March 17, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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This is a 12.1 mile (19.5 km) walk over mostly flat ground with uneven terrain and overgrown vegetation to negotiate in a few places. This walk is graded as a 6/10 and as such isn't too challenging but please make sure you are able to keep a reasonable pace over the length of the walk.
This is an extended version of the hike we did in September last year.
Our walk starts along the upper Medway Valley where we will be meander through meadows whilst criss crossing the rivers Meadway, Eridge and Grom until we reach the village of Withyam where we'll stop for an early lunch break.
After lunch we'll head towards the village of Hartfield across some stunning agricultural land. We'll take a short detour at Hartfield to visit Pooh corner. This is the shop to which A.A. Milne would bring his son, Christopher Robin (the inspiration for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories), to buy sweets. The shop itself still looks like an old village sweet shop but now sells a collection of Winnie the Pooh memorabilia. On this extended version of the walk we'll also taking Pooh sticks bridge.
After our Detour we'll get back on track and head back to Ashurst station via Summerford Farm. Sadly Ashurst station is rather remote so there is no end of walk pub stop but for anyone who's willing we can have a quick drink at Victoria on our return.
We'll meet in front of Burger King which is to the right of platform 12 at 09:20 and depart the meeting point at 09:35 to catch the 09:47 train.
- At least one litre of water (preferably two)
- A packed lunch
- Some snacks
- Money for refreshments before / after the walk.
- Walking Boots
- A Smile
The cost will be £9 which includes train fares and an all day guided hike.
By RSVP'ing for this walk I agree to the terms and conditions listed at the following link http://www.meetup.com/All-Seasons-Hiking/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/