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Welcome

We are a London and South East England based hiking club.

We organise day walks an hour or 2 by train from London.

The walks come from the Saturday Walkers Club website (http://www.walkingclub.org.uk). They all have online walk directions, OS maps and GPS data. Some of them feature in the 2 Time Out Country Walks books.

Our walks are "self-led" - i.e. they do not have a leader. Everyone is responsible for leading them self, so everyone is expected to have a copy of the route. The organisers only posts the meetups - they do not attend the walk (If they did, they would be effectively be walk leaders, and would require third party liability insurance, meaning the walks couldn't be free)

• Meetup with everyone else by the station exit at the start of the walk.

• Look out for people who came by car at the station exit.

• Introduce yourself to each other, and have a great time.

This may sound a little haphazard, but trust us, it actually works very well.

Our Walk Program

3 or 4 walks on both Saturday and Sunday

a midweek walk, usually on Wednesday

an midweek evening walk (during the long summer evenings)

some longer weekend or week trips, e.g. Brecon, Peak District, Scotland

We were inspired to start this group when we found out that some other groups were charging you to do SWC walks, and passing them off as their own work.

These walks are free.

RSVP Policy

Please feel free to change your mind at the last minute, for any reason, or for no reason. Also feel free to go on a walk you didn't RSVP for. Sorry, no refunds, but then the walks are free anyway :)

Train Tickets Advice

There is detailed advice here (http://www.walkingclub.org.uk/this_week.shtml#forum), but, in short, a Network Railcard gives 1/3 off off-peak train tickets for up to 4 people travelling with you. Weekends and Bank Holidays : valid anytime. Weekdays: valid after 10.00 and with a £13 minimum fare.

Upcoming events (5+)

Free: Faversham Circular walk - a coastal walk with creeks and marshes

Faversham Circular walk - a mixture of Faversham Council's own walk and SWC 299 - Teynham to Faversham Length: variable from 12 km (7.5 miles) to 19 km (12 miles) or longer Toughness: 2 out of 10 London Victoria: 10-10 hrs South-Eastern's Dover Priory service. Bromley South 10-27 hrs Arrive Teynham: 11-20 hrs Arrive Faversham: 11-25 hrs Return: 16-02, 16-33, 17-02, 17-41 and 18-03 hrs You should have plenty of time today to explore the fascinating town of Faversham, with its many historic buildings - and Britain's oldest brewery (Shepherd Neame). Your walk today starts with Faversham Council's "Walk on the Wildside" - download here (http://www.visitfaversham.org/site-files/walks/a-walk-on-the-wild-side.pdf) - which takes you out onto Oare Marshes and along the coast before an inland return over farmland to Oare, where you can stop for lunch at the usually excellent The Three Mariners pub (http://www.thethreemarinersoare.co.uk/)(booking ahead advised - your e.t..a is 13-30 hrs) After lunch you can switch to the afternoon leg of SWC's own walk Teynham to Faversham with a sweep along the coast before you return inland to Faversham, with its choice of cafes for a tea stop before your journey home. Teynham walk directions here [Walk directions, OS Map, and GPS Data] Walk directions, maps, and GPS data. Notes This walk is cross-posted from the Saturday Walkers Club website. See This Week's Walks (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/this-weeks-walks.shtml) for last minute changes and more events. Everyone welcome, especially visitors to London. Our walks are 'self led' and don't have walk leaders, so you should have your own copy of the route, i.e. a printout, map, pdf on your smartphone. See: New Members (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/index.shtml). Don't worry, it work really well in practise. Attendance is weather dependent, but is usually from 5-30 people. A Network Railcard gives 1/3 off train fares. Check TFL weekend engineering works. On the day, use #swcwalks on Twitter. This Meetup account isn't monitored. You can leave a message on our This Weeks Walk page (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/this-weeks-walks.shtml). SWC:[masked]

Free: Evening Walk: Lovely Lavender near London

Victoria Station

SWC Short Walk 23: Woodmansterne Lavender Walk (Banstead to South Coulsdon) Train: 18:00 from London Victoria, arriving 18:56 More details to follow on Monday...…. Walk directions, maps, and GPS data. Notes This walk is cross-posted from the Saturday Walkers Club website. See This Week's Walks (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/this-weeks-walks.shtml) for last minute changes and more events. Everyone welcome, especially visitors to London. Our walks are 'self led' and don't have walk leaders, so you should have your own copy of the route, i.e. a printout, map, pdf on your smartphone. See: New Members (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/index.shtml). Don't worry, it work really well in practise. Attendance is weather dependent, but is usually from 5-30 people. A Network Railcard gives 1/3 off train fares. Check TFL weekend engineering works. On the day, use #swcwalks on Twitter. This Meetup account isn't monitored. You can leave a message on our This Weeks Walk page (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/this-weeks-walks.shtml). SWC:[masked]

