Day Walks / Day Events

Please read the Notes at the foot of this page.


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, being responsible for their own actions, involvement and safety.
The Club, its officers, Board and Alpine Team 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.

For some walks you need to register beforehand with the organiser, for some others you need to book for lunch. In both cases this is indicated in the entry. Otherwise simply turn up on the day.

 Day Walks and Day Events in 2018


Saturday February 3: North of Newbury, West Berkshire

North of Newbury. Meet Newbury Station 10.10 (Paddington 09.06*, arr. Reading 09.37, dep 09.40; arr. Newbury 10.02 – check!) Speen, Hillside Farm, Priddle Farm, Boxford (lunch at the Bell), Boxford Farm, Bagnor Wood, Bagnor, Snelsmore Common, Donnington Castle, Speen, Newbury.  12 miles [E158]

*NB The through train leaves Paddington 10 minutes earlier than given in the Winter newsletter! Lunch will be at the Bell in Boxford, not at the Winterbourne Arms.


Saturday February 17:  North Downs Luncheon Walk, near Croydon, Surrey

The Main Walk (c.7 miles before lunch).
 Meet: Oxted Station 09.31 (Victoria 08.53; Clapham Junction 08.59 – check!) Route: Oxted Station, Greensand Way, Flint House, Vanguard Way, Nore Hill, Worms Heath, Chelsham, Little Park Wood, The Harrow (TQ365597; lunch), Chelsham Place Farm, Halliloo Plantation, CH, Footpath to TQ357572 and Woldingham Station, train to London or Oxted. Total walk c.11 miles [E146]. 

Easy Pace Walk (c. 4 miles before lunch) Meet Riddlesdown Station 09.48 (Victoria 09.23, Clapham Junction 09.29; or Oxted 09.24 – check!) Motorists park in Lower Barn Road. Route: Lower Barn Road, School, London Loop, Dipsley’s Shaw, Hamsey Green, Kingswood Lodge, Mossy Hill Shaw, Elm Farm, Farleigh, The Harrow (TQ365597; lunch), Chelsham Place Farm, Halliloo Plantation, CH, Footpath to TQ357572 and Woldingham Station, train to London, Riddlesdown or Oxted. Total walk c.7 miles [E146 and 161].

Riddlesdown Station CR8 1HN is at TQ325610, near Purley Downs and A2022

To select walk and to book lunch by 5 February at the latest, please see members area of this website


Sunday March 18:  Y Mynyddoedd Duon / Black Mountains, South Wales

Meet 09-30 at Abergavenny station. Ysgyryd Fach/Little Skirrid; Ysgyryd Fawr/Skirrid; Mynydd Pen-y-fâl/Sugar Loaf. 13 miles. Informal navigation practice enroute. Bring 1:25,000 map (OL 13) and compass. Register with the organiser in advance.

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? – Not usually for the southern and Home Coutries walks: simply arrive at the meeting place.  Sometimes it may be necessary to book lunch.  For other areas it may be necessary to register with the organiser in advance as indicated in the text.

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 AACWebContent editor know of any changes, this list can be speedily updated.

[Updated 16 January 2018]

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