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Monday 23rd January - Nat Ram Annual Walkers Dinner - London

Not so much a walk, more of a tube ride! . This is the official launch of the 2017 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 novelty value! Open only to Nat Ram and SOC walkers and their friends. Tickets are £28.00 and need to be reserved in advance from Steve Allott.

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Thursday 4th May - Leith Hill -Dorking

At 11 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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Tuesday 16th May - Chiltern Scarp -High Wycombe

On leaving the pub, we pile into some of the cars to reach our starting point on The Ridgeway Path. Passing under the M40, we climb to the summit of Beacon Hill for an early lunch. This walk includes two assaults on the scarp and is not suitable for weak hearts or knees.

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Tuesday 6th June - Dean's Bottom - Goring

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 tiny Berkshire hamlet 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 14th June - 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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Thursday 22nd June - 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.

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Tuesday 27th June - Weald Side - Cowden

This was 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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Tuesday 4th July - Wepham Down - Arundel

This was new in 2015. We have created a brilliant walk - very open and nude friendly with magnificent views and explores the high chalk downland. Parts of it are quite remote, almost reminiscent of the Lakes!

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 Wednesday 12th July - 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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Thursday 20th July - Box Hill Maze - Dorking

This 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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Tuesday 25th July - 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 and start the walk alongside the Cuckmere 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 the start point.

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Wednesday 2nd August - Red Shoot - Ringwood

This year we repeat our usual route heading north from the 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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Tuesday 8th August - Titty Hill (New) - Midhurst

This is a new walk for 2017 and is in the country west of Midhurst and north of the A272. After leaving the pub and walking through the village, we reach the River Rother and follow it upstream, and through Chithurst, before swinging away to the north. The countryside is varied with open fields, woods, and common land. There are some steep climbs, and descents, and some good views to towards the South Downs. The last hour or so walk back is either level or downhill, again with open views towards the South Down. We rejoin the River Rother at Stedham Mill, which is very picturesque for the final stretch back to the pub.

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Wednesday 16th 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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Tuesday 22nd August - Arun Gap (New) - Arundel

This is a new walk for 2017 . It explores the northern end of the Arun Gap and the downland ridge on the far side. A good half of the way is flat with much of it along the banks of the peaceful tidal Arun through both open meadow [with wide views to the Downs on either side] and woodland. We divert off the riverside path through an old quarry up on to the ridge to the west, with superb views over the Arun Gap, north over the Weald as far as Leith Hill, and south to Arundel Castle and Cathedral and beyond to the sea.

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Saturday 9th September - 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 WWII, not to mention its chequered smuggling history!

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Thursday 14th 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 20th September - Mayfield - Mayfield

It follows a delightful wiggling route through a mixture of pasture and woodland combining great views across the Weald with some enchanting almost Alpine settings. We stopped then for lunch in Wadhurst Park where herds of deer are often seen grazing.

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 Tuesday 10th 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:


2016 Walks - and photos from the walks

2015 Walks - and photos from the walks

2014 Walks - and photos from the walks

We were born to be Naturist Ramblers

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