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2016 Walks Programme

Wednesday 20th January - SOC Annual Walkers Dinner - London

Not so much a walk, more of a tube ride! . This is the official launch of the 2016 Walks Programme. It is at the Oxford Pub in Kentish Town from 6pm to 10pm. It's a great opportunity to meet old friends, discuss the walks, have a nice meal, great beer etc. Four hours of nude bliss in mid-Winter in Central London - it's worth it almost for its novelity value! Open only to SOC walkers and their friends. Tickets are £26.00 and need to be reserved in advance from Steve Allott. The pub is almost opposite Rio's Naturist Health Spa, where several of us will be before the dinner.


Thursday 28th April - Leith Hill, Dorking

At 10 miles this is one of our shorter of our walks, but an ideal one to start the new walking season. It is a popular walk, much enjoyed and provides an excellent route through pleasant sheltered woodland and very attractive valleys sloping gently up to Leith Hill Tower. At 1000ft (317m) above sea level it is the highest point in SE England. From here it is possible to see some of the high buildings in Central London. In the other direction you can look out across Gatwick Airport and see as far as the South Downs.

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Saturday 7th May - Gallows Hill - Salisbury

This is a new walk for 2016 just south of Salisbury. We then catch a bus for a short journey where we start the walk. The walk has a steady but easy uphill start and then levels out. There is a mixture of open downland, now used for gallops and large agricultural fields. Great Yews offers shelter for lunch and the medieval Miz Maze will be visited around teatime before descending back to for a well deserved beer!

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Thursday 19th May - Whiteways - Amberley

This was a much revised and improved walk in 2015. This walk starts from a car park rather than a pub, although refreshments and toilets are available in the car park. It follows the best bits of the old Whiteways walk, but much of it is new. The revised walk goes north to follow the high downland for some magnificent open walking along the South Downs Way.

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Wednesday 8th June - Weald Side - Cowden

This is a new walk for 2016 located near Cowden in Kent. We explore the gently rolling countryside on the Kent / Surrey border, crowned by the Dry Hill iron age hill fort. A patchwork of meadows, woods and ponds, with enchanting views over the Eden valley to the North and the Sussex Weald to the South.

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Thursday 16th June - Wepham Down - Arundel

This was new in 2015, it uses the best bits from the old Patching walk, and then goes off north into the high chalk downland. We have created a brilliant walk - very open and nude friendly with magnificent views. Parts of it are quite remote, almost reminiscent of the Lakes! The walk is about 13 miles (which is on the long side by Nat Ram standards) so note the earlier 11.30am start time.

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 Thursday 23rd June - Friston Forest - Eastbourne

This beautiful walk featured in our first 1993 programme and is still a favourite, with forest, open downs and precipitous chalk cliffs. As the walk is not a closed circuit we board a bus which takes us to the start our walk at the Cuckmere Inn where the A259 crosses the Cuckmere River. We take a route heading north along the east bank of the river, where a quick swim might be in order, before leaving it to climb up through a winding valley and emerge on the top of the downs. We finish up by striding across closely cropped turf along the top of the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs to Birling Gap before walking back to pub for dinner.

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Tuesday 28th June - Dean's Bottom - Goring on Thames

This is now a popular walk our programme, and it is the sixth walk in our collection to make use - briefly this time - of The Ridgeway long distance path. We meet in a pretty Berkshire village and walk through superb downland scenery in a large figure of eight. There are ups and downs, so you have to be able to cope with several steep climbs.

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 Wednesday 6th July - Bury Down - Didcot

This is a wonderful walk over the downs between Reading and Didcot. From the village, we will climb up onto and along the Ridgeway with its great views, before turning south to drop down through a winding valley to make a wide circle back to our start point.


Thursday 14th July - Acking Dyke - Salisbury

Ackling Dyke is a name bestowed locally on the Roman road between Sarum (now Salisbury) and Poole harbour, which we follow for several miles. We are again on the high chalk downland and much of the scenery is spectacular with lunch in a secluded Alpine meadow.

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Saturday 23rd July - Hoo Peninsula - Gravesend

This walk is in a most unusual setting exploring a huge and virtually deserted area of marshland alongside the Thames Estuary, which is why we can do it on a Saturday. This area is full of historical interest, it being the setting for Charles Dickens 'Great Expectations'. In addition there is much evidence of WW2, not to mention its chequered smuggling history!

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Wednesday 27th July - Red Shoot - Ringwood

This year we repeat our usual route heading north from the pub up onto the New Forest. The walk typifies the Forest with vast expanses of heather and heathland along with magnificent views. Not to mention ponies, ponds, and relics from WW2!

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Wednesday 10th August - Sugar Hill - Swindon

This is a magnificent walk on the high chalk downland between Hungerford and Swindon. Its start point a the pretty village with pub and village green. The walk follows the ridge up to the impressive Liddington Castle which was one of the earliest Iron Age hill forts in Britain, with first occupation dating to the seventh century BC! We then follow a fine route along a west facing escarpment partly parallel to, and then on, the Ridgeway before heading east back to the village.

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Thursday 18th August - Harting Down - Petersfield

Downland walks are always popular and this circuit starts at the southernmost point. We head north-east gradually ascending the dip slope to the crest of the South Downs where we enjoy splendid views over the countryside around the village of South Harting. After heading west along the ridge, we close the loop through rolling fields and woods.

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Wednesday 24th August - Ashdown Forest - East Grinstead

This is one of the few walks where we do not start from a pub! We now meet and leave our cars in a free car park owned by the Forest authority. The route for this walk has evolved over the years and is a lovely circuit around the High Weald with a good mix of delightful wooded tracks and heath land paths, providing spectacular views across to both the North and South Downs.

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Wednesday 31st August - Box Hill Maze - Dorking

What was a new walk for 2013 and has proved very popular. It starts where the River Mole cuts through the North Downs and follows an amazing tangle of footpaths through beautiful wooded and also open territory with splendid views. But you have to be able to cope with several steep climbs. Please note that due to the nature of the walk it will start at 12 mid-day prompt!

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Thursday 8th September - Grovely - Salisbury

This was a new walk in 2014 and proved a great success. For many years we have looked north across the wide valley when walking along the top of escarpment that is a major feature of our Broad Chalke walk, and admired a wooded parallel ridge with woods on top but open sides. When we investigated we were far from disappointed.

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 Wednesday 14th September - Charlton Forest - Chichester

This was new in 2014 and proved to be a great success. After passing through the forest it emerges onto the high downland with some superb views. This walk does contain some steep climbs! The Charlton Forest East Dean is 6 miles north-east of Chichester.


 Tuesday 4th October - Mereworth Forest - Maidstone

This walk takes us through extensive woodland but there are open stretches where the Medway valley can be viewed. It is well sheltered so we walk here early or late in the season, and if it does rain hard we can drive to Silverleigh in West Kingsdown for indoor naturism.

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If you would like to join us on our walks you can email the Naturist Ramblers Walks Organiser. It is helpful if you can outline your naturist experience.

Walks from previous years and other links:


2015 Walks- and photos from the walks

2014 Walks- and photos from the walks

2013 Walks- and photos from the walks

We were born to be Naturist Walkers

Meet some of the walkers