Saturday Walkers Club www.walkingclub.org.uk

Saturday Walkers Club

We are a London & South East England based hiking club.

We have several club walks every week which are free to join. Everybody welcome!

Our website has over 300 free-to-use public transport friendly walks, complete with directions, maps, and GPS data for you to download and enjoy.

The south east is criss-crossed by public footpaths which can take you to wildflower meadows, heathland, castles, historic houses and gardens, ancient forests, country villages, cosy pubs, medieval churches, beaches, and unspoilt countryside. All an hour or so from London by train. Get walking!

This Week's Club Walks Free walks

300+ walks

Day walks, short walks, urban walks and coastal walks. Mainly in the southeast, but also Brecon, Gower, Sheffield, Dorset, Calais, and Norflok,

Approaching Wendover

Princes Risborough to Wendover

The Ridgeway, lovely views and the Chilterns.

Wildflower meadow

Saunderton via Bledlow Circular

The Chilterns: the Ridgeway Path over an open ridge, returning by peaceful and secluded valleys.

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Ashurst Circular

A walk via Pooh Bridge to the attractive Wealden village of Hartfield, with a longer option over the elevated heathland of Ashdown Forest.

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Branksome to Swanage or Corfe Castle

Lovely Coastal walk starting with a busy prom, then a short ferry crossing to start the South West Coast Path along Studland Bay (a sandy beach), past Old Harry (cliffs) to Swanage, a seaside resort. Optional ridge walk ending to Corfe Castle. Return by bus.

Long man of Wilmington

Berwick to Eastbourne

A reservoir, then the South Downs Way past pretty villages (Jevington and Wilmington) and a ridge walk.

Friston Forest

Glynde to Seaford

The best walk in the book! A South Downs ridge, picture postcard Alfriston, Cuckmere Haven (beach), and cliffs with views of the Seven Sisters. Long but worth it.

The hill to be climbed behind East Dean

Halnaker to Chichester via Goodwood

Scenic steep chalk downlands around the Upper Lavant Valley, Cass Sculpture Park, the Goodwood Estate and unrivalled views from St. Roche's Hill

Hastings Old Town

Hastings to Rye

Seaside Hastings, a hilly cliff walk with 4 steep climbs and a remote naturist beach. Gentle afternoon to historic Winchelsea and Rye via a noted viewpoint.

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Lewes Circular via Glynde and Southease

An energetic walk over the South Downs with great views, 3 hills, 3 pubs, and a ridge.

Book 2, Walk 28, Seaford to Eastbourne

Seaford to Eastbourne

The best walk in the Southeast! A dramatic cliff walk passing Cuckemere Haven, the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head as the South Downs meets the sea. Ends with Eastbourne's promenade and pier.

Sussex border path approaching Cousley Wood

Wadhurst via Bewl Water Circular

This walk follows the Sussex Border path to Bewl Water, then follows its banks back to Wadhurst for tea. Gentle gradients but never flat.

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Lymington to Barton-on-Sea

Easy coastal walk along the Solent Way with views towards the Isle of Wight. Return by bus.

Walmer Beach

Dover to Deal

Easy cliff walk following the Saxon Shore Way along the 'White Cliffs of Dover' to historic Deal

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Eynsford Circular

A contrast between hidden valleys in the North Downs and the Darent Valley Path through three interesting villages.

Cliff Top Cafe

Folkestone to Dover

Coastal Walk along the cliffs to Dover, with options also taking in The Warren.

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Whyteleafe to Woldingham

Bluebell woods, fields, valleys and nature reserves on the London/Surrey border.

Sandling to Folkestone or Dover

A dramatic ridge walk along the North Downs Way, overlooking the English Channel.

View from hill above Otford

Otford Circular

Quite short, but views, forest, a pretty village, a welcoming pub, and a short train journey, so good for a late start.

Avebury Standing Stones, SW quartile

Pewsey Circular via Avebury

Long walk over Wiltshire downs to Avebury World Heritage Site

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Penshurst to Leigh

The Eden valley, Penshurst Place and a rural pub for lunch.

Along the front, tough going.

Ramsgate to Margate

Easy coastal walk with fine cliff top views, 3 classic seaside resorts, and a number of stunning sandy bays and coves that make it a great swimming walk

Escarpment view

Sevenoaks Circular

Out via the National Trust's Knole Park, House, and Igtham Mote. Back by the Greensand Way along the escarpment of the Kent Downs.

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Hunstanton to Cromer

A quiet coastal path with wide beaches, sand dunes, salt and freshwater marshes, nature reserves, barrier islands, and lots of birds.

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Henley Circular via Great Wood

The Thames Path in the morning, historic Hambledon for lunch, and back via the hills above Henley in the afternoon. Short but pretty.

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Tring Circular

The Chilterns: An open ridge walk to Ivinghoe Beacon, gentle forests, and a classic village pub for tea.

The Test

Overton Circular

North Hampshire hills and Jane Austen's literary landscape

May on the Chawton Round walk

Alton Circular

Long but gentle walk visiting Selborne and Chawton, which inspired Jane Austen (writer) and Gilbert White (naturalist)

Start of the Valley Ending

Hassocks to Upper Beeding

3 steep hills with fine views before lunch at Devil's Dyke. A gentle ridge walk in the afternoon to Upper Beeding (short bus ride to Shoreham station)

Houndkirk Road, through Burbage and Houndkirk Moors

Sheffield to Bamford via Stanage Edge

A walk of extreme contrasts: from Sheffield's urban centre through narrow valleys and across wild moorland to the Dark Peak's gritstone edges, and a lush finish into the Hope Valley

Picws Du, from Fan Foel

Black Mountain from Glyntawe

A strenous start then easy route finding along a glacial ridge through wild upland scenery to one of the highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons National Park with spectacular views.

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Brecon Beacons Horseshoe from Neuadd Reservoir

A classic horseshoe walk of the Brecon Beacons (Pen y Fan, Corn Du, Fan y Big) around a glacial valley, with an extension to Waun Rydd

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Rhossili via Llangennith Circular

A gentle walk, up to then along he downs overlooking a stunning beach, and back along the beach itself.

Time Out Country Walks near London

The club wrote the Time Out Book of Country Walks near London, volume 1 and volume 2. The current editions are dated now (March 2011), so we recommend the online versions of the walks.

Start Walking in SE England!

Walking is safe and easy, and doesn't need too much expensive equipment. Here's all you need to know!

Swimming in the sea

In the summer, many of the coastal walks are great for swimming - the south coast stretches from Essex, via the Thames and London, via Kent, Sussex, and Hampshire (not forgetting the Isle of Wight) to Dorset

British and Irish hills and mountains

Besides Munros (Scottish hills over 3,000 feet / ~ 1000 metres) and Wainwrights (Lake District hills) are 'Marilyns' and Humps. These are relatively high hills, of which there are many, even in the Southeast.

Maps, photos and videos of 6,000 hills!

South East England Nature and Weather

A monthly almanac of the seasons

Map of Historic Houses, Gardens and Ancient Sites.

There are 100's of historic site which you can visit. We have a map of all National Trust, English Heritage, and Historic Houses Association properties.

A Walker's History of the Railways

Victorian time to today. Why are there so many rail lines for walkers?

UK Naturist Beaches

Hidden beaches.

Last Updated: Jan-17