April Walks South Bank Programme
Sat 21 April 2018 10:45 –
10 miles/16.1 km – Moderate WEST MALLING TO BOROUGH GREEN, KENT (LINEAR) Starts at 10:45: West Malling station
Sat 28 April 2018 10:10 – 9 miles/14.5 km – Moderate
DITCHLING BEACON TO BRIGHTON PIER – SUSSEX (CIRCULAR)
Starts at 10:10: Brighton Station [Map:OL11 E122] (BN1 3XP, TQ309049)
Meet at Brighton Station to catch bus to Ditchling Beacon (see details below). From the hights of Ditchling Beacon atop the South Downs south through Stanmer Park & Sussex Uni Campus to Falmer for lunch. Then towards the sea across Kemp Town Racecourse into Brighton to finish at Brighton Pier.
Lunch: Picnic/Pub (Swan Inn) at Falmer
Train: Blackfriars 8.52; E Croydon 9.19; Arr 10.09 (Brighton train). We then catch 79 bus from stop D outside the station at 10.20.
It is suggested you travel by Thameslink train from Blackfriars/London Bridge or E Croydon to take advantage of the cheaper fare saving approx £5.50 against Southern service from Victoria. Those with passes buy a return from E Croydon (same price as from London) BUT YOU MUST GO & RETURN ON A THAMESLINK TRAIN.
Contact: Roger Bennett, 07799 441923
Sun 29 April 2018 10:40 – 13 miles/20.9 km – Moderate
TRING TO BERKHAMSTED – CHILTERN HILLS (LINEAR)
Starts at 10:40: Tring Station [Map:E181] (HP23 5QR, SP950121)
One steep hill up Ivinghoe Beacon and 2 fairly steep hills afterwards. (Those who wish not to climb can wait at the bottom for 20 + minutes – you can admire the wildflowers in the meantime in the fields). Can be muddy after heavy rain. Route: Ridgeway-Pitstone Hill-Ivinghoe Beacon-Ringshall Coppice-skirt round Donkey Wood-Ringshall Coppice-Little Gaddesden-Flat Isley (admiring the bluebells hopefully)-Bridgewater Monument (possible quick tea stop)-Albury Common-Berkhamsted Common. Attractions: Possibly best Blue Bells in the South at Flat Isley and Donkey Wood. Spring wildflowers. Bring your cameras. Joint walk with Hammersmith & Wandsworth Group.
Lunch: Picnic/Pub at Little Gaddesden
Train: Euston 10.01; Harrow and Wealdstone 10.13; Arr Tring 10.36 (Milton Keynes train). Buy return to Tring.
Contact: Monica Jateo, 07488 410141