What we're about

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 (or earlier in the front carriage of the suggested train.

• 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 Plans

We aim to build up to organising :

walks 7 days a week, with several walks at the weekend.

early and late starting walks

short/easy and longer/harder walks

walks with themes, e.g. gay, with children, 20's/30's, visiting National Trust properties, swimming walks in the summer, etc.

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, especially if its raining, the dog ate your homework, or you overslept. 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.

Upcoming events (5+)

Free Walk: Petersfield to Rowlands Castle - Varied scenery in the western South…

Length: 16km (9.9 miles) Toughness: 3 out of 10 10.00 train from Waterloo to Petersfield, arriving 11.02 From Clapham Junction get the 9.57 Exeter train to Woking, arriving 10.15, to connect to the above train at 10.25 Buy a day return to Rowlands Castle For walk directions click here (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/petersfield-to-rowlands-castle/SWC_Walk_18_Petersfield_to_Rowlands_Castle.pdf). For GPX click here (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/petersfield-to-rowlands-castle/download-GPX-KML.html). For a map of the route click here (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/petersfield-to-rowlands-castle/map.html). Beloved of the midweek walkers, it is nevertheless an astonishing seven years since this walk had a Saturday outing and five years since it was aired on a Sunday. And with all the gung-ho, dash-ahead SWC walkers away on their Scotland trip, we can enjoy this pleasant outing at a moderate pace, stopping now and again to enjoy the most flowery phase of spring. Particularly recommended in this regard is the very nice Five Bells pub in Buriton. It is only 2.5 miles into the walk (a relatively flat section over meadowy fields) and so perhaps a bit early to stop at. But it is a pretty village and if you eat here you are refuelled for the climb up onto the South Downs escarpment, which is one of the main tests of your leg muscles today. Otherwise it is a further 3.4 miles to the Red Lion at Chalton (which is thus 5.9 miles into the walk), also a very pleasant pub with a nice garden. It serves food all afternoon, so getting there a bit later might be an advantage. If you have lunched in Buriton it makes a nice mid-afternoon tea stop. On this last two thirds of the walk you are on the South Downs, but it is not quite the South Downs one is familiar with further west - more like a Wealden mix of hills and woods and open fields with views of the valley. At the end, Rowlands Castle is a cute village with several pubs, which is worth a wander round. Trains back from Rowlands Castle are at 46 past the hour until 22.46. 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: Thames Valley and Berkshire Downs: Cholsey to Goring

Despite being 11 years old in its current form, this fine walk has only ever had one Saturday outing: in its first year... Length: 24.1 km (15.0 mi) Ascent/Descent: 250/248m; Net Walking Time: 5 ¼ hours Toughness: 5/10 Take the 09.57 Didcot Parkway train from Paddington (10.05 Ealing Broadway), arrives Cholsey 11.14. Missed the train? Take the 10.15 Cheltenham Spa train, change Didcot Parkway (10.55) and travel back one stop on the 11.02 Paddington train, getting to Cholsey at 11.07 (i.e. before the group!). Return trains from Goring & Streatley are on xx.12 and xx.42, journey time 79 mins. Shave off up to 30mins by changing at Reading onto a fast train. Buy a Cholsey return. This walk offers a fine combination of gentle Oxfordshire countryside, wide grassy horse training gallops, a stretch of the Ridgeway with splendid views from the Berkshire Downs, and a final saunter along the banks of the Thames. Although the walk is fairly long, it has nothing too steep or demanding. The main walk is best undertaken from mid spring to early autumn. With a fairly late start to accommodate the early lunch stop at The Red Lion Blewbury. The suggested tea stop is the Beetle and Wedge riverside restaurant at Moulsford, a place with ‘Wind in the Willows’ and ‘Three Men in a Boat’ associations. There are also plenty of hostelries in Streatley and Goring at the end of the walk. Before starting the walk, devotees of Agatha Christie’s detective stories might want to make a short detour to visit the novelist’s grave in the churchyard of St Mary’s, Cholsey. To do this, follow the walk directions for the first 180 metres till you reach the railway bridge, but instead of turning left under the railway, turn right and follow the path for 700 metres as it climbs up to the church. Afterwards, retrace your steps and pass under the railway to re-join the directions. Lunch: The Red Lion (http://theredlionpubandkitchen.co.uk/) in Blewbury (6.6 km/4.1 mi), or – a little further along and to the left off the route along London Road – The Blueberry (https://www.the-blueberry.co.uk/) (food to 14.30). Tea: The Beetle & Wedge Boathouse (http://www.beetleandwedge.co.uk/) en route plus lots of choice in Streatley and Goring-on-Thames (see the pdf for details). For summary, map, height profile, some photos, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/cholsey-to-goring/index.html). 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: Effingham Junction to Boxhill and Westhumble via Polesden Lacey

