SAWW and SABRE joint walking programme

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Date Start Time and Place Details Distance
Sat 5 Jul 2014

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10:30am
Leysdown Coastal Park, Car Park (2.20). Leysdown-On-Sea, Shellness Road, Isle of Sheppey.
Nearest Post Code:ME12 4RH

GR: TR035704

Caf and WCs available at start point.
ISLE OF HARTY TRAIL - ISLE OF SHEPPY, KENT
We start with a walk along the beach, awash with cockle shells from the cockle beds off Whitstable, passing by the naturist beach (avert your eyes if a fine day!) we head inland across the saltmarshes and grazing grassland to the nature reserve that boasts a variety of birds (marsh harrier, oystercatchers and brent geese to name but a few). From here we head to Harty church where a flower festival will be taking place and a country fair in the field opposite. We then walk about half a mile to the Ferry House Inn for a pub lunch before reverting to the church to continue our walk (http://www.theferryhouseinn.co.uk). Those wishing to picnic can stay at the fair if they wish.
Our afternoon commences with a visit to the Raptor Viewing Point where if we are lucky we may see a variety of birds of prey before heading off across farmland with further views of the nature reserve and marshes back to our starting point.
7 - 8 miles.
Mainly flat and off road. Likely to be muddy if a wet day.
Wed 9 Jul 2014

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11:00am
Petworth House Car park (NT car park 4 non-members or park alongside the Green opposite)
The car park is the second one off the A283, warning do not park in Petworth Park Car Park which is the first car park on the right you come to driving south from Milford
Nearest Post Code: GU28 9NN (approx)

GR: SU975225
PETWORTH HOUSE and PARK
Join Nigel as we walk north through the deer park, passing the lower pond and gradually climb onto a hill ridge to get great views over the surrounding countryside. Descending through woods we arrive at our picnic spot, a very pleasant place where we can see deer and across the park. After lunch we will have a pub drink stop plus a chance to discreetly use its facilities at the village of Tillington.
Returning by the secret northern gate we gradually descend down through the park getting more spectacular views of the lake and house unfolding before us. There are refreshments available at the house and anyone who wishes to visit the interior of the house afterwards it is 14 to non NT members.
PICNIC LUNCH
5 miles
Leisurely pace. One gradual ascent
Sun 13 Jul 2014

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1:30pm
Denbies vineyard car park, off A24 Dorking
Nearest Post Code: RH5 6AA

GR: TQ165511

Nearest Station: Dorking main station (0.5 mile)
NORBURY PARK
It seems that I haven't led this walk since 2010 so l think it is definitely high time that it is repeated! Norbury Park was the first open space purchased by Surrey County Council in 1930, now designated a SSSI. There are good views and a mix of woodland and chalk grassland. We should be able to get a cup of tea or coffee at Denbies afterwards.
5 miles
Undulating
Sat 19 Jul 2014
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11:00am
Rowhill Nature Reserve Car Park, Cranmore Lane (B3008), Aldershot
Nearest Post COde: GU11 3BD

GR: SU849500

Car park (signed) is just east of junction with A325.
FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW WALK
We'll start by following the Blackwater River down from its source, through various nature reserves. Then we'll switch to the Basingstoke Canal all the way to lunch at the end of the Farnborough Airfield to watch the beginnings of the airshow (which will hopefully include the first UK flights of the F-35 Lightning - you may want to bring earplugs!) After lunch, it'll get hillier but we'll take our time, admiring the great views of both the airshow and the surrounding countryside.
PICNIC LUNCH (late, around 2pm)
11 miles
very easy to lunch (at 8 miles) then quite hilly
Sat 19 Jul 2014

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09:45am for 10:00am
Petersfield station car park and meet on Platform 2 ready to catch the 10:11 hourly train service to Rowlands Castle. Use Petersfield station Pay & Display car park (2). Please allow plenty of time to buy your single rail ticket (4.50) and to pre-order your pub lunch. (TIP: Buy your rail tickets in advance from any railway station. Discounts apply if buying for Groups of 3 or 4).
Nearest Post Code: GU32 3EE
GR: SU743235

