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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 in winter when it can get fairly muddy, usually trainers are quite adequate for the terrain of southeast England

Have a look at our 2014/2015 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
Sat 27 Sep Rowlands Castle to Petersfield 10 Waterloo 80 mins
Sat 11 Oct Elsenham to Audley End 9 Liverpool Street 60 mins
Sat 25 Oct Chilworth circular 8 Waterloo 55 mins
SUN 9 Nov Twyford to Maidenhead 9 Paddington 45 mins
Sat 22 Nov Sole Street circular 7 Victoria 50 mins
Sat 6 Dec St Margarets circular 7 Liverpool Street 40 mins
SUN 21 Dec Amersham to Chorleywood 8 Marylebone 45 mins
Sat 3 Jan Swanley to Shoreham 8 Victoria 40 mins
Sat 17 Jan Fambridge to South Woodham Ferrers 8 Liverpool Street 55 mins
Sat 31 Jan Chilworth to Guildford 7 Waterloo 60 mins
SUN 15 Feb Gerrards Cross to Denham 8 Marylebone 35 mins
Sat 28 Feb Rainham to Newington 8 Victoria 70 mins
Sat 14 Mar Bishops Stortford to Sawbridgeworth 9 Liverpool Street 55 mins