Fri 15 December 2017 10:30 – 5 miles/
CLERKENWELL STONE – MARTYRS AND OLIVER (CIRCULAR) Starts at 10:30: Farringdon station.
A winters stroll through the paths and passageways of medieval and revolutionary Clerkenwell. Lunch: Picnic in St James Church or pub lunch in local hostelries. Train: Farringdon is served by Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines & Thameslink trains. Contact: Martin Fidler, 07939 032863
Sat 30 December 2017 10:30 – 12 miles/19.3 km – Moderate
NOTTING HILL TO VICTORIA (LINEAR)
Starts at 10:30: Westbourne Park Underground – Zone 2 (W11 1AB, TQ249817) A journey through some fascinating and varied parts of London.
Lunch: Picnic/cafes Kensington High Street
Train: Westbourne Park (Hammersmith & City and Circle lines) Return from Victoria Zone 1. Contact: Christine de Groot, 07586 281771
Sun 31 December 2017 10:25 – 5.2 miles/8.4 km – Moderate NEW YEARS EVE MORNING CIRCULAR – SURREY
Starts at 10:25: The Woolpack, Banstead [Map:E146] (SM7 2NZ, TQ257598)
Over fields and through woods to the south of Banstead. Joint with Croydon and Sutton.
Lunch: Optional lunch at the Woolpack, Banstead or many cafes at end of walk
Train: To Sutton: Victoria 9:10, Clapham Junction 9:18, Balham 9:24, arrive 9:43 (Dorking train), then S1 bus at 9:51 (arr 10:06)
Contact: Roger Sugden, 07719 233269
Mon 1 January 2018 10:30 – 8 miles/12.9 km – Moderate
HAPPY NEW YEARS DAY – WIMBLEDON TO RICHMOND – SOUTH LONDON (LINEAR)
Starts at 10:30: Wimbledon Station (entrance with the square in front; NOT the Centre Court Shopping entrance) – Zone 3 (SW19 7NL, TQ247706)
A walk through Wimbledon and Richmond parks. The Windmill café is said to be open so I plan a late coffee stop here.
Lunch: Packed lunch in the park
Train: Waterloo 10.09; Clapham Jct 10.18; Arr 10.25 (Guildford train) Also served by District Line & Tramlink. Return from Richmond Zone 4
Contact: Gillian Robinson, 07762 496725
Wed 3 January 2018 11:15 – 4 miles/6.4 km – Easy
COAST AND CULTURE – BIRCHINGTON-ON-SEA TO MARGATE, KENT (LINEAR)
Starts at 11:15: Birchington-on-Sea station [Map:E150] (CT7 9RD, TR299694)
Enjoy Turneresque seascapes on a potentially bracing short walk along the coast. Mostly hard surfaces. Time in Margate to view the Turner Contemporary Gallery (free entry), the Margate Museum or The Tudor House (£2/£1.50). Many pubs, cafes, craft beer on the Harbour Arm and cream teas.
Lunch: Cafe or picnic at Westgate-on-Sea
Train: Victoria 9:37, Bromley S 9:53 (Ramsgate train). Buy return to Margate. Pass holders buy return Swanley to Margate.
Contact: Gail Bourne, 07952 929698
Sat 6 January 2018 10:05 – 6.5 miles/10.5 km – Moderate
HAYES KENT TO ADDINGTON HILLS – LONDON/SURREY BORDERS (LINEAR)
Starts at 10:05: Hayes (Kent) Station – Zone 5 [Map:E147] (BR2 7EN, TQ400660)
Short section of street walking, then through Coney Hall Park and the grounds of St John the Baptist, West Wickham then via Spring Wood, Three Half Penny Wood progressing to the Addington Hills (Shirley Hills). After lunch optional visit to Heathfield Gardens
Lunch: Coach House Cafe set in beautiful gardens with Coombe Woods in the background
Train: Charing X 9.17; Waterloo E 9.20; London Bridge 9.25; Lewisham 9.38 Arr 10.03. (Hayes train). Return from Coombe Lane Tram stop to E Croydon Zone 4
Contact: Sharyn Wallace & Angela Smith, 07951 687946, 07949 413074