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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, there is a stop for lunch in a pub, and, though boots are advisable as footpaths can get fairly muddy, if it's been dry trainers are quite adequate for the terrain of southeast England.  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 2018 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
Sat 14 July Broxbourne to St Margarets 7 Liverpool Street 55 mins
Sat 4 Aug Coulsdon to Merstham 6 Victoria 30 mins
Sat 25 Aug Manningtree circular 7 Liverpool Street 60mins
Sat 15 Sep Dormans to Lingfield 7 Victoria 55 mins
Sat 6 Oct Aldermaston to Midgham 7 Paddington 60 mins
Sat 27 Oct Faversham circular 7 Victoria 75 mins
Sat 17 Nov Manningtree circular 7 Liverpool Street 55 mins
Sat 8 Dec Longfield to Sole Street 6 Victoria 50 mins