Walk Programme
Summer 2018
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                        Upper Lea Valley and Someries Castle
Sunday 1st July                     LCP  9.15 am                                6.5 miles
Leader: Marie Montague                  Tel: 01582 512750/07729 155628
Start Place: The Green in Peters Green, near Bright Star Pub ( post code LU2 9QP)
                   Marie will meet you here at 10.00 am                     Grid Ref TL142190
Route: Walk in area to South East of Luton. From Peters Green, the route takes
               in countryside of Lea valley, a walk along a former railway track and a
               gentle climb to remains of Someries Castle
Pub Stop: Bright Star pub at end of walk

                                        LONDON BLIND CLUB WALK
Sunday 8th July                       LCP  9.45 am                            5-6 miles
Leader:     Tracey and Dom Davies                                     Tel: 01525 374429
Start Place: Canal Fields car park, Broadwater, Berkhamsted (recreational car park
                  the other side of the canal to Waitrose),             Grid Ref: SP989081
                  post code HP4 2AL.
                  We will meet the London Blind Club off the train at Berkhamsted
                  Railway Station (approx 10.30 am) and the walk will start from here.
Route: Canal and woods
Pub Stop: tba

                              EVENING WALK (LITTLE GADDESDEN)
Wednesday 11th July        Meet at the start place at 6.30 pm   4 miles
Leader:     Karen MacLaren                                    Tel: 07484 312537
Start Place: Park at or near, and start from, the Bridgewater Arms at 6.30 pm,
                   Little Gaddesden, HP4 1PD
Route:    Undulating walk via Hudnall Common
Pub Stop: The Bridgewater Arms

Thursday 12th July      Meet at the start place at 10.00 am 6.5 miles
Leader:      Liz North                                      Tel: 01582 607570
Start Place: Wyevale Garden Centre, Great Gaddesden (Off A4146) at 10.00 am.
                   Please use overflow car park.                                Grid ref:TL031114
Route:      Great Gaddesden, Gaddesden Place, Golden Parsonage, Jockey End,
                   Hoo Wood
Pub Stop:    tba

Sunday 15th July                       LCP      9.00am                     5.75 Miles
Leader:        Chris White                                                   Tel: 01525 379459
Start Place: Ashridge, Car Park down from Monument  09.30   GR: SP972131
Route:        Icknield Way to Hill Farm (refreshment stop) Coldharbour Farm,
                  Princes Riding
Pub Stop: TBA

                                      EVENING WALK (ALDBURY)
Wednesday 18th July       Meet at the start place 6.30 pm    4 miles
Leader:      Karen MacLaren                                        Tel: 07484 312537
Start Place: Park near and start from The Greyhound PH at 6.30 pm, HP23 5RT
Route:     Circular walk via Aldbury and Pitstone Commons, and out towards
                  Aldbury Nowers
Pub Stop: The Greyhound

Sunday 22nd July                     LCP  9.30 am                          7 miles
Leader:      Ken and Rita Barry                               Tel: 01525 372036
Start Place: Old Road, Barton-le-Clay, roadside next to the recreation ground
                                                                                                  GR TL084304
Route:       Via Hexton and Icknield Way
Pub Stop:  tba

Wednesday 25th July   Meet at the start place at 6.30 pm           4 miles
Leader:    Karen MacLaren                                       Tel: 07484 312537
Start Place: Park at, or in side road adjacent to The White Horse PH at 6.30 pm,
                   AL5 2JP
Route:     Circular undulating walk from the pub via Rothamstead Park
                  and Nickey Line former railway
Pub Stop: The White Horse

                            TRAIN WALK (GT MISSENDEN/WENDOVER)
Thursday 26th July  Meet at the start place at 10.00 am          7 miles
Leader:      Mike Shephard               Tel: 01525 755590/07858 237014
Start Place: Meet at Great Missenden Link Road Car Park at 10.00 am. Car park
                   charge £3.60.  Post code HP16 9AE                        Grid ref SP895015
Route:    Great Missenden, Angling Spring Wood, Prestwood, Dunsmore, Coombe
                 Hill and Wendover. Train back from Wendover to Great Missenden. Fare
                 £4.40. This walk has been chosen as one of Britain’s best walks.
Pub Stop: Cross Keys, Great Missenden

