St Luke's Hospice

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St Luke's Walking Club - walks in 2024

The St Luke’s Walking Club members are supporters of St Luke’s Hospice (Harrow and Brent) who walk for fun, fitness and to fundraise for the Hospice.

Now Spring is approaching, we have a series walks, leading up to the Annual Sponsored Walk in May, starting with the New Year's Day walk. The proposed dates are shown below, and details will be added as they become available. The scheme is (mostly) that on any weekday (Monday through to Friday) there will be one walk and alternately Saturday or Sunday another walk, that is two walks a week.

Then more walks will be organised during the Summer and Autumn after the Annual Sponsored Walk.

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January 2024

Monday 1st January 2024
General Area:
Rickmansworth Aquadrome and Batchworth circular. Miles: about 4.5 easy.
Leader: Hugo Hodge
Nature of walk: this year we have changed the route to avoid the very muddy and flooded paths experienced in the last two years. As before we walk along Bury Lake towards Stockers Lake, but just before we get there we take a footpath to the left and a bridge over the canal and then past Stockers Farm through woods and fields to Hill End and back to the café via Juniper Hill, Batchworth Park Golf Course and Tesco. Here is a map of the walk.

Hugo's report: Eighteen of us gathered at the Aquadrome on New Year’s Day for our traditional New Year’s Day walk. Mercifully there was little sign of rain but it was wet underfoot. To avoid the flooding of the previous years we left the Aquadrome at Stockers Farm and walked across woods and fields to Hill End via Cripps House Farm. We returned to the Aquadrome via Juniper Hill and Batchworth Park Golf Club. It was a very satisfying five mile walk. Seven of us then made our way to the Feathers in Rickmansworth for a celebratory lunch.


Saturday 27 January
General Area:
Tring circular Miles: 7.5 easy
Leader: Janet Clow and Martin Atkins.
Nature of walk: A fairly undemanding walk to kick off the training season. We follow a short section of the Grand Union Canal and undulating field and woodland paths. (This is a repeat of the shorter "Ring of Tring", which we used for our post-lockdown meet-up in 2020.) No facilities en route, so please bring lunch.

Janet's report: Ten of us gathered for the first training walk of the season, on a bright and chilly day. We safely negotiated a muddy section of canal towpath, after which the conditions underfoot improved as we followed field paths south of Wigginton and along Grim’s Ditch to our turning point at Hastoe. We waited until we reached Tring Park, on the homeward leg of the walk, before stopping for lunch; there we selected a comfortable ten-seater log for our break. Continuing through the park, we observed the fine view over Tring and played the traditional game of trying to identify prominent buildings. The sunny hills of the Ashridge Estate looked inviting as we walked the last section back to Tring station, but they would have to wait for another day.


Tuesday 30 January
General Area:
Pinner to Rickmansworth Miles: about 8 moderate
Leader: Michael Romain
Nature of walk: from Pinner Station the walk crosses the Memorial Park and through the leafy suburb of Pinner and across the mighty River Pinn to Ruislip Woods. It then crosses two golf courses reach Northwood. This about halfway and a good place for a break and/or to end the walk and catch a train back to Harrow. For those continuing, the walk crosses Moor Park and Rickmansworth golf courses to end in Rickmansworth. Despite being on the edge of London this walk feels like a good country walk.

Michael's report: What a lovely way to start the training walks. Five of us set out from Pinner Station and no one complained once. Although crossing for golf courses, we were not put at physical risk. Indeed, I think the golf courses added to the walk. Spring was definitely in the air. I was worn out by the end, although how one of our number has the energy to go Scottish country dancing after that I really don’t know. But we do have to keep going.

February 2024

Saturday 3 February
General Area:
Dickens’s London. Miles: about 3 easy.
Leader: Hugo Hodge
Travel: from Harrow on the Hill Station take the southbound Metline train at 09.50 to Baker Street Station, then change on to the southbound Bakerloo Line train arriving at Embankment Station at 10.21.
Nature of walk: a leisurely ramble through the parts of legal London and adjacent areas that featured in Dickens life and stories, probably including at least one pub.

