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19km walk through the "garden of England" - Kent

  • Mar 3, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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 As the days are growing longer I've decided to squeeze in another walk before we set off walking with Andy on the 10th of March. So many of you have asked me about the famous Tunbridge Wells walk that we did last year in March, so we'll be going to Kent again. It is a very picturesque area in the south east and it's only an hour away from London so it is a perfect area for a day outing.

So we will start our walk at Leigh station. We will walk for 19 km to Royal Tunbridge Wells. The spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells had its beginning in 1606, when a courtier, Dudley, Lord North, discovered a chalybeate (iron-bearing) spring which made good the damage to his health from dissolute living. Queen Victoria frequented Tunbridge Wells as a child, but the 'Royal' prefix was added in 1909 by Edward VII. The colonnaded Pantiles are named from the small clay tiles that Princess Anne paid for in 1698, after her son fell on the slippery ground.

We will stop for a pub lunch after about a third of the walk but please feel free to bring snacks, nuts, fruit, drinks and whatever else you wish to munch on during the day. You will not be able to eat your own food in the pub. The pub I have in mind has log fires for the winter and a superb view across the Medway Valley to Swaylands and Penshurst.

We'll be going by train on a group saver ticket which costs £8.40. The London European Club appreciates your donation of £4 per person because without it we can not run the Club with it's wide range of activities and we can't develop new ideas. The donations are used for maps, equipment (eg 1st aid) and training / expenses for walk leaders.

We will be stopping for a lunch in the Bottle House Inn, one of my favourite finds on the walks we did last year. Tasty food and VERY hospitable staff.

 
The London European Club is run by dedicated volunteers, so it is important to RSVP accurately. Please RSVP Yes only if you are certain that you will be able to come. Members who don't show up three times are banned from the Club. Dropping out of the RSVP list in the last 24 hours counts as a "no show". The walk is going ahead regadless of weather conditions so have your waterproofs ready.

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  • Tanja

    Sunshine, great scenery and perfect group.

    March 4, 2012

  • Tiranth

    A thoroughly enjoyable day all-round!

    March 4, 2012

  • vanessa

    Thanks Maja for a lovely walk - who knew it would turn out to be such as lovely day?

    March 4, 2012

  • Maja

    We were soooo lucky with the weather :-) And that pear cider tasted so nice at the end of the walk while we were sitting in the Opera House. And the "whale" fish and chips-mmmmm. I don't know what was my favourite part of the day, but I do feel that I owe someone a few arguements pro Scottish independence. And I haven't finished a few other discussions as well. I was leading the walk though, so next time I promise.....

    March 4, 2012

  • Hue

    Brilliant walk. Thx Maja!

    March 4, 2012

  • Hun

    A really great hike with such friendly people, thank you Maja

    March 3, 2012

  • Eugenia

    Lovely walk, and pub. Thanks Maja!

    March 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apols. Was really looking forward to this walk but have come down with flu. Have a great day

    March 3, 2012

  • Maja

    Close to the ticket area near one of the entrances on the upper level.

    March 2, 2012

  • Tiranth

    what's the meeting point at London Bridge station Maja?

    March 2, 2012

  • Maja

    Pub booked!!!Bottle House in was full so we are going to the Spotted Dog :-) a pub with good food, log fires in winter and sweaping views of the Medway Valley. I'll print the menu so you can make your choice on the train and we don't have to wait for our food.It will wait for us.

    March 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey! Any idea of when we are likely to head back to London?

    March 1, 2012

  • Marion

    This walk is now advertised on our Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/London-European-Club/147348665304337

    February 23, 2012

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