What you've all been waiting for from London LDWA


What you've all been waiting for from London LDWA
What you've all been waiting for from London LDWA

Hello everyone

Well it's a bit of a blockbuster week for London LDWA this week.

Not only do we have a fantastic set of walks for you to enjoy, but also this week sees the launch of our much- vaunted competition.

 

Turning first to our walks.

On Wednesday, Jerome is leading us on a "Park Perambulation" round Richmond Park which promises to offer not just the usual sights, but some of the less commonly seen ones, too. If you'd like to go, be at Norbiton station at 6pm.

 

Then on Saturday, we've got what is billed as "Social walks in Surrey". This simple title belies the fact that these are in fact the Marshals' hikes for the Founders' Challenge, which of course is happening the weekend after.


The arrangements for the Marshals' hikes have changed considerably compared to "Strider", so it's really important to read the walk details on the web, and reproduced below, very carefully.

  • We're offering two walks on Saturday, checking out, respectively, the 16 and the 27 mile Founders' routes
  • The start arrangements for the two walks are different.
  • The 16 mile starts at 09.53 at Gomshall station,
  • The 27 mile starts at 08.41 at Dorking station.
  • The 27 mile walk will start with a car transfer to Steers' Field, about 3 miles away.
  • If you're coming on the 27 mile walk, it's essential that you email the walk leader, Douglas Robinson (by email at london@ldwa.org.uk) in advance and let him know if you would like a lift to the start, or if you would be able to offer a lift.
  • The details at the bottom of this email have all the info you need, plus some other important logistical notes, so please take a minute to read it carefully.

 

The Competition

Phew!
After all that I think we need a bit of light relief, so here it comes.

Well, one of our longstanding members, Susanne, noticed that when you're out hiking, you often see signs along the way that are doubtless supposed to be helpful, but which actually aren't.

I'm sure we have all come across some of these for time to time so we've decided to have a bit of a competition to see who can come up with the most confusing, unhelpful or amusing sign that they have spotted whilst out walking.

So now's the time to start dredging through your digital archives, or getting out there and starting snapping, and coming out with your best examples.

If you send your photos to me (london.walks@ldwa.org.uk) I will post your entries on the website and then we will have a vote of all members to choose the best.

The competition will run for about three weeks, till midnight on Sunday 11 October. Then we'll spend a week voting and I'll announce the winner in my email of Monday 19 October.

This all sounds fantastically complicated but I am sure it will work on the day(!).

And, to make it all worthwhile, there will be a fabulous prize of a £25 wine voucher on offer for the winner (there will be a non-alcoholic alternative too).

And to get you started, below are three examples that Susanne and I have picked up in our travels recently. And I'm sure you can come up with some much better ones!

All points of the compass..

 A bit lacking in detail.. 

 So can you or can't you?

 OK so can I walk here or not?

  

Every whichway!

 Which way is up?

 

Well after that epic, I think it's time to stop, and wish you all a great week hiking, or in the office, or both.

As ever, the details of all this week's walks are below, and please, in particular, read the details of the Marshals' hike on Saturday particularly carefully.

Cheers!
Adam

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Park Perambulation - circular from Norbiton

Wed 23rd Sep 2015

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
9ml.
 
Start Time
18.00
 
Route
Meet Norbiton Stn (25 mins from London Waterloo - trains every 20 mins or so - check on the day for best time) 9ml circuit of Richmond Park - all the main sites and a few less usual ones
 
Contact
Jerome Ripp Telephone number 07470 196 890
 
Start
TQ194695
View on StreetMap
 
Finish
TQ194695
View on StreetMap
 


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Social walks in Surrey (Marshals' in advance of Founders')

Sat 26th Sep 2015

 

Event Details:

Event details updated
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT CHANGES COMPARED TO STRIDER:  1) There are TWO walks: a 16 mile option (led by Catherine Fox) and a 27 mile option (led by Douglas Robinson)  2) If doing the 27 mile route, please note that, if we are to finish in daylight, there will not be time for a pub lunch and even though it may be possible to get drinks and snacks en route, it is suggested that you bring your own lunch and refreshments.   3) The start points times and arrangements for the 16 and 27 mile routes are DIFFERENT - see main text  4) If you are coming on the 27 mile route, PLEASE LET DOUGLAS ROBINSON (london@ldwa.org.uk) KNOW IF YOU WILL HAVE A CAR AND ABLE TO OFFER A LIFT FROM DORKING STATION TO STEERS FIELD CAR PARK (3 MILES), OR IF YOU WILL NEED A LIFT.
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
27 or 16ml.
 
Start Time
SEE  BELOW
 
Route
27 mile: meet either at Steers Field Car Park (GR TQ142503) at 9.00, if driving, or 08:41 at Dorking Station (07.54 from Waterloo) for a lift to walk start at Steers Field. 16 mile: meet at 09.53 at Gomshall station (GR TQ089478) (0845 from London Bridge via East Croydon, change at Redhill) and walk from there The walks follow the routes of the 16 and 27 mile Founders Challenge [http://www.ldwa.org.uk/London/W/3637/2015.html]; Both walks are circular and will finsh at Steers Field (27 mile) or Gomshall (16 mile) though if on 27 mile walk it is  possible to drop off at Chilworth for those who want a shorter walk.  BRING OWN Lunch
 
General Notes
This is for Marshals of the Founders Challenge, those who want to better understand what is involved in a Challenge Walk and anybody else who would like to come along for a shorter or long walk at a brisk pace.   NB "start/finish" grid ref below is for PEASLAKE - start point for Founders; NOT the Marshals' hike
 
Contact
27 mi: Douglas Robinson / 16 mi Catherine Fox
Telephone number (Douglas): 07729 035 728; (Catherine): 07500 601 404
 
Start and Finish
TQ085447
 
View on StreetMap

 

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