helwith Bridge (see UK meets).

Sunday May 21: Exploration of a Yorkshire Cave

Calf Holes to Browgill. Meet 09-00 at the YSS Bunkhouse at Helwith Bridge. [OL2] Optional weekend accommodation at Helwith Bridge (see UK meets).

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.

Do you need to book for a Day Walk?  Simply arrive at meeting place. At railway stations meet outside the main entrance.

If severe weather warnings are given, phone the organiser. Maps are Ordnance Survey Land Ranger 1:50,000 (LR), Explorer Outdoor Leisure (OL) and Explorer 1:25,000 (E).

Please do not consume your own food or drink at the pubs without landlord’s consent.

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.


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 08 November 2016]

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