Hugo's report: Sixteen of us met at Embankment Station to start where young Charles’s life in London started - the Blacking factory on Hungerford Stairs. Age 12 he had to support his mother and siblings while his father was in the Marshalsea debtors prison. Life improved when the factory moved to Covent Garden. Charles loved wandering around the market admiring the vegetables he could not afford to buy. Later, when he was rich, Rules Restaurant in Maiden Lane was his favourite place to entertain friends. Leaving Covent Garden we visited Bow Street Magistrates Court, where several of his characters sat in the cells, and the building that was his office in London in Wellington Street. The walk took us past The Old Curiosity Shop into the heart of legal London stopping to look at Lincoln's Inn’s old Hall once the home of the Chancery Court where the case of Jarndyce v Jarndyce languished for generations. Before the finish we had time for a drink in the Old Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street where Dickens had his regular seat by the fire in front bar.

Friday 9 February
General Area:
Chalfont & Latimer crossing the Chess Valley to Watford. Miles: 8.5 moderate
Meeting time: 10:30 Meeting place: Outside entrance to Chalfont & Latimer Station (main carpark side)
Leader: Sue Aldridge
Nature of walk: A linear walk along the upper slopes of The Chess Valley through Chenies to descend to cross the River Chess, then rise up the other side of the valley to Church End Sarratt for picnic lunch in the churchyard, with time for drinks/toilets in ‘The Cock Inn’. Continue across good field tracks to cross over the M25, passing Micklefield Hall and Redheath. Finally cross the golf course leading into Cassiobury Park (possible tea stop at The Hub Café/toilets) to finish at Watford Met Station.

Sue's report: I didn’t expect walkers to come, the weather forecast was not good, with more rain expected after the continuous heavy rain from the day before! In addition, no Chiltern trains were running, plus a restricted service on the Metline. However, I was wrong, St Luke’s walkers are a hardy lot, surprisingly there were eight of us, eager for training, whatever the conditions, and the walk was an admirable effort for all, and certainly good experience for Shropshire.

On entering our 1st field we had to negotiate our way across our first large, circular flood. Boot paddling would become the norm and this gave us a watery foretaste of what was to come! We followed the upper route via Chenies, (Group Photo) then descended to check on our river crossing near the former Watercress farm. It was flooded, but Michael eagerly tested out the waters, but we declined as some of us would have had wet feet for the rest of the walk. We back tracked and followed the south side valley paths down to Sarrattmill Bridge, then headed uphill, noticing a lovely spread of snowdrops as we rounded the bend into Church End. After our picnic in the church grounds most had a quick drink in the pub. Luckily, it only rained during lunch and for a short period at the start of the afternoon walk, so thankful we didn’t get a soaking! We followed pretty good tracks, able to dodge or trample through countless puddles. We spotted 4 muntjacs staring at us from the distant field.

Well, this was certainly a walk with a difference in landscape scenery, particularly in the Chess Valley and across Cassiobury Park. Due to the many winter storms, much of the area had become a patchwork of temporary ponds, swamps and large puddles. However, this varied wet landscape, plus the warm, friendly company all contributed to an unexpected enjoyable day. Thanks to all who joined the walk.


Sunday 11 February
General Area:
Slough to Taplow along the Jubilee River. Miles: 7 easy
Leader: Deborah Tyler
Nature of walk: this walk links two Elizabeth Line stations from Slough Station through the town centre south to Herschel Park where we join the Jubilee River, created to relieve flooding,and follow it almost to Taplow Station which we reach by crossing fields. Apart from in Slough and at the two stations there are no available toilets and no chance of refreshments.

Deborah's report: Having promised a more or less mud- free walk, rather a lot of rain had fallen since Hugo and I recced the route a week before and the flood-relief Jubilee River had flooded…the path under the M4 was closed but a brief detour took us over the motorway and back to the riverside path. With no detour possible at the next area underwater, we navigated along a fence. 10 people and 3 dogs met at Slough station and enjoyed a sunny day. We met 2 more St Luke’s walkers, who had followed the route without us, at Taplow station where we all got a train back home.

