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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, 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 2018/2019 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 17 Nov Longfield to Sole Street 6 Victoria 55 mins
Sat 15 Dec Manningtree circular 7 Liverpool Street 55 mins
SUN 6 Jan Wendover to Great Missenden 6 Marylebone 55 mins
Sat 26 Jan Godalming circular 6 Waterloo 45 mins
Sat 16 Feb Saunderton to Princes Risborough 7 Marylebone 50 mins
Sat 9 March Leatherhead circular 7 Waterloo 45 mins
Sat 30 March Kelvedon circular 6 Liverpool Street 50 mins
Sat 13 April Borough Green circular 6 Victoria 50 mins
SUN 5 May Harlington circular 8 Thameslink stations 60 mins
Sat 25 May Mortimer to Bramley 8 Paddington/Waterloo 60 mins
Sat 15 June Buxted circular 7 London Bridge 75 mins
SUN 7 July Sole Street to Meopham 8 Victoria 50 mins
Sat 27 July Wrabness to Manningtree 7 Liverpool Street 75 mins