23 trips away next year

2017 is going to be another bumper year for Clog trips, with 23 planned so far. 

As unusual, there is plenty of variety in our trips
  • Weekends, Long Weekends, Multi-day, Week trips
  • Mountains, coast, moorland and cities   
  • Walking, cycling, hillwalking, sea kayaking, canoeing, champing.

About half of these are trips abroad (Italy, Portugal, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Ireland) with the rest being in the UK.

These are non-commercial and are run at cost or occasionally subsidised.  This makes them incredibly cheap compared with holiday companies, You normally have to be a member to get a place on a trip.  Trip organisers are all (unpaid) volunteers and members of the group.  

An overview of the trips coming up is given on the Forthcoming Trips page.  For those trips that have dates and details at this stage, see the web calendar

More will appear as move forward into 2017.  

In addition to trips, we also have lots of day or evening events every week.

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Country walks near London - Lazy Tuesday walks

The clocks have gone back and the shorter days are with us again but don't think of hibernating during the winter months. 

The Lazy Tuesday walks are restarting for the months between November and March.  These are country walks near London starting and finishing at stations within Zone 6 or just outside.  They are in the range of 5.5 to 8.5 miles with nice pub lunches and/or tea and cakes in cafes.

The idea is to NOT to get up at the crack of dawn and (if possible) to have "bail out" options in case of bad weather (not guaranteed).  These walks will also be subject to a Weather Check on Monday evening.  If the forecast is too dodgy, the walk will be rescheduled until later in the week. so if you are planning to come one one of these, always check our web calendar after 9pm the day before.

These are another good opportunity for prospective members or those just thinking about joining to meet existing members and find out more about CLOG

The following are planned for November and December - these are repeats of walks I did last winter and in the New Year I will be trying out some new Lazy Tuesday walks.

Banstead Downs, Oaks Park and Woodmansterne:  6 miles
A pleasant Autumn walk along Banstead Downs, 2 golf courses, a prison, Oaks Park, Woodmansterne and back to Bansteadstation by field paths.   Starts and finishes in Banstead so you can use your Oyster Card.

6 Commons Walks (circular walk from Esher) 6 miles.  
This walk includes Littleworth Common, Arbrook Common, Oxshott Heath, Esher Common, Fairmile Common, West End Common as well as Sandown Park Race Course and the Scilly Isles.  Starts and finishes at Esher (just outside Oyster zones, so you need a cheap day return)

Surrey Valleys and the ladder of salvation 5.5 miles
A hilly circular walk from Caterham, taking in the ancient and unusual church of St Peter and St Paul at Chaldon, Coulsdon Common and Kenley Aerodrome.  The Norman church contains the oldest known wall paintings in Britain, dating from the 12th century which vividly portray theLadder of Salvation which souls must climb to reach paradise. http://www.chaldonchurch.co.uk/chaldon-mural.  These wall paintings really are as amazing as the website picture shows.  The church is supposed to be open daily so we should be able to see murals.

Starts at Caterham and finishes at Whyteleafe on the same line (both in Oyster zone 6)

Dollis Valley Greenwalk 5miles
A linear walk from Totteridge & Whetstone tube to Hampstead Heath.  We mostly follow the Dollis through parks and woods, including a nice view of the Mill Hill viaduct.   The walk is either paved or else firm underfoot so hopefully no deep quagmire.

The walk officially finishes at the Hampstead Heath Extension and then we drop down to Golders Green station and Cafe Persia for afternoon tea near the station.

Lost Railways in North London walk 5 miles
lost railway, overgrown platforms, disused stations, and abandoned Tunnels.

Meet Finsbury Park tube station at 6:30 main exit (Station Place exit near National Rail entrance). Finsbury Park has 3 exits so make sure you are at the correct exit.

We will be walking through a green corridor following the course of railway lines that once ran from Finsbury Park through Stroud Green, Crouch End, Highgate, and Muswell Hill to AllyPally.  It is London's longest Local Nature Reserve complete with bats, squirrels, wildflowers, butterflies, and even the occasional munjac deer.

Bentley Priory and 2 commons walk 6.5 miles
This walk takes in the glorious birchwoods of Harrow Weald and Stanmore Commons, and Bentley Priory, the 18th century mansion where the Battle of Britain was masterminded, with its deer park

Lunch will be at The Hare in Old Redding.  There is also the possibility of a coffee and cake at the end at one of the many coffee in Stanmore, possibly Browns Cafe (which has good reviews)

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150 mile London Loop walk Led By As Many People As Possible Project

The London Loop (aka London Outer Orbital Path) is a 150 mile signed walk along footpaths, through parks, woods and fields around the edge of Outer London. 

It combines beautiful open spaces like Hainault Forest Country Park and Bushy Park with historic buildings such as Hall Place and Black Jack's Lock & Mill)

I'm sure many of you will know something about the London Loop but how many of you have actually done it?

Starting this Winter and continuing through next year (our 80th anniversary year) we have a project to complete the whole walk with the sections led by as many different people as possible - and yes that does means you!

A link is included on the weekly Hotline Email so that members can bag your favourite section(s).

Hazel is kicking off the project with an 8.5 mile walk in December starting at Erith on the river Thames in south-east London, and follows the Darenth and Cray rivers to Old Bexley, with a stop at Hall Place Tudor mansion on the way. Hall Place will no doubt be decked for Christmas, as will Bexley village, where we will finish with a Christmassy drink in one of the cosy pubs.

For details of this segment and all the others, see our web calendar.

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