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 geerally people join a walk.
- Sunday, February 16th: A country walk starting at Sunningdale station. Route to be decided nearer the time depending on current weather conitions.
- Sunday, March 2nd: A six-mile circular walk around Walthamstow, Leyton and Hackney Marshes in north-east London. Walthamstow marshes are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and contain rare plants and birds.
- Sunday, March 16th: Saunderton in the Chilterns is the starting and finishing point today's nine-mile walk. There is one steep climb to the top of West Wycombe Hill, superb views guaranteed.
- Sunday, April 6th: London’s Tooting Bec Common is our destination today for this three and a half-mile afternoon stroll. No hills, and made-up paths all the way so no mud!
- Easter Monday, April 21st: To Cheshunt in Hertfordshire for this eight-mile circular walk that takes in the beauty of the Lee Valley Park and a lunch stop in historic Waltham Abbey.
- Sunday, May 4th: Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, two of London's green gems, are visited today on this six-mile ramble - so much fresh air and open space and so close to the centre of our capital city.
- Saturday, May 10th: The first of eight stages of our walk along the High Weald Landscape Trail in West and East Sussex and Kent. Ten miles today from Horsham eastwards to Bolney.
- Sunday, May 18th: A nine-mile ramble through the Chess Valley, starting and finishing at Chalfont & Latimer station. Lunch will be in Sarratt, used for filming Murder Most Foul and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
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