                               MARSTON VALE (FIGURE OF EIGHT WALK)
Sunday 29th July LCP  9.00 am                                6.5 + 6.5 miles
Leader:        Maggie            Tel: 01525 237977/07966 451875
Start Place: Marston Vale Forest Centre
                   Note: This is a figure of eight walk with both loops starting and finishing at
                   the Visitor Centre
Route:     Loop 1 (6.5 miles) goes south through the country park to
                  Lidlington via the newly planted Granary Wood. It returns to the Visitor
                 Centre via Folly Wood and Marston Village. We will then have lunch at the
                 Visitor Centre (picnic or purchased from café).
                 Loop 2 (6.5 miles) starts at 13.00. This is the Marston Vale Jubilee Walk
                 that heads to the west through surrounding countryside taking in Hunger
                 Hill and Rectory Wood returning to the Visitor Centre via the ancient
                 woodland of Marston Thrift and Marston Church
Pub Stop: Tea/beer and cakes at Visitor Centre

                                      EVENING WALK (HARLINGTON)
Tuesday 31st July     Meet at the start place at 6.30 pm            4 miles
Leader:      Karen MacLaren                                    Tel: 07484 312537
Start Place: Park and start from Village Hall car park at 6.30 pm, LU5 6LS
Route:      Circular walk to the south of Harlington
Pub Stop:  The Carpenters Arms


                                         BUS WALK (STANBRIDGE)
Thursday 2nd August   Meet at the start place at 9.45 am          5 miles
Leader:      Julian Chritchlow                                 Tel: 07770 344914
Start Place: Bus stop at bottom of Leighton Buzzard High St (outside Oxfam Shop)
                   at 9.45 am to pick up the 9.50 am F77 towards Dunstable.
                  Those living along the route-in (Soulbury Road) or route-out
                  (Stanbridge Road) may join the bus at a local stop to save walking
                   into town
Route:    Leave bus at Five Bells, Stanbridge, then out to Hill Farm and back via
Pub Stop:    At the end of the walk in LB

             A Day in the Cotswolds and the Rollright Stones
Saturday 4th August    Meet at the start place at 10.00 am 9 miles
Leader: Mike and Helen Shephard                 Tel: 01525 755590/07858 237014
Start Place: Whichford, Warwickshire at 10.00 am, CV36 5PG. Grid ref. SP315346
               We will have refreshments first at the Straw Kitchen Cafe at the Pottery
               (opens 10.00 am). It is street parking despite a car park at the Straw
               Kitchen but as it gets very busy they would like us not to park there for
               the walk. If you require a lift contact the leaders
Route: Whichford, Whichford Wood, Long Compton, Rollright Stones, Whispering
              Knights and back to Whichford. Being the Cotswolds there are 3 hills to
              climb but do not be deterred, this is a leisurely walk
Pub Stop: Norman Knight or Straw Kitchen

Sunday 5th August                 LCP  8.45 am    10 miles approximately
Leader:    Tim Corkett               Tel: 01582 660010/07773 578530
Start Place: Cholesbury Common (Cricket Ground Car Park) GR  SP932071
                   Tim will meet you here for a 9.30 am start.
Route:     Cholesbury, Drayton Wood, The Hale, The Lee, Brays Wood, Dundridge
                  Manor, Cholesbury
Pub Stop:   None. Please bring packed lunch

Tuesday 7th August       Meet at the start place at 10.00 am 7 miles
Leader:      Helen Shephard           Tel: 01525 755590/07858 237014
Start Place: Canons Ashby, Northants at 10.00 am.  National Trust car park (free)
                   & toilets. Post Code: NN11 3SD Grid Ref:Explorer map 207/SP576504
Route:     Mostly flat walk to Moreton Pinkney, Plumpton, Weston, Moreton Pinkney.
               Canons Ashby House is open from 1.30 pm if you wish to visit it
               afterwards, price about £11 or free with National Trust Membership.
               Gardens are open from 10.00 am, price about £4.50
Pub Stop: National Trust Tea Room (no ticket needed) is open from 10.00 am

