SAWW and SABRE joint walking programme

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Date Start Time and Place Details Distance
Wed 2 Apr 2014

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10.30am
Orchard Meadow Car Park (pay and display 1.50 all day), Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey
Nearest Post Code: TW16 5HT

GR: TQ109687

CIRCULAR WALK SUNBURY-ON-THAMES (& Visit to Swan Sanctury)
Leisurely walk around Sunbury to include visit to the stunning Sunbury Millennium Embroidery and Walled Garden (free entry) Designed in 1990, and completed 10 years later, the 9 panels of embroidery celebrate the riverside town of Sunbury in the year 2000.
In the afternoon we'll visit The Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton for a free private tour. The Swan Sanctuary is a charity dedicated to the care and treatment of swans and waterfowl with an established reputation, not only within the British Isles but worldwide. The tour itself will take around an hour and will take in the hospital buildings (operating theatre, recovery pens, physio pool) and then the outside facilities and lake. Coffee and biscuits will be available afterwards. (Donations appreciated)
PUB LUNCH at The Goat, Shepperton, - Enjoy their great British Roast Carvery for only 5.95 !
5 miles
Wed 9 Apr 2014

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10:30am
Box Hill Visitors Centre, National Trust Car Park, Pay and display, free for NT members
Nearest Post Code: KT20 7LB
Nearest Station: Box Hill and Westhumble

GR: TQ178513
BOX HILL LOOP
We will head east from the visitors centre passing through Box Hill village and then on to Mickleham for a pub lunch then returning back to the visitor centre via West Humble and the Stepping Stones
9 miles approx.
Some steep hills
Sat 12 Apr 2014
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10:30am
Guildford railway station.
Nearest Post Code: GU1 4UT

GR: SU991495
DOWNS LINKS (part 1)
The Downs link footpath links the North Downs way at St Martha's hill with the South Downs way near Steyning in West Sussex via the coastal link to Shorham- by- Sea, predominantly on two old railway lines, the first which was built in 1861 from Guildford to Christ's hospital and the second from Itchingfield junction to Shorham-by- Sea. We will start the first part in Guildford which is truer to the old railway line route, via Bramley for lunch and on to Run common where we will get a bus back to Guildford.(Bus Fare 3.90)
PUB LUNCH
6.5 miles
Old railway line
Sat 12 Apr 2014
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09:30am
Start at Shere Recreation Ground car park, off Upper Street, Shere.
Nearest Post Code: GU5 9HE

GR: TQ073480

When travelling from Guildford, turn right into Upper Street - car park is on left just after traffic calming, and just before turning right to Middle Street.
SHERE MILLENIUM TRAIL
This Trail, as the name suggests, commemorates the year 2000. The Trail crosses part of the Surrey Hills, as well as the four villages of Shere, Peaslake, Holmbury St Mary and Gomshall, covering some of Surreys most picturesque countryside.
Lunch at the Royal Oak PH, Holmbury St Mary.
Tea and cake at The Dabbling Duck caf in Shere at the end.
PUB LUNCH OR PICNIC (if preferred)
12 miles
hilly in places, reasonable pace, particularly during the morning. May still be muddy in parts.
Sun 13 Apr 2014

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10:00am
Farnham Station
Nearest Post Code: GU9 8AD

GR: SU844465

Parking is 2 for the day but beware most of the machines do not work so allow time to get to ticket office to purchase parking ticket. We will catch the 10.14 train to Alton. (cost 4.30). Alternatively meet at Alton Station at 10.31.
ST SWITHUN'S 3
We continue following the St Swithun's Way through the pretty villages of Upper Froyle, Bentley and Dippenhall to Farnham Station. Pub Lunch in Bentley.
There was one flooded area, near Farnham, in March where we had to wade through about 1 foot of water. Hopefully this will have subsided.
PUB LUNCH
13 miles
Brisk pace
Sat 19 Apr 2014

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10:00am
Outside Pulborough Station, Station Road, Pulborough
Nearest Post Code: RH20 1SG