Wednesday 14 February
General Area:
Royal Parks (Kensington Gardens to St James Park) Miles: 4 easy with optional 1-2 mile extension
Leader: Peter Polkinghorne
Travel: take 9:50 Aldgate met line train from Harrow on the Hill station and change at Finchley Road to southbound Jubilee line train to Bond Street. There change on west bound Central line to Queensway.
Nature of walk: a pleasant walk through 4 Royal Parks from Kensington Gardens, via Hyde Park and Green Park to St James Park. An optional extension along the Thames embankment to Embankment, Temple or Blackfriars. Plenty of facilities en route plus sights as well.

Peter's report: Three of us met on a grey but dry day to walk through four Royal Parks. As it was half-term, there were plenty of people, especially round Buckingham Palace, but also lots of flowers, snowdrops, daffodils, crocuses and more, spring is coming. In St James's Park, we saw lots of birds, herons, geese, swans, parakeets, coots and pelicans. We called it a day at Westminster. Thanks to those who came.

Saturday 17 February
General Area:
Chesham to Rickmansworth. Miles: 10 moderate
Leader: Tony Prothero
Nature of walk: the walk follows the route of the River Chess between Chesham and Rickmansworth. Bring your own provisions as there are no pubs without making a detour.

Tony's report: Nine of us plus a dog started the walk on Saturday. We were fortunate to have three new walkers, Sue, Kay and Harry. The weather was good and we were rewarded with splendid views of the Chiltern Hills.

Monday 19 February
General Area:
Chesham to Wendover. Miles: 8 moderate
Leader: Michael Romain.
arriving at 10.17.
Nature of walk: This is a lovely Chiltern walk leaving Chesham along Herbert’s Hole and then to Ballinger Common and Lee Common where there is a bench or two and a pub to choose from for lunch. The path then descends to the delightful country town of Wendover and a Chiltern line train back to Harrow.

Michael's report: We made it through the mud.Phew! The weather was fine, spring is definitely in the air. This walk has the benefit of fine views. Even the disappointment (for some?) that the Lee Common pub was closed did not deter us. The photo was taken on the middle of Lee Common. After lunch there was even more mud but we were nearing the Wendover ending and spirits rose. At the station we did not have too long to wait before we were London bound. No one complained. Everyone was upbeat but my bath at the end of the day was very welcome. We have to keep going.

Sunday 25 February
General Area:
Saunderton, 3 manors and 2 cricket grounds Miles: 10.5, moderate with some hills and plenty of mud
Meeting time: 10:00 Meeting place: Saunderton Station
Leader: John Harper Leader's phone: 07947 894 930
Travel: For trains travellers: Chiltern Railways train runs as follows:
Marylebone 08:53, Wembley Stadium 09:02, Northolt Park 09:07, South Ruislip 09:14, West Ruislip 09:18, arriving Saunderton at 09:52.
Homeward trains are once per hour at 57 mins past the hour
For car drivers: Take M40 J4 and then follow A4010 and turn left onto Slough Lane just past Golden Cross Pub, station car park on right just after railway bridge.
Nature of walk: We first head to Bradenham and then make our way through Naphill Common and on to Hughenden Manor where there is a cafe and toilets. This will also be the lunch stop. After lunch, we ascend to Downley Common, descend towards West Wycombe before ascending again to St Lawrence church and returning to Saunderton along the ridge.


Thursday 29 February
General Area:
Harpenden to St.Albans. Miles: 10 moderate
Meeting time: 10:30 Meeting place: Harpenden Station
Leader: Hugo Hodge Leader's phone: 07867 805289
Travel: from Harrow on the Hill Station take the southbound Metline train at 09.24 to Finchley Road. Change on to the northbound Jubilee Line train to West Hampstead arriving at 09.41. Leave the station and turn right. Walk past the Overground station to the Thameslink station a short distance away. Then take the 09.59 Thameslink Bedford train arriving at Harpenden at 10.17.
Nature of walk: walk through rolling countryside roughly following the river Ver to St.Albans. We could have a coffee break at the Cricketers on Redbourn Common and lunch at Redbourn Mill but bring your own lunch as the shop will not be open.


