Welcome to the website of the Gay Sunday Walking Group, an organisation that gives gay men and women the opportunity of healthy walking in good and like-minded company in and around London every month. You don’t have to be an experienced rambler to take part, in fact many of our members have developed a taste for the open air as a result of coming on one of our walks for the first time. Each month there is a half-day walk of about 3 to 6 miles and also a full-day walk of 7 to 12. There is no age limit and we walk at a comfortable pace in a group of up to about twenty or so members, start and finish at a railway or tube station usually within an hour’s journey from central London and, on full-day walks, stop at a pub or cafe for lunch (or you are welcome to bring a picnic). GSWG membership is open to gay men, lesbians, and straights with a positive attitude and costs just £9 per year. This entitles you to come on as many walks as you please at no extra charge and you will also receive a quarterly newsletter and walks notice via email (there is a £2 supplement to receive these items by post), plus tea after the AGM and an invitation to our popular December Tea celebration. If you’d like to try us out before joining, do come along to your chosen walk from those listed here (the programme is updated every three months) and you can get details of where to meet by contacting us as shown below, and make yourself known to the walk leader on the day.
- Saturday, August 29th. Stage nine of the High Weald Landscape Trail from Tenterden in Kent to Peasmarsh, East Sussex via the landlocked Isle of Oxney. Ten miles of hills and flat bits.
- Sunday, September 6th – A five mile afternoon walk entitled ‘It’s Grimm in SE9: woods, a castle and gardens’. It starts and finishes at Falconwood station and there are some moderate climbs and descents.
- Sunday, September 20th – To the top of the Northern line today for a ten mile circular walk from Edgware station which takes in the Aldenham Country Park and Borehamwood. This is a mixture of urban streets and country lanes and woods.
- Saturday, September 26th – Stage ten of the High Weald Landscape Trail which we began walking back in May of last year. Today’s final stretch is the five miles from Peasmarsh in East Sussex to Rye, with time after the walk to explore this famous and historic town.
- Sunday, October 4th – Another five-miler, this time starting and finishing at Hatch End station on the Overground line to Watford. This undulating, but with no steep climbs, walk will concentrate on the extensive and attractive Oxhey Woods.
- Saturday, October 17th – We visit the Essex side of the Thames Estuary today for a lovely almost-flat walk that takes us from Benfleet to Leigh-on-Sea for a lunch stop, then back to Benfleet via the Two Tree Island nature reserve. Nine and a half miles.
- Sunday, November 1st – The suburbs of London offer some fascinating walks, including today’s six miles from Crystal Palace to Balham (or you can drop out at Streatham after four miles). Expect parks and street walking with three short, but fairly steep, climbs.
- Sunday, November 22nd – Chessington South station is where today’s walk starts and finishes as we head southwards to explore Ashstead Common and its green surroundings. Eight miles with a stop for lunch.
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