GR: TQ042186

Parking at station 5.20 ( might want to car share ). Might be some free parking in nearby roads
(please allow time to pre order lunch before 10:00am start)
WEST SUSSEX LITERARY TRAIL - Stage 3
We shall walk through the pretty town of Pulborough to pick up the trail at Nutbourne. The trail takes us across the river Stor, through Parham airfield and Parham park with the resident deer before spying views out to the wetlands of The Wildbrooks. We finish in the village of Amberly known as 'the Pearl of Sussex'. It is said that D.H. Lawrence walked parts of this trail with Eleanor Farjeon ( wrote Morning has Broken ) in 1915.
LUNCH AT CROWN INN (have a look at menu crowninncootham.com)
We shall be getting the train back to Pulborough 3.40 4.15pm or 5.15 pm . Plenty of time for tea in Amberly.
PUB LUNCH
10.5 miles
Good pace, few stiles, fairly level walking with 1 steep ascent
Sun 20 Apr 2014

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1:30pm
car park behind Brewers Decorating Store 23-25 High Street (A286), Haslemere, Surrey
Nearest Post Code: GU27 2HG

GR: SU904328

Nearest Rail Station: Haslemere (1 mile away)
HASLEMERE AND SOUTH PARK MOAT
Following the Greensand Way, we journey through pleasant countryside with views of the Greensand Hills. Arriving at South Park we discover the ancient ruins of a 14th century moated farmhouse. We return via the picturesque Imbhams Lake to Haslemere passing through several bluebell woods on the way .Back in time for tea and cakes at a local teashop.
5 miles
Leisurely pace
Sat 26 Apr 2014
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10:30am
Cuckoo Trail car park, Hillside Drive, Horam
Nearest Post Code: TN21 0HN

GR: TQ578174

From A267 in Horam, take B2203, signed Heathfield, then first R, Hillside Drive, signed Cuckoo Trail and parking.
THE HEFFLE CUCKOO FAIR
A pleasant Wealden stroll taking in the Cuckoo Trail, good views, bluebell woods, farm shops, etc. All this and a choice of tea shops at the end! We'll have a leisurely lunch at the Heffle (Heathfield) Cuckoo Fair where there'll be entertainment and plenty of food and drink options, or you can bring a packed lunch.
10 miles
Hilly
Sat 26 Apr 2014

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10:30am
outside Lewes rail station
a train from Clapham Junction & Gatwick arrives at 10.22

GR: TQ417098

(If you wish to drive and not come by train, please be prepared to use public transport to pick your car up at Lewes). We shall be catching a bus at Saltdean to Brighton rail station.
OVER THE DOWNS - LEWES TO SALTDEAN
We'll walk along the Ouse Valley, past a vineyard, over the South Downs and then along the coast. There will be a slight detour for lunch at the Abergavenny Arms, Rodmell and possibility of visiting Monks House, the home of Virginia Woolf now in the care of the NT (non-members 5). We finish at Saltdean for refreshments before taking a bus on 'the Coastal Trail' to Brighton. PUB LUNCH BUT ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SNACKS WITH YOU
8 miles, linear
Good footpaths & tracks. Stiles and two ascents and descents
Sun 27 Apr 2014

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1:15pm
Crown Court car park behind High Street, The Bury, Godalming
Nearest Post Code: GU7 1EE

GR: SU970440

Nearest station: Godalming
TITANIC GODALMING TO SHACKLEFORD - Joint walk with SURG
Join walk leader Nigel at the start of the walk from the Crown Court car park and pause at the Cloister, a memorial to Jack Philips, the Titanic hero. We then follow the gently meandering River Wey via pleasant farmland, arriving at the popular Cyder House Inn at Shackleford to break for a drink. Continuing the walk we encounter the ancient hamlet of Peper Harow. Further on we re-join the River Wey at Eashing Bridges. Along the way we catch sight of the lofty spires of Charterhouse School and make our return back to Godalming. We will end with tea and cakes at a local tea shop.
This SABRE walk in Godalming is featured in Surrey Life magazine, April Issue out now. Please see the double page spread on page 72
6.5 miles
Easy Pace
Wed 30 Apr 2014

