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Walk length 13miles/20km Circular This hike is a chance to visit Poohsticks Bridge a location very much associated with the A.A. Milne story Pooh Bear. The day is also a chance to experience a ride on the Spa Valley Heritage railway steam train. Features on the day are.. A visit to Poohsticks Bridge where Winnie-the-Pooh played the game of Poohsticks. Pooh Bear was created by A.A. Milne and is the story of a slow-witted but loveable and friendly teddy bear. The story is set in Ashdown forest an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A ride on the Spa Valley Railway a heritage railway running from Tunbridge Wells West railway station in Tunbridge Wells to High Rocks, Groombridge, and Eridge. The Forest Way is a linear Country park used for walking, cycling and horse riding. The route is part of a disused railway line and is an important habitat for wildlife along a green corridor along the upper valley of the River Medway. Parts of the High Weald Landscape Trail a route between Horsham, West Sussex & Rye, East Sussex. We will have final drinks at the Opera House in Tunbridge Wells a magnificent pub converted from an opera house & built in 1904 becoming a cinema in 1931, then a bingo hall & finally a Wetherspoons pub! PLEASE BE AWARE THIS IS A SUBSTANTIAL HIKE WITH UNDULATING COUNTRYSIDE AS WELL AS FLATTER SECTIONS BUT WILL ALSO BE TAKEN AT A REASONABLE PACE DUE TO THE HERITAGE RAILWAY TIMETABLE, THE LAST TRAIN FROM GROOMBRIDGE IS 5.06PM. Lunch & Finish Please bring packed snack lunch & water for walk. Day should finish before 6.00pm at Tunbridge Wells & include a 30 min snack lunch stop, however the time may be earlier or later depending on weather & pace (this is a complete day event & you are advised not to arrange definite evening plans). Various meeting points see below.. Meeting at London: Meet at 7.40am at London Bridge Train station to get the 8.24am train arriving at Tunbridge Wells at 9.09am. We then have a short walk to Tunbridge Wells West Station for the short 30minute heritage steam train journey to Eridge for the start of the hike. At London getting group saves at 7.40am (may have to queue, please be prompt so we can get tickets and board the train when announced they can get busy). The meeting point is London Bridge Train Station. Meet next to the main ticket office opposite the WHSmith. See photo below. Cost £6 (cash on the day) guided walk + £16.70 return train ticket form London to Tunbridge Wells, train ticket cost may be reduced by a third with a group save or network rail card to £11 approx). You must travel back in small groups if you take the group save. Return heritage railway ticket from Tunbridge Wells West Station to Eridge, £12 return (we will get these at the station at Tunbridge Wells West Station. There are a number of trains back to London from Tunbridge Wells. Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Colin[masked] Walking Safety Walking is a great way to keep fit & generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit & be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You should wear appropriate clothing & shoes with sufficient grip suitable for hiking. Warm & wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food & water. Please see our Terms & Conditions (http://www.meetup.com/Chiltern-Explorers/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/) COULD EVERYONE PLEASE AVOID COMMENTS BELOW THAT ARE NOT SPECIFIC TO THE EVENT AS THIS GENERATES SPAM, JUST CHANGE YOUR RSVP IF YOU CAN'T GO. YOU CAN MESSAGE ME. MANY THANKS.
Seven noses of Soho - Treasure Hunt Meet outside of Canada House, opp. Trafalgar Square, SW1Y 5BJ. Look out for the Maple Leafs! Soho residents have always been a singular lot. In 1997 artist Rick Buckley smelt out a lot of new CCTV cameras in the area and he wasn’t happy. Big Brother was clearly nosing around. To protest, Rick decided to place casts of his own proboscis on various structures in Soho right under the noses, so to speak, of the liberty threatening CCTV Cameras. There is an urban myth that if you can locate all seven of the noses then great wealth will come your way. One of the noses has disappeared over the years so I can only promise a small prize for the winners of the Hunt. You will get a map, photos of the noses and hints as to their location. There’ll be a couple of refreshment stops along the way including the iconic Bar Italia in Frith Street where I’ll also tell you a bit about the history, entertainment and food of the area. Keep your ears pinned back, your eyes peeled and your noses clean and join the Hunt. You will need to have a phone or camera. For photos see the album at www.facebook.com/guidetribe See www.londonguidetribe.com for further walks. [masked][masked] (Please note we will only wait for you for about 5 minutes so please be on time.)
