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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 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 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
Sat 22 Feb Merstham circular 6 Victoria 40 mins
Sat 7 Mar Hassocks circular (moonlight walk) 4 Victoria 55 mins
Sat 21 Mar Bexley circular 7 Charing Cross 30 mins
SUN 5 April Saunderton to Princes Risborough 7 Marylebone 45 mins
Sat 18 April Wivelsfield circular 6 Victoria 55 mins
Sat 2 May Shepreth circular 7 Kings Cross 70 mins
Sat 16 May Pulborough to Amberley 7 Victoria 85 mins
SUN 31 May Box Hill circular 7 Victoria 55 mins
Sat 13 June Royston to Ashwell & Morden 6 Kings Cross 60 mins
Sat 27 June Godstone to Nutfield 7 London Bridge 55 mins
Sat 11 July Stansted Mountfitchet circular 7 Liverpool Street 55 mins
Sat 25 July Amersham to Great Missenden 7 Marylebone 40 mins
SUN 9 Aug Merstham circular 7 Victoria 40 mins