With many of our regular walkers away on the Scottish trip, here's a leisurely alternative with a brief excursion onto the North Downs escarpment before descending through Denbies vineyard for tea and Boxhill and Westhumble station. Getting there Catch the 10:33 Guildford train from London Waterloo (10:41 from Clapham Junction) to Effingham Junction, arriving there at 11:15 Getting back Direct trains depart from Boxhill and Westhumble to London Waterloo at 5 minutes and 35 minutes past. There's also a cheeky little hourly train to London Victoria at 40 minutes past the hour. Both services stop at Clapham Junction and the Waterloo service also calls at Wimbledon. Journey time is about 50 minutes. Tickets Buy a return ticket to Effingham Junction, and be prepared to buy a single from Boxhill and Westhumble to Leatherhead on the return journey Length 9 and a bit miles (15 km) Toughness 3/4 out of 10 Overview After a fairly flat beginning across common and woodland, the walk crosses a golf course before arriving at Polesden Lacey (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesden-lacey) a magnificent Edwardian House run by The National Trust. Non-members may eat at the Granary cafe here and there's some meadow land before the house for those with packed lunches. NT members may wish to take the opportunity to visit the gardens at the house. The afternoon is slightly more hilly with good views back to the house after climbing the first hill. After Ranmore Common, there are fine views from the North Downs Way before the walk descends through Denbies Vineyard where tea can be taken at the visitor centre there. Click the link below for all the details [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 Walk: Kingham to Moreton-in Marsh

Paddington Station

Kingham to Moreton-in-Marsh Length: 17.7km (11.0 miles) Toughness: 3/10 09:47 Great Malvern train from Paddington arriving at Kingham at 11:15. Return trains from Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington are at: 15:11, 16:11, 17:14, 18:16, 19:14, 20:14, 21:14 (journey time just under 2 hours). As at 23 April, you can buy Advance Singles from Paddington to Kingham (£11) and from Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington (£12.50), though you'll need to specify both the outward and the return trains. If you want the flexibility of choosing your return train on the day, a Super Off-Peak Return to Moreton-in-Marsh costs £28.10 (with rail card) or £42.60 (without rail card). Starting with some potentially muddy paths across fields near the River Evenlode, the route then passes through a number of lovely Cotswold villages, including Adlestrop, whose station (long since closed) was immortalised in the eponymous poem by Edward Thomas in 1914. Chastleton House (National Trust) is an unspoilt Jacobean manor house open in the afternoon, whose café is a welcome tea stop in view of the distance from the lunch stop to the end of the walk. Taking the higher, scenic, route from Adlestrop to Chastleton will add just over a mile to the distance. There are no suggested ways of significantly shortening the route. Much more information about the walk’s features can be found here (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/kingham-to-moreton-in-marsh-via-adelstrop). The suggested lunch stop is the The Fox (tel[masked]) at Lower Oddington, after a third of the walk. It’s quite expensive and booking ahead is essential. An alternative, requiring a round trip detour of 2km, is the Horse and Groom (tel[masked]) in Higher Oddington. The walk directions can be downloaded here (https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/kingham-to-moreton-in-marsh-via-adelstrop/SWC_Walk_224_Kingham_To_Moreton_In_Marsh.pdf). 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]

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