What we're about

A walking group to show people new places that many other groups just do not promote and to inspire those who are concerned about walking alone in beautiful areas for various reasons, to enjoy the countryside and views. I have have been leading walks for 15 years or more and I can assure you that my regulars are friendly and welcome anyone, so if you have not joined a group walk before, do not worry, you should have fun. Where possible, a pub is nearby for socialising and refreshment afterwards and there is no joining fee, just a payment each time you come along at weekends. Some midweek walks are organised for free or a small fee.

Upcoming events (4)

WEDNESDAY - THE LESS WELL KNOWN PARTS OF WALTON AND THE THAMES OF COURSE.

ONCE YOU APPROACH WALTON BRIDGE IGNORE YOUR SATNAV. THIS CAR PARK HAS NOT GOT ONE. SEE THE MAP BELOW. The best and nearest I can find which will get you on the approach to the bridge is KT12 1AR. http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=509285&y=166353&z=110&sv=509285,166353&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=851&ax=509285&ay=166353&lm=0 COVID RESTRICTIONS WE CAN ONLY MEET IN GROUPS OF 6 AND I WILL HAVE TWO LEADERS ON THIS WALK, SO 12 PEOPLE MAXIMUM. TO KEEP THE TWO GROUPS APART, WHEN YOU ARRIVE, MAKE YOUR PRESENCE KNOWN TO ME AND THEN RETURN TO YOUR CAR UNTIL WE SORT OUT THE TWO GROUPS. I WILL BE BY THE CAFE. A repeat of a walk I did on 17th February 2019. If you join me on this 4.5/5 mile flat circular walk, I will show you a couple of Blue Plaques, an old Manor House, part of the town centre, an interestingly named island, a long lake, some nice fields and horses, and of course, the Thames as we circle Desborough Island. As we are by water much of the way, if the sun is out it is glorious, so fingers crossed for the weather and a good turn out from yourselves. We start from a FREE car park with a cafe and toilets which will hopefully be open, and it may be a little muddy in places although most of this can be bypassed if necessary. There is a limit of 12 as I have two leaders. No guests allowed for now unless we do not reach 12 when I will open it up. NO DOGS AND £3 PLEASE. I am not sure where the sat navs will take you, but basically, if you approach the bridge from Walton town centre, just as you are about to cross the bridge, Walton Lane is on your left, signposted to Cowey Sale and the car park is about 250 yards away. If you accidently cross the bridge, go round the mini roundabout and come back on yourself and turn right straight after crossing the bridge. You can call me on[masked] if you get lost or are late but please do not contact me via the website on the morning of the walk. You can ask almost anyone when near as they will know where the bridge is. You can also easily catch up if you are a couple of minutes late. Mike

A COMMON WALK - IN CHOBHAM

Chobham Common Roundabout Car Park

The postcode to use is GU24 8TL. The address says Ascot but it is less that 2 miles from Chobham centre (not to be confused with Cobham of course). COVID RESTRICTIONS WE CAN ONLY MEET IN GROUPS OF 6 AND I WILL HAVE TWO, POSSIBLY THREE LEADERS ON THIS WALK, SO 18 PEOPLE MAXIMUM BUT WE WILL START OFF WITH 12. TO KEEP THE GROUPS APART, WHEN YOU ARRIVE, MAKE YOUR PRESENCE KNOWN TO ME AND THEN RETURN TO YOUR CAR UNTIL WE SORT OUT THE TWO GROUPS. In 2020, Chobham Common had a bad year, fire having damaged or destroyed 500 acres of its area and it was closed for 10 days. Inspired by one of our members, (thanks T), after she led me and Lynn across the common, I worked out a 2 hour route based on that walk which shows some lovely common land and evidence of the fire. This 5.5 mile walk takes us under the M3 as well with a small climb to a viewing point and we will be up close and personal to the cross erected for Queen Victoria before we return to the car. It is reasonably flat but it does get muddy with lots of rain, so be aware if the weather is not so good soon before the walk. NO DOGS AND £3 PLEASE. BECAUSE OF THE LOW ATTENDEE LIMIT, NO GUESTS ARE ALLOWED, SO MEMBERS FIRST. You can call me on[masked] if you get lost or are late but please do not contact me via the website on the morning of the walk. The car park is quite large and has been free since 1st April but it does get busy so please turn up a bit early and it is likely a dog walker will vacate a space soon after arrival. Mike

FARNHAM TO WAVERLEY ABBEY

Shepherd and Flock

The postcode to use is GU9 9JB COVID RESTRICTIONS WE CAN ONLY MEET IN GROUPS OF 6 AND I WILL HAVE TWO LEADERS ON THIS WALK, SO 12 PEOPLE MAXIMUM. TO KEEP THE TWO GROUPS APART, WHEN YOU ARRIVE, MAKE YOUR PRESENCE KNOWN TO ME AND THEN RETURN TO YOUR CAR UNTIL WE SORT OUT THE TWO GROUPS. The walk starts at Shepherd & Flock in Farnham. There is parking outside the pub on the lane which has 4 hour free parking. This is a lovely walk that was shown to me by a friend. There is a lot of history, and scenic views. we will even see a witch's cave. Again I must give my thanks to Mike and Lynn, who have made this walk even more interesting than it was. The walk takes us through the island with many interesting grade 2 listed properties, we will walk alongside the river Wey. There is lots to see of interest, and we will pass lots of little gems. Caves in the rock face and what was originally, a World War I Canadian camp. The walk will take us around the ruins of Waverley Abbey. There are plaques along this route giving you little titbits of information about the history of the area. This is a part circular walk of 5 miles, on a good solid path with well drained soil. Please wear appropriate footwear. Hopefully the weather will be good to us and you will be able to appreciate the surrounding area. The walk will start at 11am and I am hoping that the Shepherd & Flock is open for Sunday lunch if you would like? Bear in mind that this is Tier 2 so we cannot mix inside the pub, only people in the same bubble can eat together. The walk costs £3 and NO DOGS Thank you! Should you be late or lost, please call[masked]. Joy

VINEYARD WALK - MIDWEEK in WEST CHILTINGTON, near PULBOROUGH, WEST SUSSEX

The postcode to use is RH20 2JW. This is for a maximum of 6 people. This is a wonderful, scenic and interesting walk from start to finish. We go through at least 3 different vineyards and after a short distance see a lovely windmill. Gorgeous views follow with nice properties and animals to see as we pass through lovely Sussex countryside. I have said 3 hours but it should take less time but be aware that there are up to 10 stiles to climb over. It is just over 6 miles. Obviously, it may be a little muddy in places at this time of year so please wear good sturdy footwear with a nice grip. £3 PLEASE AND NO DOGS. You can call me on[masked] if you are late or lost. As we are outside the normal area for this group, I hope it will interest some of you and if we have a waiting list and you have signed up to come, please let me know if you cannot attend so that we can replace you in time

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