By Public Transport: 10:30 am at Rowlands Castle station entrance. Please note that there is very little parking at Rowlands Castle station.
Nearest Post Code: PO9 6BP
GR: SU734108
ROWLEY POWLEY TO PETERSFIELD
Linear walk from Rowlands Castle to Petersfield via Chalton Down, Queen Elizabeth Country Park and the delightful village of Buriton. Rowlands Castle was the site of Rolokescastel built c1066-1199 for a man called Rolok, later renamed Rowland after a legendary medieval knight. We follow parts of the Sussex Border Path, Staunton Way and Hangers Way to Petersfield, named after St Peters in-the-Veld parish church, built in the early 12th Century.
PICNIC LUNCH or if you want the PUB LUNCH, please confirm to the walk leader (preferably in advance) She will then ask you to choose from the menu before the walk starts. Tea or drinks in Petersfield at the end of the walk.
10 - 11 miles
Leisurely pace. Some hills.
Fri 25 Jul 2014

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7:30pm
Elmbridge Excel Leisure Complex, Waterside Drive, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
Nearest Post code: KT12 2JG

GR: TQ104678

Park in car park or adjacent feeder road
WALTON-ON-THAMES: SUMMER EVENING RIVERSIDE STROLL
Join distance walking legend Derek and new novice leader Nigel for this walk :-) Meet by the striking sculpture outside the Excel leisure complex. We then walk down to the Thames tow path, turning right to go to the Weir pub, near Sunbury Lock for a drink and chat. At about 8.45 we will make our way back up along the towpath to the Anglers pub and Swan Hotel, for another relaxing riverside drink. Finally returning to the leisure centre.
2 miles
Sat 26 Jul 2014
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10:15am Horsham railway station GR: TQ178309

We will then get the 10.33am bus outside the station to Lintot Square, Southwater to start the walk at 11.00am.

Alternatively meet me at Lintot square (GR: TQ156263) outside the co-op at 11.00am.

Parking in side roads or Cripplegate car park TQ161259 which is approximately 10 mins walk to Lintot square and is right by the Downs link. If you prefer not to walk back into Southwater we can meet you at the car park on our way down but please give me a ring if you can to let me know you are doing this.
DOWNS LINK - PART 4
This section is from Southwater to Henfield.
The railway was built in 1861 by the London Brighton South Coast Railway and ran between Itchingfield junction to Shorham by sea. The railway served the local communities and industries, like the southwater brickworks. It was not profitable and closed in 1966.
We have no time constraints this time, so we will have plenty of time to stop and look at our surroundings and take photos.
At Henfield we can get a bus back to Horsham (Bus Fare 4.40) and for those that need to get back to Southwater they can then get another bus.
CAFE LUNCH
8.75miles
Disused railway line
Sat 26 Jul 2014
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10.00am
Ranscombe Farm Reserve car park, A228 Sundridge Hill just SW of M2, J2.
Nearest Post Code: ME2 1LB (a few hundred yards SW of car park.)

GR: TQ718674

Nearest Station: Cuxton
MEDWAY MEANDER
Superb walk in the Kent Downs above the Medway, featuring stunning wildflower meadows, superb views, the finest collection of Medieval brasses in the world, a striking mausoleum, a beautiful "wildlife bench" and even a monument to some geezer's toe!
PUB LUNCH
12 miles
hilly
Sun 27 Jul 2014

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11:30am
Oaks Park Car Park (Free), Croydon Lane, Carshalton, Surrey
Nearest Post Code: SM7 3BA

GR: TQ275611
A LITTLE BIT OF PROVENCE IN SURREY
Very leisurely 6 mile circular walk around woodland, farms and fields of the Woodcote Estate and Oaks Park. Along the route are London views of The Shard and Gherkin, ponies and plenty of wildflowers. We'll stop en route to visit a private garden which will be open today under the NGS Open gardens day. Set in over one third of an acre the gardens have been converted from a former smallholding built around the original orchard - Winner of the 'Wildlife Garden' category at the Sutton in Bloom awards for the last 3 years. We can sit on the pond's deck amongst darting dragonflies and enjoy home made teas by the chicken run. (Admission 4 - open for charity).
We'll walk amongst the lavender fields at the end of the walk/optional stop to enjoy tea and cakes (speciality Lavender Fairy Cakes to die for !) http://www.mayfieldlavender.com/.
The walk is approx 3 hours - bring a snack/sandwiches as we'll probably pause for a break at about 12.30 at the open garden.
6 miles
mainly flat with a few stiles
Sat 2 Aug 2014

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Meet up for the carnival parade at 10.30 am at the entrance to Brighton Pier on Madeira Drive, Brighton, Sussex. Nigel and Derek will be there to greet you
Meet up for the walk 1.30pm at the same place
Nearest Post Code: BN2 1TW

