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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.


There are now none in England affecting walkers. 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 21 Aug Farncombe to Godalming 7 Waterloo 45 mins
Sat 4 Sep Wendover to Great Missenden 6 Marylebone 50 mins
Sat 18 Sep Meopham to Sole Street 6 Victoria 50 mins
Sat 2 Oct Hollingbourne circular 6 Victoria 65 mins
Sat 16 Oct Welwyn North circular 7 Kings Cross 30 mins
Sat 30 Oct Greenford to Kew Bridge 8 Central Line Various
Sat 13 Nov Amersham to Great Missenden 7 Marylebone 40 mins
Sat 27 Nov Godalming circular 6 Waterloo 45 mins
Sat 11 Dec Roydon circular 6 Liverpool Street 30 mins
Sat 8 Jan Wickford to Billericay 6 Liverpool Street 30 mins
Sat 22 Jan Woldingham to Oxted 6 Victoria 40 mins
Sat 5 Feb Chalfont & Latimer to Chesham 6 Marylebone 45 mins