                              NEXT SECTION OF THE CAPITAL RING
                                           (please see Events)
Saturday 11th August                            10 miles
Leader:        Wendy Ley              Tel: 01582 867576/07927 342658
Start Place: Details of meeting place and timings will be circulated nearer the date
Route:      Crystal Palace to Wimbledon Park via Streatham, Tooting Bec and
                   Wandsworth Commons
Pub Stop:   Packed lunch required

                                           MYSTERY WALK
Sunday 12th August LCP  9.30 am 6 miles maximum
Leader: Julian Chritchlow & June Ayres                    Tel: 07770 344914
If you want to know where this walk is in advance please call Julian on the
              Friday or Saturday before, or just turn up for a mystery walk.

Sunday 19th August                  LCP  9.30 am                              6 miles
Leader: Mike & Helen Shephard               Tel: 01525 755590/07858 237014
Start Place: Longdown Hill car park near Princes Risborough (it is only a small car
                   park and we will need to car share).                   Grid ref SP833045
                   Post Code HP27 NB
Route:        Hobbs Hill, Hampden House (Hammer House of Horror!) Hampden
                  Bottom, Little Hampden Common, Icknield Way to Buckmoorend,
                  back to Hobbs Hill
Pub Stop:   Tea Rooms, Askett Garden Centre

           Going loopy through Rushmere (FIGURE OF EIGHT WALK)
Thursday 23rd August     Meet at the start place at 9.15 am   7 + 5.5 miles
Leader:    Maggie               Tel: 01525 237977/07966 451875
Start Place:Rushmere Visitor Centre at 9.15 am. Parking charge of £3.
                                                         Grid Ref: Explorer map 192/SP91432771
                  Note both loops start and finish at Rushmere Visitor Centre.
Route: Loop 1 (7 miles) heads into Great Brickhill via Black Pond and then cuts
                           across fields by the church to the canal. It follows the canal
                           towpath before returning to Rushmere via Paper Mill Farm and
                           the fishing lakes. Snack/early lunch at visitors centre
Loop 2 (5.5 miles) starts at 12.30 goes over Lords Hill and through Shire
             Oak Heath and then through the two SSSI's of Kings Wood and
             Rammamere Heath (note there may be grazing sheep or cattle
             at Rammamere). Following the Greensand Ridge walk, we cross
            over Brickhill Road and return to Rushmere visitors centre via the
            lodges and pine trees
Pub Stop:Tea and cakes/late lunch at Rushmere café

                       Christmas Common and Chiltern Woods
Sunday 26th August               LCP  9.15 am                               8 miles
Leader: Julian Chritchlow & June Ayres                           Tel: 07770 344914
Start Place: Layby in side road from B480 from Watlington near Icknield House
                  Start time will be about 10.15 am.          (OS Map 171) GR SU694932
Route: Dame Alice Farm, Dumble Dore, Greenfield, Holland Farm, Christmas
              Common, White Mark Farm then back to start.
              This is a longer walk for short walkers in a beautiful, varied, area of the
              Chilterns. There will be a coffee stop, lunch stop (bring packed lunch)
              and a pub stop and, most importantly, the pace will not be fast. It is
              expected that we will finish the walk about 3 pm and be back in
              LB by 4 pm
Pub Stop: Christmas Common during the walk


                                     WALK LEADERS NEEDED

We are in need of new walk leaders. If you could offer one walk a year, we
would be very grateful.
Another idea, is to share a walk with another rambler. We have some maps
and walk books if needed.

All walkers are advised to carry their own first aid kit. Walking is at your own risk.

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The meeting point for Sunday walks is the Library Car Park (LCP)
Weekday walks, the meeting point is the start point as specified in the programme