March 2024

Saturday 2 March
General Area:
Berkhamsted circular. Miles: 10 moderate
Meeting time: 10:15 Meeting place: Berkhamsted Station, main entrance.
Leader: Bob and Hilary Matheson. Leader's phone: 07934 061231 (H) 07853 867614 (B).
Travel: a LondonNorthwestern train leaves Harrow & Wealdstone at 09.36 and arrives in Berkhamsted at 09.55. If driving, there is parking at bottom of New Road, on the far side of the castle ruins, approx 4 mins walk from station.
Nature of walk: Up to Berkhamsted Common and across fields first to Little Gaddesden, then on to Great Gaddesden. Lunch stop will be in Great Gaddesden churchyard and/or the next door garden centre which has a café and toilets. Return via Nettleden, Frithsden and the golf course to the the station. Please be prepared for several short hills, mud and, in places, flinty paths.


Tuesday 5 March
General Area:
Watford to Chalfont & Latimer. Miles: 9 moderate
Meeting time: 10:30 Meeting place: Watford Metline Station.
Leader: Michael Romain Leader's phone: 07818 000849.
Travel: from Harrow on the Hill Station take the northbound Metline train destination Watford at 10.02 arriving at 10.22.
Nature of walk: this walk is through Cassiobury Park, across the canal and golf course to open country. Lunch will be at Church End, Sarratt where there is a public house and lovely churchyard with plenty of benches. From there we cross the River Chess and continue to Chenies and along to Chalfont & Latimer Station.


Saturday 9 March
General Area:
4 villages circular walk starting from Amersham Miles: 10.5 moderate
Meeting time: 10:00 Meeting place: Amersham Station
Leader: Patsy Scanlan and Chris Hughes Leader's phone: Chris mob : 07821 806661 Patsy mob: 07906 805197
Travel: take the 9.25 am Met line train from Harrow on the Hill to Amersham arriving at 9.54 am
Nature of walk: This walk starts at Amersham and takes in the four villages of Coleshill, Winchmore Hill, Penn Street and Little Missenden. A walk through delightful villages, woods and farmland. Bring a packed lunch, but opportunity to buy drinks at Red Lion Pub in Little Missenden where we will have our lunch break.


Thursday 14 March
General Area:
Amersham to Northwood Hills Miles: 15, easy start, but then harder
Meeting time: 10:05 Meeting place: Amersham Station
Leader: Peter Polkinghorne Leader's phone: 07793 348483
Travel: From Harrow-on-Hill, 9:25 Met line to Amersham or 9:35 Chilterns line to Amersham
Nature of walk: Gentle walk down to the Misbourne valley to Chalfont St Peter for lunch stop (shops, pubs & toilets). Then over hills and past HS2 works to Colne valley and Grand Union canal. Finally up to Harefield, Ruislip woods & lido and finally Haste Hill. There are break points for buses at Chalfont St Peter, Harefield & Ruislip Lido.


Saturday 16 March - Sara Reeves - Chalfont and Latimer Circular - Aprox 12 miles

Monday 18 March
General Area:
Pinner and Hatch End circular. Miles: 5 easy
Meeting time: 10:00 Meeting place: Pinner Station.
Leader: Hugo Hodge Leader's phone: 07867 805289.
Travel: from Harrow on the Hill Station take the 09.49 northbound Metline train to Pinner arriving at 09.54.
Nature of walk: a train varied and interesting walk around the semi-rural suburbs of Pinner with its medieval roots and Hatch End developed in the mid 19th century with the arrival of the railway.


Sunday 24 March - Kay Waddilove

Wednesday 27 March - Hugo Hodge

Saturday 30 March (Easter Saturday) - Glenn Connolly - Saunderton via Bledlow

April 2024

Friday 5 April - Hugo Hodge

Sunday 7 April

Tuesday 9 April
General Area:
Amersham to Chesham. Miles: 9.5 moderate
Meeting time: 10:30 Meeting place: Amersham Station
Leader: Michael Romain Leader's phone: 07818 000849
Travel: from Harrow on the Hill Station take the 09.55 northbound Metline train to Amersham
Nature of walk: from the Station we take the path through Parsonage Wood and down to the Old Town. We walk through the Old Town of Amersham and past the Cricket Club. We continue along the South Bucks Way to Little Missenden. Here we turn right and reach Hyde Common. Here there is a public house and places to sit for lunch. We cross the Common and go along Little Hundridge Lane until we reach the ever popular Herbert’s Hole where we turn right for Chesham. Although Chesham and Amersham are very close to each other this virtually circular walk does make the best of the countryside.


