Out and about with YMCA Hawker
Join us for a range of excursions, walks, meet-ups and more.
Our fortnightly walks are FREE* and start from YMCA Hawker, leaving promptly at 10am and returning mid-afternoon.
Monday March 27: Springtime Delights
After crossing Kingston Bridge, we walk through Home Park to the wild spring gardens of Hampton Court and back to the bridge where we lunch. [About 4 miles, flattish but may be muddy.]
Monday 10 April: Discovering St Marylebone
Take an opportunity to walk through this atmospheric part of London, steeped in history. Travel by train and underground to investigate what lies behind the busy thoroughfares and quiet squares of this infamous area of central London. [About 4 miles, flat and paved.]
Monday 24 April: Spring on the Ridgeway
Enjoy a bracing walk, with good long stretches! We’ll take the bus to the Ridgeway and make our way over Fetcham Down to the pretty hamlet of Westhumble, north of Dorking. All along the way we’ll be keeping our eyes out for the signs that spring is really here. A delicious lunch at Westhumble, before we catch the bus home. [About 4 miles, some inclines and may be muddy.]
Monday 8 May: A walk in the park
This is a walk guaranteed to take your breath away, as we head to Isabella Plantation to admire the stunning rhododendrons and camelias. Bring your camera! From Ham Common we walk through Ham Gate into Richmond Park and on to Isabella Plantation. We head to Pembroke Lodge and enjoy lunch before making our way down to the bus home. [About 4 miles, some inclines and possibly muddy in parts.]
Monday 22 May: Maritime intrigue
Soak up the history of Wapping and tread in the footsteps of sailors, mast-makers and boat builders of days gone by with the mighty Thames never far away. From Clapham Junction we take the overground train to Wapping and then walk east to finish at the Tower of London, where we lunch together before travelling home by bus and train. [About 3.5 miles, flat and paved.]
*Although free, we ask you to pay your own expenses including transport and refreshments. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in good enough health to participate in these walks.
Excursions are a great way of getting out and about, visiting beautiful places and enjoying the company of friends, old and new. Join us on a monthly excursion with pick up by minibus from YMCA Hawker by arrangement. Book today at the centre or call 020 8296 9747.
Thursday 23 March: Capel Manor Gardens
First established in the late 13th century, the beautiful gardens stretch over 30 acres. They surround a picturesque Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables. There is so much to enjoy over the day including but not limited to a Japanese garden, The Queen Mother’s garden, Sunflower Street, Le Jardin De Vincent, Growing Together in Faith garden, Koi Pond and Italianate Maze. For a break from exploring you can enjoy hot and cold food and drink in the Terrace restaurant or peruse the Hessayon visitor centre and gift shop. Bring your best walking shoes to make the most of exploring.
Senior Social Members, £ 20; Non-members, £23
Thursday 20 April: Tonbridge Castle
The castle is a twin-towered gatehouse which took around 30 years to build and was completed in 1260. Set in the beautiful Tonbridge and Malling Borough of Kent, the castle has great views – and as you wander around you can see and hear about a vibrant history from over 700 years ago. It’s only a short walk from Tonbridge High Street which runs through the centre of this pretty market town, if you wanted to take the opportunity to explore further.
Senior Social Members, £20; Non-members, £23
Thursday 18 May: Loseley House and gardens
This beautiful house has been in the More-Molyneux family for over 500 years. Sir Christopher More, the original purchaser of the land was Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex during the reign of Henry VII and is said to have been a man of considerable influence and power. His son, Sir William Moore, who is a direct ancestor of the current owners, was the one who eventually drove the main building of the house. As you wander the house and the grounds you will be intrigued not only by the architecture but also by the compelling family history.
Senior Social Members, £13; Non-members, £15
Thursday 22 June: Brighton
Join us on our annual day trip to Brighton to enjoy the wonderful coast. Whether you’d like to stick with us or explore on your own, this quintessential English beach town has much to offer. With boutique shops along The Lanes and iconic attractions there’s a lot to explore. You could enjoy some traditional fish and chips, and take a walk along the pier or experience the new British Airways i360 Centre. This is always a popular trip so make sure that you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
An annual senior social membership fee of £25 is required to be eligible for the discounted members rate (see below).
For up to date prices please contact Reception on 020 8390 0148
Senior Social Membership
The Senior Social Membership is for those aged 60+. It costs £25 a year and as well as the fitness class discount, includes a 15% discount on senior trips and activities and on food and drink in the cafe at YMCA Hawker (excluding pre-packaged items).
An Active Kingston Card is available to anyone aged over 60 and living in the Kingston Borough. It entitles you to discounted use of leisure Centres in the Borough during certain hours. YMCA Hawker is an issuing Centre.