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As part of their current ‘Suburbia’ exhibition (which is well worth a visit if the influence of transport on the outwards sprawl of London is of interest to you), the wonderful London Transport Museum is organising a series of walks around Golders Green, each beginning at the tube station of the same name. From the blurb:

From Japanese restaurants to Hampstead Heath secrets London Transport Museum invites you to take a closer look at Golders Green. The area is known by many for its diverse communities and proximity to Hampstead Garden Suburb. But what does it mean to the people that live there? Let our local residents guide you around some of the area’s best local sites that they believe shape this suburb’s unique identity.

Each walk is only 2 hours long, but must be pre-booked. If you fancy walking at your own pace, the route maps are here.

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Did I mention the rain? Actually, I exaggerate. It didn’t rain all day. Not quite.

Pulborough to Amberley, West Sussex.

A walk along the Arun Valley, taking in centuries of history and spectacular countryside and wildlife. And rain.

Start: Pulborough Station TQ043186

Finish: Amberley Station TQ026118

How to get there: Both stations are on the Arun Valley line, served by Southern services from London Victoria to Bognor Regis/Littlehampton/Portsmouth Harbour/Southampton Central via Horsham, taking about an hour and 20 minutes from Victoria to Pulborough. Many trains divide at Horsham – make sure you’re travelling in the correct part of the train. At the time of writing, Southern are offering a number of internet-only, advance-booking fares for £3 single, so £6 return if you book the outward journey to Pulborough and the return from Amberley. Bargain!

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Hello.

I’ve decided to do a blog. Go me.

What’s it about? I do a fair bit of walking, often alone, sometimes with friends, mostly in the south east of England (that being where I live). But all the walks I do have one thing in common: public transport.

I don’t have a car, can’t afford one, don’t really need one, don’t really want one, so rely on bus, tube or train to get around. Hence ‘Byways By Railway’ (and/or tube and/or bus, but that would have made a rubbish title (or more rubbish title than the one I chose)).

Mostly so as I don’t forget, but also because I hope it will be of interest to someone out there in the ether, I’ll be describing where I’ve been, how I got there, what it cost, what I saw. Hopefully on a regular basis. The walking’s regular enough, it’s the sitting-down-tappity-tappity-tapping-at-the-keyboard that might not be. I’ll post up some piccies, and the route for each walk using OS 1:25000 maps, at least until the Ordnance Survey tell me I can’t do that, it’s a breach of copyright (is it? I’m never sure).

How easy is it to get out into the countryside by public transport? Hopefully I will show you that it doesn’t have to limit your choice of destination, or be expensive, or inconvenient. If you have them, I’d be grateful to hear your experiences, and suggestions for places to go.

Oh, and I like trees. This will no doubt become apparent.

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