Seeing in the New Year in style with London LDWA!


Seeing in the New Year in style with London LDWA!
Seeing in the New Year in style with London LDWA!

Hello everyone

 

I hope you've had a happy, successful and relaxing Christmas break.  If you were lucky enough to receive new boots, go-pros or socks that are guarateed not to give you blisters (but do) from Santa, and are itching to try them out, then read on..

LDWA London has got a great series of walks lined up for 2016, with an almost-full walks programme right through to our annual "Founders" challenge hike in October.  But before we get ahead of ourselves, we've got a brace of New Year walks to help see in 2016 in style.

 

First of all, on New Year's Day (and for those of you who have run out of fingers to count on, that's this Friday, 1 January (2016)), Susanne will be leading her annual, near-legendary, hangover-busting hike.   This year it's a leisurely 11-miler, from Barnes to Richmond, taking in five Thames villages en route.  If you'd like to go, just be at Barnes station at 11:05 precisely on Friday

Then second, a couple of days later, on Sunday (3 January), Laurence is heading off along the Thames on the "Green Chain" walk.   If you'd like to find out more about this interesting sounding path, then join Laurence at Barnes station at 09.05 on Sunday.   And you might like to bring a torch, in view of the darker evenings at the moment.

 

Important note
We always encourage walkers to check transport details before they join our hikes and this is especially important over the New Year period, as Network Rail is prone to do odd things to the timetable at short notice. So it would be a good idea to take a quick look at the National Rail website (click here) before you set out to join either of this week's walks, just to make sure that everything is running to plan.

 

I'm in the Canadian Rockies at the moment, which is spectacular and very cold.   I've been testing out my snowshoeing technique, which could be useful if I need to apply it while exploring Surrey's icy uplands.

Scott of the Antarctic in training

Harder than it looks...

 

All the details of this week's walks are at the end of this email

And on that note, I'll sign off and see you all next year!

Happy hiking

Adam 

 

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New Year Hangover buster-Five Thames Villages

Fri 1st Jan 2016

 

Event Details:

Event Details Updated
Updated 17/12/15 with details of trains to Barnes; 5 min later start time, and lunch arrangements
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
11ml.
 
Start Time
11.05
 
Route
Meet Barnes Stn (Train London Waterloo Rail Station 10.44).   Finish Richmond Stn This will be a gentle introduction to the walking New Year.  Note late start and shorter distance.  This walk will be in addition to the normal LDWA style weekend walk on the following Sunday
 
General Notes
Linear. Easy Pace. Lunch Syon Cafe. Assistance dogs only
 
Contact
Susanne Waldschmidt Telephone number 020 7272 1446
 
Start
TQ222757
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Finish
TQ181752
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Thames Path and the Green Chain Walk

Sun 3rd Jan 2016

 

Event Details:

Event Details Updated
Important note: *** Details of the timetable on Sun 3 Jan have now been released by Southeastern railway and the walk details on this page reflect the latest position as at 16 November 2015.***
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
16ml.
 
Start Time
09.04
 
Route
Meet Blackheath rlwy stn at 09.05 hrs (train Victoria 08.39, usually platform 7; also calls at Lewisham at 09.02, usually platform 4).     Finish at Chislehurst stn. (for return, two trains per hour with 1 change at Lewisham where there are 6 trains per hour to Victoria, usually from platforms 1&3).   Lewisham is also served by the DLR for connections from/to Stratford and Bank/Tower Gateway ***Route is linear, through South London suburbs using the Thames path and the Green Chain Walk; sites of historic interest, parks, woods and a farm.  Early lunch, cafe near Shooters Hill. Own food/drink recommended for longish pm. Many early drop off points for London bus routes
 
General Notes
Torch recommended.   Please check National Rail website for engineering works. Blackheath stn is in T card Zone 3 and Chislehurst stn is in T card Zone 5 and are on different lines
 
Contact
Laurence Foe Telephone number 020 7732 0289
 
Start
TQ396760
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Finish
TQ432693
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