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Philosophical walks

Path near Liss, Hampshire, 27/10/2012People 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, usually trainers are quite adequate for the terrain of southeast England

Have a look at our 2015/2016 walks schedule below; as travel arrangements for all 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 5 July West Horndon circular 8 Liverpool Street 40 mins
Sat 18 July Rainham to Newington 8 Victoria 65 mins
Sat 1 Aug The Faringdon Folly 10 Paddington 100 mins
Sat 15 Aug Cuxton circular 8 St Pancras 45 mins
Sat 29 Aug Cuffley to Hertford 8 Kings Cross 45 mins
Sat 12 Sep Mortimer to Bramley 8 Waterloo 70 mins
Sat 26 Sep Amersham to Great Missenden 7 Marylebone 45 mins
SUN 11 Oct Wraysbury to Windsor 8 Waterloo 60 mins
Sat 24 Oct Kings Langley to Hemel Hempstead 8 Euston 30 mins
Sat 7 Nov West Malling to Borough Green 8 Victoria 50 mins
SUN 22 Nov Northwood to Rickmansworth 8 Marylebone 30 mins
Sat 5 Dec Christs Hospital to Billingshurst 8 Victoria 70 mins
Sat 19 Dec Sawbridgeworth to Harlow Mill 6 Liverpool Street 45 mins
Sat 2 Jan Bentley to Farnham 9 Waterloo 70 mins
Sat 16 Jan Langley to Iver 8 Paddington 25 mins
SUN 31 Jan Longfield to Sole Street 8 Victoria 50 mins
Sat 13 Feb Ingatestone circular 8 Liverpool Street 35 mins