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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 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 14 Mar Bishop's Stortford to Sawbridgeworth 9 Liverpool Street 40 mins
Sat 28 Mar Winchfield to Hook 8 Waterloo 65 mins
Sat 11 Apr Haddenham to Princes Risborough 8 Marylebone 40 mins
SUN 26 Apr Horley to Earlswood 9 Victoria 45 mins
Sat 9 May Fambridge to South Woodham Ferrers 8 Liverpool Street 55 mins
Sat 23 May Guildford to Godalming 7 Waterloo 50 mins
Sat 6 June Kings Sutton circular 8 Marylebone 75 mins
Sat 20 June Rainham to Newington 8 Victoria 65 mins
SUN 5 July West Horndon circular 10 Fenchurch Street 30 mins
Sat 18 July Arundel to Amberley 7 Victoria 90 mins
Sat 1 Aug Wendover to Stoke Mandeville 8 Marylebone 50 mins
Sat 15 Aug Halling to Higham 10 St Pancras 55 mins
Sat 29 August Cuffley to Hertford 8 Kings Cross 45 mins
SUN 13 Sep Mortimer to Bramley 8 Paddington 60 mins
Sat 26 Sep Amersham to Great Missenden 7 Marylebone 45 mins
Sat 10 Oct West Malling to Borough Green 8 Victoria 50 mins
Sat 24 Oct Kings Langley to Hemel Hempstead 8 Euston 30 mins