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

Approaching Wendover

15-May-04 • Peter Conway

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Princes Risborough to Wendover

The Ridgeway, lovely views and the Chilterns.

Wildflower meadow

Wildflower meadow

Note the orchids. Saunderton Figure of 8. Bledlow loop

21-Jun-09 • moontiger on Flickr

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Saunderton via Bledlow Circular

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

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Dual language sign to Pooh Bridge

12-Jun-10 • Sean O'Neill

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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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11-Aug-09 • Andrew Murphy

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

Long man of Wilmington

Berwick to Eastbourne

14-Jun-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Berwick to Eastbourne

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

Friston Forest

Friston Forest

Glynde to Seaford

25-May-09 • moontiger on Flickr

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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.

View from St. Roche's hill to Singleton

View from St. Roche's hill to Singleton

SWC Walk 239 Halnaker to Chichester via Cass Sculpture Park and Goodwood

13-Jun-15 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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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 Old Town

21-Aug-04 • Peter Conway

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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.

First section (anticlockwise)

First section (anticlockwise)

Lewes Circular walk

06-Jun-15 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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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

Book 2, Walk 28, Seaford to Eastbourne

The Seven Sisters from Birling Gap, 23 Sept 2006

23-Sep-06 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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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

Sussex border path approaching Cousley Wood

04-May-16 • quitenearmike on Flickr

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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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23-Sep-08 • Andrew Murphy

Lymington to Barton-on-Sea

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

Walmer Beach

Walmer Beach

02-Jun-12 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Dover to Deal

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

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Bald Eagle greeting visitors to Eagle Heights

28-Mar-09 • Sean O'Neill

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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

Cliff Top Cafe

Folkestone Circular walk

30-Jun-15 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Folkestone to Dover

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

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Wood anemones, Selsdon Wood

04-May-13 • Sean O'Neill

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Whyteleafe to Woldingham

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

4 Late morning

4 Late morning

24-May-12 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Sandling to Wye

Pretty Ridge Walk along the North Downs Way with lovely views. Nice pubs for lunch and tea

View from hill above Otford

View from hill above Otford

14-Nov-04 • Catherine Ames

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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

Avebury Standing Stones, SW quartile

SWC Walk 255 Pewsey Circular via Avebury

08-Aug-15 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Pewsey Circular via Avebury

Long walk over Wiltshire downs to Avebury World Heritage Site

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River Eden near Penshurst

02-Jun-13 • Sean O'Neill

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Penshurst to Leigh

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

Along the front, tough going.

Along the front, tough going.

Ramsgate to Margate

08-Aug-10 • moontiger on Flickr

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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

Escarpment view

Sevenoaks Circular walk

24-Apr-14 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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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.

21 My private beach

21 My private beach

14-May-14 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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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.

Hambleden

Hambleden

02-Sep-09 • JonCombe on Flickr

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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

30-May-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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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

The Test

Overton Circular If you have time, it is worth straying from Station Road to have a look at the Test

30-Apr-11 • moontiger on Flickr

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Overton Circular

North Hampshire hills and Jane Austen's literary landscape

May on the Chawton Round walk

May on the Chawton Round walk

22-May-04 • Peter Conway

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Alton Circular

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

Start of the Valley Ending

Start of the Valley Ending

Hassocks to Upper Beeding walk

12-Aug-16 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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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)

A Walker on Stanage Edge

A Walker on Stanage Edge

SWC Walk 266 - Sheffield to Bamford (via Burbage Rocks and Stanage Edge) or to Moscar Lodge

08-Jun-16 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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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

Picws Du, from Fan Foel

SWC Walk 86 Fan Brycheiniog and Fan Foel (The Black Mountain)

11-Oct-16 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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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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Corn Du, Pen y Fan. the shortcut path from the col runs left-right

08-Apr-11 • Andrew Murphy

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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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Worms Head from Rhossili Down

29-Aug-16 • Andrew Murphy on Flickr

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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