Saturday 13 April
General Area:
Lane End Miles: 13 challenging
Meeting time: 10:00 Meeting place: Lane End Village car park.
Leader: Hansa Jadva-Patel. Leader's phone: 07752 249341
Travel: By car: take the M40 to Jct 4 and at the roundabout, take the Aylesbury exit (A4010), turn left at Cressex Rd and right onto Clay Lane (B482) to Lane End. Car park is on the right, after the pedestrian crossing. Grid ref SU807918; postcode HP14 3ER. Please park at rear end of car park. Free parking with toilets.
Nature of walk: A pleasant circular walk via Moor Farm, Moor Wood and Shillingridge Wood, stopping at Bovingdon Green / Marlow Common for a picnic lunch. Afternoon walk continues via Bottom Wood, Moor Common and Frieth (possible snack stop). The walk includes good scenic views, some steep ascends, a good mix of woodland, open fields, some stiles and generally good paths. Please bring a packed lunch and snacks.


Monday 15 April
General Area:
Chesham to Tring. Miles: 11 fairly challenging.
Meeting time: 10:30 Meeting place: Chesham Station
Leader: Michael Romain Leader's phone: 07818 000849.
Travel: from Harrow on the Hill Station take the northbound Metline train to Chesham at 09.41 arriving at Chesham at 10.17.
Nature of walk: we leave Chesham and follow Herbert’s Hole. We turn right before Ballinger Bottom and cross the Chilterns through Chartridge and Asheridge where there is a public house. We continue to Cholesbury Fort (perhaps another break here) and through woods until we reach edge of Tring Park and make the long descent to the canal and railway station. Along the way there are beautiful views over the Vale of Aylesbury. From Tring there are regular services back to Harrow and London via Watford. There are quite a few ups and downs on this walk which will make perfect training!


Sunday 21 April
General Area:
Hampden Climber. Miles: 13 challenging.
Meeting time: 10:30 Meeting place: Princes Risborough Station.
Leader: Tony Prothero. Leader's phone: 07715 948235.
Travel: from Harrow on the Hill Station take the 09.05 Chiltern Line train to London Marylebone Station arriving at 09.19. Change onto the 09.42 Chiltern Line train destination Oxford arriving at Princes Risborough Station at 10.26.
Nature of walk: A scenic walk over Whiteleaf Hill and along the Ridgeway to Coombe Hill and returning via Little Hampden and Great Hampden with a pub stop at Great Hampden.


Thursday 25 April
General Area:
Ivinghoe Beacon plus the Best Bluebell Beechwoods in the Ashridge Estate. Miles: 12-13 moderate
Meeting time: 10:30 Meeting place: Tring Station
Leader: Sue Aldridge Leader's phone: 07713 025494 On the Day only
Travel: Depart Harrow & Wealdstone 9.51 Watford Junc. 10.00 Arrive Tring 10.21 (train times to be checked/revised nearer the date)
Nature of walk: A Circular walk following ‘The Ridgeway’ to Ivinghoe Beacon and along Gallows Hill Ridge with views towards Dunstable Downs. Then walk through some of the best Bluebell woods on the Ashridge Estate, finally descending to the GU canal to follow the towpath back to Tring Station. Picnic lunch on the slopes of the Ivinghoe hills with splendid views. A later tea stop at the NT Visitor Centre Café with toilets. (From visitor centre, walk can be slightly shortened to 9-10 miles if a walker wishes to descend independently via Albury, with a direct half hour easy walk back to Tring Station… directions provided.) The main walk follows the wooded escarpment through the last bluebell wood and descends from Norcott Hill to the canal to return to the station. This walk provides similar terrain to our Shropshire Challenge only in a week’s time!


Saturday 27 April - Glenn Connolly - Christmas Common

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We hope our walk leaders will be ready. Please send the usual information to Hugo (hugohodge@btinternet.com).

"The usual information" should include:
The general area and whether or not circular
How many miles, easy or moderate, etc
When and where to meet
Walk leader's name and phone number
Suggested travel
A few words about the route.
And be prepared to send a brief report and photo afterwards.(to pjmpolkinghorne@gmail.com)

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Last updated 20 February 2024

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