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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 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 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 16 Feb Borough Green circular 6 Victoria 50 mins
Sat 2 March Winchfield to Hook 7 Waterloo 65 mins
SUN 17 March Saunderton to Princes Risborough 7 Marylebone 55 mins
Sat 30 March Baldock to Ashwell & Morden 8 Kings Cross 65 mins
Sat 13 April Leatherhead circular 7 Waterloo 45 mins
SUN 28 Apr Turkey Street to Theobalds Grove 8 Liverpool Street 35 mins
Sat 11 May Mortimer to Bramley 8 Paddington 50 mins
Sat 25 May Buxted circular 7 London Bridge 75 mins
SUN 23 June Sole Street circular 9 Victoria 50 mins
Sat 6 July Manningtree circular 6 Liverpool Street 55 mins
Sat 20 July Liphook to Liss 8 Waterloo 80 mins
SUN 4 Aug Meldreth to Ashwell & Morden 9 Kings Cross 70 mins
Sat 17 Aug Kemsing to Otford 6 Victoria 40 mins
Sat 31 Aug Chalfont & Latimer to Chorleywood 8 Marylebone 35 mins
Sat 14 Sep Claygate to Stoke D'Abernon 7 Waterloo 35 mins
SUN 29 Sep Brentwood circular 8 Liverpool Street 35 mins