Barry's Blather - This week with London LDWA


Barry's Blather - This week with London LDWA
Barry's Blather - This week with London LDWA

NOTICES 

1) Call for volunteers for the 25th Founders’ event on 1st Oct 2022   this key event cannot happen without the fantastic volunteers that help each year.  Information for volunteers is available here https://bit.ly/3NvLjl5 there are lots of roles both in the different checkpoints and out on the course.  All the details are there.   Those of you who wish to volunteer please complete the form https://bit.ly/3NwmPZa and return it to Chris. 

2)  New Members Welcome to the following new primary members: James Maidment and Shadi El Hajj.  We also welcome the following associate members: John Law and Jesse Hazell. Associate members please do share any walks you do in your local area either on the London group Facebook page or direct to me for our Out and About section of the newsletter. 

3)  CALL FOR SUMMER WALKS LEADERS  Walks Secretary Jean O’Reilly is about to start pulling together the schedule of social walks for July, August, and September  If you fancy leading a walk this summer, we aim to provide two walks per week: a short midweek walk, 7-ish miles, usually on a Wednesday evening, and a longer weekend walk of 20+ miles.  It would be great to add a few new (or returning) leaders to our current list of hard-working leaders.

Here is an outline of the process and what is required from a leader.

  • To confirm a walk we need to know
  • Name of walk
  • Date and Start time
  • Distance
  • Start Location / End Location 
  • Basic route details
  • Your preferred contact details if you want people to let you know they are coming or to be able to contact you on the day - this can be an email address or phone number.

If you would like to limit numbers and have people register in advance for your walk, you can request this too. You can also let people know additional details, for example lunch stops, pub stops, dogs allowed.

We ask leaders to recce the walk in advance; however, this could have been done a few months earlier.

Once you have completed the walk we ask that you email the webmaster the following: A register of the walk attendees (for insurance purposes), a gpx file of the walk (if you have one) and a brief walk report. Plus any great photos so that it can all be uploaded to our website and used in a future copy of the Blather. .

If you might be interested or want more information, please contact Jean on london.walks@ldwa.org.uk.  Contacting Jean will not commit you to providing a walk. 

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4)  LDWA 50th Anniversary Weekend

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the LDWA we will be running two 50-themed walks over the weekend of 18th/19th June:

Saturday 18th June:  A 'sunrise to sunset' walk along the Thames Path.  Starting from North Greenwich Station at dawn, aiming to cover 50 miles by sunset.   For more information click here

Sunday 19th June: 50 London Squares.  Starting from Liverpool Street Station, this 21 mile walk will pass 50 locations with the suffix 'square' in their address. For more information click here

 

Forthcoming Walks  (details are also on the website)  here

A Western Style of Anniversary 50  Saturday 11th Jun 2022

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
25ml.
 
Start Time
09:04
 
Route
Circular from Winchester train station (take 8.05 from Waterloo)

Mainly on the Clarendon and Monarchs Way to the west of Winchester up to the Test Valley at Kings Somborne. A prelude to the LDWA 50th anniversary weekend with a walk of 50 half miles! Three fast return trains per hour

General Notes
Bring food and drink, picnic stops only. Please text leader to register. Maximum group of 15
Jerome Ripp Tel: 07470196890 (please text leader to register)

 

                             Saxon Shore Way - Gravesend to Rochester Sunday 12th June 2022

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region / Area
Southern England / Kent
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
24ml.
 
Start Time
09:00
 
Route
Starting from Gravesend Station, follow the Saxon Shore Way from Gravesend to Rochester Station

Tick off another section of the SSW (aiming to do one per year). Various sites of marine and military history on route. Views across marsh and out to Thames estuary

General Notes
Picnic lunch at Cliffe. Start time is set to match train arrivals from London and coast [may be adjusted if train timetable changes]. If travelling by car, may be best to park at Rochester and take train to Gravesend. The walk is being led by Kent LDWA, its a great chance to meet some other members
Contact
Jim Briggs
Email
 

SSW4 Stratford to Tottenham Hale Wednesday 15th June 2022

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
7.5ml.
 
Start Time
18:00
 
Route
Stratford Underground Station - Westfield exit, on Montfichet Road

A Lea Valley walk through the Olympic Park, across Hackney and Walthamstow Marshes for a tour of Walthamstow Wetlands. This might end up looking suspiciously like the reverse of Lonica's walk a couple of weeks before...
Finish: Tottenham Hale Station

Contact
Pete Colley Tel: 07909 913992
 

 

Recent LDWA London Group Walks

The first set of photos are from the aptly named Afternoon & Evening Saunter Canal & Reservoirs led by Lonica though the lesser known paths across the Walthamstow wetlands from Tottenham Hale to Stratford. 11.7 miles in all.  A guest appearance from Dave Williams was an added bonus. 

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The second set of photos are from Gavin's 22 mile Jubilee themed walk from Esher to Wimbledon. 

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Flags galore!!
Photo: Gavin Fuller

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Royal Herd
Photo: Gavin Fuller

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Getting into the Jubilee Spirit
Photo: Gavin Fuller

 

 

Star of the Week 

Huge congratulations to Ian Fairweather for his successful completion of the Trans Pennine 100 in a very respectable time of 42 hours a 3 minutes. 

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Property of the Week 

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Huntingdonshire Thatch
Photo: Ian Watson

 

Out and About

Many thanks to Barry Eade for sharing these photos of a recent trip to the Broomsway which is the famous  tidal road off the coast off Essex across Maplin Sands to Foulness Island.  It is a public right of way which starts at "Wakering Stairs" on the coast of Essex near Shoeburyness, and heads 300 metres out to sea onto the tidal flats of Maplin Sands. It then runs for several miles parallel to the coasts of Havengore, New England and Foulness Islands.  It is strongly recommended to do this as a guided walk. 

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London LDWA - http://www.ldwa.org.uk/London