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9 Miles in the Chilterns -Coombe Hill, Chequers and the Boer War- Sat 26 Oct

Join us on a classic nine mile hike through the Chilterns from Wendover. We will enjoy hills, monuments, woods and magnificent views. Our route takes in Coombe Hill and the Boer War Memorial before circling Chequers, the Prime Minister's country retreat, and returning to a good pub meal and our train home.

Chequers: Country retreat of the serving British Prime Minister.

The current house dates from the C16, however a grand residence is believed to have stood on the site since the C12. The "modern" house passed through many families and was eventually owned by Arthur Lee and his rich American wife Ruth. The childless couple, noting the changing face of British politics, (C20 Prime Ministers were poorer than their aristocrat forebears) gave the house to the nation under the terms of the Chequers Estate Act 1917. This allowed the serving PM a retreat and an official residence to greet foreign dignitaries.

 

 

The Boer War Memorial: Beautiful views from the monument near the top of the Chilterns:


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Details

Meet from 09:15 at Marylebone Railway Station. Tom will be there a bit early and will be stood at the ticket office in his lime green hoodie.

Board the 10:12 to Wendover arriving at 10:59. If you want to make your own way to Wendover just let us know so we can look out for you at the other end.

The ticket costs £15.80 for your day return but this is reduced to half price - £7.90 - when you join into a group of four and get the group saver. Don't worry too much about organising this, most people come in one's and two's and we just get you into four's at the station. Please note the last one or two people to arrive may have to pay full price depending on numbers.

There are loos at the start and finish but none in the middle (although plenty of trees if it comes to it).

It is a picnic lunch so make sure you buy a sandwich or bring a pack-up. Also remember you need water and at this time of year a waterproof. There is a pub for food and a drink if you like at the end.

Trains back are twice per hour at 10 and 40 minutes past the hour, until 19:10 and then hourly. I can't be sure what time we will be back into London as it depends on the speed of the group on the day, probably best to be flexible and don't make too many plans - just enjoy your day out hiking!

There is a £4 cash charge for this walk. Pay Tom on arrival.

You will also need to bring money for your train fare, food and drinks during the day.

RISK NOTICE:

Please note there are risks associated with all outdoor activity, this is a nine mile hike and although we are not one of the fast groups we ask that you are reasonably fit and have suitable clothing and footwear for the walk. Also please avoid doing anything that would put you or other members of the group in danger. If you are bringing a guest please ensure that they have read this notice and walk description before they agree to come. This walk is not suitable for children or pet dogs.

I will post a weather forecast the night before.

Hope you can come

Best wishes

Tom

 

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  • fethi

    hi ,it was i good day with you all nice people thanks to TOM,LOU,just like it as is my first time ,hope i`ll meet you all soon

    October 27, 2013

  • Miriam

    Great walk, lovely countryside and lots of lovely people - a perfect day! Thank you all -:)

    October 27, 2013

  • Sonia F.

    It was great with lovely people :)

    October 27, 2013

  • Geanina

    Thanks Tom and Lou for another great day out! Marie says thank you as well! :)

    October 27, 2013

  • Graham R.

    very good

    October 27, 2013

  • Dave

    Thanks for a great day

    October 26, 2013

  • mattie

    Great walk and great company as ever. Thanks Tom and Lou

    October 26, 2013

  • CARL

    Very good day out with nice people

    October 26, 2013

  • Andy F.

    very peaceful and attractive countryside

    October 26, 2013

  • Nigel N.

    Everything was Perfect !

    October 26, 2013

  • Sharon

    sorry, can't make it. Enjoy.

    October 26, 2013

  • Simon K

    Sorry to cancel so late; not feeling well.

    October 26, 2013

  • Martina Kumbulani S.

    Sorry got to cancel. I thought i will be feeling better by tonight but still got the bug. Enjoy the hike.

    October 25, 2013

  • Vaij

    Sorry something else came.Cant make it this time

    October 25, 2013

  • Wendy

    I'll meet you at Wendover station.

    October 25, 2013

  • Suvi

    I'll catch the train at 10.24 at Harrow-on-the-Hill. I will either catch you there or at Wendover.

    1 · October 25, 2013

  • Tom

    Hi All
    Weather forecast for tomorrow;
    A cloudy morning with a little light rain at times but brightening up through the afternoon and most parts becoming dry, some sunny intervals. Windy at times but mild again.
    So, brave a bit of wind, bring a waterproof and good footwear and get in some fun exercise before the severe weather arrives on Sunday!
    Ivan, Dave, Mark, Shelley and Don - we'll meet you at Wendover. Our train arrives at 10.59am so please be there to meet us.
    We'll email you a number for emergency use.
    See you there
    Tom

    October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will also meet in Wendover.

    October 25, 2013

  • Mark

    I will meet you in Wendover

    October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you all in Wendover

    October 23, 2013

  • Maria

    Sorry, I've made other plans now - hopefully join you next time. Have fun!

    October 23, 2013

  • Geanina

    Hi Lou,


    I know that there's a waiting list for next week's meetup but I was wondering if I could bring a friend with me. I don't want to do it over the site because it might move me over to the waiting list. So, please can you add me and my friend to the list?


    Thanks,
    Geanina

    October 20, 2013

    • Tom

      Hi Geanina, Lou has added on your plus 1 to the list. See you Saturday, Tom

      October 23, 2013

  • Tom

    Hello. We've put the numbers up a bit to catch everyone on the waiting list. Remember, if you can't make it, please change your RSVP as it means everyone can come and much easier on the day. We'll be walking even if it's a bit wet! Tom

    October 23, 2013

  • Dave

    Hi Tom I will be driving so I see you all at the station

    October 21, 2013

    • Tom

      Hello Dave, will see you at wendover. Pls leave yourself a bit of time to ensure you're there to meet the group at 1059. Thanks, Tom

      October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Tom,

    I wont be able to come. Sorry.

    October 22, 2013

  • Tahir

    Sorry..will not be able to attend now.

    October 20, 2013

  • Crystal H.

    Unfortunately I will not be able to attend this time. Enjoy.

    October 14, 2013

  • Crystal H.

    Unfortunately I will not be able to attend this time. Enjoy.

    October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you all in Wendover

    October 9, 2013

  • Zzash

    Sorry to miss this, looks like a great hike. Enjoy!

    October 3, 2013

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