Meet 10.50 Limehouse DLR Station. Either by London Overground from Highbury & Islington, changing onto DLR for one stop at Shadwell, or by DLR from Bank Station.
About 6 mile linear walk that includes various waterways and parks north of Limehouse Basin and then sections of the River Lea and Lee Navigation across Hackney Marshes to end at a station for return travel. Shorter options. Lunch stop near historic Victoria Park. Bring lunch or food available. Contact on day of walk only: 07506 334 019. Leader: Peter Mackey
Meet 10.38 Watford Metropolitan Line Station (Met Line train at 09.58 from Baker Street—note: all Watford trains start from Baker Street at weekends).
About 7½ mile circular walk in the attractive area where the Rivers Gade, Chess and Colne merge and through which the Grand Union Canal runs. The route includes historic Cassiobury Park (recently voted one of the UK’s top 10 parks). Option to end at lunch stop in Rickmansworth. Bring lunch or food available. Details: 07973 747 454. Leader: Nigel King.
For tea/coffee and a chat before the start, meet 10.00 onwards in Morrisons supermarket café in Alderman’s Hill, Palmers Green (opposite station). If not, be at Palmers Green Station for 11.00 start. About 2 mile walk in Broomfield Park with commentary on the geology, landscape and history of the park, the trees and the newly commenced wetlands feature. Please respect Norman’s gentle pace. Contact on day of walk only: 07984 813 636. Leader: Norman Coles.
Meet 10.45 Hitchin Station. Travel by 10.12 Thameslink Cambridge train from Finsbury Park mainline station which is non-stop to Stevenage (arrives Hitchin at 10.38). Otherwise, 10.13 Thameslink Cambridge North multi-stop train from Potters Bar Station (arrives Hitchin 10.43). Buy Off-Peak Day Return from Zone 6 boundary to Hitchin if travelling from Finsbury Park. Note: do not travel to Stevenage via Hertford North as now no through trains on weekdays.
About 8 mile circular walk through varied countryside with an extended lunch stop at Cadwell Lavender Farm. Bring lunch or food available from farm café/shop and option to finish by bus return to Hitchin town centre. Afternoon walk of about 4½ miles is via Ickleford Village, River Oughton and Oughtonhead Common. Leader: Mick Spinks.
Meet 10.30 Abbey Wood Station. Travel by 09.32 Thameslink Rainham (Kent) train from St Pancras International mainline station (platform A)—also stops at platform 4 London Bridge mainline station at 09.48. Otherwise, by 09.58 Southeastern Barnehurst train from London Bridge mainline station (platform 1).
7 to 7½ mile linear walk in South-East London via an attractive semi-rural mix of woods, commons, heaths and open spaces with long distance views. Shorter options. Bring lunch or café food available. Details: 020 8882 3602 or 07534 433 578. Leader: Martin Langer.
Meet 10.30 Otford Station (09.55 Southeastern Ashford International train from Victoria mainline station – usually platform 5). Note: buy Super Off-Peak Day Return from Swanley to Otford, as Freedom Pass boundary is not at usual Zone 6 but at Swanley (Zone 8).
8 mile linear walk through outstanding scenery and historic villages. Hilly in places. Lunch stop in Shoreham with option to end at nearby Shoreham Station. Bring lunch or cafe/pub food available. Details: 07904 193 098. Leader: John West.
Meet 10.50 Wood Street Station. Either 09.52 train from Enfield Town, changing at Hackney Downs for 10.25 train towards Chingford, or, by 313 bus to Chingford for 10.40 train to Wood Street.
About 5½ to 6 mile linear walk via attractive but lesser known areas of the Forest and River Ching Valley. Shorter options including from lunch stop near Woodford Green. Bring lunch or food available. Contact on day of walk only: 07425 136 628. Leader: Margaret Redman.
Depart 10.30 Epping Station (09.45 Central Line train from Liverpool Street or at 09.53 from Stratford—arrives Epping at 10.20).
A prompt start for a 9 mile linear walk following the Essex Way and part of the Epping to Ongar heritage railway via woodland, undulating open countryside and the Saxon Greensted log church. Lunch stop at North Weald. Bring lunch or pub food available and option to finish with return to start by bus. Full route ends in Ongar with bus return to start. Details: 07904 193 098. Leader: John West.
Meet 10.10 at entrance to Hertford North Station (09.47 train from Enfield Chase).
About 8 mile figure of eight walk with lunch stop in Hertford town centre. Morning walk via field paths and tracks to include Repton’s Grade II* listed Panshanger Estate, whilst afternoon route includes field paths, waterways and Grade II listed Balls Park Estate. Bring lunch or food available. Contact on day of walk only: 07490 480 251 (no voicemails). Leader: Stuart Mills.
Meet 10.42 Hampton Court Station (10.06 South Western Railway train from Waterloo mainline station or at 10.10 from Vauxhall).
About 6½ to 7 mile circular walk with River Thames scenes, Hampton Court Parkland, Bushy Park grassland and woodlands. Lunch stop in Kingston with option to finish. Bring lunch or food available. Contact: 07900 286 254. Leader: Mike Cranstone.