A week of Natural History with London LDWA - and a social evening on Tuesday!


A week of Natural History with London LDWA - and a social evening on Tuesday!
A week of Natural History with London LDWA - and a social evening on Tuesday!

Dear all

Barely a day goes by without something exciting being on the agenda for the London LDWA.   This week we've got deer and azaeas, wild garlic and Ascension.

Yes really.   If you'd like to learn more about this unlikely combination, then read on..

 

On Wednesday, Roderick is leading his annual "Deer and Azaleas" hike from Richmond.   If you'd like to join him, all the details are below.   Just get yourself to Richmond station for 6:15pm.

 

Then on Saturday, Roderick is out again, this time in pursuit of wild garlic.   This vampire-defeating expedition sets off from Petersfield Station at 9:35 am.   Please note - Rod has discovered that the natural pub stop midway round the walk is hosting an event this weekend, so is not available for lunch.  So bring your own sandwiches instead, or call in at Marks & Spencer in Petersfield.   But by way of compensation, and for those of you who thought that Wetherspoons only existed in London, it turns out that there is one in Petersfield too.  Ideal spot for a bit of post-walk refreshment (or even pre-walk, if you're early..)

 

But before all this happens, on Tuesday, Douglas and Chris are giving a talk on what it's like to undertake a Challenge Hike, and then Adam (i.e. me) will be following up with a slideshow on a hiking trip to Ascension Island in the mid-Atlantic, which I completed a couple of years ago.   To join this mind-expanding evening, be at the Vauxhall Griffin pub at 7:00 pm

 

All the details are below but here's a taster for what's in store!

 

Deer!

                                       Deer

Azaleas!

                                    Azaleas

Wild Garlic!

                                  Wild Garlic

Ascension!                                                                           Ascension Island

 

Note there are more photos from Roderick's pre-walks for "Deer and Azaeas" and "Wild Garlic" on the LDWA London Facebook page.   Do take a look!

Have a great week - and hopefully see a good number of you on Tuesday!

Adam

 

Deer and Azaleas

Wed 13th May 2015

Event Details:

Event Details Updated: Walk details updated and note slightly earlier departure time from Richmond (1815 vs 1820)
Event Type: Group Walk
Region: Southern England
Local Group: London
Distance: 6ml.
Start Time: 18.15
Route: Depart Richmond Station (catch 1750 to Reading from Waterloo) leaving by the main street level exit ~
An 8-mile circular route via the site of Richmond Palace, Thames Path, Vancouver, King Henry’s Mound, Pembroke Lodge, Isabella Plantation, White Lodge, Two Storm Wood, returning via Richmond Hill to arrive back at the station (Railway Tavern) to catch fast train to Waterloo at 2115
If the weather is reasonable, St Paul’s and Windsor Castle may be seen from King Henry’s Mound. The azaleas were in full flower last Thursday and there were many deer.  The walk aims to pass through parts of the Park which you may not have seen before.  Expect the classic “Turner” view from Richmond Hill.
General Notes: No dogs
Contact: Rod Smith Telephone number in Strider
Web Site: http://www.ldwa.org.uk/London
Start and Finish:
TQ180751
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Wild garlic

Sat 16th May 2015

Event Details:

Event Details Updated: Note slightly changed departure time from Petersfield station (0935 vs 0930) and lunch arrangements.
Event Type: Group Walk
Region: Southern England
Local Group: London
Distance: 20ml.
Start Time: 09.35
Route: Meet Petersfield Stn (If driving, postcode is GU32 3EE.  There is a pay car park at Station.) ~
A 20-mile circular route via the Hangers Way, Buriton, Butser Ancient Farm, Windmill Hill, Blendworth, Finchdean, St Huberts Chapel, Ladyholt, the Milky Way, aiming to be back at Petersfield by 1800 (Waterloo by 1930)
General Notes: Pace: quick. No dogs ~ IMPORTANT – Bring your own food for lunch as no food will be available at The George, Finchdean – we shall stop briefly at M&S, Petersfield to buy sandwiches for lunch.  Best laid plans …. ! ~ Come for a mid-morning stop at the QEVC which will include tea, coffee and cake, and, later, see the medieval wall paintings in St Huberts, part of which dates from before 1050. ~ The ground was dry and passable in light trainers during the recce on Saturday 9 May but conditions may change.  Although noted as a walk at a quick pace, the pace on the day will depend on the weather and the abilities of the Group.
Contact: Roderick Smith Telephone number in Strider
Web Site: http://www.ldwa.org.uk/London
Start and Finish:
SU743235
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Challenge Walks and Ascension Island

Tue 12 May 2015

Event Details:

The Long Distance Walkers Association

Hello

You are cordially invited to a social evening on Tuesday 12 May. Rather like old fashioned cinema shows, this will be a double bill.

First up, and the "B" movie, will be - "Everything that you wanted to know about Challenge Walks but were afraid to ask". This will not star Ronald Reagen but rather Chris Dent and myself. We will try to convince you that challenge walks are fun, and not scary intimidating events, and that you should take part in some. We will also give some tips on how to succeed at them.

Then the main attraction, starring our own Charlton Heston, will be Adam Dawson giving a talk on a recent walking visit to Ascension Island, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.   If you’d like to find out what it’s like to hike in one of the remotest inhabited islands on earth – and to fly there with the RAF – then come along and learn something about a “trip with a difference". 

This will take place at the Vauxhall Griffin, http://vauxhallgriffin.com/

It will start at 7.00 in the evening.

Hope to see you there.

Douglas Robinson

 

 

 

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