Whether you call it walking, hiking or rambling, the Gay Sunday Walking group goes out and enjoys it - in London, Middlesex, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Berks, Bucks, Beds and Herts on one all-day and one half-day walk each month.
The all day-walks are 7 to 12 miles long, usually starting and finishing at a railway station within an hour's travel from a London terminus. There is a lunchtime stop at a pub serving food or you can bring a picnic. The half-day walks are 3 to 6 miles and mostly start at a pub. Some years there are also weeks and weekends away.
GSWG membership costs £9 a year and you will receive a walks notice and newsletter every three months via email (£11 via post), and tea after the AGM and December walks. It is open to gay men, lesbians, and straights with a positive attitude. There are around 160 members, most of them gay men. Between 15 and 30 people generally join a walk.
- Saturday, August 30th: Stage four of the High Weald Landscape Trail. Ten miles from East Grinstead to Lye Green. Undulating as you would expect and through mixed woodland/agricultural terrain. The return rail journey will be from Tunbridge Wells.
- Sunday, September 7th: A four mile half-day walk starting and finishing at Hampstead tube station (zone 2). We'll visit Constable's tomb, the garden at Fenton House and Golders Hill Park.
- Sunday, September 21st: Garston station in Hertfordshire is where today's eight and a half mile walk starts and we'll walk through pleasant countryside and alongside two rivers to reach St Albans Abbey.
- Saturday, September 27th: The final stage for this year of the High Weald Landscape Trail - nine and a half miles from Lye Green to Tunbridge Wells. Rail travel will be to and from TW station. The walk passes Harrison's Rocks and Eridge Rocks.
- Sunday, October 5th: Our half-day walk this month is a five mile circular in the Leatherhead area of Surrey. Riverside walking, open countryside and one steepish hill and a moderate one.
- Sunday, October 19th: East Sussex is our destination today for an eight mile undulating walk to and from Cowden station. The leader will provide information on the Weald iron industry and also about a train crash in the area some twenty years ago. There are several stiles and some steady climbs.
- Sunday, November 2nd: SE16 is the focus for today's half-day walk, from Surrey Quays station to Bermondsey station. Four and a half miles taking in the modernised riverside, Southwark Park and a look at part of the 800-arch rail viaduct that stretches from London Bridge to Deptford Creek.
- Sunday, November 16th: The Chiltern Hills feature on today's menu. A seven mile circular from Wendover station taking in the nearby historic village of The Lee, which provided the backdrop for several episodes of tv's Midsomer Murders.
To join the group or find out more, contact us on gswg @ hotmail.com or write to us at GSWG, PO Box 69025, London SW17 8PY