Wendover Woods hike on Sunday 28 April 2013
We’ll start in Wendover. It is a pretty market town marked by its distinctive small clock tower built in 1842. Upon arrival, we’ll say ciao to the town, and say hello the lovely countryside, by entering into the Wendover Woods. This is where we'd find ourselves with some fun landscape to hike on, along with a mixture of coniferous and broadleaved trees. Weather permitting, we’ll also have lunch there (subject to para 9 below).
After lunch, we'll walk alongside the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal (built in 1797, disused in 1897). Through the town, the route will take us to Coombe Hill, where the Second Boer War (1899 -1902) monument lies. And we’ll finish the walk by following the Ridgeway, (through various woodlands), before the market town of Wendover re-emerges before us.
* We will encounter muddy paths if it rains on the day or rained in few days prior to the hike.
The logistics on the day are as follows:
1. Meeting time: 09:40am. Please arrive on time, so you have sufficient time to get tickets (estimated queuing time: 10 minutes). We are getting the 10:12 am platform 4 train to Wendover.
2. Organiser fee: £5 cash,pay at the end of the day.
3. Travel costs :£9.60 for group of 4 savers - arrive early to take advantage of this discount. Otherwise, an individual return ticket is £15.80.
Please note that getting group of 4 tickets mean that you will also have to travel back together in group of 4 too.
4. Distance: About 10.5 miles (estimated 5 hours of walking time, exclusive of lunchtime.)
5. Meet up point: London Marylebone railway station. (Next to Mark and Spencer Food, Ladies toilet, Patisserie Valerie, and the Flower shop). Please the yellow arrow at the picture below.
6. How to identify me: It's easy - I am Chinese-looking and I am the one who is holding the Banana Hiking sign. Don't worry - Chinese people don't look all the same. But, if in doubt, call me.
7. My mobile number is[masked] 312.
8. Difficulty: (6/10). Please note that there are up and downs in this hike. If you are concerned about your ability, please contact the organiser for further information.
9. Lunch: Weather permitting, we'll be having picnic.
However, if circumstances change (e.g. let's say it rains), we will either eat at Cafe in the Woods or at the George & Dragon pub in town.
10. Need to bring: water, waterproof clothing, gloves & hat (if necessary), walking boots (see  below), torch, camera and money for pub afterwards.
11. Civilised loo: 1 at lunch time
12. Estimated time of arrival (EAT)London: 9pm
13. After the walk, it is open to you whether or not you wish to join the group for a pint and/or food at a local pub. Whether you decide to join us or not, it is advised that you travel back in London in group(s) of 4 to avoid possible penalties by the train company.
14. Map: I will be using OS Explore Map 181 and a silver compass. If all fails, we will navigate by the sun. Just joking. I will pre-walk the majority of route before the hike, to minimise all possible risks.
15. Weather: I will post the latest weather forecast 2 days before the walk, and will update it every day at 11pm. For the avoidance of doubt, the walk will not be cancelled if it rains. The idea is that you live in London: If you don't go out when it rains, you'd end up sitting at home and be on your computer all day.
16. London Tube engineering work: Please check TFL website for further details.
17.You are advised to wear adequate footwear for the walk. If you wish to buy a new pair of walking shoes, the group has now secured a 10% group discount at Cotswold Outdoor [http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/].
Our group discount code is: “AF-BFHL-J4” under our group name “Banana Hiking - Fruitful Hiking London”.
18. Don't worry if you are coming alone. This is Meetup. 99% of the people come alone, and it is all about making new friends anyway :))).
If anyone have any questions, please feel do not hesitate to drop me an email at [masked]
I will response within 24 hours.