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10:30am
Richmond Park, Roehampton Gate Car Park
Nearest Post Code: SW15 5JR (do not rely on the postcode as it is not 100% accurate)
The car park is on the left hand side as you go into the park through the Roehampton gate.
RICHMOND PARK/ISABELLA PLANTATION + OPTIONAL AFTERNOON HISTORICAL WALK (from 3-5pm)
We'll head off to the southern part of the park to visit the Isabella Plantation to see the lovely collections of rhododendrons and azaleas which hopefully are now at their best.
Return via the pen ponds for brunch at the Pavilion Caf back at Roehampton Gate.
Optional afternoon historical walk to one of Roehampton's best kept secrets 'Grove House'. I've arranged a free private tour with the curator from 3pm.
Hidden behind vast historic walls this magnificent Grade II listed Georgian Mansion House is surrounded by acres of landscaped grounds and gardens overlooking a lake and lily pond. Now part of Roehampton University, the beautiful listed grounds of Grove House were first laid out in the 18th century, when Capability Brown is believed to have been consulted.
The formal gardens, lily pond with fountain and limestone terrace were added in the 19th century, as well as the grotto (it is said, to deaden the noise from the adjacent convent!) There is also a lake, a sham bridge, and a mausoleum. The icehouse was only discovered in 1998, when exploratory work on the grotto revealed a bricked-up door.
6 miles morning, (approx. 2 hour free house and gardens tour in afternoon)
Sun 4 May 2014

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11:00am
National Trust car park for White Horse Hill and Waylands Smithy, charge 5 for pay & display, free for NT or English Heritage members. Woolstone Hill, off B4507
Nearest Post Code: SN7 7QN

GR: SU293866

(we suggest you leave the M4 at junction 14, take A338 northwards to outskirts of Wantage, then take B4507 for approx 7 miles)
STONE AGE TO IRON AGE (using the Old Ways)
UFFINGTON WHITE HORSE ON THE RIDGEWAY

We are going to walk a bit more of the Ridgeway and the highlights of this section in Oxfordshire are the chalk White Horse and the hill fort. In April we sampled the fascinating pre-historic landscape of Wiltshire with its Bronze Age round barrows and Silbury Hill, now we shall see a Neolithic chambered long barrow "Waylands Smithy", the Bronze Age White Horse and several little villages in the Vale. The area is stunning.
PLEASE BRING A PICNIC LUNCH (we plan to stop at one of the village pubs for a drink)
8 miles
Circular, undulating
Mon 5 May 2014
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1:00pm
1pm outside the front entrance of Guildford station
Nearest Post Code: GU1 4UT

GR: SU991495

We will be catching the 1.25pm train to Godalming. Please allow enough time to purchase your ticket.
GODALMING TO GUILDFORD GALLOP
This is a repeat of the walk we did just after Christmas but hopefully we won't need our waders this time. From Godalming we will follow the tow path along the River Wey back to Guildford. Refreshments at the end.
5 miles
Level all the way. Dogs on leads please
Sat 10 May 201411:15am
Virginia Water car park, (off the A30 and by the Wheatsheaf pub).
Nearest Post Code: TW20 0XD

GR: SU981688

Parking is 5 for up to 4 hours
Nearest station: Virginia Water (1.5 miles)
From the station, follow Station Parade and turn left into Christchurch Road. Theres a shared use cycle path on the opposite side of this busy road.
CYCLE RIDE - WINDSOR GREAT PARK
Join us for a traffic-free ride (apart from a few authorised vehicles) around Windsor Great Park, visiting all the main attractions: an 18th cascade, Virginia Water, Roman ruins from North Africa, a statue of HMQ, the polo fields, the copper horse and a totem pole from Canada. The pace will be leisurely and well pause for photos etc along the way. Lunch will be at the Savill Building. We should be back at the start by 2.30pm at the latest.
Please note that this is a cycle ride only - there is no walking option.
11 miles
Some hills
Sat 10 May 2014

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7:45pm
Guildford
BATMAN THE RETURN
Details TBA
3 miles
Sun 11 May 2014
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2:00pm
Effingham Junction Train Station car park, Effingham Common Road
Car park free on Sundays
Nearest Post Code: KT24 5HX

GR: TQ103559
BLUEBELL WALK
A circular walk through bluebell woods and over farmland and commons. Can be muddy.
Drink at The Plough pub afterwards.
4 miles
Flat easy going. Approx. 2 hours
Wed 14 May 2014

