Walks

We have resumed our outdoor activities subject to some restrictions in the interests of Covid safety.

  • Do not attend with Covid symptoms or following contact with Covid infection.
  • Provide contact details to walk leader on request.
  • Observe Covid guidance by maintaining respectful distancing within the group.
  • Avoid sharing of equipment especially optics.
  • Wear a mask when entering hides.
  • Advise walks coordinator if you contract Covid symptons within a few days after a walk.

In severe weather, a meeting may be cancelled. Check with walk leader or field trip co-ordinator Tony Cummins.


Dec
4
Sat
Moor Green Lakes @ Moor Green Lakes
Dec 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
OS: SU 806628 Post Code: RG40 3TF Duration: Half day walk. Leader: Tony Directions: From A31 take A331 and then A30 towards Basingstoke. At roundabout, take B3272 through Yateley to Eversley, where turn right to Finchampstead by cricket ground. After ⅔ mile turn sharp right into small hidden road. Moor Green Lakes car park is ½ mile on the right. Habitat: Good walking conditions on paths along River Blackwater, but can be wet and muddy. Attractions: Birds in winter include ducks such as goosander, thrushes and finches, possibly barn owl and raptors. Amenities: No facilities, but pubs nearby for lunch afterwards. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear for conditions on the day which can be subject to change at any time. You will be expected to use the walk in such a way as not to place yourselves or others at risk
Dec
12
Sun
Frensham Great Pond @ Frensham Great Pond
Dec 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

OS: SU 844405
Post Code: GU10 2QD

Duration: Half day walk.

Leader: Malcolm

Directions: Take A287 south from Farnham towards Hindhead, After Millbridge and Frensham Green turn right into Bacon Lane signposted Frensham Pond Hotel. Turn left into Country Park Visitor Centre after ¾ mile. Car parking charge applies. Advance booking via RingGo advisable.

Habitat: Lake, woodland. Walking conditions generally easy, but can be wet in parts.

Attractions: Water fowl, raptors, gulls, kingfisher, thrushes & finches in winter, waders possible.

Amenities: Toilets at Visitor Centre. Snack-bar operates in summer and some winter weekends.

Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear for conditions on the day which can be subject to change at any time. You will be expected to use the walk in such a way as not to place yourselves or others at risk and to follow all requirements set by the walk leader.

Jan
1
Sat
Riverside Park @ Riverside Park
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

OS: TQ 011527
Post Code: GU4 7ND

Duration: Half day walk.

Leader: Tony

Directions: From Clay Lane turn down Bowers Lane and left again. Car park on right past allotments, with sign for Nature Reserve.

Habitat: Flat two miles on paths with one small hill. Varied habitat including lake, marsh, riverside, fields and hedgerows. Can be muddy.

Attractions: Wintering birds. New Year gathering.

Amenities: No facilities

Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear for conditions on the day which can be subject to change at any time. You will be expected to use the walk in such a way as not to place yourselves or others at risk and to follow all requirements set by the walk leader.

Jan
6
Thu
Papercourt Water Meadows @ Papercourt Water Meadows
Jan 6 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

OS: TQ 039574
Post Code: GU23 6DP

Duration: Meet 2.00pm. Half day AFTERNOON walk.

Leader: Christine

Directions: Take B367 Ripley to Pyrford road, park on left hand side before traffic lights at Pyrford Bridge.

Habitat: Lake, river, farmland and scrub, walking on usually muddy paths (a few stiles).

Attractions: Winter thrushes, water birds, owls, siskins, redpolls and raptors.

Amenities: Facilities in Ripley Village.

Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear for conditions on the day which can be subject to change at any time. You will be expected to use the walk in such a way as not to place yourselves or others at risk and to follow all requirements set by the walk leader. Bring torch.

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Jan
13
Thu
Horsell Common @ Horsell Common
Jan 13 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

OS: TQ 992 606
Post Code: GU21 4XY

Duration: Half day walk.

Leader: Margot

Directions: Meet at Waters Edge Café, Heather Farm, Horsell. Take A320 from Woking towards Staines. Continue on the A245 and bear right onto the A3046, Heather Farm is about 400 yards on the right.

Habitat: Easy walking on paths through heath and woodland.  Can be muddy.

Attractions: Winter thrushes, woodland birds

Amenities: The café offers facilities.

Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear for conditions on the day which can be subject to change at any time. You will be expected to use the walk in such a way as not to place yourselves or others at risk and to follow all requirements set by the walk leader.

Jan
23
Sun
Farlington Marshes @ Farlington Marshes
Jan 23 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

 

OS: SU 680044
Post Code: PO6 1UN

Duration: All day walk.

Leader: John

Directions: NB The postcode will take you to a car park by a hotel which is not the one you want. From the A27, take the Southsea exit (A2030) and just past the roundabout traffic lights turn sharp left through entrance to the marshes. There are three parking areas along the track. Park at the far end if room.

Habitat: Variety of habitats near estuary

Attractions: Brent geese, waders, bearded tits, Cetti’s warblers, water rail.

Amenities: No facilities. Lunch to be carried.

Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear for conditions on the day which can be subject to change at any time. You will be expected to use the walk in such a way as not to place yourselves or others at risk and to follow all requirements set by the walk leader.

Feb
6
Sun
Hayling Island Oysterbeds @ Hayling Island Oysterbeds
Feb 6 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

S: SU 717029
Post Code: PO9 1RD (Ship Inn)

Duration: Full day walk.

Leader: Simon

Directions: Turn off A27 onto Langstone Road and left into Ship Inn car park just before Langstone Bridge, for initial stop and toilets. Then drive over the bridge and turn right after 300 yards by the second petrol station signed Nature Reserve (brown sign) to small car park near oysterbeds.

Habitat: Firm paths at both sites, but can be muddy if wet.

Attractions: Winter wader flocks at high tide roost, sea ducks, grebes, geese and gulls.

Amenities: No facilities at Oysterbeds but there are public toilets on the road outside the Ship Inn (see above).

Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear for conditions on the day which can be subject to change at any time. You will be expected to use the walk in such a way as not to place yourselves or others at risk and to follow all requirements set by the walk leader.

Feb
10
Thu
Burton Mill Pond @ Burton Mill Pond
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

OS: SU 978180
Post Code: GU28 0JR

Duration: Half day walk.

Leader: Brian

Directions: From Petworth take A285 south to Heath End, then turn left to Burton Mill. Park in car park on the left opposite Pond.

Habitat: Easy walking round pond and woodlands. Can be wet and muddy.

Attractions: In winter siskins, redpolls, other finches, thrushes and crests. Ducks on pond plus possibly kingfisher and bittern.

Amenities: No facilities. Bring lunch.

Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear for conditions on the day which can be subject to change at any time. You will be expected to use the walk in such a way as not to place yourselves or others at risk and to follow all requirements set by the walk leader.

Feb
19
Sat
Sidlesham & Church Norton @ Sidlesham & Church Norton
Feb 19 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

OS: SZ 857964
Post Code: PO20 7NE

Duration: Full day walk.

Leader: Angela

Directions: From the A27 Chichester bypass, take the B1245 to Sidlesham. Continue on the B2145 for 1½ miles to the RSPB Reserve Centre car park, signposted on left.

Habitat: Regular site, good all year. Rough flat walk along harbour coast to sea and back (4 miles in all).

Attractions: Winter raptors, waders and ducks. Migrants on passage.

Amenities: Toilets at car park (RSPB reception serves hot drinks).

Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear for conditions on the day which can be subject to change at any time. You will be expected to use the walk in such a way as not to place yourselves or others at risk and to follow all requirements set by the walk leader.

Mar
5
Sat
Warnham LNR @ Warnham LNR
Mar 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

OS: TQ 168323
Post Code: RH12 2RA

Duration: Half day walk. Bring lunch or use café

Leader: Roger

Directions: At the roundabout where the A24 south from Dorking meets the A264, take the A24 to Horsham.  At the next roundabout take the first exit left B2237 Warnham Road.  The Reserve car park is 100 m on the left.

There is a small entrance fee.

Habitat: The Reserve comprises a large mill pond, an area of marsh and mature woodlands.  There are three hides, one with several feeders (viewable from close range so providing excellent photography opportunities). The tracks around the Reserve are mostly firm and well-maintained.

Attractions: A range of woodland, water and marsh birds can be found at all times of the year.

Amenities: There are some facilities in the Reserve Information Centre, including toilets and café. 

Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear for conditions on the day which can be subject to change at any time. You will be expected to use the walk in such a way as not to place yourselves or others at risk and to follow all requirements set by the walk leader.