Note: All dates are tentative and can be confirmed or postponed up to the day before the trip. This is due to various reasons including staying safe (and dry!) during unpredictable UK weather, logistics and the availability of coordinators/planners. The group is entirely volunteer-run and we are happy to recruit reliable and passionate supporters who can commit their time to plan and navigate our free trips. Please send a message to our organizers in case you are interested!
We will walk across the rich and secluded landscape of the Chess Valley path, one of the highlights of the Chiltern countryside yet so close to London you can get there on the Metropolitan Line.
Let's enjoy a day out together discovering ancient towns, listening to diverse wildlife and strolling past watercress beds as well as historical buildings -including the secret residence for high profile prisoners of World War II (now used as a conference centre...).
Here are some planned highlights of the walk...
The town of Rickmansworth
Latimer House, the former World War II prison for senior officials
River walks and watercress beds
And plenty of picturesque fields...
This is very close to London and can be reached by Underground so we expect some flexibility.
*** Preliminary Details ***
Travel & Meeting Point
The expected start of the walk is Chesham station on the Metropolitan Line (Zone 9), the end is back in Rickmansworth (Zone 7). These are on the same Underground line, so if you plan to join by car you can travel back to Chesham from there. We will meet just outside the station, near the bicycle stands.
We will start at 11:00 AM LATEST, leave Chesham along the River Chess and follow the waterside until we reach the Watercress Cottage, continue past the Frith Wood and the secretive Latimer House (the former WW2 prison) and other highlights until we reach Rickmansworth. We will stop for small pic-nic breaks and depending on the mood of the group make minor diversions from the actual river. Before going home, we will obviously stop at a pub for a few drinks and/or a meal!
Honestly - and as always - this will entirely depend on our group speed, ability and mood - we don't want anyone to stay behind, but with a good average pace we shouldn't walk more than 5-6 hours.
A little more than 10.5 miles (17 km), depending on our little diversions, walking on path and occasionally off-path, there will be stiles to cross on the walk, woods, and wet and muddy sections. Gentle climbs.
What to bring:
- Plenty of water, 2 litres recommended
- Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized along the walk
- Rainproof (ideally waterproof) clothing, sturdy shoes/boots you don't mind getting muddy
- Reserve socks
- Sun protection
- ...and your camera!
Please bear in mind this is a free of charge, self-guided trip with a hobby group. It is not organized by a business nor any entity with commercial purposes.
Any trip details, travel advice, route planning, instructions and other content in our group merely represent our shared personal knowledge, research and suggestions as outdoor enthusiasts. As this is no business, there is no "product", "service" or "package" and also no "tour guide", "operator" or "walk leader".
Each participant is responsible for their own safety. Even if some of us are very experienced walking outdoors, nobody assumes responsibility for any kind of injury, damage or loss that may happen.
Despite this, we take extreme precautions and all trips we plan are very safe, fun, highly educational and popular. Our experienced members volunteer their time and effort to shape a pleasant and quality adventure for everyone :-)
By participating you acknowledge and agree with this disclaimer.
Here are our tips on staying safe during outdoor trips:
TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, INSURANCE
Although we provide detailed suggestions, each participant is expected to arrange their own travel and (if required) accommodation - this gives everyone the freedom and choice to join from wherever they want and stay wherever they want. Anyone interested in travel or outdoor insurance should also arrange this on their own. As mentioned above we always take extreme precautions, but some people may still feel safer if covered.
As most of our trips are confirmed or postponed very close to the event date - heavily depending on the weather forecasts - we advise not to buy this until the last minute. People getting tickets from the same station are encouraged to meet early on the day to benefit from discounts such as GroupSave.
ABOUT THE GROUP
This Meetup group was founded by a few friends in London who enjoy the outdoors through different activities - walking, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking etc. We are originally members of the volunteer and bilingual Toastmasters club RES "Russian English Speakers" where we put together a few day walks - they attracted so many people that we decided to share our hobby with a broader audience, hence we created this new group!
Any questions, feel free to ask below or send a private message!
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