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Philosophical walks

Chobham Common, 10 October 2015People 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.

Have a look at our 2019/2020 walks schedule below; as travel arrangements for the walks are posted some time in advance, it is worth checking the website for the next walk about a week beforehand, in case anything has had to be changed because of engineering works, etc. 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
SUN 22 Sep Brentwood circular 8 Liverpool Street 40 mins
Sat 5 Oct Claygate to Stoke D'Abernon 7 Waterloo 35 mins
Sat 12 Oct Ware to St Margarets 7 Liverpool Street 40 mins
Sat 26 Oct Bexley circular 7 Charing Cross 30 mins
Sat 7 Dec Saunderton to Princes Risborough 6 Marylebone 50 mins
SUN 12 Jan Merstham to Reigate 7 London Bridge 60 mins
Sat 25 Jan Crowborough to Eridge 6 London Bridge 60 mins
Sat 8 Feb St Margarets circular 6 Liverpool Street 40 mins
Sat 22 Feb Merstham circular 6 Victoria 40 mins
Sat 7 Mar Hassocks circular (moonlight walk) 4 Victoria 55 mins
SUN 22 Mar Royston to Ashwell & Morden 7 Kings Cross 60 mins
Sat 4 April Guildford to Shalford 6 Waterloo 55 mins
Sat 18 April Amersham to Great Missenden 7 Marylebone 40 mins
Sat 2 May Bexley circular 7 Charing Cross 30 mins
Sat 16 May Stansted Mountfitchet circular 7 Liverpool Street 50 mins
SUN 31 May Box Hill circular 7 Victoria 55 mins
Sat 13 June Cambridge North to Waterbeach 6 Kings Cross 65 mins
Sat 27 June Amberley circular 6 Victoria 85 mins