Out and About with YMCA White House, Hampton
Excursions, walks meet-ups and more.
Our fortnightly walks are FREE* and start from YMCA White House, leaving promptly at 10am and returning mid-afternoon.
Thursday 23 March – Hampton Court to Kingston and Back
A pleasant walk from Hampton Court to Kingston and back. On the way, we stroll upstream along the river, and come back through the Home Park. There’s a toilet and café stop half way into Kingston. The 111 bus will then take us back to the start, which is also the finish. On our return we can enjoy a late lunch together at YMCA White House. [About 4.5 miles.]
Thursday 20 April: Spring is in the air
A pleasant climb through part of Richmond Park before a stroll round the lush Isabella Plantation – be amazed at the riot of colour and variety. We’ll then descend into the river valley to YMCA Hawker for lunch together. After lunch there’s a walk into Kingston through Canbury Gardens before catching the bus home. [About 4 miles.]
Thursday 4 May: Riverside meander
A gentle (and sometimes muddy) walk along the Thames upstream, taking in the sights. We hop onto the 65 bus to Hampton Court and walk until lunchtime when we reach the riverside pub, The Weir. And then, after lunch there’s a bit more walking to the road before we catch the the 461 bus to Hampton Court, and then the 111 bus home. [About 4 miles.]
Thursday 18 May: A right royal park
The second largest of the Royal Parks, Bushy Park must not be missed with its free-roaming deer, unspoilt views and wonderfully wild feel, north of Hampton Court. We stop for a delicious hot drink at the Pheasantry Café, then follow through the Woodland Gardens down to the Thames, near The Bell pub. We can then catch the 111 bus home. On our return to YMCA White House, we can relax over a late lunch together in the café. [About 3.5 miles.]
Thursday 1 June: Crane Valley
A gentle walk through the Crane Valley Park towards Twickenham and back. We see the old shot tower and take a small detour into a nature reserve on an island in the River Crane. There’s a toilet and cafe stop half way before we return along the other bank of the river. The 111 bus takes you to the start, which is also the finish. On our return to the White House you’re welcome to come into the café for a late lunch together. [About 4 miles.]
Although free, you will need to pay for your own expenses, such as 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 White House at 9.30am.
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).
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An annual senior social membership fee of £25 is required to be eligible for the discounted members rate.
Senior Social Membership
For seniors 60+, a Senior Social Membership costs £25 a year and as well as the fitness class discount, offers a 15% discount on community trips and activities and on food and drink in the café (excluding pre-packaged items).