Gavin's Fuller - This week with London LDWA

Gavin's Fuller - This week with London LDWA

London LDWA


1: New members

A warm welcome to the following new Primary members Patrick Chamberlain and Becky Gardiner and the following Associate member K Johnston.


2: A message from our new Walks Secretary

Greetings fellow walkers!

Since the recent AGM I have been the LDWA London Walks Secretary. I took over from Jean O’Reilly who has been a great help in getting me settled into the role.

We currently have group social walks planned for every Saturday up to the Capital Challenge on 6th April 2024 including Jerome’s four day walk from Kingston to the south coast over the Easter weekend (Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April). Kate Copeland and Gavin are also providing three days of walking along The Shipwrights Way from Bentley to Portsmouth over the early May Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 4th May to Monday 6th May). However, there are a few weekend gaps coming up and as we move into the longer days of spring it would be good to get a few more midweek evening walks on the calendar. Ron Williamson, as usual, is doing good work planning some interesting midweek walks from late April onwards.

We have a good team of regular walk leaders but if you’re not one of them and you have a favourite walk that you’d like to share it would be great to hear from you. If you’ve not led a walk before and need advice I can put you in touch with an experienced walk leader to help with the planning and there are usually old hands around on the day of the walk who would be happy to assist. The basic details required to publicise a walk on the Current Walk Programme page of our website are:

Name of walk
Date and start time
Start 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

Usually an all day weekend walk is 16 -22 miles long and a midweek evening walk is 5 - 9 miles long.

If you have an available day in mind but have yet to complete your research a date can be reserved for you.

I look forward to hearing from those who might like to lead a walk and hope we enjoy a full walk programme in the year ahead.

All the best,
Keith Mills


3. Trip to the Lakes

There are two spaces available on Ron Williamson's annual trip to the Lake District in July. This comprises a stay in a camping barn a couple of miles outside Keswick. The cost is £210 for the week which covers both accommodation and food. This year the week will run from Saturday July 20 to Saturday July 27. For more information or it you'd like to book a place please contact Ron at


4: Book of the month

Easter eggs in grass

One of our members, Jessica Hepburn, has the distinction of having her new book Save me from the Waves as Stanford's Book of the Month this week. She's launching it this week at the Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town this Thursday. See more at


Forthcoming Walks

We have two this week as the indefatigable Jerome Ripp has added a late extra to the schedule


“Walking with the commuters 9-5” Linear on the Jubilee Greenway

Friday 8th Mar 2024


TFL are starting a scheme today for 3 months to allow the same concessions on Fridays as for the weekend. Freedom passes, over 60 Oysters etc can be used all day, no need to wait for 9.30. This is guaranteed to be a mud-free walk.


Approximately 20 miles at an average pace of 2.7 miles per hour.

Start Time


Meet at Westminster station start 9.00.

The northern section of the Jubilee Greenway. Buckingham Palace, Green Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Paddington Station, Grand Union Canal, Little Venice, Regents Canal, through Camden, Victoria Park, London City Airport finish at the River Thames and the Woolwich Foot Tunnel. Aim to finish at 5

Many opportunities to join or leave on the way.

Refreshments and comfort breaks: The plan is to have 3 stops at about 11.00, 1.00 and 3.00 at a suitable establishment with adequate facilities or bring own provisions for picnic but the usual “woodland facilities” are rather unlikely on this walk.

 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 text 07470196890



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Shenfield to Brentwood

Sat 9th Mar 2024

Start Time
Meet at Shenfield station (Elizabeth line 8.18 from Liverpool Street and 8.26 from Stratford)

Linear walk. Start at Shenfield station (one end of the Elizabeth Line) and head east via farmland to the outskirts of Billericay then via woodland and some more farmland to circle back through Thorndon Country Park to Brentwood (also on Elizabeth line)

General Notes
The lunch stop at circa 13.00 and 11 miles will be at a pub – it does sandwiches at circa £7 and meals at circa £15. Menu available nearer the time. If you want lunch please email the leader by Tuesday 5 March so we can inform the pub and book lunch orders if numbers require that. Or you can eat your own lunch outside and come in for a drink/toilets later
Lonica Vanclay Tel: 07835 102864
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Last week's walk

Fifteen people joined Jerome for his latest mudfest, sorry instalment of his walk joining two ends of the Elizabeth Line.


Easter eggs in grass

The obligatory group photo, at Cookham
Photo: Jerome Ripp

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The Thames flood plain living up to its name
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Our leader wondering how he's managed to lose the whole group

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Found again, and going round in circles
Photos: Gavin Fuller

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Erratic weather led to this rainbow coming into view
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The stage of people's lower legs and feet after the walk!
Photos: Emma Dowling



Property of the Week

Spotted on Saturday's walk, not that we should actually have passed this property!

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Obviously the only people who can afford to buy this one
Photo: Gavin Fuller


I'm delighted to say, and you might be delighted to hear, that from next week we have a new editor for the newsletter, in the shape of our former co-secretary Jeff Golland. Thanks Jeff for volunteering to take on the mantle, and I look forward to seeing what you do. So its goodbye from me!

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