This week with London LDWA

This week with London LDWA

London LDWA


1: New members: A warm welcome to the following new Primary members - Jamie Bowman, Henrietta Flood, Siobhan Frost, Lynne & Simon Maughan, Peter Neyens and Colin Ware & Orla McGrath, and the following new Associate members - Carolyn Dyer, Elizabeth Hindler, Sharon McHale, Sue Russell and Elaine Tribley. 

2: Speyside 100 Marshals: A message from our esteemed elder statesman Colin Saunders,

You may have heard about the problems North of Scotland Group are facing with the enforced reorganisation at comparatively short notice of the route and checkpoints for the Speyside 100 (25-27 May).  London Group have offered to do what we can to help in this unenviable situation, and so far five of our members have come forward. Gail and John Elrick and Dave Williams will be helping with general duties at HQ, while Susanne Waldschmidt and John Sparshatt will be marshalling at Checkpoint 7 at Recletich Barn, near Dufftown, before continuing on to join the others at HQ.  HQ is at Boat of Garten, a village seven miles northeast of Aviemore.

Marshals will be asked to work in shifts, and those helping at HQ can rest on seats or floor space there, or be given a lift to more comfortable accommodation at Badaguish (the original HQ), though this is 11 miles away.  Free transport will be provided for marshals between Aviemore, Boat of Garten and Badaguish.  Free meals and refreshments will be provided while on duty.

This is a wonderful opportunity to combine visiting and walking, in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, with helping those brave souls who challenge themselves by attempting to walk 100 miles.  Aviemore is a busy inland resort, and the Strathspey Steam Railway goes from there to Boat of Garten.  There are good train and coach services to Aviemore from London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.  It’s up to individuals to decide how to get to and from Scotland, and you’ll need to do your own research, but there’s plenty of scope to call in at places on the way you’ve always wanted to visit.

I hope to join our marshals, but health issues prevent me from making firm plans at present.  However, if you would like to help, one of the organisers Graham Smith (an old friend of London and Kent Groups, now based in the far north of Scotland), would be delighted to hear from you by email:


Forthcoming Social Walk

You Won't Be A-maze-d

Sat 27th Jan 2024

Start Time
Maze Hill station (train departs St Pancras 09.02, Farringdon 09.07, London Bridge 09.18)

To East Croydon through assorted parks and open spaces. Some mild undulations. ETA 16.45. Blackheath, Hither Green and Beckenham Junction stations plus many bus routes are passed en route for latecomers/those who might require a break point.

General Notes
Creationg a horseshoe across South London with the following week's walk, this one will take us from the ouskirts of Greenwich to the wind-blown metropolis of Croydon. Lunch will be in the Beckenham area although it is advisable to bring sufficient food and drink for the walk. Ideailly bring your membership card due to an official updating of registratrion requirements
Gavin Fuller
Mobile number
Tel: 07875384778
TQ391778 . What3words: going.admits.switch
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Last week's walk

Our first venture out of Greater London in 2024 say Nigel Heys take a group of nine on a circular from Farnham

Easter eggs in grass

On our way through Farnham

Easter eggs in grass

Smoked out in Upper Froyle

Easter eggs in grass

Rolling Hampshire countryside
Photos: Gavin Fuller

Easter eggs in grass

The group at Montgomery's Grave
Photo: Nigel Heys



Out and About

Our fomer newsletter editor is wakling in England for a change, and found it bracing on the London Loop this week

Easter eggs in grass

Barry getting excited at crossing a county boundary

Easter eggs in grass

A property of the week candidate which didn't make the cut
Photos: Barry Arnold

Meanwhile our former Treasurer Pete Colley found it even more bracing on the Norfolk Coast Path

Easter eggs in grass


Easter eggs in grass

Normal for Norfolk in January?
Photos: Pete Colley

Back in London this weekend, Pete along with Steve Wills downloaded an old Borough Tops walk from the website

and got their personal tallies of the tops up.

Easter eggs in grass

Crystal Palace Transmitter

Easter eggs in grass

Plenty of options where to go?
Phiotos: Steve Wills

We're always interested to hear what our members are up to walking-wise - please do get in touch if you've

something to share



Property of the Week

This was voted the top candidate by those on Saturday's walk

Easter eggs in grass

Thatched Delight in Upper Froyle
Photo: Gavin Fuller



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