GR: TQ313038
BRIGHTON & HOVE PRIDE CARNIVAL PARADE AND CITY WALK
We will watch the famous carnival parade as it leaves Madeira Drive and see everything from floats to fire engines, roller skaters, drummers and samba bands - a true carnival procession. It is supported by both the Brighton LGBT community and the wider public. Why not dress in a colourful style to suit the carnival mood?
After the parade we will have a picnic lunch on the beach to the west of the pier where you can either bring your own picnic lunch or perhaps have a take away from one of the seafront fish and chip shops.
At 1.30pm Nigel will lead a walk from the pier along the esplanade and into the historic South and North Lanes areas and carry on to Preston Park where the carnival parade ends and the festival takes place. We will have a sneaky peak over the fence at the carnival ground, as it a paid entry event. Then down back into the centre of Brighton for late afternoon refreshments.
As this event attracts large crowds in Brighton we would recommend that you either come by rail to Brighton Station, which is about 15 minutes walk from the pier or if coming by car we would suggest free street parking in the area near the Grenadier Pub, 200 Hangleton Road, Hangleton, Nr Hove BN3 7LT GR: TQ271065 and then getting a frequent 5A or 5B bus from the Grenadier Pub for a 20 minute journey to North Street in Brighton which is not far from the pier.
5 miles (approx) for the walk
Leisurely pace
Sat 2 Aug 2014

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10.30am
Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking. Meet in main car park near the "Assembly Point".
Nearest Post Code: RH5 6AA

GR: TQ166511
DENBIES TO POLESDEN LACEY
Climbing from Denbies up on to the North Downs Way across Ranmore Common before heading north to Polesden Lacey for lunch. Returning via the Admiral's Road Track, Norbury Park and the Mole Gap Trail.
LUNCH: Picnic or caf at Polesden Lacey
Tea at Denbies at end of walk (optional)
9 miles - undulating
Sat 16 Aug 2014

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 ISLE OF WIGHT DAY TRIP AND WALKABOUT
Details to Follow
 
Sun 17 Aug 2014
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2:00pm
The green at Wood Street Village. Parking is available along the road behind the green.
Nearest postcode is GU3 3DZ

GR: SU951509
WOOD STREET VILLAGE AND BROADSTREET COMMON
Wood Street Village and Broadstreet Common. This pleasant afternoon walk will take us through common land, woodland and farm land. Please note we will go through a field containing cows and calves so those with dogs please make sure you are aware of the guidance from Ramblers on this. Refreshments at the White Hart Pub after.
5 miles
Sun 24 Aug 2014
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10:30am
English Heritage Car Park, Wall Lane, Silchester
Nearest Post Code: RG7 2HP
Lat/Long: N51.3616, W1.0882

GR: SU636629
SILCHESTER AND MORTIMER WEST END
Joint Walk with Berkshire Weekend Walkers
Starting at from the free English Heritage car park in Wall Lane, just north of the remains of the Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum.
Silchester is most notable for the archaeological site and Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum, which is said to have the best-preserved Roman wall in Great Britain. This circular walk through woodland and open countryside includes part of the town wall and amphitheatre and there will be a pub stop for drinks at the Calleva Arms towards the end of the walk.
Please bring a packed lunch and drink.
PICNIC LUNCH
8.75 miles
Mon 25 Aug 2014

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Time: TBD
Warminster station, Wiltshire
Nearest Post Code: BA12 9BR
GR: ST876451
THE LOST VILLAGE OF IMBER
Visit The Lost Village of Imber on Salisbury Plain + 5/6 mile walk (poss of longer walk depending on bus times - as yet timetable not published) In 2009, a group of bus industry professionals achieved a long standing ambition to run a vintage bus service from Warminster to the abandoned village of Imber. It proved to be so popular that it has now become an annual event with most journeys continuing across the Plain to parts of Wiltshire rarely seen by public transport users namely New Zealand Farm Camp and Brazen Bottom!
There are only a few days each year on which the road through Imber is open to the public, so this year the Imberbus service will run on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 2014 when it is hoped that there will be at least 6 buses in use, venturing out beyond Imber, Brazen Bottom and New Zealand, to Market Lavington, Tilshead and Chitterne.

Further details to follow

PUB LUNCH
TBD
Sat 6 Sep 2014
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 DOWNS LINK - PART 5
Details to Follow
 

+ Except registered assistance dogs