Gavin's Guff - This Week with London LDWA

Gavin's Guff - This Week with London LDWA

London LDWA


1: AGM. Thanks to all those who attended the AGM last Wednesday and for their input into the meeting. The main outcome was the adoption of an updated constitution. 

2: Founders Challenge. As announced at the AGM due to no one volunteering to take on the role of organiser this will not be taking place in 2024. If there is anyone interested in taking on the responsibility of bringing it back in 2025 we'd be delighted to hear from them.


Forthcoming Walks

“ELEL 2” Linear from Maidenhead to Amersham

Sat 2nd Mar 2024

Start Time
09.00 (Elizabeth Line 08.17 or 08.38 GWR from Paddington)
Meet at Maidenhead station. From the platform go down the steps to the subway, turn left and go through the barrier. Meet at the main entrance.

Elizabeth Line Ends Loop (ELEL) will be a long distance path and this will be stage 2 of the northern semicircle connecting Reading and Shenfield which will be walked over 6 stages. Crossing Chiltern hills and valleys with lunch in the Beaconsfield area where there is a drop-out option. Aim to finish at Amersham for the 17.22 Metropolitan line to Baker Street or the 17.11 Chiltern Railway to Marylebone.

General Notes
Average pace of 2.7 miles per hour. Bring a torch, food & drink, picnic stops only, woodland facilities. Very helpful but not essential to send your name and membership number in advance in case there are last minute changes to arrangements. Text or WhatsApp walk leader
Jerome Ripp Tel: 07470196890
SU887807   What3words:
SU963983 What3words: squad.resist.ripe


And loooking ahead...

We will be walking the Shipwrights Way over the three days of the first May Bank holiday.

This 50 mile path is so called because it follows the route an oak might have taken from Alice Holt forest to a shipyard in Portsmouth. It takes in some lovely Hampshire scenery and there are sculptures along the route to mark it. As it is also a very accessible cycle path, some liberties have been taken to include nicer footpaths and avoid too much road walking. The final day includes a ferry ride and an optional extension taking in the highlights of Portsmouth. It is possible to stay overnight at the end of each day or commute.

Day 1 – Saturday 4th May – Bentley to Petersfield c 20 miles led by Kate Copeland (with dropout points at 14 and 18 miles)

Day 2 – Sunday 5th May – Petersfield to Havant c16 miles led by Gavin Fuller (with dropout point at 11 miles)

Day 3 – Monday 6th May – Havant to Portsmouth c11 miles led by Gavin Fuller with an optional extra 6 miles to Cosham via the England Coast Path and Hilsea Lines


Last week's walk

The recent wet weather made Saturday's walk considerably more taxing than Gavin found it when doing the recce.

Nevertheless the group survived the rigours of a walk out to the North Downs again showing it is possible to get over 2,000 feet/620 metres of ascent on a 19-mile walk staring and finishing from Travelcard Zone 6!

Easter eggs in grass

Not exactly running up that hill
Photo: Gavin Fuller

Easter eggs in grass

The obligatory group photo, atop the North Downs
Photo: Gavin Fuller

Easter eggs in grass

And now it is down a hill
Photo: Barry Eade

Easter eggs in grass

Thank goodness I've reached the top of these steps
Photo: Steve Wills

Easter eggs in grass

At least the view at the end made it worthwhile - London skyline from 15 miles away on Farthing Down 
Photo: Gavin Fuller



Out and About

Our webmaster Deborah is up in Scotland, and was treated to this view over Loch Level from Alltshellach

Easter eggs in grass

Snowy Glencoe, Evening
Photo: Deborah Evans




Creature of the Week

Spotted on Saturday's walk

Easter eggs in grass

The Monarch of Marden Park
Photo: Gavin Fuller



Property of the Week

Easter eggs in grass

Woldingham Des Res
Photo: Gavin Fuller




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