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.
- Sunday February 15th: Egham and Windsor Great Park circular. Nine miles. Our first walk this year in the country proper, passing Runnymede and taking in great views of the Thames Valley and Windsor Castle.
- Sunday March 1st: A six-mile half-day walk across Walton Heath in Surrey. This is a circular to and from Tadworth station through woodland and open countryside with a few inclines.
- Saturday March 14th: We are in the northern suburbs of London today on this nine-and-a-half mile walk from Enfield Lock to Cockfosters. This is an historic area, we cover varied terrain and there is one steep descent.
- Good Friday April 3rd: An afternoon walk covering Fulham’s greens and parks in west London. Flat terrain mostly on paved paths and much of interest to see. Four miles in length starting at Fulham Broadway station.
- Sunday April 19th: Kent is our destination today as we walk nine miles from Penshurst to Tonbridge, taking in castles, rivers and part of the Eden Valley Walk. Please bring a picnic.
- Sunday May 3rd: The title of today’s afternoon outing says it all – Bluebell walk in Whippendell Wood. This is a seven-mile circular from Watford Junction station and has one short steep climb.
- Saturday May 9th: Stage six of our walk the length of the High Weald Landscape Trail through Sussex and Kent. Today’s stretch is ten miles from Frant to Matfield (we travel there via Tunbridge Wells). Lovely countryside.
- Sunday May 17th: To Berkshire today where Cookham station is the start and finish of our ten mile walk to Marlow. Undulating scenery, Thames views and the chance to visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham at the end of the walk.
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