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10:30am
Spade Oak Car Park (FREE), Coldmoorholme Lane, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire
Nearest Post Code: SL8 5PS

GR: SU884877
THAMES PATH WALK - BOURNE END TO MAIDENHEAD (Linear)
Leisurely walk along this pretty stretch of the Thames stopping for midday brunch/coffee at The Teapot Tea Shop in Cookham village. We'll see the famous view across the river to Cliveden and then continue past Boulter's Lock to Maidenhead returning by bus or train to Bourne End. Optional visit to Old Thatch Gardens a 17th-century thatched cottage which was home to the world famous author Enid Blyton from 1929-1938. Situated very near to Spade Oak Car Park and now owned by garden designer Jacky Hawthorne (house is not open to the public) but delicious teas and homemade cakes are available. (Entrance ticket 4)
6 miles
easy
Sat 17 May 2014

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10:30am
Vachery Car Park on west side of A22
Nearest postcode TN22 3HR

GR: TQ435304
ASHDOWN FOREST
Heading west through the old Vachery Estate, under the folly bridge, across Mill Brook via stepping stones before heading south to Sheffield Forest then back to Nutley for lunch. After lunch we coontinue east across the forest to Duddleswell where this is an opportunity to stop for tea and finally returning via Friends Clump to Millbrook Hill car park.
PICNIC or PUB LUNCH
12 miles
Undulating
Could be some mud if there is rain in the week prior
Sat 17 May 2014
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1:30pm
Salt Box Road Car Park, Salt box Road, Worplesdon
Nearest Post Code: GU3 3LH

GR: SU981529
WHITMOOR AND WORPLESDON WANDER
This is a mostly level walk with no stiles taking in Whitmoor Common, Worplesdon Village and the grounds of Merrist Wood Agricultural College. Whitmoor Common is an SSI and we will pass through bog and dry heath and pause briefly for a look at St Marys church and Brook pond. We will stop for refreshments at The Jolly Farmer pub which is about twenty minutes from the end of the walk.
5 miles
Relaxed pace, suitable for new walkers. Dogs must be kept on leads through the agricultural college grounds. Muddy in places
Wed 21 May 2014

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11:00am
Other Details TBC
HATCHLANDS PARK
Details to Follow
5 miles
Sat 24 May 2014

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9:50am
Meet at Alresford Station Car Park to catch 10.10 bus from High Street to Winchester
Nearest Post Code: S024 9JG

GR: SU587325

Alternatively meet us at the bus station in Winchester at 10.28.
ST SWITHUN'S 1
We return to the start of the St Swithun's Way to complete the first section. Let's hope it has dried out. The walk starts at Winchester Cathedral and follows the river Itchen through the pretty villages of Kings Worthy, Itchen Abbass and Ovington back to Alresford.
10 miles
Brisk Pace
Mon 26 May 2014

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Spring Bank HolidayCOASTAL WALK AT LITTLEHAMPTON AND CLIMPING
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Sat 31 May 2014
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10:05am
Guildford Railway Station
Nearest Post Code: GU1 4UT

GR: SU991495

We will then walk to the friary bus station, stop No7 to get the 10.20am bus to Gaston Gate. (Day bus fare Surrey and West Sussex, 6)
DOWNS LINK Part 2
Today we will walk from Run common to Rudgwick just over the Surrey border into Sussex. When the railway closed in 1966 the cleared banks reverted to woodland. Old railway lines can be rich in wildlife, acting as corridors linking habitats. We will pass through Baynards station now privately owned and restored. Lunch at Cranleigh. The bus at Rudgwick back to Guildford runs once an hour so depending on the time we get there they may be time to have a drink in the pub.
CAFE LUNCH OR PICNIC
8 miles
Predominantly an old railway line, may be muddy.
Sun 1 Jun 2014
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10:15am
Meet in the Pound Street Car Park, south of Market Square, Petworth (free parking on Sundays plus free toilets)
Nearest Post Code: GU28 0AP

