About our walks

The Footpaths Group arranges a regular programme of walks throughout the year, in a variety of town and country locations, on weekdays and weekends, and with a selection lengths to suit all abilities. Details of the current programme are published in each quarterly newsletter and can be viewed on our calendar page.

Our next walks

Walk: Bayford
Apr 22 all-day

Meet 09.58 Bayford Station (09.44 train from Enfield Chase). Car drivers may park in Bayford Village by 10.10 and await Mick but please don’t park in either the pub car park nor in the residents’ area. A varied 7 to 8 mile circular walk through attractive countryside south of Hertford with lunch stop in Hertford town centre, from where option to end. Bring lunch or food available. Leader: Mick Spinks.

Walk: Woodland Bluebells
May 1 all-day

Meet 10.10 Watton-at-Stone Station (09.44 train from Enfield Chase). If Nature cooperates, today’s 7 to 8 mile walk will coincide with displays of bluebells that carpet many of the woods in this scenic part of mid-Herts. Note: the morning walk will be circular with lunch stop in Watton and option to finish but, depending upon the floral display/weather, the afternoon route may return to Hertford North Station. Bring lunch or food available. Contact on day of walk only: 07490 480 251 (no voicemails). Leader: Stuart Mills.

Walk: Epping Forest (East to West)
May 6 all-day

Meet 10.15 Theydon Bois Station (Central Line). Either travel with Dave on 08.52 train from Enfield Town or meet him at 09.25 at entrance to platform 1 Liverpool Street mainline station for 09.36 Central Line train towards Epping. About 8 mile linear walk on Forest paths initially climbing the Forest’s ridge to reach the High Beach lunch stop, then down into the Lea Valley and Gunpowder Park to end at Enfield Island Village (for 121 and 491 buses). No shorter option. Bring lunch or food available. Details: 020 8366 2242 or 07948 204 025. Leader: Dave Cockle.

Walk: London’s Seaside: Benfleet to Southend
May 18 all-day

Meet by 09.35 at entrance to platform 18 Liverpool Street mainline station for 09.43 c2c Shoeburyness train (arrives Benfleet at 10.31). If Crossrail works take place, Stuart will walk group to Fenchurch Street Station to catch 10.02 Shoeburyness train (arrives Benfleet at 10.45) Note: as walk passes Leigh-on Sea and Chalkwell stations before ending at Southend Central, buy Super Off-Peak Day Return from Upminster to the station where you intend to finish. 71⁄2 to 8 mile linear walk with a mix of river scenes, marshes, country park, wide open spaces and views over The Thames estuary to Kent and the North Sea. Lunch stop after about 41⁄2 miles in the quaint old fishing village of Leigh. Bring lunch or food available. Then along the coast towards Southend and the cliff gardens of restored Clifftown. Contact on day of walk only: 07490 480 251 (no voicemails). Leader: Stuart Mills.

Walk: Epping Forest
May 22 all-day

Meet 10.40 Chingford bus station (at newscopy date) 313 buses at 09.41 and 10.02 from Church Street, Enfield Town, arrive 10.12 and 10.33 but allow ample time for traffic delays. 6 to 7 mile circular walk through the Forest via Pole Hill, Lippitts Hill (lunch stop) and Bury Wood. Bring lunch or pub food available. No shorter option. Contact on day of walk only: 07425 136 628. Leader: Margaret Redman.

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