Walk length 13miles/20km approx. Circular. A very scenic walk from Goring to Moulsford using a mixture of landscapes from woodland trails to river paths. The hike starts from the small Chiltern Town of Goring-on-Thames, which has many historic buildings dating back to the 16th century before entering Streatley across the river and exploring the Mousford Downs and the Thames path. The hike uses parts of a number of important national trails including the Ridgeway and the Thames Path. The Ridgeway is an ancient trail described by many as the oldest road in Britain and is about 87 miles long. The Thames Path follows the Thames River from its source near Kemble to the Thames Barrier at Charlton and is about 184 miles long. THIS IS A SUBSTANTIAL HIKE WITH A NUMBER OF HILL CLIMBS AS WELL AS FLATTER RIVER SECTIONS. Cost £6 cash meetup/walk cost payable on the day. Train return £21.90 but could be less with a group save or network railcard. Lunch and Finish Please bring a snack lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish at about 4.30pm and include a 30 min snack lunch stop and pub at the end, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace. Transport and meeting Meet Outside Goring and Streatley station for the walk to start just after the train arrives from London at 10.38am. By car: Goring and Streatley Car Park charges £3.10 after 10am on weekdays. Some side roads may be free (please check for restrictions) By train: The 9.15am train from London Paddington gets to Goring and Streatley for 10.28am. Please check national rail for more details. I would suggest you meet from 8.30am next to the WHSmith shop at Paddington to give you time to get a group save/buy tickets (see photo below). The organizer will not be catching the train but will meet the group at Goring. Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Colin[masked]. Walking Safety Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You should wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking shoes, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions (http://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/3170152/Terms_and_Conditions/) COULD EVERYONE PLEASE AVOID COMMENTS BELOW THAT ARE NOT SPECIFIC TO THE EVENT AS THIS GENERATES SPAM, JUST CHANGE YOUR RSVP IF YOU CAN'T GO. YOU CAN MESSAGE THE ORGANIZER, MANY THANKS.
Walk length 11 miles/17.7 km approx. Circular. A fairly flat, but also significant walk featuring the town of Windsor and its fantastic Windsor Great Park. Windsor lies just south of the Thames and its history is pivoted mainly around Windsor Castle, one of a number of official residencies of the British Royal Family. The original construction of Windsor Castle is Norman, but it has been embellished significantly since, and is Europe's longest occupied Palace. This walk is circular, and after a short walk from the town takes in a long stretch of path called 'The Long Walk' framed by Oak Trees leading up to Snow Hill, and its 1831 monument to George the III, known as the Copper Horse. Another monument on the walk is of the present Queen Elizabeth II, produced for her Golden Jubilee in 2002 at the end of Queen Anne's Ride. The rest of the walk centers on the western side of the park and the village (built in the 1930s for Royal estate workers). The park is a mixture of open parkland and woods with some farm paddocks and significant herds of deer. Some of the Oak trees are extremely old. One of interest is a plaque at the base of one (younger oak) planted to commemorate the coronation of Edward the VII in 1902. Meeting: Windsor and Eton Central Rail Station (next to replica steam locomotive at the station) from 10.45am for walk to start at 11.00am after the train from London arrives. The walk from the station to the start of the walk can be busy, if you lose the group we will have a second rendezvous at the end of Park Street at the entrance to Windsor Park & The Long Walk at 11.15am. Please be aware Windsor has two stations, the one we are meeting at is Windsor and Eton Central and NOT Windsor and Eton Riverside. Lunch & Finish: Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish at about 4.30pm and include a 30 min lunch stop, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace. Transport Car: Various Car Parking in Windsor, most charged, some free on outer roads if you are prepared to walk 20 mins into the town (please leave enough time to park). Train from London: 10.22am from London Paddington gets to Windsor and Eton Central for 10.56am (change at Slough), there may be other travel options but please ensure you can make the walk time. Times correct at time of publishing, please check before travel. I would suggest you meet at 9.45am at London Paddington next to the WHSmith shop to give you time to get a group save/buy tickets (see photo below). The organizer will be taking the train from London. See National Rail Enquiries (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/) Cost: £6 cash (meetup/organizer fee). Train £21.60, cost may be reduced by about a third with a network railcard or group save discount to about £15. Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Colin[masked]. RSVP: The organizers monitor non-attendance; please update your RSVP beforehand. Weather: See also BBC Weather (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/) Please see our Weather Policy (http://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/Weather/) Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks however we do ask dog owners to read our Dog Policy (http://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/Dog_Policy/) Walking Safety: Walking is a great way to keep fit & generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit & be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You should wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking shoes (not trainers), warm & wet weather clothing & carry sufficient food & water. You may not be allowed on the walks if you have inappropriate gear. Please see our Terms & Conditions (http://www.meetup.com/London-Explorers/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/) COULD EVERYONE PLEASE AVOID COMMENTS BELOW THAT ARE NOT SPECIFIC TO THE EVENT AS THIS GENERATES SPAM, YOU CAN MESSAGE THE ORGANIZERS, MANY THANKS.