GR: SU976215
INTO THE UNKNOWN - NO MAN'S LAND, WILDERNESS AND LIMBO
Yes, it's another brand new walk for SAWW and SABRE. Starting from the historic town of Petworth, join us as we explore the lush woodlands and farmlands to the north east, encountering some surprising panoramas. And for our grand finale the stunning Capability Brown deer park of Petworth House awaits us. To unwind there's optional tea and cake at Tiffins Tea Rooms.
PUB LUNCH or PICNIC
10.5 miles
Some hills and maybe some mud.
Sun 1 Jun 2014

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10:30am
Seven Sisters Country Park Car Park ((3.50) on A259.
Nearest Post Code: BN25 4AD

GR: TV519995
SEVEN SISTERS
Open forest, Farmland and the fantastic Seven Sisters coastal cliff walk
Lunch in East Dean at the Tiger Inn, The Hikers Rest or a Picnic on the green.
PUB LUNCH or PICNIC
9 miles
The Seven Sisters are hilly!
Sat 7 Jun 2014

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10:00am
Midhurst Car Park, North Street, West Sussex
Nearest Post Code: GU29 9DL

GR: SU886216

(up to 7 hours 1)
MIDHURST AND COWDRAY PARK
Cowdray was one of the great palaces of Tudor England, built by the Earl of Southampton in the early 16th century; a fire in 1793 left it uninhabitable. There are fine views of its romantic ruins at the beginning and end of this walk, which also passes through lovely woodland. Cowdray Park, with its golf course, polo field and gallops provides an interesting final section.
For those that wish there will be an opportunity of visiting the ruins after the walk (cost 6.50) Lunch is available between 12-3pm at the Cowdray Farm Shop and Caf.
6.5 miles
easy
Sun 8 Jun 2014

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1:15pm
Starveall car park. (west of Leith Hill Tower, there are several car parks in the area so please make sure you are in the right one!). Leith Hill Lane. Holmbury St Mary
Nearest Post Code: RH5 6LU

GR: TQ131433

Take Hollow Lane off the A25, if travelling westwards it will be on your left, the first turning after Wotton Hatch, it's signposted Leith Hill. This becomes Leith Hill Lane and the car park is on the left after High Ashes Farm.
LEITH HILL - HIGHEST POINT IN SURREY
In 1944 Ralph Vaughan Williams, composer, bequeathed the Leith Hill Place estate to the National Trust and we shall be walking on this land including the Rhododendron Wood which had been created by Caroline Wedgewood, sister of Charles Darwin. The afternoon will be in two loops, the first takes us near to the source of the Tillingbourne and over sandy heathland, then after a quick cup of tea or coffee at the kiosk, we'll take another loop through clay woods and farmland. Lovely views and perfect for an afternoon in Surrey countryside.
REFRESHMENT STOP AT THE TOWER KIOSK IF OPEN
6 miles, circular
Some steep ascents and descents with uneven steps which will be taken slowly.
Sat 28 Jun 2014
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TBDDOWNS LINK PART 3
Details to Follow
 
Sun 29 Jun 2014

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1:30pm
Coulsdon South Railway Station, Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Greater London
Nearest Post code: CR5 3EA

GR: TQ298590
HAPPY VALLEY
Wild flowers and butterflies
5 miles
Some gentle hills
Sat 19 Jul 2014

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Time:TBC
Park at Petersfield station car park and meet on platform ready with single ticket to Rowlands Castle. (Walk starts from Rowlands Castle station)
ROWLANDS CASTLE TO PETERSFIELD
Linear walk with pub lunch at Chalton
Details to Follow
TBC
Sat 26 Jul 2014
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 DOWNS LINK - PART 4
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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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 BRIGHTON PRIDE STREET CARNIVAL & WALK
A taste of Rio in Brighton.
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Sun 3 Aug 2014

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Time:TBA
Newbury, West Berkshire
HEROES AT HIGHCLERE WALK + WW1 FLYPAST
Details to Follow
TBC
Sat 9 Aug 2014

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TBASTONE AGE TO IRON AGE (Stage 3)
Details to Follow
TBC
Sat 16 Aug 2014

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 ISLE OF WIGHT DAY TRIP AND WALKABOUT
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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 30 Aug 2014
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 DOWNS LINK - PART 5
Details to Follow
 

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