Free Walk: Vanguard Way: Edenbridge to Forest Row

London Bridge Train Station

Vanguard Way: Edenbridge to Forest Row and onto East Grinstead Length: 20.6km (12.8miles) to Forest Row. including section from Forest Row to East Grinstead 25.9km (16.1 miles) via the Forest Way. Route includes a 3.6km link there and back to Plough Inn (https://ploughdormansland.com/), Dormansland for lunch. Catch the 10:07 from London Bridge arrives at Edenbridge Town at 10:45. Buy a day return to East Grinstead. Return from East Grinstead xx:06 xx:36 This walk makes use of the online Vanguard Way walk directions by Colin Saunders. (The last SWC section from Oxted to Edenbridge was on Saturday 9th March.) Continuing: Set off from Edenbridge Town station using the Vanguard Way (North-South) fully revised Section 4 Edenbridge to Forest Row now avoiding a busy stretch of road walking. At the end of 4.7 take Dormansland link for 1.8km for Plough Inn TQ[masked] The Vanguard Way (North to South) From the suburbs to the sea! Section 4 Edenbridge to Forest Row (6th edition 2019) (http://www.users.greenbee.net/~bellwoodab/download/VGWdes04.pdf) via new route in the Edenbridge area T=LDP.22 Walk directions, maps, and GPS data. Notes This walk is cross-posted from the Saturday Walkers Club website. See This Week's Walks (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/this-weeks-walks.shtml) for last minute changes and more events. Everyone welcome, especially visitors to London. Our walks are 'self led' and don't have walk leaders, so you should have your own copy of the route, i.e. a printout, map, pdf on your smartphone. See: New Members (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/index.shtml). Don't worry, it work really well in practise. Attendance is weather dependent, but is usually from 5-30 people. A Network Railcard gives 1/3 off train fares. Check TFL weekend engineering works. On the day, use #swcwalks on Twitter. This Meetup account isn't monitored. You can leave a message on our This Weeks Walk page (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/this-weeks-walks.shtml). SWC:[masked]

Free Walk: Pluckley Circular

Victoria Station

Book 2 walk 21 Difficulty 1 out of 10 (3 for the longer versions) Length 7.2, 9.2 or 11.2 miles (11.5, 14.7, or 18 km) Pluckley, in Kent, claims to be the UK’s most haunted (https://www.pluckley.net/village-life/history/ghosts/) village. Until recently, the local area was owned by the Dering family who got given it by William the Conqueror. Distinctive Dering windows and their black horse symbol can still be seen on many of the buildings. It also formed the backdrop to the “Darling Buds of May” book and TV series. The basic walk is 7.2 miles but can be lengthened. On Sundays, the Rose and Crown, visited on the extended walks, is a more reliable tea stop. Trains Get the 09:45 Dover Priory train from Victoria arriving Pluckley 10:56. Return trains at xx:39 to Victoria. Get a return to Pluckley. Lunch The Swan Inn (http://www.swanlittlechartashford.co.uk/index) in Little Chart [masked]) is recommended . A bit later, in Pluckley, there's the Black Horse (http://www.blackhorsepluckley.co.uk/index.asp) [masked]). Tea For the short walk you have the fore-mentioned Black Horse, which is fine, unless you’ve just had lunch there. The Dering Arms,[masked], opposite the station, closes early on a Sunday, most likely at 4:00. Both extensions take you past the Rose and Crown (http://www.theroseandcrownpluckley.co.uk/) at Mundy Bois[masked]. From there, allow 45-50 minutes to the station. The longest also passes the The Barrow House (http://thebarrowhouse.co.uk/) in Egerton[masked]. Directions All three options are available online (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_2/walk_21/index.shtml). (Any of William the Conqueror's pals still using our Book 2 should note that, despite being 'inscrybed of the fynest vellome', it only offers the shortest walk). If anyone is interested in a tour round the local ghosty hot spots, try adding in this offering (http://www.walksoflondon.co.uk/50/haunted-kent-pluckley.shtml). It’s not one of our walks. It starts in Pluckley and ends, 4 miles later, back in Pluckley at the Black Horse. From there, you can resume our original basic walk back to the station, a total 11.2 miles. Walk directions, maps, and GPS data. Notes This walk is cross-posted from the Saturday Walkers Club website. See This Week's Walks (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/this-weeks-walks.shtml) for last minute changes and more events. Everyone welcome, especially visitors to London. Our walks are 'self led' and don't have walk leaders, so you should have your own copy of the route, i.e. a printout, map, pdf on your smartphone. See: New Members (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/index.shtml). Don't worry, it work really well in practise. Attendance is weather dependent, but is usually from 5-30 people. A Network Railcard gives 1/3 off train fares. Check TFL weekend engineering works. On the day, use #swcwalks on Twitter. This Meetup account isn't monitored. You can leave a message on our This Weeks Walk page (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/swc/this-weeks-walks.shtml). SWC:[masked]

Past events (1,019)

Free Walk: Lavender fields on the Shoreham Figure-of-8

Victoria Station

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