Programme

Full details of the programme are available to members. To join, email our membership secretary. See the Join page for details.

Note: before going on any of these walks please contact the walk leader to say you want to attend and confirm details. If this is your first walk you may email the membership secretary who will provide you with the walk leader’s contact details and full details of the start.

Participation at all these events is at your own risk.

Most of the walks meet at 10:15 am to depart promptly at 10:30 am.

Walks are on Saturdays, unless stated otherwise.

October 2 Wednesday Tea Shop walk – Braishfield Meet 13:15
for 13:30 start
3.4-4.5 miles
Easy Pace
This includes part of the Monarchs Way around the old village of Braishfield. A 3/4 mile stretch of gravel path has “a glowing beauty” on a sunny autumn day! We will finish at the Braishfield Pantry for tea and cake.
October 5 Saturday Isle of Wight Bembridge Beach Explorer [Ferry Linked for serious walkers] Meet 10.45
for 11.00 start
4-5 miles Pub lunch
Easy pace
Meet at Bembridge Windmill, then mostly along beach or coastal path so largely flat but gentle hill at end of walk. Nearest bus stop: Steyne Cross on No.8 bus from Ryde or Sandown. Please contact Stuart by 28 September especially to book meal at the Crab and Lobster and if coming from the mainland. Medium pace. Mainlanders can catch the 9:15 Wight Ryder from Portsmouth and train to Brading for a brisk 2 mile walk to Bembridge Windmill. Transport back to the ferry terminal will be provided.
October 19 Saturday Soberton to Newtown Meet 10:00
for 10:15 start
10 miles
Picnic lunch
Moderate pace
The walk neatly divides in to two sections, Soberton to Newtown and then the return via the Forest of Bere and disused railway track. With car sharing it would be possible to leave a car at Newtown and then drive back to the other car at Soberton for those only wanting to walk up to 5 miles. There is one moderate climb, leading to great 360' views over Hampshire. For the most part the walk is flat. Picnic lunch. A very good pub in Soberton for refreshments at the end of the walk.
November 2 Saturday Social Evening with Chinese Meal and Photobook Preview Meet 16:00 2-3 miles weather permitting
Gosport. Enjoy sea breezes as we stroll along Stokes Bay, weather permitting, building up an appetite for our pre-ordered Chinese take away which we will collect as we return home. Alternative option Fish & Chip supper. Please bring High Vis jacket if you have one.
November 28 Thursday Tea shop walk via Knowle Meet 13:15
for  13:30 start
5 miles
Meet Titchfield, Fareham. Cars can be left in Garsons car park- please car share if possible and let Sarah know in advance if coming so that she can let Garsons know numbers for parking. Tea and cake in Garsons coffee shop after the walk and also the opportunity to look around the festive displays in store.
December 7 Saturday Christmas walk and meal Meet 0945
for 10:00 start
5 miles
Easy pace
Walk - Walk will be around Warblington with coastal views. For those who don’t want to do the 5 mile walk from Langstone, the village offers interesting shops and strolls for others just to take in the atmosphere, all gathering back at the pub for lunch at 13.00. Ruth Bridger will be leading a stroll up to the Stansted Park garden centre for a coffee – leaving the Harvester car park at 10:30. Meal will be at 13:00 – at The Staunton Arms Harvester, No 1 Whichers Gate Road, Rowlands Castle PO9 6BB. Rowlands Castle is accessible on the main London to Portsmouth Railway line.
December 21 Saturday IOW Christmas Meal plus planning meeting 1:00 pm Walk
3:00 pm planning
5:00 pm meal
Short walk dependent on weather
Meet at 1:00pm in the miniature car park on Alverstone Road, Queen’s Bower PO36 0LB for a short walk. Return to Rustic Cottage for planning / party games followed by meal. Please bring £6 for the meal plus a bottle. Confirm attendance and any food issues by Dec 14th to allow for meal planning.
January 8 2020 Wednesday Tea shop walk around the old city walls of Southampton Meet at 13:15 for
13:30 start
2-3 miles
Very easy pace
Southampton for a walk around the old city walls, plenty of history – and no muddy paths to negotiate! If it’s open (it should be by then), we will have a break for tea and cake in Gods House Tower and to view the art installation. If it’s closed, there are plenty of other tea/cake establishments to choose from. Please let Ruth know if you are coming on the walk. For those coming by train, there is a bus that runs from the station to close to Bargate. Or it’s about a 15 minute walk (0.7m).
January 18 2020 Saturday Planning meeting and walk 14:00 Walk
16:00 Planning meeting
18:30 Meal
Short walk
The planning meeting will be held at Basingstoke Baptist Church, Gershwin Road, Brighton Hill RG22 4HL where there is plenty of parking on site.

Walk - for those who want to stretch their legs before the meeting, Bill and Stephen will be arranging a short walk in the area. Meet at the Church at 2:00 pm. Please contact Bill if you plan to come on the walk.

Planning meeting - will start around 16.00 and finish at 18:30. Please come along at any time within those 2.5 hours. There will be plenty of maps available for those who want to plan and lead a walk. Other members will be happy to advise and assist. Even if you don't expect to organise a walk, come along to chat, knit and renew friendships. Refreshments available throughout.

Evening meal
– £4.50. We will prepare our own meal which will be jacket potatoes with various fillings (such as beef mince, chicken, vegetarian) plus salads and desserts. This will work out cheaper than going to a pub even after covering the cost of the venue. If you would like to stay for the meal please contact Julie before Tuesday 7th January. If you are able to contribute a dish you will be reimbursed for the cost of ingredients. Please arrange this with Julie to ensure a good variety.
February 8 Saturday Locks Heath and Holly Hill Meet 10:15
for 10:30 start
5 or 7.5 miles
Easy pace
(hot lunch or picnic)
We make extensive use of tarmacked greenways as we visit Coldeast Pond and walk around Locks Heath for a hot meal at the Locks Heath Centre. Seating is available for anybody wanting a picnic or you could buy something from a shop. We see Coldeast Mansion on the way back. A longer walk is being offered around Holly Hill Woods before driving back to Waitrose for tea. Please let Mark know by the Sunday 2 February if you want a hot meal.
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