Steps Towards Sustainability Spring Walk – Bluebells and Biomimicry

22591645Join 6heads for a day exploring the beautiful countryside a short train-ride from London on foot with like-minded sustainability practitioners. Enjoy some delicious local food at the lunchtime pub, while being inspired by a thought-provoking speaker. There’s one walk for each season, themed around a topical subject, with the first on Saturday April 13th.

The plan for the day is to meet at 9.10am at Cafe Ritazza (between Boots and Vodafone to the right of the main ticket office on the main concourse) in Victoria Station to catch a train to Oxted.  The walk route starts with a short climb over the Greensand Hills before entering Staffhurst Wood – a nature reserve, bluebell wood and site of special scientific interest managed by the Surrey Wildlife Trust.  The lunchtime stop is The Royal Oak Inn, a wonderful country inn with some great food, much of it sourced locally.  While we’re waiting for our lunch we’re planning a short talk by Geraldine Brennan to inspire discussion around biomimicry and what businesses can learn from nature.

theroyaloakoxtedAfter lunch there the route continues with a gentle walk across the Low Weald – past some beautifully preserved farmhouses and crossing Lingfield Common (another nature reserve).  There’s an option for a stop at a local tearoom before returning to London from Lingfield station.  The total walking time should be 3 hours 40 minutes, but allowing plenty of time for lunch and breaks, we’d anticipate being back in Victoria for 5pm.

Places are very limited due to the capacity of the lunchtime pub, so we’re asking you to secure your place by pre-paying for your train ticket and lunch.  This allows us to get a half-price groupsave ticket and gives you a £15 voucher towards lunch.  The total cost you need to pre-pay is £25.  If there’s a sufficient interest and a waitlist of people who would like to join after the initial tickets have sold-out, we will release another 25 tickets for a later start-time to allow for a second lunch-sitting.

Please dress warmly and bring waterproofs in case it rains.  You’ll need footwear that is comfortable and that can cope with puddles and mud.  Ideally hiking boots, but as this walk is mainly through fields and woodland, comfortable wellingtons or even runners should be okay as long as you don’t mind them getting a bit muddy.

Hope you can join us!

For any queries or if you want more info please contact James Payne


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