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Xmas Hike & Dinner! Oystercard Special, 7m of Countryside & Charles Darwins Hse!

  • Dec 23, 2012 · 9:45 AM
  • As stated in Event Text

Stuck in London this Christmas like me? (Hooray I've escaped the backwoods of Wales thank you god!!!!)

Want to do something festive? Have fun? get some exercise and have Christmas dinner with a great bunch of people ???!!!!

This is a 7-7.5 mile hike straight out into the Kent countryside, accessible on oystercards! This area is one of the South East's most beautiful spots, this hike starts in the furthest reach of travel card zone 6 and proceeds deep into the beautiful Kent countryside. Cuckoo wood which we pass through is known for it's ancient woodland and gemlike wildflowers, In summer months Orchids, Violets and Primroses spot the earth like natural gemstones.

We visit the outside of the house of Charles Darwin's House (Downe House) and take lunch in the Queens Head - a historic pub, and Darwin's local where he perused his theory's after returning from the Voyage of the Beagle in 1836!

It's in this village Darwin developed his (then scandalous!) theory of natural selection, and furthered his theory after five years sailing, he continued studying the huge range of species in this local area. In particular he looked at the orchids and their pollinators, the area is now being proposed as a world heritage site.

We pass then through ancient woodland, the villages of Downe and Cudham back through Foxberry Wood, and as always to a lovely pub to finish for a well earned beer stop and on this occasion a giant Christmas Feast YUMMMMMMM!Choose from the scrummy menu here:

This pub does THE most AMAZING FOOD and seeing as we've just done a nice big hike it is the most guilt free festive feast you will get this side of the north pole! It's an amazing gastropub with a log fire, this is proper christmas indulgence!!!

It's a christmas menu, options are, 2 courses for £12.95 or 3 courses for £14.95. (2 courses minimum order).

Cost: The hike costs just £5.00, and pay pal fee is £1.00, so that gives a total for this event of £18.95 for hike +2 courses and £20.95 for hike + 3 courses. Change the amount in the free text box if you only want 2 courses.

You can come just for the hike, but I will priorities people who want to come for the dinner if/when the hike fills.

Please state which menu options you'd like (see menu link above) in the comments box when you rsvp.

Meeting Point 1: Charring Cross Overland Station, at the Cornish Pasty Stall (of course). Have with you an Oystercard with enough money on it to get to zone 6 and back. 9.50am

Meeting point 2: Outside Orpington Station, (no waiting for latecomers at meeting point 2). 10.40 am.

Meeting Point 3: Outside The Queens Head Pub, 73 High Street, Green Street Green, Orpington, BR6 6BQ. (No waiting for latecomers at meeting point 3). 11.00am.

Distance: 7-7.5 miles

Walking Time: 3.25 hrs (excluding lunch break)

Difficulty: 7/10 Moderate, some hills.

As always although we are a medium paced group we may well be walking faster in some sections. You need to be in good physical fitness and should at least be able to run 100m or so for a bus!!! For more info see our FAQ's

Travel card zone: Cheslfield, Zone 6.

How to find us: My Pic, my phone number 07722 559245. I will be wearing a Green High Vis at the Meeting Point

What's Included: Guided hike. Christmas Dinner.

Not Included: Travel, Entry to the grounds of Darwins house.

Note 1: Darwins House is a modest sized Victorian villa, we will stop to have a look at the outside, we will not be going inside. If you want to visit it by yourself you can do this during the one hour lunchbreak, (there is an entry charge google English Heritage Downe House Entry).

Note 2: Whilst this is a Christmas dinner it is non exclusive, there will be no religion involved, just lot's of food. All faiths and beliefs are welcome, (except maybe satanists and climate sceptics, those I'd have a problem with.)

Things to bring:

Water!- at least 1 litre
Money for pub
Wear appropriate clothes for the weather, lot's of layers, and hiking boots or the nearest thing you have.

Food: Bring a packed lunch, the mid way pub will not have time to feed us all.

Plastic Bag: to put your boots in in case they get muddy, so you don't have to leave them outside of the pub.

