WALKS DIARY 2015 / 16

PLEASE NOTE: We always welcome friends and family but please note only Darent Cray Association members are covered by National Trust lnsurance. Anyone not covered will walk at their own risk. All routes are walked in advance to ensure that we walk as safely as possible.

We appreciate a minimum donation of £2 per person. Your generosity will go towards the Trust's Neptune Coastline Campaign.


PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU WEAR SUITABLE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR ON ALL WALKS. WE ALSO RECOMMEND THAT YOU CARRY AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF DRINKING WATER.

Note:  

All walkers should contact Rosemary or Geoff to confirm their probable attendance at least 48 hours in advance of a walk. This will ensure that walkers can be contacted to advise of walk cancellation e.g. in the event of bad weather or insufficient support to make the walk viable.

Email:  geoff.r.webdale@googlemail.com                                                 Home Tel: 01322 442856

Rosemary’s Mobile: 07990 951588                                        Geoff’s Mobile: 07741 495243

Sunday 18th March 2018 -  A Walk Around Avery Hill and Eltham Parks

Start time: 10:45     Walk Time:  Approx 2 – 2.5 hours


Meet Angela and Richard outside New Eltham Station (London bound side) for a leisurely walk through Avery Hill and Eltham Parks. We will be stopping early in the walk to enjoy a cup of coffee in the park and if open, time to visit the Winter Garden (2nd largest glass house in the country after Kew).  The history of this area can be traced back to the Domesday Book. The land that is now Avery Hill Park was a series of individual farms until the early eighteen hundreds when the farms were combined to form the estate of ‘Avery Hill’. First owned by James Boyd, (a wealthy sugar refiner) and then by John Thomas North, (an importer of Nitrates). It was Colonel North who built the lovely domed Winter Garden in the late 1800’s. Please note start time is based on current train timetable. Any alteration will be announced nearer the time together with information on parking restrictions (if any) affecting the area.


Saturday 28th April                              Farnborough (Nr Orpington)     (MEDIUM WALK)                              

Start time: 10.30 am

Yvonne and Alma will lead this walk starting from Farnborough High Street near the Change of Horses public house. Parking for patrons in the pub car park. On street parking is available in Farnborough High Street and some of the surrounding side streets.


Sunday 13th May                           A Walk In The Heart of Kent               (MEDIUM WALK)                                                                            

Start time:  10:45 am (Expected finish 15:00 pm)            Walk Distance:  Approx 6.5 miles

Angela and Richard will be leading this walk meeting at the War Memorial in Yalding village. The walk takes us up along a section of the Greensand Ridge with broad vistas towards the Weald, through extensive orchards and through woodland, cultivated fields and low meadows. We also pass fine Kentish oasts, estates and manor houses. We are hoping for a spectacular display of blossom in the orchards for this walk. Terrain:
A gradual ascent onto the ridge. 


PLEASE BRING A PACKED LUNCH; PLENTY OF FLUIDS AND A SIT MAT.

Suggested route: From A20 Wrotham Heath Take B2016 (Seven Mile Lane), follow on to the A228. At next roundabout turn left onto B2015 (signed to Tea Pot Island) and immediately right onto B2162. Follow past Tea Pot Island into Yalding. Turn left into High St, cross bridge and continue up to the War Memorial. Park in High St or Kenward Rd on left or Vicarage Rd on right by War Memorial. There are no toilets at start or en-route. Toilet at Brookside Garden Centre (open 10 – 4. turn right at B2015 roundabout). The Walnut Tree pub by the War Memorial will be open on our return.



Thursday 19th June                             A walk through London’s Docklands                      
(EASY WALK)    

Start Time 11:00 am                                                      Walk Distance: Approx 3.5 miles

Rosemary and Geoff will lead this walk which covers much of what used to be known as the Surrey Commercial Docks, famous for its role in importing timber. Much of this area has been redeveloped. It retains some of the area’s industrial heritage together with some unexpected wilderness areas, an ecological park and a network of river and waterside paths.

We will meet at Canada Water tube station. Pre walk refreshments and toilets are available at the Surry Quays shopping centre which is close to the station. There will also be an opportunity to stop for a pub lunch on the way round.



Sunday 29th July    Date for your diary – walk details to be decided








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