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Philosophical walks

Saunderton to Princes Risborough, September 2020People who understand Plato say that the Florentines misunderstood him, and that their philosophy is most unsound. But in one respect at all events they used him rightly. Through him they recaptured for the world one of the secrets of ancient Greece - the secret of civilized conversation. The Middle Ages had separated serious discussion from daily life, confining it to the study and the lecture room and the hall of disputation. Florence, like Athens, summoned it into the open air, and bade it take its chance against birds and trees, evolve, if it could, from a dinner or a game of fives, yield, if it must, to a dance or to a song.

E M Forster: Gemistus Pletho

This is the idea behind our "philosophical walks". They aren't ambulatory lectures or structured discussions, simply walks during which philosophical discussion can take place due to the common interest of the walkers. Or not, if you'd rather just look at the scenery. The pace is unhurried and there is a stop for lunch in a pub.  Boots are advisable, but if you don't mind getting them muddy, trainers should be adequate.  Dogs are welcome as far as I am concerned, but you should check if the pub for lunch takes the same view.


From Monday 17 May, mixing rules will be relaxed, and up to 30 people can walk together.  This is more than we have ever had on a PFA walk, so for walks after that date the number of people is not limited.

However, I think it is still a good idea to book the pub for lunch, so please click on the Doodle poll link in the page for the walk to let us know if you are coming. 

If you want further information about any of the walks, phone me on 07904 286774 or email secretary@pfalondon.org.

Andrew Dodsworth

Date Route Miles Railway station Journey time
Sat 12 June Fambridge to South Woodham Ferrers 6 Liverpool Street 55 mins
Sat 26 June Riddlesdown to Upper Warlingham 7 Victoria 30 mins
Sat 10 July Chalfont & Latimer to Rickmansworth 7 Marylebone 30 mins
Sat 24 July Hurst Green to Edenbridge 6 London Bridge 60 mins
Sat 7 Aug Broxbourne to Roydon 6 Liverpool Street 30 mins
Sat 21 Aug Farncombe to Godalming 7 Waterloo 45 mins
Sat 4 Sep Amersham to Great Missenden 7 Marylebone 40 mins
Sat 18 Sep Meopham to Sole Street 6 Victoria 50 mins
Sat 2 Oct Greenford to Kew Bridge 8 Central Line Various