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: http://www.meetup.com/Green-London-Walks-Days-out-and-Weekends/files/
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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