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  • Nicole

    This was my first hike. Thankfully the rain held off and although it was a bit muddy, it was still good day. Well organised, great pub lunch and yummy dinner to end the day. Thanks.

    December 28, 2012

  • Maggie

    This is my first's been such a joyful day to me thanks to Cath n all the friendly teammate

    1 · December 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day out.
    Thanks Catherine!

    1 · December 23, 2012

  • Grae

    What a beatiful day!
    Lovely to get out with such good company and start to the feast binge!

    1 · December 23, 2012

  • Mavis

    very fantastic day ,it is my very first time to go hiking! nice experience

    1 · December 23, 2012

  • Sophie

    Great day. Catherine, Many thanks for organising.

    1 · December 23, 2012

  • Catherine B.

    Hi All,


    I'm closing this comments thread now as it's getting out of hand.

    Please do not post any more menu choices, comments or questions here, they will be automatically deleted. Try our frequently asked questions page:

    If you can't find an answer feel free to contact me using the "contact" button under my picture, further up the page in the left hand side bar.

    Jingle jingle! Cath :0)


    Here's the menu:

    Upload your menu choices here - (for the technically competent!)

    or email them to me you MUST use the "contact" button under my picture, further up the page in the left hand side bar, or I won't receive it! :)

    December 18, 2012

  • Sophie

    Hi Catherine

    I would like to have the following please:

    Prawn Cocktail, Roast Turkey & Double Baked Vanilla Cheesecake

    Many thanks,


    December 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Catherine

    Our choices are as follow:

    Irene - Prawn Cocktail, Roast Turkey & Chocolate Yule Log

    Guest - Mushroom Rarebit, Roast Turkey & Double Baked Vanilla


    December 16, 2012

  • Catherine B.

    remove rsvp, re do it then follow the prompts through to pay pal, (change the £ amount in the free text box)

    everyone else I repeat.... - no pre pay, no Christmas dinner!!!!

    jingle jingle, Cath

    December 15, 2012

  • Catherine B.

    Thanks to the 15 people who have already pre paid! But remember for te rest of you - no pre pay, no Christmas dinner!!!!

    1 · December 15, 2012

  • Catherine B.

    ok Shanaz will do...

    December 13, 2012

  • Catherine B.

    Glenn - not too late to join on the dinner, Metting point two is the pub not orpington sattion will post time when I work it out ....Julie remove RSVP mark yes again and "add a comment" - you will need to pay now to do this, Wayde - cool tomorrows fine! smashing! x:) Cath

    December 9, 2012

  • Lex

    sounds great - tomato soup/baked salmon and xmas pud+custard for me!!

    December 9, 2012

  • wayde

    In gor the dinner - Liver, turkey and Xmas pudding! Thx. On mobile now, will settle tab tomorrow am.

    December 9, 2012

  • Glenn

    Hi Catherine, I've RSVP'd but am I too late to book for the Dinner?
    Looks very tempting! Thanks, Glenn

    December 9, 2012

  • Julie L

    Hi Catherine! I'm new to the group and have rsvp'd on the walk to to Charles Darwins House. Wold like to join the meal to but think I've missed where I need to state this, can you advise, thanks! J

    December 3, 2012

  • Glenn

    Hi Catherine, I'm very tempted! What time train will l you be catching from Charing Cross and what time meeting at Orpington station please? Thanks, Glenn

    November 25, 2012

  • Catherine B.

    Hi Guys, before posting questions here please check our FAQS - Frequently Asked Questions,


    November 7, 2012

  • Catherine B.

    ok Lisa - maybe see you before anyway x

    November 5, 2012

  • Sally

    Roast turkey + Xmas pud and custard pse (can't find the menu box/button) Sounds gd!

    November 4, 2012

  • Catherine B.

    clarification: both of the two pubs on this route have the same name - the queens head. The first is our lunch stop to use the loo's and have a quick drink, but as above they don't have time to feed us all at once so please bring food. I expect us to leave after the dinner at[masked], and leave the last pub to return to London about 8 - 8.30. Of course this is not accounting for any unforeseen circumstances, including service. It's a rough guideline :)

    November 4, 2012

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